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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:42 pm 
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Brook Trout

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Just moved to Blacksburg, VA for work. The New River looks huge. What's a guy with a 'toon supposed to do? I notice the SOHO isn't too far for a day trip. What's a good day float on that crik?


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 Post subject: Re: New job
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 Post subject: Re: New job
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:16 pm 
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croaker wrote:
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Perhaps I should be more specific. What are good accesses to use on the South Holston for a one-day float trip? I'm an expert on the oars, as well as with a fly rod, but my wading skills leave something to be desired. PM me if that is best. Thanks. I'll check out the water around here (New River below Claytor but above WV) and keep you updated.


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 Post subject: Re: New job
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:16 am 
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Well, there are several floats you could do, depending on the generation schedule. There are 2 smallish sections on the river that are closed from Nov. 1 thru the end of January I think; these are on the TWRA website & are on the upper end of the river. You will want to float when there IS water-generation (1 generator on the TVA website: http://lakeinfo.tva.gov/htbin/lakeinfo? ... =View+info or call 800-238-2264 & push 4, then 1 (S. Holston is Dam #1)). You will definitely NOT want to float the upper-end when there is no generation, as this area is heavily-used by wading anglers, especially during this time of year when the browns are spawning, and someone will probly try to kick your ass; some of the lower sections can be floated when there is no generation if you have a small toon, but this is somewhat frowned upon by anglers who are wading.

Boat access is somewhat limited and the roads are a little confusing up there, and burglaries are somewhat common in certain areas; there are plenty of us SoHo freaks on this board, so your best bet would be to invite yourself with one of us locals, we're all mostly-friendly & mostly-harmless...

I will say that on this river, even if you are a fairly-proficient angler, a day or half-day spent with an experienced guide (there are not very many 'experts' on this river so ask around) could probably save you $thousands in tailwater-addiction money over the long run, as once you see how many big, wild, extremely-technical browns are in this river & how rich the bugs, etc. are, you might get hooked on this river. I won't even mention the stripers we catch on the bottom end, the 25-to-30-inchers we get on beetles every summer, the 20+ pound browns caught every year....sorry for the rant; it is a great river!! Welcome!

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 Post subject: Re: New job
PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:25 am 
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My favorite float is from Pembroke to Ripplemead, check the state map. Easy put in and take out. Tangent outfitters in Pembroke will shuttle you. Muskie and smallmouth

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 Post subject: Re: New job
PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 11:04 pm 
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flyfishn wrote:
My favorite float is from Pembroke to Ripplemead, check the state map. Easy put in and take out. Tangent outfitters in Pembroke will shuttle you. Muskie and smallmouth


Pembroke to Ripplemead it is. I'll let you know what happens if (when) I go. A friend and I will do this stretch in a raft. Is that a suitable craft?

Thank you for your thoughts and pictures, Maniac. I appreciate the input, I owe you one. I'll row your a$$ around for a day. You provide a boat, just tell me where to row it, I'll do the rest.


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