Well well, here we are again. Another week has rolled by like a #14 caddis on the Chauga on a summer afternoon. I guess that means relatively smoothly. Looks like things may get slightly more turbulent over the weekend, but we’ll be throwing darts to determine what conditions will really be like this weekend.
The Upstate area will see a 50% of scattered thunderstorms tonight and 60% on Saturday. As of 2:00 pm EDT Friday there appears to be just a touch of light rain on the radar in the vicinity of the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery. Nothing else going on at the moment until crossing the border into north GA, where some scattered showers look a little heavier.
Temperatures will be nice at least this weekend with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s. Of course it will get a little cooler as you gain elevation. Highs will actually be around 70 degrees on the East Fork Chatt. near Sloans Bridge Rec Area and about the same over on the Whitewater River near Bad Creek. The trick will be whether it rains enough to create a washout. This is where we throw our darts. As it stands right now, the Chattooga is about 500 cfs below average, so there’s room for rising water. Too much though, and it could get really muddy. Once again, we’ll have to wait and see.
The SCDNR stocked over 10,000 trout into hatchery supported water this week, so there are fish out there to be caught if you’re into that kind of thing. Some of the stocked waters included the Chattooga, Chauga, and South Saluda rivers, as well the Lake Hartwell tailwaters, and the Little Eastatoee.
I’d arm myself with about the same flies as last week. Parachute Adams, March Browns, elk hair caddis, maybe some soft hackle emerger patterns, and of course some nymph patterns. Pheasant tail or hare’s ear, something along those lines. If you don’t have any soft hackles, just leave the floatant of your dry flies and fish them that way if they aren’t rising. Once again, if the water gets up and off color, woolly buggers, San Juans, and maybe even a zonker down on the Chattooga may make good options. The same should almost hold true for wild trout if that is your preference. As usual, I like to keep my fly sizes a little smaller for the wild trout.
Take a good look at the radar before heading out this weekend, and keep an ear and an eye out for approaching storms.