Game Fish Size & Possession Limits brook, brown & rainbow trout ... Read More→ • A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day. With a 10 foot pole it is quite easy to reach out 20 feet or more and by wading in the stream you can reach almost anywhere. Trout fishing techniques for rivers and streams are mostly a matter of common sense and learning to think like the fish. See Map #4 of the "South Carolina Trout Fishing Guide" described above. lol. MAP LEGEND: Blue Dot = Put In, Red Dot = Take Out (Above map supplied by Wanan W., copyright ©.) A few dollars will provide another one. WOW! Mae Williams from USA on December 06, 2011: I was surprised to find you like fishing. The Eastatoe River flows through a rugged gorge and prevents all but the serious fly angler more problems to access than the causal … My own current setup cost about $100 for the rod and somewhat less for the reel. Try it. Downstream of the bridge, the river contains a mix of wild trout and stocked fish, including 20,000 brown trout that are stocked as sub-adults every fall. A lighter leader might be nice and increase the "feel," but there are inevitably a lot of snags on the bottom of a moving stream that you can easily pull off of with a little heavier leader. Trout fishing, however, is fun, and it's usually done in beautiful surroundings! The longer rod also gives more control in many situations of directing the bait around underwater obstacles. They have been tested in Eastatoe River by some of our South Carolina customers and have proven very effective there. I just find that long fly pole useful in controlling the bait, in putting it just where I want it. Never jerk the line around the water (except to set the hook), as it will look very unnatural. For good trout fishing, I go to central Oregon. Nestled in the heart of the mountains, it is a treasure bed of choices for fun-filled days. My father, until his death in 1994, used the same bamboo rod he taught me with some 50 years ago, coupled with an "automatic" (spring loaded line retrieval) fly reel of the same vintage, and seemed happy with them both. I love water. Although I've heard stories of Crooked River fishing and always wanted to go there, I never have. A large, dirty river cannot provide this, and even a mountain lake does not provide the peaceful feeling and sounds of water rushing downstream. John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on October 30, 2011: Great hub. I always thought it was a man sport. Standard for me is usually a #4 hook on the end. Owned and managed by the SC Department of Natural Resources, Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve covers 374 acres in Pickens County. I grew up fishing for native brookies and brown trout in small New England streams and rivers mainly in CT. Like you said the peace and serentiy of the remote streams was as much enjoyable as pulling a few native brookies from the stream. That was two weeks ago. Above Burrell's is the wild section. If you ever get out Idaho way, check out Ponderosa State Park; there is some excellent trout fishing in the Payette River along the road there. North of the bridge, towards Ellicott Rock (the confluence of NC, SC, and GA borders), the fish are native and wild. I live and work in a largish country town about 60kms northeast of Melbourne in Victoria. I am not a biologist, but it seems reasonable that trout can smell (you are standing in their atmosphere, after all) and might detect your odor. Anglers will again be able to catch mostly brook trout, rainbows and a few browns. I am so excited to fish in Montana this year. But I still plan to go sometime! The closest I ever came was fly fishing for shoal bass in the flint river here in Georgia. If it's raining cats and dogs, sit it out for an hour! I love fishing the moutain rivers around Boise and north. We've got some dandy streams. I very often see deer and other wildlife, while finding few people. This need not be of the highest quality (or cost), as I do not fly-fish, but it does need to be a decent setup. Since then a slug of big storms have hammered the Up Country. The objective is to have enough weight, perhaps 18" or 2 feet from the hook, to be able to control the location of the hook. It makes for a shaky day, always looking over my shoulder and I usually find some excuse to go back to camp and collect it. Never thought of that. At the same time, I have caught many nice trout by slowly raising the bait to the surface; I suspect that they think it's "getting away" and it's taken before it can escape. Always wanted to go trout fishing in a mountain stream. It was all small mountain stream. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 14, 2012: Glad you enjoyed it. Manistee River. This trail starts out on the Jones Gap trail and quickly exits onto the Rim of the Gap Trail. I like the fly tackle for the longer rod and floating fly line. I use a ten-foot fly rod with a normal fly reel. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on March 28, 2018: I don't know if it's true or not but it very well could be. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on February 01, 2011: I grew up in the northeast corner of Oregon; that's where I learned to trout fish. The water is 55 degrees in the summer. I really enjoyed reading your article on worm fishing with a fly rod. Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself. We sell fly fishing rods, reels, fly lines, waders and gear. Flowing through a secluded mountain gorge, the cold, clear Eastatoe River has the kind of habitat preferred by wild rainbow trout. I've tried for salmon, steelhead and a couple of times for sturgeon. I've been trying my luck at a mountain stream in this village in Himachal Pradesh, India. No matter the season, a rushing stream always seems to remind me of springtime. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 30, 2011: I've fished a little in both the Atlantic and Pacific and enjoyed it immensely. A casting rod will get it much further, of course, but lacks the control at closer areas. Small mountain streams just don't support large fish very well - they move downstream to larger rivers and lakes. We’d never been to the South Carolina’s Little Eastatoe Creek. Not perfect; 4 or 5 feet of leader gives the bait lots of room to move around, but better than if I couldn't see the line at all. The purpose of fishing is enjoyment, or should be, not merely catching fish. I have heard a lot about some fantastic mountain streams. The water is clear and trout can be line shy, especially with the pressure this roadside water receives. Most kids are now out of school in South Carolina, which means pressure will be increasing. I didn’t blame him, particularly with the lightening racing towards us fast. I like that! I've pulled a five-foot sturgeon from the Snake River in Idaho, and I've enjoyed it all immensely; but nothing can compare to wading a small mountain stream trying to hook a wild rainbow trout. I wouldn't dare to show up fishing anywhere without the proper license.... Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 27, 2011: Those surroundings are half the reason I'm there; as you can see from the hub I seldom find monsters in the areas I fish in. The good news is South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has restocked it with large sums of trout and will continue to do so as water temperatures permit. The Eastatoe, which flows to Lake Keowee, is a popular trout fishing waterway. Go trout fishing on the Eastatoe River. I prefer a worm. Living in the Ozarks of North Arkansas I spend a lot of time on White River, using a variety of methods for trout fishing. By James Marsh. Trout will usually be found in places you cannot see, either due to covering rocks or brush or possibly moving water. That isn't fun—it's masochistic and not to be done by normal people. Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on July 12, 2010: Always wanted to go trout fishing in a mountain stream. Guess I just want both! Thanks! Your intent is to present food at a reasonable distance and in such a manner that it looks natural to the trout. For information on trout stocking in the lower Saluda River (Lake Murray Tailwater) please contact Ronald C. Ahle 803-353-8232. I love the beauty and solitude, though. I have never considered nightcrawlers and short casts with a fly rod. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on September 19, 2017: Of course. The fly rod is great for casting or poking a worm into a tight spot that would be almost impossible with a spinning rod and reel. My favorite, though, is a small cold mountain stream looking for native trout. Thank you. I've enjoyed all of it, but my favorite remains a peaceful, lonely mountain stream looking for trout. I've had incredibly violent fights in a small hole only to return immediately and catch 3, 4 or 5 more out of the same hole. We caught all our trout on Garlic Salmon Egg Fire Bait. Thanks for the article Dan. Eastatoe Creek is a stream located just 11.5 miles from Pickens, in Pickens County, in the state of South Carolina, United States, near Eastatoe, SC. If catching fish is all you want, go to the grocery store, jam a hook into one and drag it to the cashier. The River: Burrells Ford is a bridge that serves as the marking point from where the river is stocked with hatchery trout. River levels have subsided. Great hub. I eat trout sometimes, but I much prefer grouper, flounder, seatrout, redfish, cod, and sharks. I enjoy fishing as well. Thread starter kevind62; Start date Dec 1, 2017; kevind62 Well-known member. I have a friend that fly fishes in the winter. Al from Australia, Hong Kong, USA on March 25, 2016: collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on December 23, 2012: There's nothing better than a day spent on a stream with an old fly rod. Excellent and informative hub and enjoyed the pics as well. Any game fish or species with a size limit listed must be landed with head and tail fin intact. For more info on South Carolina trout fishing please visit http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/stocking/results.html. I wanted one of our guys to try other baits, but he refused because the Garlic Salmon Egg was working so well. A word on weights. Seasons: The trout season follows the general South Carolina regulations. I spent some 22 years living in Virginia and fished extensively for bass, bluegill, perch and other warm-water fish. It's worth the trip. Nevertheless snags are a way of life in the river; I often let the current carry my bait into and under log jams and such. I'm an avid angler, but I prefer saltwater fishing. Likewise, I've hooked a few by pulling the hook upstream in slower moving water, for perhaps the same reason. It makes catching and releasing easy. We get a few brookies around here, but mostly it's rainbow. I want a stream where chest waders are a waste of money, and even hip waders are not a great deal of value; I can usually find a wide, shallow area to cross. Hooks and weights will snag on the rocks as the current carries them past, but usually not very hard. The hook ends up in the trout’s mouth, rather than allowing it to swallow the bait. Water temperatures have been in the upper 40’s to the mid 50’s on occasion. This steep mountain gorge features some old growth hemlock, a rainbow trout stream, dramatic rock cliffs and rare ferns that are maintained by the creek's moist spray. That crawdad was living in the same water I thought would be perfect for trout. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 20, 2010: Thank you. Cool hub. 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