Saluda River Rainbow Trout
Copyright 2020 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Middle Saluda River
South Carolina
The Middle Saluda River is one of a few wild trout
streams located in the southern state of South Carolina.
Its a fast, pocket water headwater mountain stream that
originates in the Jones Gap State Park. The upper
section of the stream is small and much of it is enclosed
in rhododendron.  It has a good population of small, wild,
rainbow trout.

This was South Carolina's first river to be protected
under the National Scenic Rivers program. The stream
drops in elevation about a thousand feet in four miles
and is well protected with a canopy of trees. The river
flows through a gorge in the Jones Gap State Park.

From Hugh Smith Road upstream to the lower foot
bridge at Jones Gap State Park, the Middle Saluda River
is in a special regulations area where year-round, catch
and release rules are in effect.

The season is dependant on water temperatures
Early Springtime is usually the best time of the year due
to the hatches.
The summer fishing varies depending on the water
temperature. It can get too warm for the trout.
Fall is a good time for fly fishing the Middle Saluda River
Wintertime can be okay if it's a nice warm day.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Rainbows (Wild)


Jones Gap State Park

Nearest Town


Good but tough in some areas

Special Regulation Area:
Yes, single hook catch and release

Non-Resident License
State of South Carolina

National Weather Service Link

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and
Trout Flies
Middle Saluda River
South Carolina
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