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turk870
05-12-2012, 06:27 PM
got wife talked into doing a backcountry camping/fishing trip..looks like around the 4th thinking 24 or 30..would 30 have less people camping there around the 4th.or should we stick with a reserve site if we can get one.thanks

GrouseMan77
05-12-2012, 10:59 PM
4th = lots of people. I'd pick a reservation site.

Rog 1
05-13-2012, 11:46 AM
The extra two miles to 30 will also decrease the number of people

Knothead
05-13-2012, 01:20 PM
The extra two miles to 30 will also decrease the number of people
Rog 1 is right. The distance from the road or trail exponentialy decreases the number of people in any area.

Oldman
05-13-2012, 06:57 PM
For the 4th of July expect anyone and everyone. On that date you will have some folks who, on a whim will go. Reservation or not they will go.
Luck will have to be on your side if any campsite you pick is not packed.

turk870
05-14-2012, 06:12 PM
thanks for the input,both of us are looking forward to it..havent fly fished in years so this should be exciting to say the least..been trying different meals testing taste and equpment..figured the long weekend would give us time to recover before going back to work...

GrouseMan77
05-14-2012, 09:53 PM
Rog 1 is right. The distance from the road or trail exponentialy decreases the number of people in any area.

Usually true...but, he is talking about a holiday weekend. I've cut a few 4th of July / Memorial Day / Labor Day trips short due to overcrowded sites...and I'm not talking about the cake walks.

JayB
05-15-2012, 07:32 AM
It depends on where you go, I was at 95 last year on the 4th of July weekend, and there were only 2 other people there, and we are less than 2 miles from the road. Those 2 people were only there Saturday night, Sunday night we had the place to ourselves...like normal.

Knothead
05-15-2012, 10:03 AM
Jason and JayB, I find your comments most interesting. We don't go anywhere on holiday weekends due to the crowds. We went to a state park when living in Louisiana many years ago. People were so thick you couldn't stir them with a stick. We stay at home on holiday weekends and go out at a later time. Better to have two days of enjoyment than three of chaos.
#95- need to look that up.

ChemEAngler
05-15-2012, 09:54 PM
Jason and JayB, I find your comments most interesting. We don't go anywhere on holiday weekends due to the crowds. We went to a state park when living in Louisiana many years ago. People were so thick you couldn't stir them with a stick. We stay at home on holiday weekends and go out at a later time. Better to have two days of enjoyment than three of chaos.
#95- need to look that up.

I agree 100%. I completely avoid all parks and tailwaters on holiday weekends. Some of my buddies make fun of me for it. However, I would rather not be in a bad mood because of a few morons and just stay at home with the family.

mattblick
05-15-2012, 11:03 PM
There is fun to be had on holiday weekends. Sitting at site 24 and viewing 4 unprepared backpackers hauling up a 12 man tent, 2 gallons of water each, full-length axes, cast iron cookware, in wet cotton clothes in September gave me quite a chuckle for instance.

Sharing some cigars, whiskey, and advise with the youngins hopefully made up for the amusement I had at their peril. God Bless UT; go Vols

Knothead
05-16-2012, 10:08 AM
because of a few morons
ChemEAngler, just a few?
Anyone heard of Henry inkler's (the Fonz) book- I Never Met an Idiot on The Water. I would like to fish where he does!
I used to do a lot of bass fishing but sold my boat about 6 years ago because of so many people on the lakes and rivers.

mora521
05-19-2012, 04:46 PM
Knothead,after reading how competetive Winkler is when he fishes,it seems he would only need to look into a mirror the next time he is on a stream to see an idiot.

Turk if you do go to 24 on the 4th of July pay attention to the woods at dusk and you might see a lightning bug display that will dwarf the ones at Elkmont.Honest Injun.

Rog 1
05-21-2012, 11:23 PM
I have witnessed the fire fly display at CS24 and it does put the Elkmont bugs to shame....the bgs come out later at night....they were so numerous and bright you could see the flashesthru the tent,,,simply amazing,

yonder
05-24-2012, 05:17 PM
I will also give the nod to Rog1......an extra mile or two will greatly enhance the experience.......take sufficient breaks on the walk in........and you will be rewarded with greater fishing.......also remember when hiking with your spouse.....when you are climbing that hill........she is working just as hard as you are..........make the most of the trip........:smile: