Getting Started: A Rabunite 101 Primer

Learn About . . .

How to Speak Rabunite

Scoring Falls Using the Rabunite Method

You might be a Rabunite if you . . .

Back the brookie.

Don’t care about “ball scores” when out in the woods.

Are sure a can of beanie-weenies with crackers and a box drink beside a trout stream is the perfect lunch.

Hate the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

Enjoy a Swisher Sweet more than a Cuban cigar.

When asked “Where was that?” answer, “I don’t believe I said.”

Are always ready to eat and drink.

Know that “nice fish” is a flatlander’s term for “goodun.”

Will limit your kill, not kill your limit.

Would much rather attend The Rabun Rendezvous than the Fox Theater to see Thunder Road — again.

Will scrimp, save, and work off the “honey-do” list to go West of Hiawassee just once a year.

Believe the Burrell’s Ford Road should never be completely paved.

At some time or other have fished with a Georgia nymph (cricket) or corn.

Want to see total enforcement of all erosion and sedimentation laws.

Believe a fly reel is just a device to hold line and shouldn’t cost much more than the fly line itself.

Enjoy hearing the same ole campfire stories again . . . and again . . . and again.

Believe that The Foxfire Boys are just about the finest bluegrass band in the world.

Want to avoid conflicts between trout stream anglers and whitewater boaters.

Liked the scenery but not the story in Deliverance.

Know there is no trout stream anywhere prettier than THE RIVER.

Want to do what’s best for the long-term future of the Chattooga North Fork.

Will volunteer to work in a stream doing restoration and enhancement under the supervision of Forest Service and Georgia Wildlife Resource Division professionals.

Will sit under a tarp in the rain and say you’re having a good time.

Will help at Georgia Trout Camp every summer.

Know it’s OK to keep a few dumplins* because the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division will make more of them.

Want to give back something to the coldwater resources that have given so much joy to you.

Like sleeping on foam rubber near trout waters.

Are thankful that 60 percent of Rabun County is Forest Service lands and think there should be more.

Know there is no I-3 corridor through Northeast Georgia capable of avoiding the destruction of some of Georgia’s precious trout habitat.

Are sure that Boone’s Farms apple wine, served chilled, is the perfect complement for freshly grilled dumplin* trout.

Believe that teaching conservation and stream ecology is the most important mission of the Georgia Trout Camp.

Believe that after a day in the stream it don’t get no better than crispy critters*, hushpuppies, and ‘taters with bluegrass music beside a campfire.

Will share the Rabunite TU’er traditions and stream knowledge with the next generation of conservationists.

Will take a kid fishing because today’s kids will be the watershed protectors of tomorrow.


dumplin – A Rabunite term for freshly stocked trout dumped from the bridge.

crispy critters – A Rabunite term for fresh small trout or bream battered in Martha White corn meal and fried crispy.

Rabun Rendezvous Returns!

Saturday. February 18, 2023

Dillard House Conference Center. Pig Pickin’ starts at 4:30 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm. Read more.



Rabun TU Supports Smithgall Woods Regional Education Center

Smithgall Woods Regional Education Center offers programs for students of all ages in cooperation with the Georgia DNR& Wildlife Resources Division, State Parks and Historic Sites Division, and Pioneer RESA. Teacher workshops are held to help teachers learn more about North Georgia’s ecosystems and the unique opportunities available at Smithgall Woods. Learn More


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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.


Rabun TU Supports Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery (CfR) provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. CfR’s retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience healing connections with other women and nature.

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