> OK... the trip is on!
> ( You will need to print this if your going. )
> Tennessee River Gorge Pot Point Cabin Seinerama April 26 27 28
> I did a thorough scout this weekend, checking out the cabin and sites. We
> in for a real treat. The large cabin is very nice with plenty of room.
> on the river with 2 decks. Board walks and hiking trails. A fully equipped
> kitchen, 2 showers and 3 toilets. 2 bedrooms with 5 twin beds per room...
> clean sheets are provided. No towels so bring your own. A TV and VCR... so
> bring any fish tapes to watch. There are lots of cool maps on the walls,
> we will not be spending much time here i think! I want us to head out at
> am Saturday morning sharp. The first site is downriver several miles to an
> abandoned coal mining community called Shake Rag ( that is how they
> down passing river traffic ). Neat old stone structures are still
> Here we will wade out into the Tennessee River and try our luck with
> Then on down the road is another backwater area which looks promising...
> minnows, bass, sunfish, snakes, anoles and turtles were observed Sunday.
> Nearly leaving the gorge we will come to a stream that drains the Prentice
> Cooper State Forest on top of the mountain. It was clear and calls for a
> snorkle when it warms, but im not intending on snorkling this trip. We
> hike downstream and follow Mullens Creek the 1/4 mile to the Tennessee
> proper and see what kind of activity is at the joining of these waters. In
> the creek i observed bass, sunfish and stone rollers... a good sign. This
> site should yield some interesting fish both upstream and at the water's
> After these 3 stops we will be leaving the gorge and head to the Little
> Sequatchie River. Ive often snorkled here and that will be one of the
> as well as a spring, a cave spring and the Big Sequatchie River. This is a
> lot to do and we should intend on staying out all day Saturday until dark.
> that time we will all head back to the cabin... probably catch a
> on the way home for dinner. We may not get to hit all the sites. This
> combination offers great diversity. Big flowing river water, sloughs and
> backwaters, small mountain streams, springs, spring caves and finally the
> most excellent Little Sequatchie river. You can study this area in advance
> you have a TN gazateer on page 24 at the bottom. This is a very valued,
> unique and protected region for Chattanoogans and all of us. The Tennessee
> River Gorge Trust is buying as much of this land as possible to keep and
> preserve it as it is. We are staying as virtual guests in their cabin so
> yer manners. Beer is allowed but it should be kept to a minimum. Dont
> the place. The fish coolers should be kept outside on the porch as the
> inside are polished wood. I may try to set up a couple aquariums for
> observing... if i get time.
> I want each of you to arrive at the cabin with TN fishing licenses ( a
> is about 10 miles away ), a breakfast under your belt, a full tank of gas
> drinks and snacks for the day. We will be a long way from civilization on
> lot of this. This is about a 45 mile run and that many miles back to the
> cabin tho we will use the freeway for a speedier return. To keep the
> of the caravan down lets buddy up. These roads are narrow with limited
> offs. 4 maybe 5 vehicles max should be fine. We may be doing a bit of
> road stuff, but low vehicles should be able to pull off the main road ok
> For those arriving Friday afternoon or evening or by 8 am Saturday
> come to my home. I will be home all day Friday... the phone number is
> 423-485-9541. My work number is 423-624-0721. Immediately below the i 24
> i 75 split and headed south on 75 is the East Ridge Highway 41 exit. Take
> this exit and head south on 41. check your odometer, from the freeway it
> be a total of 1.4 miles to my mailbox. Go down HWY 41 less than a mile and
> turn left onto Frawley Road. It is marked and a large white sign lettered
> Frawley Baptist Church marks the spot. Turning left follow this windy road
> til you come to a large bright blue mailbox on your right marked 354 Cox /
> Blue Fish Ridge. Turn up the long windy driveway. Dont park in the cement
> pond. Towards the end of the evening i will lead those arrived to the
> apartment above my business... and will return in the morning to lead them
> the cabin. Arrive early... South Chickamauga Creek is behind my house as
> as all my pools and experiments. Lots to do while we arrive and welcome
> everyone in.
> Directions to Pot Point Cabin:
> For those arriving late or delayed. We intend on leaving Pot Point Cabin
> 10 am Saturday sharp. You may catch us by going down river... on the only
> road... Mullen's Cove Road. To get to the cabin from i 24 in downtown
> Chattanooga... the freeway splits off to 27 and crosses the river. After
> crossing the river, exit at Signal Mountain Blvd. Head toward Signal
> Mountain. You will pass a K-Mart tucked back on your right... a Hardee's
> McDonalds is out front. This is a good place to get a fishing license.
> Staying on 27 go thru the light. Just before you can go up the mountain 27
> turns off to the left. I think a light is there. Follow 27 for 4 miles.
> the bridge at Suck Creek and turn off of 27 to your left onto Mullens or
> River Canyon Road. Follow this for 4.6 miles to Pot Point Cabin! Long and
> Windy... you will wonder if you will ever get there!
> Bring a Sleeping bag for the apartment... there is one bed and 2 couchs...
> one that folds out. Plenty of floor space too.
> Cell phones... i know Cingular works from the cabin. Steve how about
> your Walki Talkies.
> Bring your seines... 10' max in Tennessee. You will need waders for some
> the creepy spots... you know... snakes and stuff. ive got a pair of 10's
> Sunday i have several other site options available and i will be prepared
> spend the whole day dipnetting. We will take a consensus Saturday night
> Sundays activities. Some of these sites are close by... others are further
> depending on our time.
> We will be seeing a lot of darters. Some require cool, oxygenated water.
> thoughtful when collecting as to their survivability. The river fishes
> be pretty tough tho. In the Little Sequatchie i see rainbow, redline,
> fantails, logperch and tn snubnoses. White tail shiners. N studfish. Horny
> headed River chubbs building nests. Mountain Shiners w/ glowing heads.
> Gapping full glory stripe shiners. Rock bass. Lots of fish i dont know...
> lets go!
> Rain or shine! we will already be wet anyway!
> At this time we have 7 financially comitted...
> Stott Noble and his brother inlaw AL
> Martin Moore MS
> Chip Rinehart SC
> Steve Ellis GA
> Mike Whitfield TN
> myself and possibly my son TN
> and a not to good a maybe from...
> Bruce Stallsmith AL
> and maybe a couple guys from Chatt... Rob, Earl ( mr mushroom ) and
> We have room for a few more... i think about 10 to 12 is the comfortable
> We need ( and now have! ) 6 of us financially comitted at $25 each to
> the $150 cabin rental. ( If you dont show you still owe! Please dont leave
> paying your bill! ) If any more folks attend we will collect $25 from them
> and contribute it to NANFA. So... say 10 of us attend... that would be a
> total of $250 of which the cabin rental is $150 and NANFA would get $100
> an appreciation... as we are getting a big discount on the cabin rental
> due to nanfa's non-profit status! This is a really neat opportunity. Im
> planning on doing the teepee fish jamboree but that will be mid summer...
> that's a long way away! As for now time is awasting and the river is
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