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08-23-99, 07:42 AM
"Reading the water" is an area I'm trying to work on. I read books on this subject and I leave confused. So, help me out.
Starting at the steps leading into the river at Jones Bridge, at the head of the Island and continuing on to the shoals below the boat ramp, name a few features for me.
For example, what would you call the slower, deeper water between the island the the boat ramp - the part you must float and can't wade?
And how about the fast water on the west side of the island?
Are there any riffles in this section of the river?
The Ole Man
08-23-99, 12:26 PM
I would call the deep, slow section "the flats". BTW-Sat,in the flats, not too far above the boat ramp(maybe 100 yrds)I ran up on a Brown of about 22/24 inches sitting in a seam between 2 rock clumps that I was floating thru. He didn't spook until I was right on him and when he left he was in no particular hurry. The west side of the island is like a mini-shoal where those rocks are piled across the river in an arc creating a dam effect. I've caught more over there than anywhere in the area-there is also a little creek that runs in over there and some bream hang around that. Riffle water I would call the area immediately below the bridge. I guess it is shoal (deep under the brige then rising to shallow exposed rock and ledges) and then riffle-maybe not true riffle though because my understanding of riffle water would be where the water is riffled by the presence of under water features not exposed rock. In this case the water riffles over a plateau of both sub-surface and exposed rock. Just my .02
See if you can find the book called "Tactics on Trout" by Ray Ovington. It is a great book about reading streams. I bought it when I first started and still read it every now and then.
08-24-99, 06:35 AM
The book is out of print, but I found used copies from $14 to $77. Tried to purchase one and am a little confused by Barnes and Noble's pages. Maybe it worked.
08-24-99, 11:50 AM
Oh no ! Loren, William McLendon had my copy of "Tactics on Trout"....maybe he's thru reading it. I dunno. It's a great book, esp. if you don't know alot of old school trout lingo( like I didn't). So the Hooch - is it ever fishable during the week. You know it'd have to be as low as it is on the weekends for me ! http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/wink.gif
Happy learning !
ahhhh...mabye NGTO is back to normal, whatever that is ? http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif
The Ole Man
08-24-99, 12:45 PM
During the week is the BEST time at places like JB. Sat and Sun are hell days. 25 to 30 dogs ripping around howling and barking, fribees, tennis balls, swimmers, splashers, thick with fishermen, kyaks, canoes, tubes. Weekdays on the Hooch are a little piece of heaven.
08-24-99, 04:05 PM
Uh oh Owl, thought I gave that back to you at the Fling. Take a look around and make sure please. If not, I'll search before this weekend.
Loren, reading water is, in my opinion, the very first key and most important key to locating then hopefully catching fish. But dont take everything you read to be the total truth. You can find trout in the most unlikely of places sometimes and in the mts any pool the size of a washtub can hold a fish.
Ole Man is right. JB on the weekends is hell, unless of course you fish where the crowds are not...i.e lower shoals.
Last time I was there (2 saturdays ago) the upper shoals at the small island was a riot scene. The fish were probably scared from all the hardware being chucked, the dogs were everywhere, and so were inconsiderate fisherman. ( i was up there for 15 min before ye ole saying kicked in of " Screw this."
BTW what kinda vehicle you got, you seem to fish JB alot and was just curious if I have bumped into you up there.
Saw Aaron and Superchub there 2 wks ago, along with Hooker. Curious who'all else was up there...
08-24-99, 06:46 PM
Easy to spot. Old, blue Plymouth Voyager minivan losing paint as we speak.
I'm one of the few pipe smokers left in the world and usually wear a long-billed tan hat with ear and neck flaps with GL Loomis on the front. (I'm cool).
Holler at me.
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