Re: Dukes Creek Nightmare - A True Story About Bad Ettiquette

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Posted by Bones on August 12, 1998 at 07:32:44:

In Reply to: Re: Dukes Creek Nightmare - A True Story About Bad Ettiquette posted by Russell on August 11, 1998 at 11:56:21:

I'm not making excuses for this guy but since you mentioned Settles Bridge it brought back memories of my first float trip on the Hooch. I have only floated the river from the dam to Settles Bridge. The first time I got near the bridge with my partner I saw him nearing the takeout. I began trying to steer myself that way and the harder I tried the more the current took me away from it. I ended up in the middle of the river trying to stand up on the rocks but with my tube on I just could not quite get a grip on the bottom. I ended up floating right behind a guy that was wading. I apologized for my inexperience and interruption and then proceeded to try to get to the bank just below the dam. When I finally got to the bank I fell out of my tube backwards into the river. Anyone that has ever tried to make a graceful exit from a tube with fins on knows what I mean. The moral of the story is, apologize if you make an honest mistake, but prepare to be flailed if you are stupid!> All,

> This whole thread brings up an interesting question. The other day, Sunday to be exact, I was fishing the Settles Bridge access point of the Hootch. Now I know that this area is a popular attraction to the lawn chair brethren, and the number of float tubes that go through the runs there, passing through on any given day is pretty high, not to mention the canoes, rafts, johnboats, freighters etc., So typically, I'm prepared to give gratious way to those who are in less control of their craft than I am of my wading boots. On this day, however, I was appalled when, stalking a known feeding lane of a particularily wiley brown trout, I looked upstream to make my third cast through the hole when a float tube fisherman floated right through the middle of this obvious holding water. Putting his feet up like a wounded duck, he smiled at me and said something along the lines of, "how's it goin?", then proceded on through the entire run, passing not more than 3 feet from where I was standing.

> Now, the question is, is this rude? Is is difficult to control where you end up floating? How close is too close? Am I being ridiculous. I started to say something, then thought better of it, never having tubed before, but needless to say, I simply turned around and started fishing another spot, hoping to come back later.

> Russell

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