View Full Version : New Boat/New Float/New Guy from M/boro

04-19-2009, 10:43 AM
I'm a long time lurker, first time poster. I've just been through a "canoe won't work what about a kayak", "kayak won't work what about a pontoon" routine. I mostly fish alone and the canoe was too big to drag around by myself once the kids grew up and decided it wasn't that much fun anymore to listen to me telling them to "paddle, paddle, paddle" all day. The kayak was fun (especially the part where you can paddle up and float back down), but I didn't like the wet ride and it was too low. I couldn't stand up in either one, which I found to be a real drag. I know these boats work real well for a whole lot of folks, but not for me. The new boat seems about right, stable and a platform to stand on. Could be I'm just taking the looooong road to a drift boat...but the War Dept. resists a boat that big so far.

Anyway, I've fished the S. Holston and the Watauga a few times wading and years ago floated both w/ guides but I don't remember much. (I live in M/boro so I am not familiar with either of these rivers, although we'll be moving to Wears Valley for good next year, so I gotta learn.) I used to camp at the old River Ridge CG on the W. and wade out of there, but I hear that is gone (or changed, which is prob worse). So...

Can anyone suggest a good "from here to here" first time float on the SHolston and the W.? When is the best time to float the SHolston, water coming up or water going down, and is there a good "here's how you manage the water releases resource (like a book)? I know when to get in and out of the Caney Fork, but I just can't seem to add up the TVA info to "ok but what time do I put in?". Can anyone recommend a good shuttle service? And there really seems to be a real void in the area when it comes to campgrounds, now that RR is gone. Recommendations for that?

This is a long post. Ooops. But I do sincerely appreciate any help.

Grumpy, stay out of this. I don't think you fish or float any better than you used to shoot. (Kidding. I wish I knew a tenth of what you do.)

04-19-2009, 12:17 PM
cy contact me i will tell you what i know about the rivers and take you along i have a drift boat oftin looking for someone to join in i live not tok far from you richard_bush@bellsouth.net

04-19-2009, 10:53 PM
dadgum CY, i didn't know you were still amongst us:eek: kayaks have changed, checkout the Native Ultimate;)


04-20-2009, 08:55 AM
Alive and kickin. I've been meaning to call you, you know how that is. I've been in a rut since I retired: 5 or 6 weeks camping/fishing WY in the fall (I just can't get enough of that hopper hatch) then deer season then turkey season then a little (very little) fishing the Caney or creeks in the park. Bought a Liquid Logic Manta Ray and I was paddling up from the Stonewall bridge to hit those 3 or 4 best holes on the bottom end. That worked OK, except I hated sitting that close to the water and with my feet in water all day. So I sold the thing and bought a 10' pontoon that will at least keep my but dry. I'm pretty sure you still down at CT...I'll call you or come by one day this week or next. Good to hear from you and I hope you doing good.

04-20-2009, 08:57 AM
I hope to have one of my models out by mid-year...:smile:

04-20-2009, 09:04 AM
Grumpy, you are right. The Ultimate would have solved at least half my prob w/ the yaks. Now, if the warden will only bend a little...

04-20-2009, 03:16 PM
[quote=cytaylor;65991] And there really seems to be a real void in the area when it comes to campgrounds, now that RR is gone. Recommendations for that?

Here's a link for a campground close to the South Holston.


I've never camped there and can't vouch for it, but somebody recommended it on one of the boards, so I bookmarked it for future reference. Seems nice, judging by the website.


04-20-2009, 07:52 PM
Tent sites $10 a night is right up my alley. Thanks!