Tndeer Logo

Page all of 2 12>
Topic Options
#373390 - 08/30/07 06:59 PM Small River Smallmouth...got a question?
Anonymous TnDeer Old Timer
Unregistered



What are the best baits/lures to use this time of year for smallmouth in the smaller rivers. Will they be in the deeper holes? Floating the Harpeth with the GF this weekend and looking for suggestions. How is the fishing on this river?
Top
#373415 - 08/30/07 07:14 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: ]
bowriter
Non-Typical


Registered: 08/31/02
Posts: 41792
Loc: Lebanon,TN USA

Offline
No, you are not floating the Harpeth. It is dry. Don't you read the paper? Best bait-catapla worm on a sand crawler rig.

But if you do find water...live crawfish and 12 oz Bud Light.

Best artificial bait- black, 1/8 ounce buzzbait or a Gitzit on a 1/16 head.
_________________________

Constipation has ruined many a good day. Not as many as stupidity, though.

Top
#373649 - 08/30/07 09:00 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: bowriter]
Darkthirty II
6 Point


Registered: 02/28/07
Posts: 534

Offline
We went Sat morning and my buddy was throwing a top water lure with a "walk the dog" type retrieve and he pulled in a 17" smallie. He hit as hard as I have ever seen a freshwater fish hit a top water plug. I was throwing a similar yo-zuri type topwater bait, with the same action, and caught one smallie maybe 10", and we caught several largemouths also. Caught'em right at daybreak. Also had good luck with a live crawfish on a carolina rig.
Top
#373669 - 08/30/07 09:06 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: bowriter]
CATCHDAWG
10 Point


Registered: 04/02/04
Posts: 3832
Loc: Bradley co. TN

Offline
I'm gonna agree mostly with Bowriter on this one. In the "small" river I smallmouth fish in live crawdaddys are hard to beat with hellgramites being bout as good. You can get both in a small creek with a sein net. For artificials I do well with a frog pattern hula-popper or a pop-r. A mouse immitation on a 9wt fly rod is alot of fun to!!!
_________________________
woods n water

Top
#374005 - 08/30/07 10:49 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: CATCHDAWG]
gil1
12 Point


Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6339
Loc: Nashville, TN

Offline
My buddy who lives on the Harpeth said the fish are all dead. He was exaggerating, but I think the river is not doing well.
I love live bait, jigs tipped with Mister Twisters, Slider worms, and white spinner baits.
9-wt. fly rod? You must be tossin' some beeeg baits. I usually use a 5 or 6 on the Harpeth. My streamers are no longer than 2-3 inches. Then again, it is extrememly rare for me to catch anything over 3 lbs. on the fly on the Harpeth. Mostly 1/2 to 1 1/2lbers.
_________________________
It is not the killing ...; it is the contest of skill and cunning. The true hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.

Dr. Saxton Pope

Top
#375287 - 08/31/07 03:33 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: gil1]
Dog on Point
4 Point


Registered: 04/18/07
Posts: 497
Loc: Leipers Fork

Offline
 Originally Posted By: gil1
My buddy who lives on the Harpeth said the fish are all dead. He was exaggerating, but I think the river is not doing well.
I love live bait, jigs tipped with Mister Twisters, Slider worms, and white spinner baits.
9-wt. fly rod? You must be tossin' some beeeg baits. I usually use a 5 or 6 on the Harpeth. My streamers are no longer than 2-3 inches. Then again, it is extrememly rare for me to catch anything over 3 lbs. on the fly on the Harpeth. Mostly 1/2 to 1 1/2lbers.

Gil,
The West Harpeth is about 75 yards across the bottom from our house. Right now I can wade a mile and a half in either direction and not get my calves wet.
It's pitiful.
_________________________
"Firstest with the mostest" Gen. N.B. Forrest

Top
#375469 - 08/31/07 05:57 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: Dog on Point]
gil1
12 Point


Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6339
Loc: Nashville, TN

Offline
 Originally Posted By: Dog on Point
 Originally Posted By: gil1
My buddy who lives on the Harpeth said the fish are all dead. He was exaggerating, but I think the river is not doing well.
I love live bait, jigs tipped with Mister Twisters, Slider worms, and white spinner baits.
9-wt. fly rod? You must be tossin' some beeeg baits. I usually use a 5 or 6 on the Harpeth. My streamers are no longer than 2-3 inches. Then again, it is extrememly rare for me to catch anything over 3 lbs. on the fly on the Harpeth. Mostly 1/2 to 1 1/2lbers.

Gil,
The West Harpeth is about 75 yards across the bottom from our house. Right now I can wade a mile and a half in either direction and not get my calves wet.
It's pitiful.

Ouch! What a beautiful river filled with redeyes and smallies. I can't imagine they could live in those conditions very long. Hope they make it somehow.
_________________________
It is not the killing ...; it is the contest of skill and cunning. The true hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.

Dr. Saxton Pope

Top
#375633 - 08/31/07 09:02 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: gil1]
CATCHDAWG
10 Point


Registered: 04/02/04
Posts: 3832
Loc: Bradley co. TN

Offline
gil, I'm not talking streamers. I'm talking about the mouse immitations and giant poppers. When casting heavy baits a 5wt don't have the backbone to get any distance or accurracy although it could handle saltwater sized fish, it's just a better fit for heavy lures. I use anywhere from 3 to 5wt for trout.
_________________________
woods n water

Top
#375716 - 08/31/07 09:58 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: CATCHDAWG]
Anonymous TnDeer Old Timer
Unregistered



All I fish with for smallies is a 5 wt. Accuracy and distance are not a problem and it makes the little guys more fun and the big ones tackle busters. I used to fish with a 6 or 7 but found it to be way to heavy.

No need for big poppers either, size 6 will work just fine.

Here are a couple from the French Broad which ate a size 6 popper fished on a 9' 5wt. Sage SLT, long casts in addition best I can recall 70 feet or so.

With that being said, do what makes you happy and what you like. If it works for you then ride that bull until it bucks you.


Top
#375738 - 08/31/07 10:11 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: ]
Rackseeker
12 Point


Registered: 09/26/02
Posts: 5558
Loc: Franklin County

Offline
nice smallies.....
_________________________
The best things in life, aren't things.

Top
#376048 - 09/01/07 07:59 AM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: Rackseeker]
gil1
12 Point


Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6339
Loc: Nashville, TN

Offline
Dayum! Never caught a smallie that big on the fly! Awesome!

Funny, I know dudes who fish both styles - big rods, big flies, and small and small. Both styles seem to work for both dudes. Me, I end up with bluegill and small bass on the small flies and rods. Makes me giggle like an 8 year old.

When I use the bigger rods, I end up switching over and chasing carp, usually with no or very little success. Still somehow end up giggling like an 8-year old!
_________________________
It is not the killing ...; it is the contest of skill and cunning. The true hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.

Dr. Saxton Pope

Top
#376958 - 09/01/07 11:40 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: ]
spitndrum
Team TLBB Woodpile Boys
Non-Typical


Registered: 03/09/06
Posts: 51376
Loc: Cumberland Plateau

Offline
I fish the OBED River here in Crossville mostly in the spring, I always have luck with Rooster Tails......YELLOW/GOLD BLADE!!!! ;\)
_________________________
<(((< Bowfish or NO FISH!
SUPREME HUNTING OUTDOORS PRO STAFF

Top
#380173 - 09/04/07 12:19 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: spitndrum]
Kimberman
10 Point


Registered: 10/30/05
Posts: 3492
Loc: Knoxville

Offline
Flukes, either the Fluke Jr or the regular sized one. 1/0 Gammy EWG for the Jrs and 4/0 Gammy EWG for the bigger ones. I like Ark Shiner, baby bass, pearl, & watermelon for colors. I grew up fishing the Harpeth, and have fished it for almost 20 years, there are still fish to be caught in the river, just find the deep holes.
_________________________
So many smallmouth, so little time.

Top
#419545 - 09/27/07 03:24 PM Re: Small River Smallmouth...got a question? [Re: Kimberman]
Casey82
4 Point


Registered: 08/22/07
Posts: 258
Loc: Lascassas,Tn

Offline
I fish the Stones river in the spring quite a bit.Flukes,floating artificial craws,grubs,wirlybees,and creek minnows have worked well for me.Caught several 2-3lb bronzebacks this spring on them.Also work good for redeye.Right around swift water is where I find them.Kinda hard to find any water lately.
Top
Page all of 2 12>


Moderator:  RUGER, Unicam, CBU93, stretch, Bobby G, Cuttin Caller, Kimber45, Mrs.Unicam, Crappie Luck 
Hop to:
Top Posters
4105252
RUGER
86718
Deer Assassin
65056
BSK
60881
Crappie Luck
51376
spitndrum
Newest Members
JPG3, red arrow, ICUFLY, east_tn_gk, cruiser sailor
13210 Registered Users
Who's Online
101 registered (JayMc, 51 pointer, 280longshot, fins&fur, Recoil, HDUKE1986, 20 invisible) and 109 anonymous users online.
Forum Stats
13210 Members
42 Forums
91596 Topics
1070606 Posts

Max Online: 788 @ 11/11/13 08:06 PM
Moon Phase
CURRENT MOON
August
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31
Forum Donations
The TnDeer.Com Deer Talk Forum is for Tennessee Deer Hunters by Tennessee Deer Hunters. If you enjoy using our Talk Forum and would like to contribute to help in it's up-keep. Just submit your contribution by clicking on the DONATE button below and paying with PayPal or a major credit card. Any amount is much appreciated. Thanks for your support!

TN Burn Safe

Generated in 0.099 seconds in which 0.001 seconds were spent on a total of 14 queries. Zlib compression enabled.