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Old 05-18-18, 10:33 PM   #11
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Jacob's Georgia book frequently obscures or omits key details of accessing some of the smaller streams, and I wonder if his intention is to weed out the greenhorns and faint of heart. For example, he mentions a controversial creek that was once easily accessible but now requires a struggle to access - and one of the access points he writes in his book for this creek is totally bonkers. I've been there before (as its on the way to other creeks) and the "trail" is a laurel-choked gorge full of berry thicket, snakes, and bears. Someone not committed would turn around ... someone who is committed would have topo maps, an alternate way in, and some other plan C. Ditto for his Warwoman write-up which gives reasonable guidance but fails to mention that six times out of ten the roads there will chew up anything other than high-clearance jeeps, and if a widowmaker falls while you're out there, you're walking back to Clayton to find someone with a chainsaw.

The line between constituency and exploitation always drives me to my copy of Desert Solitaire:

I try to choose waters that are at least a 1.5mi hike over rough country, where you have to drive past other good water first.

Haven't read the Southern Appalachia book ... I've fished in TN more than NC, I'm curious now what TN waters Jacobs puts in there. Heading north tomorrow!
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Old Yesterday, 03:55 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by splatek16 View Post
Really? Folks with opinions kill forums?
#disagree I sorta thought that's what forums were for....

Personally, I found Jimmy's book on trout fishing Georgia when I first started, because a few guys on here recommended it as a starting point. Looking back, it doesn't really reveal any serious small stream Intel, but can point people in the right direction. Chances are most folks won't step foot near a deep woods backcountry small stream.

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