June 8: Tallulah River Kids Fishing Event

May 14, 2019

June 8 (Sat) Tallulah River Kids Fishing Event. To be held at Tallulah River Campground from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Sponsored by the US Forest Service and the Rabun Chapter.

June 2-7: Trout Camp

May 14, 2019

To be held at Tallulah Falls School. More information

Apr 16: Annual Scouts Appreciation Dinner and Fishing Event

April 1, 2019

There will be no monthly Rabun Chapter meeting in April. Instead, you are invited to the

Annual Scouts Appreciation Dinner and Fishing Event

Tuesday, April 16

Indian Lake Picnic Area, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Rabun Gap, GA Fishing begins at 4:00 pm
Supper begins at 6:00 pm
All Rabun County Boy and Girl Scouts, leaders, and parents are invited!

The Chapter provides the hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, plates and silver- ware, drinks and ice, and condiments.

Chapter members are asked to please bring a covered dish, such as cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, casseroles, and desserts. Please con- tact Tammy Hopton and let her know what you are bringing.

To get to Indian Lake Picnic Area: from Clayton, GA take US Hwy 441 north to Rabun Gap, GA. Turn left (west) onto School Farm Road. Go 1/2 mile, turn left onto Indian Lake Road. Go to the end of the road.

Apr 6: Rabunite 101

March 4, 2019

Download this flyer with the registration form!

  • Ever wanted to try your hand at fly-fishing for trout but never learned the in’s and out’s of it? 
  • Ever wonder why some people seem to get so “hooked” on it?  

Now’s your chance! The Rabun Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning a half-day fly-fishing    seminar for adults (male and female 16 years and older).  The seminar will cover equipment, casting, knots and entomology (the bugs we imitate for fish to eat).      

Instructors include Federation of Fly Fishing Certified Instructors and other experts for a  hands-on learning experience that will be helpful and fun.

WHAT:        Beginning Fly-Fishing Seminar  “Rabunite 101” 

WHEN:        Saturday – April 6, 2019     8:30 am until 1:00 pm 

WHERE:    Clayton Methodist Creative Learning Center/ Gym  
205 Ministry Mountain Drive, Clayton, GA  30525  (off old hwy 441 behind the radio station)     

HOW MUCH?  Cost is only $25         

WANT TO SIGN UP???  FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!   

The session is limited to 28 participants.

June 3-8: Georgia Trout Camp

May 2, 2018

June 3-8 (Sun-Fri) Trout Camp at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. Sponsored by the Georgia Council.

June 2: Kids Fishing Event at Tallulah River – POSTPONED

May 2, 2018

EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING. New Date TBA soon.

June 2 (Sat) Kids Fishing Event at Tallulah River. 8:00 am—12:00 pm. Sponsored by the Rabun Chapter.

Kids Fishing Rodeo at Tallulah River Campground, Clayton, GA

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Fish in a stocked river

Hot dog lunch with chips and drink

Win prizes

Meet Forest Service Rangers and learn about forest stewardship

ALL FREE

Children age 2-16. Registration that morning or forms are available at go.usa.gov/x532G

For more information, call 706-754-6221.

Apr 7: Rabunite 101

February 13, 2018

April 7 (Sat): Rabunite 101. Beginning Fly-Fishing Seminar 8:30 am until 1:00 pm. Clayton Methodist Creative Learning Center/ Gym . Cost is only $25.00. Event limited to 28 participants. Sign-up sheet on page 4 of the February 2018 newsletter.

Mar 15: Trout Camp (June 2-7) 2019 – Application Deadline!

January 4, 2018

Where: Tallulah Falls School, Clayton, Georgia
When: June 2-7, 2019 (Sunday – Friday)
Boys and Girls, 13-15 Years Old

Calling all Trout Campers!

  • Learn and Practice the Sport of Fly Fishing
  • Study Sound Conservation Practices
  • Enjoy a Fun and Rewarding Experience

A brochure describing camp activities is available: 2019 Trout Camp Brochure

What will campers be doing? Here is the 2018 Daily Schedule. Location for the 2018 Trout Camp stream restoration project TBA.

What to bring to Trout Camp? What to Bring to Camp

Applications:

Trout Camp applicant: Trout Camp 2019 Application
Trout Camp Mentors Application/Background Check process: 

Camp Mentor Application/Background Check: Georgia Trout Camp Mentors – Background Check Informaton 2018 and Sexual_Abuse_Policy

Young Mentors (Trout Camp graduates ages 15-18): Young Mentor Application

Mail applications to:

Charlie Breithaupt, GA Trout Camp Coordinator
194 Kitchins Lane
Clayton, GA 30525

Deadline for applying: Set by each Chapter – Check with your local TU Chapter for details.

The application and payment must be in the Camp Director’s office by March 15, 2019.

 

Calling all Trout Campers!

January 4, 2018

If you have or know of a young boy or girl between the ages of 12-15 years old who is fully crazy about Trout Fishing this camp is for them. The camp is held at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. For 2018 the dates are June 3-8 (Sunday – Friday). Twenty four kids will be chosen from the 12 Trout Unlimited Chapters in the state of Georgia. The kids will learn and prac ce the sport of y shing. They will study and have hands on in the eld conserva on prac ces. Each kid will enjoy a fun and rewarding experience. If you know a kid that would love to further enhance their love of trout sh- ing click here for more informa on. You will also nd the applica on at that link also! Help protect what we all love by passing on the passion!

Sept 23: Unicoi Outdoor Adventure Day

August 13, 2017

Sept. 23 (Sat): Save the date for the annual Unicoi Outdoor Adventure Day. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

It’s that time of the year again! Interested volunteers should reply to me, preferably by email (jeff.durniak@dnr.ga.gov) Office phone:770-535-5498 and fax 5953.

Please consider volunteering to help us at Unicoi State Park’s Outdoor Adventure Day to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, 9/23/17. You don’t have to be an expert outdoorsman or woman to play a vital role in the day’s success. Can you help at registration or direct parking? There’s a niche for everyone.

Unicoi State Park’s management company, Coral Hospitality, hosts us, WRD Game Management Supervisor Scott Frazier will handle the budget, and I will handle event staffing. We (DNR) need a hundred or so volun- teers to make this event happen. Many of you are OAD veterans, but the following info may help prospective volunteers to understand the roles they could play and to make the decision to join our ranks. To fill out my roster and to ensure good communications with all of you volunteers, I would like the following info from each volunteer:

=================================================== PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM

1) Your name : _______________
2) Your affiliation (if you’d like me to credit your group or club) :_________________ 3) email address: ______________
4) phone number : ________________
5) first choice of venue : ______________
6) second choice of venue: ____________
7) are you willing to work anywhere I need somebody (y/n)? ____

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First come, first served. The majority of the event is held along the creek downstream from Unicoi Dam

(map: http://www.unicoilodge.com/ga-state-park/park-map/)
Below is the narrative from previous years’ volunteer instructions to help you understand the duties at each venue. Thanks for your consideration. We can’t pull off this event without an army of vols!

Venue Info:

• Registration tent. These workers will greet visitors and get signed liability release forms and pens back from them in exchange for raffle tickets. Detailed instructions will be provided to you on Saturday (9/23), as Kim trains you. Visitors will be given an arm band as proof of signing the release form (so they can shoot).

• Raffle tent. Visitors will put one copy of the raffle ticket into the raffle bucket of their choice and keep the other copy. The raffle will start at 1 PM for free prizes. I have a small, separate work force assigned to the raffle. Volunteers on my roster are eligible for prizes, also!

• Parking. Lodge staff will guide visitor vehicles to orderly parking in the big field. Parks staff also have a plan for overflow parking, if needed. They may need a few helpers to direct traffic and explain the venue lay- out to arriving guests as they depart their vehicles.

• Archery. Hands-on. One-on-one instruction by WRD and Traditional Bowhunters Association. Note that this venue is on far side of Smith Creek, next to the laundry building. It can be reached by the road cross- ing up near the dam or by the footbridge over the creek to the group camp. Some of you may be asked to pro- vide security. Just stand at edge of venue and prevent visitors from straying into the line of fire.

• Airgun. Hands on by WRD, 4-H Club, and other volunteers. Same as #4, and located next to it. Again, a few of you may secure the perimeter.

• Skeet. Handled mainly by well-trained DNR and USFS Rangers and Game Management Technicians. It’s 500 yards downstream from the main event (safety, safety). A few of you may simply help at the sign-in tent and keep waiting guests a safe distance away from the shooting area (no experience needed).

• Fishing tent. This is where visitors can exchange a driver’s license for a loaner fishing pole and bait. Biologists, fishing guides, TU’ers, and other fibbers can answer questions and give fishing tips. Fisheries staff will need at least 6 helpers to stay at the tent to handle loaner rod untangling, knot-tying, bait distribution, and rod checkout. This is a busy, yet fun tent.

• Fly casting. Part of the field will be set aside for casting instruction. I suggest that volunteers bring a rod that they don’t mind visitors tinkering with (DON’T BRING YOUR GOOD SAGE OR WINSTON!!!). I am venue leader for casting and tying. If you tie, bring your tying stuff with you, too.

• Fly tying instruction. Bring your supplies and an extra vise if you have one. Let visitors sit down at the table and tie his/her own fly to take home. Variations of the woolly worm (W. bugger, Anytime/Anywhere, etc.) or San Juan worm have worked well for me in the past. Kids love a gold bead and a big, gaudy fly. Girls love pink flies. Beads from craft store, yarn from Wal Mart. Cheap, easy, and fun for visitor. Many visitors are shy, so you may have to speak up and encourage youngsters to come over and tie their own fly.

• Fishing-stream helpers. Grab a pocket fishing kit (hooks and shot) and some bait (corn) that WRD will supply and go help people fishing on stream. Search them out—look at stringers, tackle used, and forlorn faces. Find a kid and work with him/her for an hour or so on reading water, casting, setting hook, etc. Mentoring! Fishing is NOT restricted to kids only (parent has the driver’s license, so they must be hooked, too). Feel free to bring some of your favorite baits to help your reputation as an awesome fishing guide. We will have about 100 loaner poles available, but feel free to bring an extra Zebco outfit if you have one to loan to your “student,” since we made more than 200 loans at our last event. Some of you can help WRD staff stock creek around 9:45AM. Get some kids to help too – we’re bringing buckets to get them involved.

• Wildlife. The experts pretty much run their own shows. Volunteers here will mainly help WRD Wildlife Education Specialists Kathy Church and Pete Griffin with logistics needed by the demonstrators (tables, chairs, PR, food and water, etc).

Thanks for considering the donation of your Saturday to preserve the future of your sport! Please provide your information to me if you are interested in helping DNR to promote outdoor recreation and plant some seeds of conservation.

Sincerely, Jeff

Jeff Durniak

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May 21: Cookout on The River!

At 6:30 pm on the Chattooga River in the parking lot on the Georgia side at Burrell’s Ford for Hot Dogs and all the fixings. Kathy and Charlie Breithaupt will bring all the food , including drinks, and do the cooking. More info here. 

 

Wildcat Creek Road Closed

A popular stocked trout stream in Rabun County, Wildcat Creek, will have its trout stockings delayed for several weeks this spring due to the closure of Wildcat Creek Road. The US Forest Service has closed this road due to a landslide that occurred this winter. Details here.

Rod Raffle!

Once again, Mack Martin of the Atlanta Fly Fishing School has graciously donated a custom-built fly rod and reel to the Rabun Chapter to be used for fund raising.

Read more here.

 

Congratulations to Monte Seehorn

Rabunite Monte Seehorn, retired USFS fisheries biologist, was recently inducted into Southern Trout’s “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame! More details here