Burton Trout Hatchery Begins Renovation

September 11, 2019

Burton Trout Hatchery Begins Renovation, Visitor Hours Change

For the first time in 70 plus years, the Lake Burton Trout Hatchery raceways are empty and dry, and the last of the trout has entered North Georgia streams or been transferred to other trout hatcheries. But, why? The hatchery is preparing for a renovation, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

“The Lake Burton Trout Hatchery was built in the 1930’s, and is long overdue for a renovation in order to continue serving the angling public,” says WRD Fisheries Biologist Anthony Rabern. “This large-scale project will temporarily alter the availability of the area for the public, but ultimately will allow us to utilize new technologies to further enhance trout pro-duction.”

Wildcat Creek Road Closed

April 1, 2019

A popular stocked trout stream in Rabun County, Wildcat Creek, will have its trout stock- ings 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.

The US Forest Service has indicated that the public can still walk the road to fish and camp but, for safety reasons, it will remain closed to vehicles for a short period while repairs are made. CLICK HERE to find more information regarding road closures on the National Forest.

GAWRD’s scheduled weekly trout stockings will resume when the road is repaired and reopened to the public. Need more trout info? CLICK HERE.

John Lee Thomson
Trout Stocking Coordinator GAWRD – Lake Burton Hatchery 706-947-1508

Mack Martin Rod Raffle

April 1, 2019

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. Thank you, Mack!

This year the rod is a four piece, 8’ length, 3 weight Winston AIR fly rod. Mack says “I have one and it feels like a feather in my hand!” The reel is a TFO BVK 1 Large Arbor reel.

Raffle tickets cost $3.00 each or four tickets for $10.00. The drawing for the rod and reelwill be held Tuesday, July 16 at the Chapter Family Cookout at Kelly’s Water Park.

See Pat Hopton or any Board of Director member to purchase tickets.

Congrats to Monte Seehorn

February 4, 2019

Congratulations, Monte!

Rabunite Monte Seehorn, retired USFS fisheries biologist, was recently inducted into Southern Trout’s “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame! The ceremony was held Friday, Feb 1 at 4:30 pm at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show.

Pretty impressive for a crusty Old Fart!

2019 Dream Trip Raffle — Fly Fishing for Two

December 3, 2018

2019 TU DreamTrip flyer

For complete rules and details visit www.georgiatu.org.

“The 2019 Dream Trip reaches new heights. The opportunity to fish with John McGarity, stay in his fabulous log cabin conveniently

located between the Madison River, Yellowstone National Park and the Henry’s Fork puts you smack dab in the middle of some of the most

famous trout waters in North America. John is the consummate trout angler, fishing almost every day during the 5 or 6 months each year

he resides in Idaho. Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone checks with John for fishing reports. Having been a restauranteur, John is also an

excellent cook… you will not go hungry on this trip! TU couldn’t ask for a better host and guide for this year’s Dream Trip.”

-Jimmy Harris, owner, Unicoi Outfitters

• 5 days hosted fishing / 6 nights lodging in Idaho July 21 – 26, 2019
A float trip on the Madison River is in

• Each winner receives: A float trip on the Madison River, plus Choice of Winston BIII-x or Air 4, 5, or 7 weight rod, a fly reel with

Scientific Angler line, and a fly box and flies for the trip (Approx. 5-7 dozen per box)

Congratulations to Rabunite Kathy Breithaupt

October 9, 2018

Rabun Resident Elected to Chair State Council of Trout Unlimited

In the recent annual leadership election for Trout Unlimited, Dr. Kathy Breithaupt of Rabun County was elected as the Council Chair for Georgia Trout Unlimited.

Dr. Breithaupt has been an active member of the Rabun Chapter of Trout Unlimited and currently acts as secretary of the chapter. Previously she was secretary for the Georgia Council and, more recently, held the position as Vice-Chair. In addition, she is the founding Coordinator for the Georgia Trout Camp, a week-long camp for boys and girls from all over Georgia and other states that has operated for the past fifteen years.

The Georgia Council is the umbrella organization for all twelve chapters of Trout Unlimited in Georgia. The Council supports all chapters with their 4000 members and coordinates efforts to meet the mission of protecting and restoring cold, clean water in Georgia and throughout our country.

Dr. Breithaupt is the first female to chair the State Council and one of just a very few nationwide to hold this position. Trout Unlimited is a national conservation organization founded in 1959 that now boast over 150,000 members throughout the country.

For more information visit www.georgiatu.org.

Mack Martin Rod Raffle A Success

August 6, 2018

Report from Pat Hopton, Mack Martin Rod Raffle Coordinator

The drawing for the Mack Martin Rod Raffle was held July 19 at the annual Family Picnic. This year we sold 782 tickets and raised a total of $1,890. To compare, last year we sold 574 tickets and raised $1,490.

The winner of the rod raffle was Tony Allred. Tony is a longtime member of the Chapter, has served as Treasurer, is currently on the Board of Directors, and he and his wife, Terri, coordi- nate the annual Christmas dinner. The rod and reel were presented to Terri at the pic-
nic. Congratulations, Tony!

This year we had a runner-up prize of a full day guided fishing trip for two at the Hatch Camp, donated by Steve Perry and Scott Lowe. The winner of that prize was Howard Holt. Howard is a member of the Savannah River Chapter and recently helped the Rabun Chapter at the Tallulah River Kids Fishing Event at the fish cleaning station. Howard’s grandson, Jessie Phillips, attended this year’s Trout Camp, which is where Howard bought his ticket. The certificate for the trip has been mailed to Howard. Congratulations, Howard!

Thank you to everyone who sold and purchased tickets! Good job!!!

May 26: Bettys Creek Stream Trimming Project

April 3, 2018

May 26 (Sat) Bettys Creek Stream Trimming Project. 8:00 am—12:00 pm. Meet at Bettys Creek and US Hwy 441. Contact Charlie or Kathy Breithaupt. This work project will be conducted in memory of Doug Mansfield, Rabun Chapter.

 

In preparation for the annual Trout Camp which will be at Rabun Gap Nacoochee School once again from June 3rd – June 8th. Volunteers are needed! Your assistance will make the job much easier so please plan to come out and join us streamside for a little work and some great fellowship.

May 16: Fishing and Fellowship Trip to Tallulah River and Coleman River.

April 3, 2018

May 16 (Wed) Fishing and Fellowship Trip to Tallulah River and Coleman River. Contact Mike Fuller.

May 15: Annual Scouts Cookout

April 3, 2018

ANNUAL SCOUTS APPRECIATION PICNIC

Tuesday, May 15 at Indian Lake, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School

All Rabun County Boy and Girl Scout troops, Cubs and Brownies packs, parents and leaders are invited!

Beginning at 4:00 pm – Fishing in Indian Lake for bream and bass. Rods, reels,and bait provided by the Chapter. No boats or swimming. Dogs must be on a leash.

At 6:00 pm we will have a hamburger and hot dog supper with all the fixin’s.
The Rabun Chapter provides the hamburgers, hotdogs, plates, silverware, drinks, ice. Chapter members please bring side dishes and desserts.

Directions: On Hwy 441, just south of the Rabun Gap Post Office, turn onto School Farm Road. Go one half mile, turn left onto Indian Lake Road. Follow the signs to the cookout.

Thank you, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, for the use of your facilities! For more information, contact Kent Wilson.

 

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Rabun TU Caps for Sale

Baseball-style caps in various colors with the “Rabun Chapter TU” logo will be available to purchase at the monthly Chapter meetings.

Cost is $15 per cap.
Contact Tammy Hopton for more details.

 

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Burton Hatchery Begins Renovation

Visiting hours change. For the first time in 70 plus years, the Lake Burton Trout Hatchery raceways are empty and dry, and the last of the trout has entered North Georgia streams or been transferred to other trout hatcheries. But, why? The hatchery is preparing for a renovation, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. More details here

 

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