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MadisonBoats
04-08-2010, 10:11 PM
Saw my first snake today. I just wanted to remind you freestone guys to watch out for them and to look over the first aid section in this link.

Also, I always recommend gaiters for those of you hiking in to your fishing spots.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000031.htm

flyred06
04-09-2010, 08:53 AM
Good stuff Shawn. I hike alot of snakey areas and am always concerned about this. One area we go into is about a 2000 ft drop in and there is no cell service. We often joke that if we get bit we will just keep fishing and let the park rangers find our dead bodies doing what we enjoyed. But truthfully I had rather live to fish again. Thanks for the post.

Carlito
04-09-2010, 09:51 AM
What kind of snake did you spot and where was it? I've been on the mountain bike quite a bit recently, and I've been on the lookout for copper heads. Still haven't seen any yet, but the weather is starting to get "snakey".

TightLines
04-09-2010, 10:51 AM
Snakes? Oh my. Just another fine dinner for this survivalist nut.

kentuckytroutbum
04-09-2010, 11:15 AM
Save the snake skins! Can you use it to tie flash back nymphs?

MadisonBoats
04-09-2010, 12:12 PM
It was a harmless garter snake. However, he scared the crap out of me when I almost picked him up.

Carlito
04-09-2010, 02:41 PM
LoL. Those buggers are stinky.

TightLines
04-09-2010, 08:39 PM
Wait until you reach down to pick up a duck or turkey egg out of its' nest and a big rat snake is laying there. Now that will scare the heck out of you.

cardfly
04-09-2010, 09:05 PM
On Monday I saw a big old black snake at the cabins up the trail at Elkmont and then later saw a copper head crawling across the road up at the loop where the old cabins are.

If I hadn't caught 4 trout up there I would have been a screaming mess.

Kytroutbum
04-09-2010, 10:40 PM
There was a rattler hanging around up above Elkmont along the road last summer. Watch hands and feet.
Randall Sale
the Kytroutbum

David Knapp
04-09-2010, 10:47 PM
Lots and lots of snakes above Elkmont...be really careful up there...:eek:

mcfly
04-09-2010, 11:57 PM
Is is just me, or are snakes twice as plentiful in East Tennessee than they were even 10-15 years ago? Seems like I see them twice as often anyway.

Worrgamesguy
04-10-2010, 08:50 AM
Aw, the website didn't pull a "Jeff Foxworthy" and list death as a side effect haha. This has been dually noted.

Kytroutbum
04-10-2010, 09:21 AM
Between the bad bears, Trolls, Wild Hillbillies and snakes, It's NOT WORTH fishing above Elkmont, especially Monday -Wednesday of next week (:>)!

cardfly
04-10-2010, 09:55 AM
Kytroutbum,

I heard that the snakes will be at their worst on May 8 and 9 so everyone just needs to stay home that weekend. It's gonna be bad, really bad.......;)

Kytroutbum
04-10-2010, 11:28 AM
My prognostication is for a concentrated very heavy snake presence from then into the next week.

silvercreek
04-10-2010, 12:08 PM
Bears and cougars too. I also heard that there is an escaped axe killer around there. Happy fishing, Silvercreek

wm1miller
04-10-2010, 02:55 PM
I have always heard that rattlesnakes are afraid of me and will try to get out of my way, but I had this theory not work last week in Texas while out hiking. I walked right up on a rattlesnake and he raised his head, rattled, and did not budge. Obviously, I backed off and went way around him.
Is this normal or was he/she possibly protecting a den?
Maybe I don't want to know.
Wm