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Old 06-22-2013, 08:07 PM
Joe Congleton Joe Congleton is offline
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Swamp there are many of us who still have great memories of the Little T. Like you l was lucky enough to hunt ducks and doves there but my best memories are of the fishing. Mid summer browns sucking down catalpa worms in the channels along Calloway Island near Toqua; massive hatches of caddis that were so thick you couldnt help but suck a few down if you got to gasping for air as you tried to get to the bank when the water releases caught you mid river; streamer fishing those big drops at Chota, the railroad trestle, and the fishtraps; Laughing at friends around campfires along the Bluffs; and trying to figure out those big mayfly hatches below Hoss Holts. And being stunned by the mass and size of those browns that made the river famous. But It is a resource that didnt come close to ever reaching its potential. This past year l have been reading and commenting on drafts of LITTLE FISH which is Professor Platers just released book on the snail darter litigation, and all thise old fishing memories came flooding back. Interestingly l think some of our tailwaters probably fish as well today as did the Little T, and if there is any solace, many of those improvements that dramatically improved the Clinch, South Holston and other tailwaters came about as a direct result of the Little T litigation and the recognition of what a reareation and minimum flow regime could do to improve tailwater fisheries. So you keep those good menories. And you tell people about what was here and what was lost. And make them look at your pictures. I am there with you. But l sure like the way some our other rivers are fishing now

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