Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited
October 2015

The picture above was taken at a Chattahoochee Nature Center family event that gave us an opportuntiy to teach fly casting to youngsters.  This girl caught a giant Land Trout that was released unharmed.
Your Board of Directors under the leadership of Fundraising Chair Jack Killorin have been busy getting ready for our annual fundraising event, Autumn on the River.  It provides us with an opportunity to end UCCTU's calendar year spending time with others who share our love of cold water fisheries.  You can look forward to some spectacular auctions for rod/reel outfits, guided fishing trips, trophy trout stream trips, fly assortments, outdoor paintings, and gift certificates to local restaurants.  Our friend Henry Cowen will again be our entertainment wizzard and auctioneer.  It will also be an opportunity to see some of the year's most spectacular fly fishing films.
We hope that you will join us at Ippolito's on October 27.  Sign-up information can be found on the Autumn on the River blog at Event info 
We ask for your help with donations for this important event.  Do you know of retailers (local fly fishing retailers have already been contacted) or restaurants that may have an interest in donating for the auctions?  Do you have an unused item that you would like to donate?  If so, please contact Jack Killorin at fundraising@ucctu.org.
We look forward to seeing you on the 27th.

Jim Harvey
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited

October Meeting

2015 Autumn on the River/Fly Fishing Film Tour

It's time to buy your tickets for UCCTU's 2015 Autumn on The River fundraiser.

We will be featuring select films from the Fly Fishing Film Tour, offering a pizza and salad bar, beverages and special guest auctioneer, renowned guide Henry Cowen. 

Items at auction include private water fishing opportunities, custom fly rods, reels, gear and more. Although this is a fundraising auction, bidding will begin at significant reduction from retail value. 

Rods by Orvis, Hardy, and Tenkara USA. Custom rods by Walter's and Milton Rod. Gear by Simms, Fishpond, Umpqua and others. Private water and guided fishing  from Fern Valley, River Through Atlanta, Hal Coleman, Callaway Gardens and Kevin Arculeo. And much more.

Don't miss these opportunities and a great evening of entertainment. Seating is limited so don't delay in purchasing those tickets.

Tickets are $50 online/$60 at the door.


Chapter Fall Trip 

November 6-8
(join us if you can on Thursday, Nov. 5)
       The Cherokee, NC region is a fly fishing paradise with dozens of famous and not so famous mountain streams and rivers coursing through the area. Within the Cherokee area you can find backcountry trout fishing or spend your day on the Cullasaja, Little Tennessee, Nantahala, Raven Fork/Oconaluftee, Snowbird, or Tuckasegee River. 
 Don't miss out!  
Bourbon and Bonfire will once again be hosted by Rick Heneghan at his campsite on Saturday night. Bring your favorite beverage! We'll let you know where the campsite is in future emails. 
Check out the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail Map and Web Site:

Trip Info:

Below, you'll find information on getting your NC license and special permits--if you want to fish on reservation-controlled waters and the trophy waters of Raven Fork. We've also listed some area hotels and motels, restaurants, and other activities in the Cherokee area. 
Fishing License & Special Permits:

First, you'll need a North Carolina fishing license. All the information can be found on the state's website:

If you plan on fishing on Indian lands and Raven Fork, click on this link to purchase the required special permits:


There are many hotels and motels in Cherokee and surrounding towns. Make your reservation early since this is a very popular vacation destination. Search online for the best price. Here are several popular search sites:


Local Waters to Fish:
Information from Turning Stones Fly Fishing site.

Cullasaja River

The Cullasaja River is without a doubt one of the most picturesque rivers anywhere in western North Carolina!  This river gains it's strength from high country tributaries near the town of Highlands, North Carolina and creates Lake Sequoyah.  From there, it flows drastically down the Cullasaja Gorge through the town of Franklin, North Carolina and into the Little Tennessee River!  The river can be fished all year long except the month of March due to stocking!  It is under hatchery supported regulations! This river also boasts a solid population of wild Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout!  However, this river is very technical in nature due to the steep terrain!  For the adventurous angler you will not find a better place to play!  Not only are there fish to be caught, there are some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Macon County!  I must clarify, I do not recommend this river for beginners!  If you want to get the true trophies on the Cullasaja River you will have to get way off of the beaten path and work for them!  The fly fishing guides here at Turning Stones fly Fishing are probably the only guides in the area that know where the truly good wild areas are in this beautiful river!  The Cullasaja is within minutes of the towns of Cashiers, Highlands, Franklin, Sky Valley Georgia, Scaly Mountain, Clayton Georgia!

Little Tennessee River

The Little Tennessee River originates in the North Georgia mountains near the town of Clayton in Rabun County.  It then flows North through the town of Franklin, North Carolina and later into Fontana Lake!  The Little T as some like to call it, has a great reputation for it's Smallmouth bass fishing and for good reason!  It is one of the most sought after Smallmouth Bass fisheries in western North Carolina!  There is really good access along Needmore Road for the fly fisherman who likes to wade fish!  The Little Tennessee is a fun river to fish because you really never know what you may feel tugging at the end of your fly rod!  It has Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Red Eye Bass, Walleye, Brown Trout, and Steelhead in the late winter months!  It also has a few Musky left over in the lower reaches!  There is also a stretch of water in the town of Franklin that has been stocked with several hundred Musky the last two years!  However, it will take those guys a couple years to really get to a fun catchable size.  But when they do, Look out!  Our fly fishing guides here at Turning Stones Fly Fishing are always out on The Little Tennessee River throughout the summer months keeping tabs on the action!  The Little T is near by Franklin, Bryson City, Highlands, Cashiers, Clayton Georgia, Scaly Mountain, Sky Valley Georgia, Dillard Georgia, Mountain City Georgia, Dillsboro, Sylva, Cherokee!

Nantahala River

The Nantahala River is an excellent classroom for beginners. There are 2 main sections of the river. These 2 sections are separated by a power plant. Above the power plant there are numerous stocked fish at certain times of the year, and a plentiful amount of wild fish year round.  The upper river is under delayed harvest regulations.  Which means, that from the first of October through the first saturday of June it's catch and release single hook artificial only! At the powerhouse, a large pipe brings water down from Nantahala lake. This is a tailwater, so the water is very cold year round, which is wonderful for excellent populations of wild fish.  This section holds the current North Carolina State record Brown Trout at a whopping 24 lbs. 10 ounces!!  This section is one of the most technical rivers in the area, the wild rainbows are some of the most beautiful fish any where around!  While fishing here you will enjoy being surrounded by the steep mountain terrain of the Nantahala Gorge. It is a wonderful setting and one of the prettiest rivers that we fish. We would be happy to take you on a guided fly fishing trip to this river!  It is located near the towns of Murphy, Hayesville, Andrews, Topton, Franklin, Bryson City, Robinsville, Cherokee and Whittier. The close counties to the Nantahala River are Clay, Macon, Jackson, Swain, and Graham.

Raven Fork/Oconaluftee River

The Raven Fork of the Oconaluftee River flows directly out of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. This stretch of river is stocked with massive numbers of fish. Most of the fish stocked in this section are monsters. This is often called the fly fishing only, or the catch and release section.  The owner of Turning Stones Fly Fishing, Gordon Vanderpool, spends many days doing guided fly fishing trips on this river every year.  I guess you could say it's one of his favorites, and for good reason!  This is an absolute must for a fly fisherman who likes to have a chance at giant fish. This river doesn't require a North Carolina fishing license, but requires a Cherokee tribal trout license. This section of river is in the town of Cherokee North Carolina, within 45 minutes to the towns of  Highlands, Cashiers, Waynesville, Sylva, Franklin, Bryson City, and Dillsboro.  This river is also known for some awesome summertime dry fly action!  so if 20 plus inch fish inching their way to the surface for a big dry sounds great to you then you're gonna be in heaven!

Snowbird Creek

Big Snowbird Creek is just outside the town of Robinsville North Carolina in Graham County.  The stream flows into Lake Santeetlah.  As of now Snowbird is under hatchery supported regulations, with rumors of a change to delayed harvest on the horizon.  The stream itself is loaded with a good population of wild Rainbow Trout along with some Brown Trout mixed in.  This stream has a run of Steelhead in the late part of the year through early spring!  These runs are very sporadic but are definitely worth it to fish.  I highly recommend the steelhead for more experienced anglers as to the types of techniques we will be using.  As far as size goes,  the typical chromer will be around 14-18 inches, with some big boys mixed in!  If you button up with one of those, hang on, because you're in for a good ride!  If this sounds fun to you dont hesitate to request a guided fly fishing trip here!  This stretch of water is within an hour or so of Andrews, Topton, Nantahala, Bryson City, Sylva, Dillsboro, Franklin, Hayesville, Highlands, Cashiers, Cherokee, and Murphy North Carolina!

Tuckasegee River

The Tuckasegee River is commonly fished between the town of Dillsboro and Sylva in Jackson County North Carolina. This is big water with lots of stocked fish. Anglers have the chance at catching lots of fish, and there are big fish spread throughout. This river is often called "The Tuck".  It is located near Western Carolina University and is convenient to Highlands, Cashiers, Waynesville, Sylva, Cherokee, Franklin, Maggie Valley and Dillsboro. This is a classic southern trout tailwater.  We here at Turning Stones Fly Fishing spend alot of time doing guided fly fishing trips on the Tuck, needless to say, we know the river as good as anybody!  This river is an absolute must for a beginner, as 30 to 50 fish days can happen here!  So if lot's of willing trout and easy access sound good to you, then the Tuckaseegee River is perfect for you!

Restaurants in Cherokee:

Other Activities & Attractions In Cherokee: 

Interested in joining us for the Fall Trip? 
If you are interested in joining us for a fantastic weekend getaway to Western North Carolina and would like additional information, please send an email to programs@ucctu.org or call Ken Mock, Programs Chair at 404.725.3979.

If you are going on the trip, please let Ken know. Click on the email link above and let us know who in your group is going, when you are arriving, where you'll be staying and rivers you plan on fishing. We'll let you know what others are doing while in Cherokee and plans for dinner on Thursday and Friday nights, November 5 & 6.

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Contact Fulton County's Georgia DNR Officer Mark Puig if you see any poaching or violations while your fishing next time.
Ranger Hotline: 800-241-4113
Cell: 404-997-3214
Email:  Mark.Puig@DNR.STATE.GA.US

Check out the new Chapter Website at  ucctu.tu.org and leave comments in the Shout Out box. 
Volunteer Opportunities

Please let Tom Hayes know which events you would like to volunteer for at membership@ucctu.org and we look forward to seeing you next month!

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