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Old 06-08-2013, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am putting together a float this summer. it would involve both canoes and kayaks We have done the lower French Broad and most of the lower Holston. A friend has suggested floating the Little River from the 411 bridge to Rockford. I measured it at 9.9 miles. Since I have only fished Little River in the park I have no idea what to expect on this stretch, i.e. how good is the summer fishing, how long would 10 miles take, is there a better area,etc. Any advice would be appreciated. Feel free to post or PM me. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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just did that float the other day. fishing is good in the summer, topwater time! There is a decent waterfall just downstream from the 411 bridge so be looking for that, i seem to run it best on the far left
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Thanks Rusty, I had a feeling that you would know. How long does it usually take?
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it takes pretty much all day, quite a long float
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Its a long day. Hit it during the summer when the days are the longest. Give yourself plenty of time. I havent been past River Johns' and it takes a pretty full day there. But hey, I take my time.
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Thanks guys, Hottrodder are you saying all day from 411 to river johns?
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no. A good day from Perry's mill to River John's. That is the trip I normally make. I'm guessing half a day from 411 to River Johns. I can't help you from River John's to Rockford. Haven't gotten that far yet.
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Thanks again, we have decided on River Johns to Rockford, roughly the same distance as Perry's Mill to RJ's. Looking at mid July, and I'm already excited.
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Cool. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:29 AM   #10 (permalink)
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River Johns to the water treatment plant in rockford usually takes me 5-7 hrs. That is fishing while floating and stoping at 3-4 shoals for 10-15 min. I usaully run the trolling motor in the slow pools. From the treatment plant to Rockford park can take another 1-3 hrs depending on how fast you fish. Plan for the trip. You can easily be out there for 6-10 hrs depending your speed. Also check the weather that river can rise quickly with some heavy rain.
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