May 18: Chapter Meeting, Cookout and Fishing

March 1, 2022

May, 2022 Rabun Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, May 18*, 5:00 pm at Burrells Ford. “Chapter Meeting, Hot Dog Cook Out, Doug Adams Tribute,

Dark Thirty Fishing, and Fairies!

* Please note change of date!

Join your friends for the May Chapter Meeting to be held outdoors at the parking area on the Georgia side of the Burrells Ford bridge. We will meet at 5:00 pm, and enjoy a hotdog—with all the fixin’s— cookout. Contact Kathy Breithaupt to volunteer to bring food.

A short business meeting will be held to elect some leadership positions. We will also pay tribute to our dear friend, Doug Adams.

Then you are free to go fishing! This is a prime time of year to fish until “Dark Thirty” and there’s just no better place to do it.

And on your hike out, you may get lucky and see “The Fairies”. What are the fairies? CLICK HERE.

See you there—bring a friend!

May 7: Volunteers Needed for Mom’s Day Out

March 1, 2022

Saturday, May 7. Mom’s Day Out. Meet at picnic shelter #6 in the Day Use Area alongside Smith Creek, in Unicoi State Park. This is a GA DNR-sponsored education program and they are asking for volunteers from the Rabun Chapter to assist.

Sarah Baker of Georgia DNR is asking for 3 volunteers from Rabun TU to help with Mom’s Day Out. This educational event is designed to encourage women to become flyfishers.

The event will be held on Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. We will meet at pic- nic shelter # 6 in the Day Use Area (on the road to Anna Ruby Falls) of Unicoi State Park.

Here is a tentative schedule for the event:

9:00 AM – Welcome
9:15 AM – Learn how to fish for trout (break up into two large groups) 10:15 AM – Fishing on Smith Creek
11:45 AM – Lunch
12:45 PM – Travel over to Adventure Camp field
1:00 PM – Educational Sessions

How to cast a fly rod
How to prepare a trout for supper Fish anatomy and art

2:00 PM – Adjourn (Pass out goody bags & prizes)

To sign up, please contact Tammy Hopton, Vice Prez, at (706) 982-1315

Thank you!

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May 2-8: Chapter Spring Campout

March 1, 2022

When: Monday May 2 through Sunday May 8. Where: Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest, SC

Who: All Chapter members and guests are invited! Bring a friend!

Details: The Chapter will use Site #91 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 #91. 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!

We still need a volunteer to cook supper on Saturday night. We also need volunteers to cook breakfast on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday mornings.

Friday night will be a communal steak and baked potato supper. Everyone bring your own steak and potato. The Chapter will have the grill and hot charcoal ready for you to grill your own steak!

We need an accurate head count of who will be at the campout and what meals you will eat. This is needed for the cooks to adequately purchase and prepare the meals.

During the day you may explore the Park, hike to nearby 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!

To sign up to cook a meal or to say you are coming, contact the Campout Coordinator Terry Rivers.

Apr 30: Rabunite 101

March 1, 2022

Saturday, April 30. Rabunite 101. Meet at Clayton Methodist Creative Learning Center at 8:30 am. Contact Kathy or Charlie Breithaupt, Team Leaders, for more information.

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Apr 14: Chapter Meeting, Hedden Creek Work Project

March 1, 2022

Thursday, April 14. Hedden Creek Work Project.

Meet at Double Bit Campsite at 9:00 am. This will be our April Chapter meeting.

Start 9:00 AM and wrap up by 1:00 PM

20 volunteers maximum, 12 minimum

Rehabilitating previously installed habitat stream improvements so that they can continue to be appropriately utilized as trout habitat.

No need to bring equipment – Forest Service and GA DNR will have everything needed.

Bring work gloves, lunch, water.
U.S. Forest Service leads these workdays with support from GA DNR. Rain date scheduled for: Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Directions to Double Bit Dispersed Camping Area

From Clayton, GA – Take Warwoman Road (at Ingles) east for 13 miles to the end of the road, at the intersection with GA Hwy 28. Turn right onto Hwy 28 east. Go 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 646, Burrells Ford Road. This is a gravel road with some rough spots, but is suitable for passenger vehicles if care is taken. Go 5 miles. Turn left on- to an unmarked woods road. This woods road is suitable for high clearance two wheel drive pickup trucks, but not passenger cars. Go 100 yards, cross the ford of Ridley Branch, then bear left and proceed 40 yards to the Double Bit Dispersed Campsite.

Parking may be limited at the Campsite, so parking along the Burrells Ford Road and walk- ing into the Campsite may be your best option.

More Information on the Hedden Creek Stream Work Project from Sarah Baker

Hello Mr. Steve,
I hope that you are doing well!
Here are the plans for Hedden Creek Workday, Thursday, April 14th, 2022:

Start 9:00 AM and wrap up by 1:00 PM

20 volunteers maximum, 12 minimum

Rehabilitating previously installed habitat stream improvements so that they can continue to be appropriately utilized as trout habitat.

No need to bring equipment – Forest Service and GA DNR will have everything needed.

Bring work gloves, lunch, water.
U.S. Forest Service leads these workdays with support from GA DNR. Rain date scheduled for: Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Please let me know if there are any further questions or comments from the Rabun TU chap- ter.

Thank you so much for all that you do!

With gratitude,

Sarah Baker, GA DNR

Mar 12: Chapter Meeting, Chattanooga Spring Sweep

March 1, 2022

March, 2022 Rabun Chapter Meeting Saturday, March 12, 9:00 am—1 pm. “Chattooga River Spring Sweep”

Sponsored by the US Forest Service, Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Meet at the Chattooga River Access Parking Lot on the South Carolina side of the Hwy 76 bridge at 9:00 am.

The Forest Service will perform a safety talk and assign locations for groups to travel to pick up trash.

Everyone will meet back at 1:00 pm at the Chattooga Sounds Campground to drop off their trash in a dumpster.

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. Read more.

 

Call to Action! Attention All Rabunites!

If you are out fishing and see a stream conservation need (erosion control, bank restoration, trout structure maintenance, etc), contact the Georgia Council. Details here.

 

 

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