I headed out on Saturday morning to scout some of my local waters and see what type of conditions were present.
I normally use scouting missions to find new waters or head out and cleanup around my favorite spots. After the little snow storm we had earlier in the week, I wanted to see what a few of my local waters looked like and also get a check on trail access of some of my favorite streams.
Things were not as thawed out as I had planned and most of the USFS roads that lead to many of our streams were still pretty inaccessible.
The Chauga River
I was able to hit up the upper Chauga river and scout a stretch of stream that I’ve fished several times. Everything there was great and the river is in really good shape right now.
This stretch of the upper Chauga river is hatchery supported and always a great spot to fish. As you can see in the photo, it’s prime for some fly slinging.
Several of my other spots along the Chattooga, Brasstown and Eastatoee rivers were still too frozen over along the roadways to even try to get down to them. We had 60 degree weather today though, so I’m sure things are looking much better right about now.
Due to the weather and whatnot this past week, the SC DNR only stocked 760 trout into local waters. And all of those were stocked in Chattooga river on Monday.
I’d guess that the DNR will ramp up stocking this coming week as a little warmer weather looks to be heading our way.
Cabin fever set in weeks ago and I’m beyond ready to get out and chase some trout on my local waters. Things are starting to look up and I’d imagine that the next few weekends are going to be prime for some stalking.