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    Default Best wading tailwater

    The guy that I normally fish with is gone to Montana for the week and I am looking for suggestions on good wading water. We nomally float the Clinch in his cannoe parking my truck and the bottom and putting the boat in a the top. Since that is pretty much out of the question, does anyone know of some good places just to wade. Or is anyone with a boat intrested in having some one to float with this Saturday? It doesn't have to be the Clinch. I know the church ,the island, and below the dam. I don't know how much I trust their release schedule on the Clinch. I live in Maryville so somewhere less that a couple hours driving time would be my range. Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Caney Fork. IMHO best wading tailwater in East TN

    Best public access, best bottom, best size/range/species diversity, closer to Knoxville than the SoHo, Watauga, Hiwassee... the list goes on.

    Gerry
    Last edited by Gerry Romer; 08-13-2008 at 11:48 AM. Reason: mid-day elucidating

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    Default No doubts!

    Well I gotta say outta the tailwaters I've floated....Caney, no doubts! Anywhere you can access below the dam! There's still a few lingering out there in Tennessee I have yet to float! The Elk, Fort Patrick Henry (though I hear it's rough and not worth the trip!), and there's one other out there I'm not thinking of! I would say that the water that is most favorable for a wade fisherman as far as TVA is concerned would have to be the South Holston...The water is always right there...and hey, if nothing else it sure is darn pretty!

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    well that settles it...!

    I have to get down on the Caney!
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    You can bet the farm on the weekend Clinch schedules, they do not waver from them at all.

    I am partial to the Clinch, but you know the only access points.

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    Keep an eye on the Caney water release, they're blowing heavy in the morning, slow to drop.
    The Elk may be an alternative.

    Grumpy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Keep an eye on the Caney water release, they're blowing heavy in the morning, slow to drop.
    The Elk may be an alternative.

    Grumpy
    Oh Grumpy....I don't think they would like the Elk at all! Caney is probably the best bet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALflygirl View Post
    Oh Grumpy....I don't think they would like the Elk at all! Caney is probably the best bet!
    Now that I think about it, the Caney is just terrible. There aren't really any fish. The dam is always generating. Unfriendly people...blah.

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    Well I think from Maryville the Hiwassee is is probably closer than the Caney, but I don't know how the fishing is there. I'm guessing, but it might be too late for good fishing.

    In any case, if you don't feel like driving all the way to the Caney, I would say the Clinch is prob the best wading. I just like how you can drive and hit a couple of the spots.

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