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Jswitow
09-26-2007, 05:57 PM
We had started talking about this on Craig's Labor Day thread. Just wondering if there are some interested people?
Thanks,
John

mtnman2888
09-26-2007, 08:08 PM
Sounds interesting, what dates are you thinking of?

Craig

Eggum
09-26-2007, 08:46 PM
It wouldn't take much to convince me to go.

Jswitow
09-26-2007, 10:53 PM
I am thinking the November 7th, 8th and 9th. Would like to get to Fontana Dock around 10:00 am.
John

Jswitow
09-28-2007, 09:53 PM
Well,
Looks like so far we have eggum and Mtnmn2888 interested. And I got my dates straight! Must have been looking at September. Lets keep at it and see where this goes. Hope you all get out this weekend!
John

ttas67
09-29-2007, 01:51 AM
I'd be interested. as long as I don't have something really important to do around that time.

Jswitow
10-03-2007, 02:15 PM
Yes it will depend on life. I may have a makeup tournament for soccer (a U10 team that I coach) that weekend, or my son's birthday to make up (it is actually the 1st, but may be put off for the soccer tournament) Keeping my fingers crossed. 4-6 people is plenty to head up there with though, lets keep discussing it as tiime moves along. I sure hope we get some rain.
Best,
John

Eggum
10-11-2007, 06:44 PM
Which are you thinking, Hazel or Eagle Creek- or somewhere else?

Jswitow
10-12-2007, 09:34 AM
Eggum,
I am thinking Hazel. We can take the ferry across from Fontana dock to the mouth of Hazel. From there to Sawdust Pile campsite is about 3.5 to 4 miles. It is an old rail grade so not a rough trail at all. I am flexible though, if others have other ideas. I like Hazel, have camped up there 5 or 6 times, but it has been at least 5 years since my last visit.
Best,
John

Eggum
10-12-2007, 10:12 PM
I was at Bone valley this spring with the Lexington Bluegrass TU and had an absolute blast. Does Sawdust Pile have a campsite number?

Jswitow
10-15-2007, 02:46 PM
Yes it does, without a map I could not tell you. You passed it though, the sawdust pile is the first of the three, next is Sugar Fork?, then Bone Valley. None of those three are very far apart (less than half a mile as I remember). Been too long though, my memory isn't perfectly clear.
Best,
John

mtnman2888
10-16-2007, 12:35 PM
Any further details on the trip? I have a few more days to take at work so as long as my school schedule is good i'm still interested in going.

Craig

Oldman
10-17-2007, 06:20 AM
#85 is the Sawdust Pile campsite.

Jswitow
10-20-2007, 08:34 AM
I would guess we would just plan on meeting at the Fontana Village Boat Dock whenever youall can get there. I would shoot for 10:00 am, but anytime would really be fine, just so we could meet. 10, 11,12,1:00. If someone was going to be late, they could just catch the next ferry. We may work out details about food and equipment. I have a couple of backpacking tents, one sleeps 2, the other three (really 2 and stuff, both have full flies. Small stove and lantern. We would find out what time to meet the ferry on Sunday and make sure we got there in time. If anybody hears about a large group going that weekend I would reschedule. Last time I went the Atlanta TU Chapter was up there with about 40 people, pretty much a mess.
Best,
John

mtnman2888
10-22-2007, 09:39 AM
I would love to go but i'm highly doubt that i could do those dates. Let me know if they change because i would love to go back there, i haven't been in about 6 years i think.

Craig

ttas67
10-22-2007, 01:41 PM
dont believe I'll be able to make it either. school on friday, work on sat/sun, sorry. john, I would love to go to snowbird sometime if you are up for it.

mtnman2888
10-23-2007, 12:31 PM
Is it a possibility to move the dates back just a day or so. I could probably do a thursday, friday, saturday trip but i doubt i can take three days off of work for a wed., thursday, friday one. If it's a lot of trouble then don't worry about it just a thought.

Craig

Jswitow
10-24-2007, 12:11 PM
Hey all,
I found out from my wife(I already knew this) that my plans mean nothing. So you all think about some dates that will work, throw them out once more and maybe we can get together. I would like to do a Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Maybe the week after, of course then we are the weekend ahead of Thanksgiving. I have not been up there in 6 or 7 years either.
Trevor, the fishing is picking up on Snowbird, the smaller bows are already in the river as are the browns. The fish I caught last weekend were all in the 11-14" range. Might have stretched one to 15" but no larger. I did see some big browns in a deep hole but they saw me first.
Back to Hazel, there was an article in the Graham Sentinel about a visit to the grave yards up there. The columniist mentioned the "Brown Hole" on Hazel having had no less than 20 fish estimated from 18'-26"! I would have lost all composure at that point, dropped the flowers and produced the pack rod!
Anyway maybe we can salvage this trip, life is just tooooo hectic!
Best,
John

kytroutbummin
10-28-2007, 09:14 PM
I will be down there that whole week fishing and i havn't done hazel or eagle creek yet, if you all say its a go ill bring the kayak with. I have to meet up with my club the 9-11th but im game the whole week before

Jswitow
10-31-2007, 01:57 PM
My dates at this point would be the 16th, 17th & 18th. That look doable for any of you?
Troutbummin, we would probably take the ferry across the lake, about $ 30.00 and much quicker. I paddled it once in a canoe; about 1 hr- 45mins without a break. It was about 6 miles from Fontana Marina, though I have heard it is much closer from Cable Cove. I am a fellow Louisvillian!
Tight lines,
John