Check out the new Saluda River TU Meetup.com page. Sign up for an account (free) and you will be able to participate in the discussion forum or RSVP to events. We will be keeping a detailed schedule of events there and coordinating outings and trips.
March 10th Meeting
Our next monthly meeting will be on Monday March 10th at the Green Quad on USC Campus. Charlene Coleman will be speaking about River Safety. Her presentation should be around 20 minutes and afterwards Greg Allison has volunteered to speak about fly rod technology.
March 15th Saluda Access Cleanup Day w/ a cookout lunch
It's time to give back to the neighborhood that so generously lets us access the Saluda from their property. This will come in the form of a cleanup day. If you have ever fished there or are planning to this year, please join us in saying thank-you to the neighborhood.
We will be cleaning up around the river, the parking area, the trails and other places including the road leading up to the neighborhood. SaludaTU will provide a meal of sausages and/or hot-dogs for participants.
We will meet at the parking area at 9am to coordinate cleanup crews. More details and questions at the meetup
Watauga River Lodge *Premium Trip*
October 26-30th, 2014 (Sunday-Thursday)
Our last WRL trip was in June of 2009. Based upon our past experience, it is definitely time to return. SRTU has negotiated a group trip opportunity with a stay at the Watauga River Lodge. With lots of fishing opportunities in the area, it could be that each day represents a different float trip for a different river. In 09, our guided fishing consisted of two days for trout and one day for smallmouth bass. Quite simply, this is guided fishing and lodging at its best.
More info here
Saluda River Streamflow
Please check the Saluda river streamflow before you head out to the river. This guide shows you how .
As of 12/27/2013 we still have very high flows in the Saluda. We have not had wadable days since mid October.
2014 Parking Passes
2014 Parking Passes will be sold starting at the monthly meeting. The cost of an annual pass will be $20 this year. Please review the parking pass policy before purchasing the pass.
Lower Saluda River Trout Study!
How to Report a Tagged Trout?
Anglers have many options to return tag information to SCDNR, whether you keep the fish or release it. At several locations along the Lower Saluda River you will find black tag return drop boxes. At each tag return drop box are pre-addressed tag return envelops. Please place the clipped tag in the envelop, complete all necessary information on the outside of the envelop, and return it to SCDNR via the drop box or US Postal Service. If you are not near a box, you can download the Trout Study Data Sheet on the DNR website (http://www.dnr.sc.gov/troutstudy/report.html) and mail it with the fish tag to SCDNR at:
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Attn: Ron Ahle, Region 3 Fisheries Biologist
2726 Fish Hatchery Road
West Columbia, SC 29172
Plan on releasing your fish?
If you plan to practice catch and release fishing, tag information can still be returned to SCDNR in the same manner as above simply by (1) clipping the tag before releasing the fish or (2) recording the tag number and releasing fish with tag intact. Be sure that you never rip a tag from a fish to be released, as this will likely cause damage to the fish that could result in unnecessary fishing mortality.
If you have any questions about reporting a tag, please call Region 3 Fisheries at
!!!Please leave the tag on the fish if at all possible and simply record the Data. This will allow information to be gathered and recorded on a single fish multiplie times. Thanks!!!
Free Introductory Membership for Women!
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For the next year, you'll receive all the benefits of a paid membership:
- 1-year subscription to TROUT magazine
- 16-month TU calendar (mailed in the fall)
- official TU membership card
- car rental & hotel discounts
- TU decal
- Local chapter membership
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