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Old 11-02-2010, 07:40 AM
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Default South Holston TW TVA Boat Ramp

I got to see the new boat ramp on SOHO last week. Nice. I read some place that because of the bad rapids area below Hickory Tree bridge you should use a boat which has the ability to return upstream to take out. Is that the case?

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Looking back at Emmett bridge with 0 turbine flow.


Looking downstream with 1 turbine flow.
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:17 AM
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Joe Fred-

Thanks for the photos, I'm glad they put in a boat ramp below the weir dam. Did they also put in a trailer parking area adjacent to the ramp?

I would have thought that they would have put the ramp adjacent to the current weir parking lot. They might have had to take out a few trees next to the bridge to do it though. If they put it right off the parking lot, it might have been real dicey to launch a boat with the generators going, because I've seen what the lower weir looks like.

I've always enjoyed fishing the SoHo, especially with Hugh Hartsell as my guide.

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Old 11-02-2010, 11:32 AM
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Yes, Bill. There is a nice, fairly large, paved parking area.

Hugh's one of the best. I'd say that even if he wasn't a Hamblen Countian.

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I'm sure that Hugh would get a chuckle out of that.

Thanks again.

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Old 11-02-2010, 05:19 PM
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Joe,

The rapids are some what hairy below Hickory Tree if you don't know what you are doing. I've floated that whole river top to bottom. We've been rowing for a long time though. My suggestion would be to alway scout out your runs before droping them if you are unsure. However all of the fly fishing guides use drift boats, not jet boats to float the wier to Jack's (Below Hickory Tree). Give me a shout.
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Kris, it was a pleasure talking with you again. Thanks for the info. The SOHO maps are just now available online and soon at area outfitters.
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I got up there early friday while they were still generating. I saw about seven boats launch and none used that ramp. They all wanted to fish the area between the wiers and the bridge before heading downstream. I think a ramp around hickory tree would be more beneficial. It would atleast give more options for floats. Of course, it would make access to the hickory tree area easier which would mean getting there even earlier for dibs on the best runs.
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I got up there early friday while they were still generating. I saw about seven boats launch and none used that ramp. They all wanted to fish the area between the wiers and the bridge before heading downstream. I think a ramp around hickory tree would be more beneficial. It would atleast give more options for floats. Of course, it would make access to the hickory tree area easier which would mean getting there even earlier for dibs on the best runs.
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I got up there early friday while they were still generating. I saw about seven boats launch and none used that ramp. They all wanted to fish the area between the wiers and the bridge before heading downstream. I think a ramp around hickory tree would be more beneficial. It would atleast give more options for floats. Of course, it would make access to the hickory tree area easier which would mean getting there even earlier for dibs on the best runs.
That's interesting, Jeep. Were there issues with their getting over the Bristol waterworks dam when heading downstream?

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Jack Praters
Call me ignorant, but I've fished up and down the SOHO and have been all around the hickory tree area. I've heard Prater's name mentioned many times, but I don't really know anything about the reference. I've floated down the river once before and don't recall seeing any ramps around that area. Perhaps its part of riverway and I just missed it? The time I floated, the guy who owns the property (river rightside) just around the bend of the TVA cul-de-sac area gave me a hard time about not stepping out of my pontoon wihle on his "property" which he claims includes the river bottom.


JoeFred, call me ignorant once again, but I'm not familiar with the Bristol waterworks dam. Actually, I'm sure I'm probably familiar with it, but not so much with that particular title. I'll clarify my previous post. Some of the boats I saw came down from around the islands and over the grates. I believe two did that. One on the near side of the island and one on the far side of the island. The other five or six boats launched from the ramp at the gravel parking lot right at the grates, paddled to mid river between the grates and the bridge and fished there before heading downstream.
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