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Old 03-14-13, 03:33 PM   #1
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I am sure this question has been posed many times, but, I am hoping to get the raft out (14') this weekend and take the boys fishing. What are the best options for put in / take out this time of year. I need points that I can trailer in and trailer out. My boys are 8 and 11, so, won't be much help for carrying the raft. I am hoping for some good fishing options too.
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Old 03-14-13, 04:08 PM   #2
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Do you have a motor on your raft?
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Old 03-14-13, 04:13 PM   #3
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Abbotts to Medlock, two great boat ramps and easy float and not terribly long, as long as the wind is not coming up river. What kind of raft do you have?
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Abbott's to Medlock would be great if'n you can git the trailer to Medlock after puttin' in at Abbott's. Elsewise it's about a four mile walk back to Abbott's from Medlock to git the truck an' trailer an' then come back fer the raft. But if you can put a car at both ends, or if you have a "chase" driver, blackcatbone's suggestion is a hard one to beat!
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Old 03-14-13, 04:29 PM   #5
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There is a pretty good section that is very slow water and with the right wind it can be brutal. I have been on there with my 2 man it will blow you back up river. What kind of raft do you have?
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Thanks for your reponses. I do not have a motor for the raft so my only real options are a drift trip. But, seems like getting a motor might be a good plan going forward. I have a shuttle worked out. Any advice on flies or rigs for the boys? I plan to tye up some soft hackle hares ears or some leaches (color?). For the boys, my plan was spinning gear with a bobber and a fly. Any help that make it more successful for them would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-14-13, 05:03 PM   #8
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I have a Maravia Willowa 1.5 whitewater raft with rowing frame and cooler. I am hoping that I can row through the slack water if the wind is not too bad.
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The wind forecast does not look that bad, I have only had to turn around backwards and power row once in mine. Just make sure you check the release schedule before going. Have fun and don't forget to fish the blow downs.
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Hiwassee would be a good option, if you are willing to drive that far. Towee ramp walked to Top Ramp is not too far (1.5 miles) and fairly flat. I often thumb rides too.
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