Home Register Today's Posts Members User CP Calendar FAQ

Go Back   Little River Outfitters Forum > Fly Fishing Board > Smoky Mountain Fishing

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-28-2008, 09:48 AM
Kytroutbum Kytroutbum is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 542
Default Rattler on trail above Elkmont

Watch where you put your hands and feet above Elkmont. Last week, I fished above the campground on Little River. A rattler was spotted crossing or along the trail between the "bench" and the old turn around where the rock is in the trail several times during the week. He was probaby coming up to warm up- cool nights.They don't travel very far and I've seen them up there a few times years ago, so they are still there.

Remember 80-90% of snakes bites come from someone TRYING TO KILL OR CATCH A SNAKE. So be aware and LEAVE IT ALONE!!

Randall Sale
Kytroutbum
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-28-2008, 12:00 PM
ChemEAngler's Avatar
ChemEAngler ChemEAngler is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Knoxville
Posts: 1,131
Default

I was up that way over the weekend and had my eyes peeled for them. I don't much like snakes, actually I avoid them if possible.
Travis
__________________
Travis

My Blog --> http://tnfishingfanatic.blogspot.com/

My Photo Site --> http://knxtravis80.zenfolio.com/

Email ChemEAngler

Last edited by Paula Begley; 08-28-2008 at 12:23 PM.. Reason: removed link.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-28-2008, 12:51 PM
mtnman2888's Avatar
mtnman2888 mtnman2888 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Statesville, NC
Posts: 698
Default

Found this fellow on thunderhead prong around sams creek in june. He was sunbathing on a rock in midday, kinda weird for june.

__________________
Craig Lancaster
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-28-2008, 03:40 PM
Bran's Avatar
Bran Bran is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Halifax, VA
Posts: 630
Default

He's beautiful!!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-28-2008, 06:06 PM
bugg's Avatar
bugg bugg is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Waynesville, NC
Posts: 159
Default

found this guy near deep creek. he was probably 4ft. long


Last edited by bugg; 08-28-2008 at 06:51 PM..
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-28-2008, 11:33 PM
Jswitow Jswitow is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 633
Default 4 ' Rattler

Wow that looks like an old one, and about ready to shed? Awfully dark and lots o rattles.

Gives me the willys!

Thanks,
John
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-29-2008, 12:40 AM
Kytroutbum Kytroutbum is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 542
Default

The eyes on that last rattler look scaled over as if it were starting to shed. They have less vision and are more irritable.

Pit Vipers- Rattlers, Copperheads and Cottonmouths know you are there before they see you. They can sense your body heat. Rattlers and Copperheads normally don't want to mess with you, unless you are a threat to them. They will try to use their camoflauge to protect them. As a Grad student at Morehead State University, I found road killed copperheads on campus, in the very early fall mornings, and saw them around Eagle Lake. Most students didn't even know they were there.

The best action with them is no action. Most bites are the result of attempts to handle or kill them. Remember the snake does not need to be coiled to strike!! Along a frequented trail or stream, I might find a "long-long" pole and move them a ways away. There is a lot of mythology around snakes, so don't believe all you hear.

Randall Sale
Kytroutbum
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-29-2008, 04:51 PM
jeffnles1's Avatar
jeffnles1 jeffnles1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Northern Kentucky
Posts: 1,116
Default

I've only had one snake be aggressive towad me and that was a cottonmouth. I always avoid them and give them the room they need and deserve. I rarely even see snakes, they are usually well hidden and while I'm watching where I step, I don't go looking for them.

This cottonmouth though chased me for about 15 feet or so. I saw it and stopped in my tracks and started moving away from the shore of the lake it saw me and charged.

Maybe it had a fish that it was getting ready to eat and was protecting it's kill. Anyway, that was the only time a snake ever showed aggression toward me.

Jeff
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-30-2008, 12:47 AM
knucklehead knucklehead is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 88
Default rattler and copper finds

greetings all. great pics of slippery serpents. i've been trying to find rattlers and coppers to photograph. unfortunately, i've had little luck or no functioning camera. good to see all these creepers are still around.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-30-2008, 06:22 AM
jwebb541's Avatar
jwebb541 jwebb541 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Cosby
Posts: 111
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by knucklehead View Post
greetings all. great pics of slippery serpents. i've been trying to find rattlers and coppers to photograph. unfortunately, i've had little luck or no functioning camera. good to see all these creepers are still around.
Seems like the name fits in this case. just kidding
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:15 AM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.