Rabun TU Online Auction Now Live!

June 1, 2022

Are you ready for “RENDEZVOUS-LITE”?  The online auction site is up and running.  Preview of the auction items will run from May 27th, through the end of the day on May 30th, Memorial Day.

Beginning May 31st, the auction will be live and accepting bids from the 31st of May through the end of the day on June 7th.  

The online event is not designed to replace our traditional “Rabun Rendezvous” held each year in January at the Dillard House.  This event is designed to provide some funding to allow our Rabun TU chapter to continue our efforts in supporting Trout Unlimited and its mission.

Please help by visiting the site and actively participating in the online event.  The members and friends of Rabun TU thank you for your participation and continued support.

https://go.tulocalevents.org/4be2af/Campaign

For more information, contact:

Ray King, Rendezvous Chair

121 Creek Road

Otto, North Carolina 27863

Home:  (828) 349-2786

Cell:  (828) 342-9563

rayking@frontier.com  (Home)

rking072074@gmail.com

rking@tektone.com  (Work)

May 17-24: Rabun TU Online Auction

April 30, 2022

RABUN TU ONLINE AUCTION Dates: May 17, 2022 thru May 24, 2022

Spring is upon us and ODark Thirty fishing is just around the corner. Its been an unusual year and live events are starting to spring” up everywhere. As discussed earlier in the year, the Rabun TU Board of Directors opted for staying safe.

We will be having an ONLINE AUCTION using the same format as seen on the Dream Trip Ticket site and other TU chapter sites around the state and country.

Were finalizing the site setup now and will critique the setup over the next few days before starting live. The site will be available on or before May 9th to allow public viewing of items currently listed. This will run through the May 16th. During that time, well also be adding items if new donations are received. Continue to visit during the early period to view items and see what may have been added! You wont be able to bid on items until May 17th, when the auction actually goes live. Bidding will end on May 24.

REMEMBER: 2022 RENDEZVOUS ONLINE AUCTION” GOES LIVE MAY 17TH!!

CAN YOU STILL HELP??

Absolutely! We can always use additional items to make the event as successful as possible. Items can take the form of trips, lodging packages, artwork, sculpture, fishing items, e.g., rods, reels, flies. We have talented individuals who create fantastic handmade crafts. Please put your talents to work for the Rabun Chapter of TU.

Tell your friends about the auction. Word of mouth is some of the best advertising we can receive.

Donations! This is one area in which you can still help. Donations can take the form of trips, lodging packages, artwork, sculpture, fishing items, e.g., rods, reels, flies. The list of items is not limited to just those suggested above. We have talented individuals who create fantastic handmade crafts. Please put your talents to work for the Rabun Chapter of TU.

Some examples received to date are as follows, that will help get your creative juices flowing:

SMITHGALL WOODS – Bedroom Cottage Getaway for one night! This includes access to Catch and Re- lease fishing while relaxing in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

UNICOI STATE PARK AND LODGE – 2night lodging at the UNICOI lodge. CUSTOM LANDING NET crafted by RON WILSON

CUTOM BUILT BAMBOO FLY ROD”, 6’ 6”, 3Weight, with 2tips, rod sack and metal rod tube, by BILL BEACH

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FRAMED PRINT OF the COLEMAN RIVER (BLACK & WHITE), Donated by STEVE PERRY, RABUNITE

FRAMED PRINT – GARDEN OF THE LIONS”, Measures 25&1/2” 43”, Donated by STEVE PERRY,RABUNITE

DUKES CREEK FISHING TRIP FOR TWO (2) ANGLERS ON THE PRIVATE WATERS OF DUKES’ CREEK IN WHITE COUNTY, GA. Donated by the Doug Adams family and Pat & Tammy Hopton

UNICOI OUTFITTERS FISHING TRIP ON 1.5 MILES OF PRIVATE WATER AT NACOOCHEE BEND. Donated by UNICOI Outfitters, Jake Darling, Manager

CUSTOM SKINNER KNIFE & SHEATH. Donated by Dean English, RABUNITE

TEMPLE FORK OUTFITTERS PRO ii, 5 wt., 9’ fourpiece rod with rod sock and case; NTRII Machined 6061Y6 Aluminum Sealed Drag Reel. Donated by Mack Martin, Atlanta Fly Fishing School

FISHPOND THUNDERHEAD SUBMERSIBLE CHEST PACK. Donated by Reeves Outdoors, Clayton, GA. Theres a lot more!

To help advertise the items, you can help by sending a photo and writing a brief description of the item, and sending them in so we can get them posted. Send the information in a .jpg photo format or a word / text document. We can always help wordsmith” to aid in describing the item.

BTW – Separate listing with photos and descriptions coming!! Please list a minimum bid, if you have an idea!

Tell us who sent the item in and provide us with your contact information! How we can get the item so that its available to deliver to the winning bidder!

Help us in advertising for the Virtual Rendezvous. Tell your friends, send out emails, help us generate and distribute flyers!

My contact information is below. Please send me information on possible items and Ill be glad to work on getting the item listed and obtained so we can distribute to the winning bidder. We have a great group of seasoned gophers” who are willing to help collect items and get them to a central location.

RAY KING
RENDEZVOUS CHAIR
121 CREEK ROAD
OTTO, NORTH CAROLINA 27863

Home: (828) 3492786 Cell: (828) 3429563

rayking@frontier.com (Home) rking072074@gmail.com rking@tektone.com (Work)page6image40951104page6image40951296page6image40951488

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Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Streams: Open Nov. 1

November 7, 2021

Are you ready to Go TROUT Fish Georgia? Beautiful weather and fantastic scenery await you in the northern part of the state, and beginning in November, trout fishing on Georgia’s delayed harvest trout streams will be in full swing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

While trout fishing can be found year-round in Georgia, there are five trout streams that are seasonally managed under special regulations called Delayed Harvest (DH) to increase angler success. These streams have catch-and-release regulations from November 1-May 14 and are stocked monthly by WRD and other partner agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and South Carolina DNR. This combination of stocking and catch/release allows for good trout catch rates and high angler satisfaction.

This year, four delayed harvest streams will be stocked with trout. These streams include:

• Toccoa River located on U.S. Forest Service land upstream of Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County (from 0.4 miles above Shallowford Bridge to 450 feet above the Sandy Bottom Canoe Ac- cess).

• Amicalola Creek on the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area (from Steele Bridge Road downstream to Georgia Hwy. 53).

  • Smith Creek downstream of Unicoi Lake (Unicoi State Park).
  • A portion of the Chattooga River (from Ga. Hwy. 28 upstream to the mouth of Reed Creek)on U.S. Forest Service land bordering South Carolina.Georgia Trout Stocking Coordinator John Lee Thomson commented, “In an effort to provide ex- cellent opportunities at the other DH sections, and due to current low trout inventories, anglers should note that stocking the delayed harvest section of the Chattahoochee River below the Mor- gan Falls dam will not be able to take place this year.”Between November 1 – May 14, anglers on all traditional delayed harvest streams are restricted to single hook, artificial lures. Beginning May 15, the general regulations to designated trout wa- ters then apply to those streams.

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Call to Action! Attention All Rabunites!

December 13, 2020

We want to continue our efforts to conserve trout waters in Rabun County. Our team welcomes your help. While you are out fishing, if you see areas that could be improved or re- paired, such as erosion problems, stream siltation, streamside or in-stream trash, feel free to take pictures, identify the issue and location, and send the information to Justin and me. Our team will look into the issue, discuss with BOD, and see if it’s something we can remedy, or encourage our managing agencies to do so. Working together, we can all conserve the great water resources that make us proud to live, work, and play here!

Team Leader- Steve Perry: email- flygide@gmail.com. Cell- 828-371-1633

Assistant Team Leader- Justin English: email- trouter10@hotmail.com Cell- 706-490-5032

Oct 20: Chapter Meeting

October 8, 2020

“Heavy Metal, Fish-head Bangers and Passing on Genes: Tails from the Smokies”

Tuesday, Oct 20 at 7:00 pm

To be held using Zoom video conferencing.

Veteran Rabunites will recall Matt’s excellent program to us at Tallulah Gorge State Park years ago. We learned about native brook trout restoration and some hot Smokies fishing tips for specks, bows, and browns.

Matt returns, albeit virtually, to update us on Smokies fish communities, ongoing research, and those valuable fishing tips once again. He oughta know, for he cheats, too, with electrici- ty! His agency’s annual fish population samples don’t lie when it comes to trout abundance and sizes.

All fans of your national park’s great trout fishing don’t want to miss another super program by Matt. So Zoom in at 7pm on October 20 and get the skinny on the Smokies from veteran bi- ologist Matt Kulp.

To Join the Zoom Meeting—Click Below and Enter the Meeting ID and Passcode

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3424822877?pwd=cDlFdkpzSmR0Zyt1TmRzV0o1SDZmdz09

Meeting ID: 342 482 2877 Passcode: 9kpE08

New Kiosks at Burrell’s Ford

May 14, 2020

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. The kiosk will encourage visitors to practice “Leave No Trace” outdoor recreation.

June 16: Chapter Meeting – CANCELED

May 12, 2020

June 16 (Tues) Rabun Chapter Monthly Meeting is Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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Rabun Rendezvous Returns!

NOTE NEW DATE
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.

For more information check out their website: www.castingforrecovery.org