« on: January 24, 2012, 07:08:02 AM »
1. Travel with a buddy. Don’t run this stretch alone. There are too many variables. This stretch of water part of a power generation waterway. The water conditions can change quickly.
2. Double, and triple, check your gear. Make sure you have what you need before getting on the water. I was missing my flippers. Big mistake with a kick-boat.
3. At least one member of the group should do a dry run for the return trip. The road did not go as far down the river as I had though. And I didn’t have my flippers so I wound up travelling, with the kick-boat on my back, along deer trails. I do not recommend this at all!
4. As much fun as fish are to catch on a 3wt, I’d recommend at least a 5wt. This will allow you to cast a little further with a larger fly.
5. If you have a favorite fly, bring at least 6 each. I fished with 3 flies for 6 hours. This was an exception, not the rule. Frayed tippets after repeatedly catching fish can abrade the mono. I made a conscientious effort to keep my tippet fresh.
6. Most of the fish in this area are spotted bass (Kentucky) and aren’t as large as LMBs. I started out with a size 8 PGPP, and had to go up to a size 6 to keep the sunfish hook-ups down. The KLMB make up for size with their willingness to bite and the way they fight.
7. If you fish on the weekends here, be prepared to share the river with swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and other anglers. Rarely will you see anyone on the river in the morning. By late afternoon the casual sportsmen will start showing up. The summertime is much busier than any other season.
8. Launch on the east side of the generation canal. The west side his extremely high banks and is difficult to climb up. Make sure you can get back to about the midway point for take-out. It is a lot easier to walk on the road than the deer trails.
9. Bring twice as much water as you think you will need. Just because you feel comfortable and cool does not mean you don’t need to take in water.
10. A lightweight watercraft is perfect to fish this water. A canoe would work well with 2 people, and a kayak would also work. The downfall of them is that you can’t lug them up the hill like a backpack, as I did with my kick-boat.