Local Report: Chauga River Skunked

Odd weather patterns and scouting new runs combined for the much dreaded skunking.

I had the opportunity to get out on the water again on Friday, so I took it. I had been planning on scouting out a new section of the Chauga River that I had not previously fished, and with it being shaky weather, I figured Friday was a good a day as any. I headed out early and got to the river ready to see what the day would bring.

I’ve fished the Chauga River probably 100 times over the last several years, but never this section of the river. I always head the other direction, but this time, I was determined to change that and see what the other way had to offer. I’m sure glad I did, as what I found was pretty stellar.

Since it’s pretty clear that Mother Nature is 110% bipolar, the weather was rather odd on Friday. All last week we were in the upper 70’s and low 80’s during the day. Thursday night, it got down in the 30’s and Friday saw overcast skies and a high of 59.

The Chauga was flowing fast on Friday and water temps were rather chilly. I knew it would probably be tough going, but I figured I could squeeze out a 2-3 fish day nonetheless. That absolutely didn’t happen. I tried every typical fly I had in the box and tried to search out what I could, but it just wasn’t happening. 3 hours on the river and I managed to get a few strikes, but no hookups at all.

So, in lieu of any cool pics of the beautiful trout that inhabit our local waters, I instead give you beautiful pics of the actual local waters.

The Chauga River has some really nice sections of water that are amazing. Good flows, easily accessible and (usually) always thriving with trout ready to score their next meal.

This section has a few deeper pools that will constantly keep you guessing on what patterns to toss and what might be lurking ready to take it.

The Chauga River gets decently wide in a few small sections. This would be one of those sections.

All in all, despite no hookups during my time on the water, it was a great day. I found a nice new section of water to continue stalking for the next several weeks. I know they are there and I will find them. It’s time to regroup, replenish the arsenal of flies and head back in there prepared to do battle.

So, to the trout that inhabit this section….You won this time, but it ain’t over. I’ll be back and I’ll be much better prepared. Know that.

Cory Perry
I'm a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I'm down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

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