1. Time to arrive,
a. Before dark Friday night, to be able to set up camp
2. Wading, bank, kayak, types and
a. I plan to take a kayak, but you need to be aware that the “boat launch” is pretty hairy. See the picture
b. You can wade in many spots, but expect to get wet. The rocks are slimy.
c. Kickboats work well, but they limit amount of water you can cover, and if they generators start, you’ll be in a panic for the shoreline.
d. Banks are high, and fly-fishing from shore is a real challenge
e. Bass hunters, etc. are seen on this river all the time.
3. Sizes of flies,
a. Size 2-8 minnow patterns. I like bendbacks because of all the rocks that you can get caught up on
i. Dark for low light conditions
ii. White and bright colors for daylight
4. Anything else I should know?
a. Waders are a must during November through April, the water is extremely cold.
b. Studded wading boots are a bonus
c. Camping at the TBARS is primitive, for me, but there are showers available. I could possibly rent a yurt, but I normally don’t.
d. Best fishing for white bass and stripers is when there is no sun. Once it comes up, the game is over.
e. The water is extremely clear, and fish can be spooky
f. My largest fish from this area was a 15 pound striper in March
g. Launch in the dark and get positioned about ½ mile upstream from the launch. N 31.16788 W 93.55895 http://mapper.acme.com/
h. 5-8 wt rods, floating line, or sinking if they move out of the shallows
i. If SRA starts generating, there is no way we can stay in the generation canal. http://srala-toledo.com/
i. We check the status of the generators the day before we travel.
j. This is my old stomping ground. I lived less than 6 miles from the dam while I was going to college.