Cassidy Bridge Access: Chauga River
More Delayed Harvest! The Chauga is the smaller, slightly tamer cousin of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga, but is no less beautiful, and is a hatchery supported stream where trout hide in deep pools. At the Cassidy Bridge Access hike upstream to remain in the Delayed Harvest area. Take a side trip to Hell Hole Road Access to the Chauga River. Though it has hell in its name, this is fishing heaven. USFS Road 738, aka HellHole Road, gives you access to the upper portion of delayed harvest on the Chauga. It's not as accessible as Cassidy Bridge Access, but directions can be found at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/pdf/TroutBook.pdf. As with all backcountry fishing, use caution, come prepared, and let someone know where you are fishing.
Long Bottom Ford: Chattooga River
Located a few miles above the beautiful Mountain Rest area, Long Bottom Ford is easily accessible off Low Water Bridge Rd., and provides a beautiful scenic mountain fishing experience. There are good float fishing opportunities for experienced anglers from Long Bottom Ford downstream to Earle’s Ford Road Access. More information at: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/pdf/TroutBook.pdf
Eastatoee Creek Heritage Preserve: Eastatoee River
Featuring fast pocket water and deep pools set in a rugged, hemlock lined gorge, fishing here is for experienced anglers looking for a breathtaking challenge. The beauty of the Eastatooe and the Jocassee Gorges is incredible, and the fishing is very rewarding. Be prepared for a hike, as access is through the Heritage Preserve followed by a 2.3 mile strenuous hike. It is well worth the effort, however, as anglers will be rewarded with an undisturbed fishing experience for wild rainbow trout. More Access information at : http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/pdf/TroutBook.pdf