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Old 12-28-17, 10:32 PM   #1
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Seeking advice and feedback on good starter Jet Boat runs (run up, drift down) for rivers within 2 hours of Atlanta. Made a failed trip to the Tuck today based on advice from a Fly Shop. Water was way too low.
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Old 12-29-17, 03:59 PM   #2
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Please describe the boat, inboard/outboard, hp, length, width, static drift depth required depth, loaded weight, tiller vs remote.
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Please describe the boat, inboard/outboard, hp, length, width, static drift depth required depth, loaded weight, tiller vs remote.
16' Stealthcraft Power Drifter, Mercury Outboard 60/40 Jet, Front Console, 54" wide bottom/80" wide at the oars, drafts 4" without a load so I'd guess 6" with motor and 2 grown men.
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Old 12-30-17, 03:40 PM   #4
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I'm not sure why you wouldn't take a power drifter on the Tuck, I assume you are talking the DH near Sylva. Maybe the new DH down by Bryson City would offer less rocky conditions at low water. And/or maybe you need both dams running water for Sylva.

The Hooch is certainly an option. You could put in at McGinnis Ferry, and run up to the cliffs if you want a little technical practice running upstream, with pretty easy drifting back down, or you can go further up for more technical water, both under power and rowing back. Or you drift down and easily run back up, or launch at Abbotts Bridge, and go up or down, but it is flatter gradient than above McGinnis, and pretty easy operating conditions. Medlock Bridge would offer the same type water up and downstream as Abbotts. Another good piece of water would be to launch at Jones Bridge, off Barnwell Road, drift down and run back up. It is a little more technical than Abbotts and Medlock, but there are a couple spots were silt can be an issue.

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The Etowah is an option is you are open to somehting besides trout. If you have your heart set on trout, maybe some of the rivers in TN are an option, but I don't have any experience up there.

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These are warm water fisheries, good seasonally:

Ocmulgee from highway 83 to Wise Creek (iffy ramp I've heard, but I never had a problem there - long area silted in so don't come off plane until deeper water)

Etowah Knox Bridge (on Allatoona) to Canton (check with the Corps to see if Knox ramp is open, as it closes during the winter )

Hooch above Franklin to the shoals (I think I'd want a little upstream generation if I was going far). Can also fish down from Franklin and run back up which would be easier.

Hooch Chattahoochee Bend to McIntosh Reserve (can't really remember this too well, but there are some shoals you would have to read)

Apalachee River from Swords (on Oconee) to 278 (fairly easy run and can be some great winter fishing)

Cold water fishery, but farther than 2 hours, is the Clinch below Norris. See http://crctu.org/wp-content/uploads/...nDownTimes.pdf
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