Monthly Meeting: September 9th, TUESDAY 6pm - ELECTIONS
We are moving meetings to Second Tuesday starting in September. Ron Ahle will speak about the trout population on the Saluda river, the shock studies and the current status of the Trout Survival Study. We will also be electing new officers. RSVP and comments here
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.
For Sale: Kayak, skirt and paddle set
The kayak is the yellow one on top of our car: http://hurricaneaquasports.com/our-kayaks/day-touring/tampico-140-sport/ (new $1300-$1400)
Included with it is a paddle: http://wernerpaddles.com/shop/kayak-paddles/touring-kayak-paddles/low-angle/camano (new $275)
And a spray skirt and cockpit cover. (new ~$120?)
All of the above for $850.
This is a mid-range, flat-water kayak and paddle. Its a plastic hull, but NOT rotomolded polyethylene, so it is more similar to a composite hull with the resiliency of plastic. This would not be a good choice for a whitewater boat. Its 14 feet long, with enough storage for overnight trips if you have backpacking (compact) gear. Its a 'touring' class boat which makes it good for efficiently going longer distances, tracks great, and handles well in open water.
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!
That's why Trout Unlimited is offering a free introductory membership for female anglers. Sign up today.
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
And another, less tangible benefit as well: the pleasure of knowing you're part of a growing community of women who enjoy angling and want to keep America's rivers cold, clean and fishable.
Together, we can make our trout and salmon fisheries healthier, for us and the next generation. Join us in this important work.