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Thread: Elevation and Fish

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    Default Elevation and Fish

    Do you guys think that the elevation of the mountains affects the fish? I was just wondering. I have never fish high in the moutains. Ive benn up there. You can't here a thing with the pressure in your ears! Does that and other things affect the fish or is it better fishing up there? Thanks.

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    There are no fish above 2500 feet.

    The further you walk vefore starting to fish, the better the fishing will be. And if you have to climb the mountian in the first part of the hike then it will be even better. The harder it is to get to the spot, then the better the spot will be.
    Up high, the fish will mostly be smaller, but there are plenty of them and they will usually eat anything that is presented as food.

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    Default Re: Elevation and Fish

    No fish above 2500 or few fish? *

    Also, just as a guage. *I have always gauged elevation by vegetation. *I had a friendly park ranger give me a tip one day, but I might run it by you guys. *Rhododendrons at 2000 ft hemlocks at 3000 ft. *Obviously, there are probably lots of exceptions, but I would think if this is true, that large stands of these plants would be a decent indication.

    That being said, and assuming the rule of thumb is true. *If you see rhododendrons, fishing is OK, but might think about lower elevation. *If you see hemlock, turn around.

    Some problems I have seen with this method are. *I am sure the side of the mountain or whether in a cove, or deep canyon can make a BIG difference in the elevation that the plants can grow . *For instance, it would be my guess that these plants could grow quite a bit lower on a norht face sahded by a steep canyon etc.

    So that being said, what do you do with no altimeter, or GPS, and assuming you would rather fish than keep your nose buried in a topo map to figure out your actual elevation?

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    No fish above 2500 or few fish? *
    Russ was pulling your leg, he just doesn't want you fishing for his brookies.
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    No fish above 2500 or few fish? *
    Russ was pulling your leg, he just doesn't want you fishing for his brookies.

    Dang it Griff . *I guess you think i'm lying about all the snakes, bears, mountian lions and caddy wampus' too don't ya?

    I've heard that some streams WAY up high are getting too acidic for trout due to acid rain. It's probably true too.

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    Ah come on now, the reason all the locals fish down low is because they know there aren't fish up high... If ya'll will promise not to fish up high, I'll try and get some reports from the high elevations so everyone knows how bad it really is up there....
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    I don't think there will ever be a problem with too many people fishing up high.
    --Griff--

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    I would watch out for the rattleheadedcoppermoccasins when fishing anywhere in the smoky's. They grow particularly large on the better streams. Yep they sure do, I've seen'um.

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    Speaking of snakes... I saw a few back in the spring, but nothing during the summer or recently. I fish one - two times per week and I try to go to different places regularly. My biggest concern is that I get complacent when I don't see one for a while. Anybody else notice a drop off in the snake sightings?

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    No snakes the last trip, but a bear bigger than Bill Clinton's mama.

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