Jan 20, 2024: 37th Annual Rabun Rendezvous

September 13, 2023

Saturday, Jan 20, 2024. 37th Annual Rabun Rendezvous. Dillard House Conference Center, Dillard, GA.

Nov 8-12: Chapter Fall Campout

September 13, 2023

Wednesday, Nov 8 to Sunday, Nov 12. Annual Rabun Chapter Fall Campout. Oconee State Park. Make your own campsite reservations. Meals will be communal at Campsite 91. Contact Terry Rivers to sign up to cook a meal.

Oct 28: Streambank Stabilization on the Chattahoochee

September 13, 2023

The Rabun Chapter Partners with the GA Foothills Chapter on a Streambank Stabilization Project along the Chattahoochee River


During the July Rabun Chapter Board of Directors meeting it was approved to support the GA Foothill Chapter proposed “Chattahoochee River Streambank Stabilization Project” near Helen, GA. The BOD approved a cash donation of $500 to be used for supplies and also agreed to support the project by providing volunteer labor during project work days.

Rabun TU representative Jeff Durniak delivered the $500 check from our chapter to Jim Watson of the Foothills TU Chapter to support stream bank restoration along the Chattahoo- chee River near Helen. Combined with funds already pledged by the Foothills Chapter, this money will purchase native trees, planting tools and other supplies to stabilize the badly eroding stream bank and improve trout habitat.

This collaborative project also includes ongoing contributions from the two UGA Extension Agents in Habersham and White Counties, Steven Patrick and Nathan Eason. They’ve al- ready provided river birch and elderberry shrubs that TU members helped plant to create a visible no-mow border along the river. The new funds will be used to purchase native trees to further stabilize the river shore and eventually provide shaded refuges for trout.

The first project workday is scheduled for Saturday, October 28 from 9:00 am to 12:00
pm. Volunteers from Trout Unlimited Chapters GA Foothills (Clarkesville), Rabun (Clayton), and Gold Rush (Dahlonega), along with the GADNR Parks Division and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service will plant native trees and shrubs in a 500-foot sec- tion of land along the Chattahoochee River at the Helen-to-Hardman Trail. We’re looking for willing planters to assist in this effort to stabilize the riverbank and protect trout stream temperatures.

The site is the upstream entrance to the trail, on the south end of town at 10 Bruck-
en Street, behind the Helen treatment ponds. Volunteer should bring work gloves, shovels, eye protection, a pick or mattock, rake, hammer, and a wire fence cutter, as we’ll install protective hog-wire fencing around each tree. For more information, feel free to contact Jeff Durniak at jeffdurniak@yahoo.com or phone/text to 706-892-6576.

The Chattahoochee and its tributaries, including the Soque, Smith Creek and Dukes Creek, belong to all of us. The Rabun Chapter is proud to be a part of protecting it.

Oct 17: Chapter Meeting – “Rabunite 201”

September 13, 2023

Tuesday, Oct 17. Rabun Chapter Monthly Meeting. Program will be “Rabunite 201”. To be held at 6:00 pm at the Hatch Camp and Art Farm, just off Warwoman Road. Rabun Chapter “old-timers” will mentor Chapter “new-timers” while fishing the private trophy waters of Warwoman Creek. See the October Issue of Tightlines for more information.

Sept 19: Chapter Meeting “Casting and Cold Cuts”

September 13, 2023

Tuesday, September 19—”Casting and Cold Cuts”

Join us at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 19 for “Casting and Cold Cuts” at the Rabun County Park pond. The park is on Rabun County Park Road just off Highway 441, south of the high school. Grab a sammich provided by the Chapter and tune into Prez Tammy’s brief chapter news. Then tune up your flycasting skills for the fall fishing season. You can practice pondside with in- struction from some chapter vets if you desire. A limited number of loaner rods are available, too for prospective fly flingers.

Think you’re already good at this casting gig? Then you competitive folks can sign up for Trey’s casting contest in the field adjacent to the pond.

Not into casting? No problem. We’ve rented the two pondside picnic shelters from 6 to 8PM. Bring a lawn chair and some bug spray and just hang out with your old and new Rabunite buddies. Swap fish stories from your summer trips “out yonder” or plan new ones for fall.

RSVP’s welcomed, but not required. They’ll help us to buy enough vittles. Call or text Jeff at 706-892-6576 NLT 9/18.

Prez Tammy Wins Mack Martin Rod Sweepstakes

Chapter Prez Tammy Hopton held the winning ticket at the Chapter’s annual July 11 family picnic that she won the raffle for Mack Martin’s custom-built Winston 3-weight fly rod! The rod raffle brought in more than $1,800 to support our programs. That’s a new record. We can’t thank Mack enough for his generosity in crafting and donating such a beautiful trout tickler to our Chapter.

More details here.

Fellowship and Fly Fishing

Is coming back! This program in which members would fish a local stream together was put on pause during COVID,  but Rabunite Mike Fuller is resurrecting it.  Read more!



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