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I have a pair of the Simms Freestone Streamtread boots.
This weekend I would stay home, if fishing is what you want. Toccoa TW will be muddy for several days, except at the dam. Nantahala and Tuck are running very high, Nan is about 700% of normal flow per river gauge and Tuck appears to be nearly as bad. Toccoa above the lake is running about 3000 CFS so I expect everything to be blown out until next week some time.
This is an interesting article. Note how the reporter doesn’t bother to analyze seasonal fluctuation in power pool levels in generating reservoirs. Lanier, at 1053 ft, is currently 17 feet below full pool level (1070 ft), true, but the fifty year average for this day is actually only 1064 ft. On December 27, 2007, the lake was at an all-time low of 1050 ft, meaning it’s actually gained year-on-year by about three feet, which is a heck of a lot of water in a lake the size of Lanier.
Zack, On the evening news tonight your local head of the water department was explaining the meaning of drought… that if the lakes are below normal we are in a drought.
Well …. he announced the fishing thing the same day he closed a facility for disabled war vets.
What I do know is that the TVA has been dumping mass quantities of water downstream at present – 2 generators continuously on the Norris dam, which is unusual for this time of year. Rumor has it they’re trying to clear out as much of the crap downstream as possible before the EPA gets here en masse.
TVA began releasing a lot of water before the accident, when all the recent rain raised the lake levels above TVA’s operating flood guide for this time of year. Rumors are notoriously wrong.
I fish several Winston BiiX or BiiT rods and they all cast at their best with a true weight line, such as, SA Trout or Rio Select Trout.
Not all of them, but most of them are.
The Perfect are definitely made in England. I am not sure about any of the others.
And $900. or so for a 5 wt Perfect, I would rather they send the business to Korea on the Perfect as well.
The disturbing part of the bailouts is the governments desire to take a controlling interest in various industries under the guise of public oversite. This is a fundamental change in the economic system that has served us well for 200 years.
What you call disturbing others refer to as security for a loan. Taking preferred stock is an attempt to insure that the taxpayer’s money will be recovered. Or would you be happier if the White House and Congress just gave the money away with no strings attached.
With the economic pain being felt by many, the fly fishing industry will surely feel the pain. In the past couple of years there has been numerous concerns expressed about the industry being to big for it customer base. These two issues combined points to hard times ahead for some/many. Winston’s management staff appears to have seen the writing on the wall and implemented cost containment programs before the firm was hurt. This is a plus for Winston even though it will hurt some employees.
I cast the rod today , and I was impressed. I am not a big fan of the Helios , but the 10 ft. rod I like pretty well. I think its definitely a rod I would like to own. Very smooth and powerful, and its light.
A lot of companies announce in Denver for delivery in the spring.
Kevin, while there is a lot of good wading water on the Toccoa tailwater, there are only 3 public access points which are about 5 + or – miles apart.
I am retired. I worked for the Georgia State Auditor for 34 years. As Deputy Director of the Education Audits Division, I co-ordinated the financial and federal single audits of public education systems (180) and about 50 public libraries. Now-a-days, I am systematically transferring my limited wealth to many fishing guides (Rocky Cox being just one).
I have been watch less since mid 2003.