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About SpareTime

  • Birthday 01/15/1982

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    Maryville
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    Fishing...?

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  1. SpareTime

    Upper Tellico

    I've heard that from a couple people. What about those bigger islands, just past the old trestle? Listed on maps as kirkland and harrison islands. One I wanted to check out had a volleyball net in the shallows next to the island. It's right down from harrison branch boat ramp. One guy told me I probably shouldn't mess with any of them, then I saw that...go figure. I also looked at one out from the Tanasi Memorial...it's probably off limits too. Anyway...all that flow and stumps and islands and cold water is what's drawn me to that area, plus I wanna stay away from the traffic further down. Maybe I can slay some smaller stuff with a fly rod around all those stumps and trees. Thanks for all the insight.
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    Upper Tellico

    thanks guys!
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    Upper Tellico

    I mainly want to target walleye and trout. I've never caught a walleye, and upper tellico seems to be a half way decent spot to catch a few. Plus I'm not far from there, and I'd rather spend more time on the water than on the road. I'll get my feet wet there anyway, and branch out eventually. One reason I asked about the island camping up there, I wanna hit them late...go back to camp and try some night fishing...then up early to hit them again. I'm an NC boy and all this TN water is new to me. Any word on walleye in Chilhowee since they brought it back up? I plan on hitting it a healthy amount once I get back going. dada, thanks for the advice. I want no part of which you speak...my wife would be PISSED if I died. She would be happy if my boat died though...
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    Upper Tellico

    thanks to you both!
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    Upper Tellico

    I have a few questions for anyone who may know. Still working on my old clunker pontoon so I haven't seen much of the water on my own terms yet. I can't find anyone who knows anything about or will take me past the ramp below chilhowee dam. I've viewed from the road and looked at sat. view online. All anyone will say is it's rocky and they won't go anywhere near it. So what are the conditions from that last ramp to the dam? It looks like it gets more shallow the further up towards the dam you go, with a narrow channel up the right side. How fast and rough is that water when the dam is generating and not? Would it be safe to run a small, light pontoon up there, and float back down over all that rocky bottom. No intention of rubbing noses with the dam, but maybe within 100-150 yards. Is the fishing any good there? Is there a warning if they are about to open up the dam? Lastly, what islands can you camp on around upper tellico? I get mixed "knowledge" on this subject. Some say those yes and these no, others say these yes and those no. Thanks in advance
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    Pics from a few weeks ago

    thanks! Are they any good eatin?
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    Pics from a few weeks ago

    went to the upper end of tellico...scouting some stuff out. Launched from Toqua. Did about 20 miles on the water just runnin around with my neighbor on his boat. slung a few lures on the way back...had a lot of fun, but nothing impressive. It was my first time on the water in quite a while. Question for those who know...Is that last pic a yellow bass? If so, it's the first I've ever caught.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    I love the idea! Teams could be cool too...like team SoHo, team Watauga, team wherever they can catch'em. Meet back at a central location to compare catches, stats, recipes, stories...meet new people, learn new things.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Nice fish!!! I'll bet that little fella had a good time!
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Nice!!! That would have been a good day in my book! I was looking at the stocking report stuff, and couldn't find any numbers. In NC they would tell the # of each type of fish released. Do they provide that info in TN anywhere? I was also wondering why, in tellico for example, they only release rainbows. Why no browns? I could maybe understand no brookies. more fragile from my understanding. When i was in college, they had some study on trout going in the basement of the natural science building. My cousin came up one weekend over the summer (for a campus tour and fishing) and while showing him around campus, we talked to a professor that let us go in and look around and talked with us for about an hour. He had pretty well concluded that in nearly all cases, brookies were least durable, then rainbows, then browns being the most hearty. changing PH up and down, temp up and down and seeing which ones died out first was how they were testing. In saying all that, wouldn't browns be a good choice for tellico? Also as you've questioned before, why no brookies in Chilhowee? Seems like they would be well suited in both cases. Just wondering what you and others may think/know about this?
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Once I can finally get back on the water, my plan is to try everything I can upstream of the 411 bridge. I have no clue how trout act in a lake, so it'll be a lot of trial and error on my part. I've got a friend that's got a little jon boat, so we are gonna try some different approaches with that little thing to. Try and go where mine won't...maybe...we'll see. How'd ya do at SoHo?
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Inquiring minds want to know how you do, if you go. I was hoping to get my boat out for some test runs this weekend, but insurance is dragging their feet on getting my truck fixed. Probably not the safest thing to tow a boat with a mangled hitch. Maybe i can find a friend with a truck who wants to go fishing. Fingers crossed!
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    World record crappie possibly.....

    good nnniiissss! While it wasn't THAT big, a childhood friend of my caught one that was around 3.5 lbs, in a creek we fished growing up. It was nearly that length, just didn't have near the girth. We were young, and unsure of what it was because of it's size...so we ate a probable NC state record. My buddy that caught it wasn't the most dedicated fisherman. He showed up that day with nothing. So we game him some line and a florescent fuzzy tailed little crappie jig. He made a cane pole, and out fished us for sure that day. He also caught a 8.5 lbs large mouth that he had mounted. Needless to say, we where down there for weeks after that, fishin with cane poles and crappie jigs.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Yea, all that water up there looks really good to me. I went to school at WCU and had a job one summer surveying sections of road for the NC DOT in macon, swain, clay, graham, cherokee, and parts of jackson, haywood, and transylvania counties. I saw A LOT of water I still want to fish. I spent a lot of time wading the Tuckasegee river and surrounding creeks. Never did much lake fishing due to being a broke college student. I could always afford to ride 3 minutes with my micro spinner and a couple rooster tails in the cap. I always wondered what tasty fillets were swimming around in all those lakes while doing that DOT job. Campsites in the smokies on the banks of fontana for a few nights with a boat is a goal of mine ever since. First things first, i gotta get my boat going. I'm new to the real boat thing. I had a jon boat and a trolling motor growing up, but i'm now learning how much i hate old 2stroke motors. SOON...i'll get my feet wet in the upper end of tellico and chilhowee. I heard there were trout up there from neighbors. Now I'm here an hope to learn a lot from experienced anglers such as you. Really nice perch! I caught a lot of those when i was young, but nothing like that. I hear they are good eatin. Is that a good eatin size walleye? I've never caught one, and look forward to going after them as well.
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    East TN Lakers and Trout 2018 (part 3)

    Do you take 129 pullin a boat? I wanna check out calderwood at some point and fontana, but was unsure about taking a boat up through there.
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