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Old 05-15-18, 05:29 AM   #11
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Its great to be on the river and in the river.

From the looks of the snakes pupils it appears to be the famous water snake.

I can tell you I know didlly about snakes unless their head is blown off with my little 28 gauge.
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Old 05-15-18, 06:18 AM   #12
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A snake swimming that close would have scared the daylights out of me. I noticed you held your ground and kept taking pics. Good report. Good pics. Scary snake, beautiful fish.
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Old 05-15-18, 06:26 AM   #13
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Great report, Prowler! I'm especially jealous of the brookie. I haven't caught one of those since I was eleven years old and on my first Boy Scout camping trip in the Smokies nearly 40 years ago. It's also nice to see a river that's not inundated with tubers yet (the 'Hooch hatch near Duluth is already growing).

That snake is a pretty one, but I'm gonna guess that it's a banded water snake. A member we know as "nc rockhopper" would disagree, but hasn't posted here since a little disagreement regarding snakes occurred in the following thread:
Copperhead?

Here's a photo of a copperhead that makes ID unmistakable:


You'll rarely (if ever) find copperheads actually in the water. Their markings are pretty distinct though, so when you see one there ain't no doubt as to what it is. Notice how the markings are very distinct along its body, and how they look like an hourglass turned sideways. A banded water snake's markings are more erratic and resemble stretched spots as opposed to the hourglass shape.

Okay. . . 'nuff said 'bout the snake. Those are some mighty fine fish photos there! I'm quite jealous. I only landed five fish (and about 17 tubers) this weekend. Well done!
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Old 05-15-18, 08:15 AM   #14
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Great report, Prowler! I'm especially jealous of the brookie. I haven't caught one of those since I was eleven years old and on my first Boy Scout camping trip in the Smokies nearly 40 years ago. It's also nice to see a river that's not inundated with tubers yet (the 'Hooch hatch near Duluth is already growing).

That snake is a pretty one, but I'm gonna guess that it's a banded water snake. A member we know as "nc rockhopper" would disagree, but hasn't posted here since a little disagreement regarding snakes occurred in the following thread:
Copperhead?

Here's a photo of a copperhead that makes ID unmistakable:


You'll rarely (if ever) find copperheads actually in the water. Their markings are pretty distinct though, so when you see one there ain't no doubt as to what it is. Notice how the markings are very distinct along its body, and how they look like an hourglass turned sideways. A banded water snake's markings are more erratic and resemble stretched spots as opposed to the hourglass shape.

Okay. . . 'nuff said 'bout the snake. Those are some mighty fine fish photos there! I'm quite jealous. I only landed five fish (and about 17 tubers) this weekend. Well done!
The brookie was the highlight of the day. It's the second one I have caught in the same area over the last couple weeks. He was strong too and put up a good fight. I think counting that one,I've only caught about 6 brookies on the toccoa tailwater over the last few years so to catch two over the last couple weeks makes me happy. I guess TVA started stocking them regularly this year???
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Old 05-16-18, 06:31 PM   #15
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I'm not 100% sold on your snake being a water snake. I was always told the all venomous snakes swim with their entie body on top of the water. Yours is pretty close to that. Water snakes swim with about 80% of their body underwater.

If I had been there, I would have seen it as 20 copperheads! LOL

I hope the pic of the swimming copperhead uploaded.

Nope, it failed to upload.

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