Tailwater Trout In the South: A Guide to Finding and Fishing the Region's Man-Made Trout Fisheries

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9780881503357: Tailwater Trout In the South: A Guide to Finding and Fishing the Region's Man-Made Trout Fisheries

This completely revised and updated edition of the complete angler's guide to the tailwater trout fisheries of the Southeastern United States takes anglers on a tour through nine states and 46 fisheries.

In the 1930s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority began erecting dams on rivers throughout the Southeast to promote water conservation and to generate hydroelectric power. By the 1940s, fisheries managers began to realize that the cold waters released through the tailraces of these dams could support trout, and a new era of angling dawned in the southeastern U.S. Today the range of tailwater trout in the South has expanded to include northern Alabama and portions of Arkansas, as well as western Kentucky and Tennessee. More than 40 tailwaters are now recognized as trout fisheries. They provide some of the best trout fishing in the South, and constitute the waters in this region most likely to give up a trophy-sized trout. Each tailwater description includes complete information on regulations, public access points, and a map. Jacobs discusses safety concerns and gives crucial information on when to go and how to reach each tailwater, as well as revealing insiders' tactics for fly-, bait-, and spin-fishing.

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Jimmy Jacobs has been fishing the streams and rivers of the southern highlands for over 30 years. He is also the author of Fly-Fishing the South Atlantic Coast, Tailwater Trout in the South, and Trout Fishing in North Georgia. Jacobs is the editor of Florida Game and Fish Magazine and makes his home in Marietta, Georgia.

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Tailwater Trout In The South speaks to all styles of anglers: bait-fishers, spin-fishers, and especially fly-fishers. Introductory comments explain the differences anglers should expect when venturing into and onto these open and often deep waters. Fly-casters who are used to tickling a cast through streamside brush with a short rod in the mountains may find it liberating to cast in these wide open spaces, but they will need heavier equipment for the windier conditions and deeper water -- and for the bigger fish. Many tailwater fish have an abundant food supply, and so are relatively picky eaters; Jimmy Jacobs provides hints on how to tune one's lure to the conditions. Clear maps and instructions direct readers to public access points. What to expect of each site is outlined: variation in water flows, quantities of stocked and holdover fish, suggestions for successful lures and techniques, pressure of fishing population on the resource. An appendix lists map sources for more detailed information about specific waters. Tailwater Trout In The South is a well crafted fisherman's guidebook and a perfect addition to any angler's reference shelf. -- Midwest Book Review

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