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Old 07-27-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Anglers are discovering Columbia as a hidden gem. They are coming from places like Daytona Beach and from as far away as the Netherlands to learn and practice the sport, right at the foot of downtown Columbia. The history of the river system, including General Sherman's destruction of a dam that sent rocks scattering to form the perfect place for trout to inhabit, comes alive on fly-fishing tours conducted by Michael Frank, a Long Island transplant who is living his dream as an angler and instructor in Columbia. He says in the Free Times today, "Right in the middle of an urban area; it's just amazing. There are only a few places left in the world that have this combination of game fish in one river system. It's what makes it world-class." Mr. Frank also teaches his clients the natural and political histories of the river system. South Carolina has provided striped bass to most US states and to several foreign countries over the last two or three decades from this area. Mr Frank's favorite spot is one from which you can see the downtown skyline, including the capitol dome. I know the spot. It's the spot where his goal of starting his own fly-fishing guide business hit him. One afternoon he was there admiring the Catawba lilies and skyline when it started raining and fish started jumping like crazy. When it stopped raining a rainbow came out downstream and he took it as a sign that it was time to start his guide business.

The Free Times goes on to explain how the area from the zoo to the Gervais Street bridge has exploded with eco-tourism, describing the people there as "a microcosm of Columbia's population - crowds of tatted-up rednecks, blacks, Hispanics, college kids and suburban families alike. I can't blame them for wanting to get out there; it's gorgeous. There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people going down there every weekend. I've never seen as many people out there as there are now," says Stuart Greeter, the Congaree River keeper. (sounds kind of like Reedy Falls Park) Ninety percent of them, he says, care about the environment, and one of his duties is to lessen the impact of those who don't.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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I used to go down there in the mid 90s and always had a great time. I was sort of disappointed by the trash, but other than that it was great. It'd be a group of friends, some inner tubes, dogs, and drinks..nothing like laying on the hot rocks after swimming in the cold water.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:12 AM
 
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yeah , there are some sketchy people that used to hang out down there on the river, and they occasionally get violent. maybe things have changed, though.

as far as the fishing... notice how they say it's the "perfect place for trout to inhabit." i'm pretty sure that they cannot spawn there, so someone (DNR?) has to pay for them to be stocked annually. i think it's great that someone has set up a little tourism industry around the river, though.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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as far as the fishing... notice how they say it's the "perfect place for trout to inhabit." i'm pretty sure that they cannot spawn there, so someone (DNR?) has to pay for them to be stocked annually. i think it's great that someone has set up a little tourism industry around the river, though.
The state tourism department should probably get onboard and get involved to help get the word out about this spot, as at the moment, looks like the mountain streams around Upstate are known for trout and the Lowcountry coastal flats are known for saltwater fly fishing. Link:
South Carolina Fly Fishing
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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The water is too warm for trout to survive naturally anywhere below the mountains and foothills of the Upstate, so they are harvested at a hatchery and flown by chopper to the designated stocking areas downstate. If you live in the Eastern U.S. and are really into the sport of fly fishing for trout (as I am), then you are very likely most interested in finding the rare, native brookies hidden deep in cool mountain gorges.
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:55 AM
 
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I wonder if you need a fishing license to go down there and fish? I am an Andy Griffith fan and good ole Andy got a hefty two dollar fine for not having one.

If the word gets out about this spots.. I am sure you will have to have one eventually. I guess all SC waterways are public??????....
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Greenville, S.C., USA
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You are required by law to possess a state fishing license whenever you fish public water.
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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I think they used to make an exception for cane poles...but you need to check with DNR Game Warden division.
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Even this thread has fallen victim to Upstate boosterism. It will never stop. One point of in the article is that Columbia has a secret gem. Let the tourists overrun and ruin the other areas.

Here's the article.

http://www.free-times.com/index.php?...12607114126351

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Old 07-27-2011, 03:28 PM
 
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The water is too warm for trout to survive naturally anywhere below the mountains and foothills of the Upstate, so they are harvested at a hatchery and flown by chopper to the designated stocking areas downstate. If you live in the Eastern U.S. and are really into the sport of fly fishing for trout (as I am), then you are very likely most interested in finding the rare, native brookies hidden deep in cool mountain gorges.
Interesting info. Sooo....that is why trout are not native to the Midlands region. Didn't know that.
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