July 21: Chapter Meeting (via Zoom)

July 8, 2020

July 21 (Tues) Rabun Chapter Monthly Meeting. 7:00 pm by Zoom conferencing. Final program details and a meeting password will come soon. Contact Jeff Durniak.

Meet Your Game Warden”

Tuesday, July 21 at 7:00 pm

To be held using Zoom video conferencing.

The GA Department of Natural Resource’s new Rabun County game warden is Ethan Franklin. He’s got a great pedigree! A native of Habersham County, Ethan has done DNR tours as a brook trout intern for Leon Brotherton, a wildlife technician, and finally as a DNR Law Enforcement officer. And his mom, Shari, was Jeff Durniak’s office manager.

Come and learn more about Ethan’s hunting and fishing heritage, his commitment to conservation, and his desire to have your eyes and ears helping him to protect our natural resources.

Final program details and a meeting password will come soon, so consider joining our video conference and virtually reuniting as Rabunites.

July 16: Rabun Chapter Annual Family Picnic – CANCELED

May 12, 2020

July 16 (Thur) Rabun Chapter Annual Family Picnic. 6:30 pm at Kellys Water Fall Park in Dillard, GA. CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19.

April 29-May 3:Rabun Chapter Spring Campout – CANCELED

March 4, 2020

Wed Apr 29 – Sun May 3 at Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest, SC. See page 7 for more information. Contact Terry Rivers.

Details: The Chapter will use Site #93 in the Wooded Loop as the “gathering spot”. Meals will be taken there along with story telling around the campfire at night.

Campers should contact the Park and make their own campsite reservations. There are a variety of sites available, including sites with full hookups.

We will eat breakfast and supper together at Site #93. Lunch is on your own. If you sign up to cook a meal then all meals are free of charge to you. If you do not cook a meal, then pay the cook $5.00 for each meal that you eat. What a deal! The Chapter will provide stoves, paper plates, silverware, cups.

Even if you don’t camp, come by to eat a meal or sit around the campfire. You may even be treated to some cowboy poetry by Pat and Charlie!

During the day you may explore the Park, hike to scenic waterfalls, photograph spring wildflowers, visit nearby Cashiers, NC, or fish the many streams in the Tri-State area. Remember to carry the appropriate State fishing license!

For more information, or to sign up to cook a meal, contact the Campout Host Terry Rivers.

Apr 21: Scouts Appreciation Cookout and Fishing Event CANCELED

March 4, 2020

Apr 21 (Tues) Scouts Appreciation Dinner and Fishing Event. Fishing begins at 4:00 pm, supper begins at 6:00 pm. Indian Lake Picnic Area at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Contact Jimmy Whiten.

Mark your calendars for the annual Scout Cookout which will be held on April 21st at Indian Lake on the campus of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. The scouts in attendance will not only enjoy grilled hotdogs and hamburgers, but also an opportunity to hone their angling skills while working up and appetite. We always have a great time with our local scouts who bring high energy, big appetites and lots of enthusiasm with them.

Apr 18: Women’s Fly Fishing Clinic – CANCELED

March 4, 2020

Due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, this program has been canceled. Please contact Michele Crawford at mcrawfordtu@windstream.net for more information

Saturday April 18

10:00 am—3:00 pm at the Delayed Harvest section of Smith Creek, Unicoi State Park. See pages 4 and 5 for more information. Contact Michele Crawford or Tammy Hopton.

Calling All Ladies!

The Rabun Chapter Trout Unlimited Ladies Fly-Fishing Clinic is the perfect time to act on your desire to learn how to fly fish for trout.

* Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

* To be held at the Delayed Harvest section of Smith Creek, Unicoi State Park.

* Cost is $30 per participant. Don’t forget to buy your fishing license!

Each lady participant will be paired with a fishing guide that will work with you throughout the day to learn the basics of fly fishing. Waders and rods will be provided.

The morning will begin with some casting demonstrations with your personal guide (if needed) then fishing until 1:00pm with your personal guide. Your guide will work hands on in the water with you. You will learn casting techniques, fly selection, reading the water, catching and releasing.

After fishing, from 1:00 until 2:30 enjoy fellowship with the other ladies and guides along with a great lunch and creekside fire.

When you sign up, we will get your boot and pant size so you will be fitted with waders and boots on Saturday morning.

This is a rain or shine event. There is no rain date should this event have to be canceled due to extremely stormy dangerous weather. If we have to cancel you will have first opportunity to sign up for our fall event.

For more info or to sign up email Michele Crawford at mcrawfordtu@windstream.net

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Rabun Rendezvous Donations

January 6, 2020

TO ALL RABUNITES:

The 33rd Annual Rabun Rendezvous is rapidly approaching. The funds we raise are used to support Trout Unlimited efforts for cold water conservation and education.

Your donations are an integral part of that support! Donations to our event are starting to arrive and we’ll continue to update and publicize the list of items every couple of weeks. Hopefully, this will provide our prospective attendees the opportunity to identify some of the items in which they may be most interested.

Please consider a donation to the Rendezvous. Need an idea for what you can donate? Art, crafts (wood working, fishing flies, etc.), a campout with fishing, a day of lake fishing, a day of deer hunting on a lease, a day of wild turkey hunting, vacations, golf packages, raft trips, weekend use of mountain cabins or condos at beach, and goodies from the kitchens of the Rabunites (cakes, breads, baskets with canned veggies, jams, jellies and preserves) have always been popular with our guests.

If you don’t have an item to donate, that’s alright! Please consider donating your time at theRendezvous. We need volunteers to help staff the registration table, assist in the bucket raffle and silent auction events, and to meet and greet the folks who come out to support our great chapter.

And you could also consider making a cash donation to the chapter. You can send it to my address or provide it to a Board of Directors member. We are working on setting up a Pay-Pal account to make it easier to donate. More on that in the coming days.

Thank you for your support of the Rabun Chapter Trout Unlimited!

Ray King – Rabun Rendezvous Chair 121 Creek Road
Otto, North Carolina 28763-9356

All donations to Rabun TU (a Federal Tax Exempt 501(c)3 non-profit) are tax deductible.

Feb 18: Chapter Meeting

December 17, 2019

Fellowship Hall of Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church 8397 Wolffork Road, Rabun Gap, GA Fellowship begins at 6:30 pm
Meeting begins at 7:00 pm

From Rockies to Appalachians: New Biologist Meet & Greet

Presentation by Sarah Baker, GA DNR Fisheries Biologist

Sarah will unpack her adventure filled endeavor to landing her dream job as a fisheries biolo- gist. She has worked extensively with trout in riverine systems in Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Washington, and Alabama. She’ll discuss various habitat improvement/stream restoration techniques that she has contributed to, and describe her research experience with a tailwater trout fishery. Sarah will also share some of her upcoming responsibilities with GA DNR.

Feb 1: Annual Planning Meeting

December 17, 2019

Feb 1 (Sat) Annual Planning Meeting. 8:00 am at the Dillard House Restaurant in Dillard, GA Anyone can attend. Contact Kent Wilson.

Jan 14: Chapter Meeting

December 17, 2019

Jan 14 (Tues) Monthly Chapter Meeting.

Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church in Rabun Gap, GA. Contact Kent Wilson.

Fellowship begins at 6:30 pm
Meeting begins at 7:00 pm

Gold Rush TU’er and avid mountain trouter Sam Johnson will give a program on his newly published book, “Flyfishing the Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Section.”

I do believe he said! If you wanna know what he said, show up for our January 14 meeting. And if you want to remember what he said, bring some bucks for his book!

Let’s have a big Rabunite turnout for our fellow TUer and avid angler from the Gold Rush Chapter, Sam Johnson. See you on the 14th!

Jan 18, 2020: 33rd Annual Rabun Rendezvous

October 8, 2019

Jan 18 (Sat) 33rd Annual Rabun Rendezvous. Dillard House Conference Center, Dillard, GA. Contact Ray King.

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New Kiosks at Burrell’s Ford

The Rabun Chapter recently donated funds to help pay for a new kiosk to be located at the Burrells Ford Bridge, near the trailhead to Ellicotts Rock. The kiosk will encourage visitors to practice “Leave No Trace” outdoor recreation. Read more here.