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    Default Exploring Plateau Streams

    Over the past week or so I've been blessed to be out on several streams here on the Cumberland Plateau. On Friday, I had a great adventure exploring a stream I've driven past numerous times on the way to "better" fishing. It turns out the little creek is one of those hidden gems. It was full of little Coosa bass (emphasis on the little) and was a lot like fishing the little brook trout streams in the Smokies. Here are a few pictures from that adventure.









    Yesterday I was able to hit a smallmouth stream that I've started exploring. The water was very low but the fish were willing. Best of all, they were hitting topwater bugs!!! Here are a couple of shots of the fish and stream.







    One of the best moments from the smallmouth stream was watching one of the fish come up and stare down my foam bug before hammering it. Some of the fish wanted it dead still while others wanted it twitched across the surface. Some blew up on the fly while others sipped it off the surface. You just never know with the smallies!

    So, the main lesson to be learned here is to quit passing up those little streams you always wonder about. You might find something pretty nice!
    "Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 4:19

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    Awesome report!

    Let me know if you ever need someone to tag along on any of the more remote streams

    Is the second stream the Piney?
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    Default Nice Fish

    I wouldn't call those last ones "little."
    Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckypaddler View Post
    Awesome report!

    Let me know if you ever need someone to tag along on any of the more remote streams

    Is the second stream the Piney?
    No, it is not the Piney...
    "Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 4:19

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    Isn't thrre a Piney in every county in Tennessee?

    steve
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    I know exactly where that stream shot came from and it's a wonderful place. When I was in high school my dad and I used to wade that stream every weekend we could.

    I've spent a bunch of time over there and really like that area, it is just as much wilderness as most areas in the GSMNP.

    Have you seen many copperheads yet? Those streams get dang snakey as the summer progresses.

    Good stuff, and brings back memories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterwolf View Post
    I know exactly where that stream shot came from and it's a wonderful place. When I was in high school my dad and I used to wade that stream every weekend we could.

    I've spent a bunch of time over there and really like that area, it is just as much wilderness as most areas in the GSMNP.

    Have you seen many copperheads yet? Those streams get dang snakey as the summer progresses.

    Good stuff, and brings back memories.
    Only one copperhead so far and it was on another stream. The bushwhack back to the trail had me uneasy though...
    "Then He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 4:19

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stonefly View Post
    Isn't thrre a Piney in every county in Tennessee?

    steve
    It sure seems like it, at least here in this part of Tennessee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Knapp View Post
    Only one copperhead so far and it was on another stream. The bushwhack back to the trail had me uneasy though...
    I established a policy of never leaving the river under any circumstance after blundering into 6 before lunchtime. In some of the other streams over there I would swim through the deep bottomless pools just to avoid getting out on dry land.

    Folks who know me, know I'm not scared of snakes and actually like them. However the numbers over there were dangerous and I just let them have the dry land

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    Thanks for the report and pictures. I have never heard of the Coosa bass. Its true, I can learn someting new everyday. I ain't to bright to begin with anyway.

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