Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies
3. Slate Drakes
4. Needle Stoneflies
5. Little Yellow Quills
11. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Correction on Fly Fishing Big Snowbird Creek:
I made an error on the Big Snowbird article back on the 4th of November. A young
man was kind enough to let me know. I usually write several of these articles at a
time unless it's dealing with current events in the Smokies and I sometimes have
several web pages open at the same time. Being able to "Cut and Paste" is a great
thing but not when you paste something to the wrong page and that happened on
Big Snowbird Creek. I pasted a clip about Delayed Harvest streams that belonged
on another stream to Big Snowbird. I have corrected the article, thanks to Mr. Trent
Sizemore. Thanks Trent.
Fly Fishing the Upper Chattooga River North Carolina
The Chattooga River begins on Whiteside Mountain and flows from Cashiers Lake
into South Carolina/Georgia at Ellicot Rock. Ellicot Rock is a rock that was placed to
indicate the intersection of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. From that
point on for forty miles south, the river becomes the border of South Carolina and
Georgia. See the Perfect Fly section on the Chattooga River.
The Chattooga River from state road #1100 bridge downstream to the South
Carolina border is under the state of North Carolina's wild trout - natural bait
regulations. The lower part of the Upper Chattooga River lies within the upper part
of Ellicot's Rock Wilderness Area. Just as a side note, this huge wilderness includes
parts of three states. The Upper Chattooga is known for its Chattooga Cliffs and its
gorge called the Upper Narrows.
The river can be reached via the Bull Pen Road off of state highway #107 south of
Cashiers. A few miles out this road (#1178) you will find the old metal or iron bridge
over the Chattooga River. The river can also be reached from Highlands North
Carolina from taking U. S. highway #64 to state highway #109 and then south to
Whiteside Cove Road. That puts you in the Nantahala National Forest where you
can find the Chattooga River trailhead. For those that want to stay in the area can
do so at the Ammons Branch Campground that is located nearby the river on the
small Ammons Branch tributary to the Chattooga.
The best way to access the stream in the gorge or in the Upper Narrows of the
Chattooga River is also from the trailhead on Whiteside Cove Road, or the opposite
end of the trail at the Iron Bridge on Bull Pen Road. The gorge section is as narrow
as six feet in places. You cannot fish through the gorge. The trail is above it and it is
an impossible area to handle unless your a combination rock climber and angler.
This is a beautiful small to medium size stream that's full of wild brown trout. It also
has some rainbows but the brown trout seems to be king of the river. Most of them
average about ten to twelve inches. The smaller ones do take dry flies quite well
although I'm sure you would do better fishing wets or nymphs, especially for the
The upper Chattooga River is lined with rhododendrons and mountain laurel. The
river flows mostly over solid rock and where it doesn't, the bottom consist of pure
sand. It is full of boulders of all sizes including some that are huge. It is continuous
short plunges and/or runs and pools usually about ten to not over twenty feet long.
Unless there has been a heavy rain, the water is usually crystal clear. This makes it
more difficult to catch its brown trout on a clear day. Cloudy days are best. Fishing
early and late in the date is also best if you want to catch its beautiful brown trout.
Copyright 2010 James Marsh