July 14: Rabun Chapter Annual Family Picnic

April 30, 2022

Fellowship begins at 5:00 pm, meal begins at 6:30 pm.

From Dillard, GA, take GA Hwy 246 about 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Wayfarer Lane. Go to the end of the road.

The Chapter will provide the fried chicken, soft drinks and ice tea, ice, plates, silverware. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish, such as veggies, salad, chips, or a dessert. Bring a chair.

Bring a friend! See you there!

June 21: Chapter Meeting

April 30, 2022

All Chapter members and guests are invited! Tuesday, June 21
Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church, Rabun Gap, GA 6:30 pm

A graduate of North Georgia University, Landon Williams has been a fishing fanatic since early childhood. He’s already flyfished for more than 15 years and chases everything our region has to offer, from headwater specks to Dukes trophy rainbows and from river bass to Lanier stripers.

Landon will be covering the specifics of Georgia DNR’s Bass Slam and how you too can earn this achievement. You will also learn about the uniqueness of Georgia’s black basses, where to find them, and perhaps a trick or two to shorten your learning curve on this great summer endeavor.

See you there—bring a friend!

May 24: Rabun Chapter Board of Directors Meeting

April 30, 2022

Tuesday, May 24. May Rabun Chapter Board of Directors Meeting. Anyone can attend. To be held by Zoom conference call. Contact Tammy Hopton for more information.

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 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.


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.

Rabun Rendezvous 2022 Online Auction

February 4, 2022

We will be hosting an online auction in early 2022 to provide fundraising for the RABUN Chapter. To make the auction successful, we need your support in providing donations. We’ll not focus as much on Bucket Raffle items this year. We still welcome all donations and items not used in the online auction will be retained and used during future events. We want to focus our online auction activities on, e.g., trips, lodging accommodations, fishing gear, and artwork.

More details will follow as to the actual date and times of the auction, site access infor- mation and “How to Bid” directions.

A virtual event will never be a replacement for the fellowship and fundraising we enjoy dur- ing the RABUN RENDEZVOUS, but it will allow us to continue to support the key pillars of Trout Unlimited! Thank you for your support.

Feb 12: Chapter Meeting

February 4, 2022

February, 2022 Rabun Chapter Meeting

Saturday, February 12
“Tour of Burton Fish Hatchery” — Hosted by John Lee Thompson,
GA DNR Hatchery Manager

Gather at 2:30, tour starts at 3:00 pm.

The February, 2022 Rabun Chapter meeting will be held Saturday, Feb 12. Please note that this is different from the normal date for the monthly meetings. The meeting topic will be a guided tour of the newly-renovated Burton Fish Hatchery, located at 3695 GA Hwy 197. John Lee Thompson, GA DNR Wildlife Resources Burton Hatchery Manager and Trout Stocking Coordinator, will host the tour. The DNR has no COVID-19 requirements for visitors at the hatchery, for more COVID safety information see the page 2. Plan to meet at the Hatchery parking lot at 2:30 pm, the tour will start at 3:00 pm. Wear comfortable clothes; the Hatchery does require the soles of shoes be dipped into a disinfectant solution prior to entering the hatchery so wear appropriate footwear. John Lee is excited to provide the tour as a way to show appreciation for all the support the Rabun Chapter has provided to the Burton Fish hatchery! This will be a fun and informative meeting.

Important COVID Safety Information

This month the Rabun Chapter will have our first in-person Chapter meeting in two years! After careful deliberation, the Board of Directors has decided to resume Chap- ter meetings provided we follow facility, National TU and State guidelines for the pre- vention of COVID-19 spread. The current guideline from National TU is to follow State guidelines. The Georgia State guidelines for indoor meetings recommends people be fully vaccinated, that we consider using outdoor rather than indoor meetings, encour- age social distancing of 6 feet between people, and provide face masks and hand sani- tizer for use.

Most importantly, it is up to the individual to determine their own comfort level as to whether or not to attend in-person meetings and what, if any, safety precautions to take. The Rabun Chapter will not “police” your personal health decisions, the above guidelines are recommendations. The Rabun Chapter does not take responsibility for the results of your decisions; accordingly you will be asked to sign a liability release form prior to in-person meetings.

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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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