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Friday, March 11, 2011

Drifting the Tuckaseegee

Butch Martin sent in this report from his float trip on the Tuck this past week:

There's a lot of high water around this past week.  Most of the larger streams are way too high for wading and, if not, they're too muddy to fish.  When conditions like this are present, floating the river in a drift boat is often the only safe way to get a trip in.  On Friday, I took Trudy Johnson and Linda Bennett to the Tuckaseegee DH in North Carolina.  Even there the river is too high to wade.  Duke Power is running water in the Tuck almost 24-7. 

This nice brookie was caught by Trudy on her second cast of the day.  There were three more fish in this size category caught on this trip.  We had a 30 fish day even in the wind, rain and cold.  The river had been stocked a few days before out trip so the fishing was very good. 

When you float the Tuckaseegee, you'll notice two things right off.  First, the fish don't turn off during generation like they do on the Toccoa.  Second, you have very little competition from other anglers.  The Tuck is a big wide river and a drift boat is the best way to fish it during these times

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