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    Default say hello to my little friends




    Caught 2 brightly colored rainbows at Tremont. Caught a rainbow on a big attracter fly and, same time, caught a knobby head on the nymph dropper! Next thing was the spider, biggest spider I've ever seen on the water.

    The timber rattler was just beyond the second one lane bridge on the gravel road past the Institute. I'm not sure I will ever fish around there again.

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    Nice pictures. Love the snake pictures. I've never seen a rattlesnake in the wild...would love too...at a safe distance! Did you get to fish Thunderhead (wondering what the water levels are like up there) or did you stay down at Tremont?

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    Nice fish and nice pictures. I have been going to the Park for over 15 years and have only seen 3 snakes, one was a rattler. Need to get back there.

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    I didn't fish Thunderhead. The water was low on Monday, came up after Monday night rain. Went over to Little Pigeon today and it was real low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knothead View Post
    Nice fish and nice pictures. I have been going to the Park for over 15 years and have only seen 3 snakes, one was a rattler. Need to get back there.
    Three snakes in 15 years? If I don't see three in a day of fishing during the summer, something is wrong.

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    $3Bridge, that's right- two non-poisonous and one rattler. I wouldn't have seen the rattler except a mountain biker was looking it along the MPLR. I got out of the river to see what he was looking at. I was hoping it was a huge trout but he showed me the snake along the road in a patch of grass.

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    This fellow was in the Little Pigeon Thursday afternoon. Came out by me and I got this picture. I thought he was a harmless water snake but looking at his head shape, now I'm not sure. Can anyone identify him?

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    Non venomous water snake. Look at the head to neck ratio of the rattler vs this guy. All snakes have a diamond shape head, it's just much more pronounced in venomous species.




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    Default That "Water Snake" actually

    ...looks just like a Garter Snake, same markings. The "Water Snakes" I have seen in the area are banded. I only recently learned that "Garter" snakes like water and live nearby water quiet commonly.

    Here's a link to a picture of a Garter, see what you think?

    http://www.easttennesseewildflowers...._Garter_snake4

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    Definitely a garter snake... That rattler sure is a healthy looking snake. Nice and fat, probably just about read to head to a den for the winter. I seem to remember someone talking about a den high up on the ridge between Lynn Camp and Thunderhead... Anyone know what I'm talking about?

    Also, very beautiful 'bows. Glad you got some nice ones!
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