Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing the Eastatoe River South
The Eastatoe River, spelled Eastatoee by some, and
also called Eastatoe Creek in its upper section, is one of
South Carolina's best trout streams. Fly fishing the
Eastatoe River in its uppermost section can be a
wonderful experience for any fly angler.
The Eastatoe River flows though a rugged gorge and
prevents all but the serious fly angler more problems to
access than the causal road side angler cares for. The
stream flows through the Eastatoe Creek Heritage
Preserve. The upper section can be accessed from the
Eastatoe Heritage Preserve Trail. It takes a good hike to
reach the bottom of the gorge.
The uppermost section consist of beautiful water that
flows through the gorge with the largest population of
wild trout. It consist mostly of fast pocket water with fast
runs, riffles, plunges and a few small pools. The wild
trout are relatively small, but plentiful and usually eager
to take a dry fly. It has special regulations which include
using only artificial lures and flies. Abner, Rocky Bottom
and Dogwood Creeks are small tributary streams that
also have populations of wild trout.
The middle section flows mostly through private property
in the Eastatoe Valley. It contains both wild and stocked
trout but with a good number of holdovers. Big Laurel
Creek is a tributary stream that flows into this section of
the river. The water is slower moving with some long,
deep pools separated by sections of riffles.
The lower section has easy access, is regularly stocked
and has some large holdover trout. The water in this
section can become too warm during the summer but it
still maintains a good population of holdovers in some
areas. The stream is stocked with both rainbows and
brown trout during the Spring and Summer. From the
confluence of Laurel Creek downstream to Lake
Keowee, the Eastatoe River is hatchery supported.
The trout season follows the general South Carolina
Spring is the best season to fish the upper river
The water can get a little warm during the hot summer in
the middle and lower sections but it stays well
oxygenated and cool in the remote upper area.
Autumn is a good time to fish the river for large holdover
Fishing during the winter can be good on warm days.
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 to 12 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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