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  1. #16
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    Yeah, I've been on the Tuck when it was more of a grunt & push trip than a float trip and a tin hull would have been bent up a lot (I have had 2 jon boats that I loved) and other times when it has a run and gun without an engine- just lift the anchor and off we go. I love the river and glad you had a good trip. But every boat is a compromise and I would never take my small jon boat on the Tuck and certainly not my 18' one. A canoe is possible and maybe a kayak but the rocks are very real, which is why the guides use drift boats. When the water is right, it's a great river for wading. We came up to our guide's favorite hole and there was a young lady standing in the middle of it. Her guide was with the same shop as our guide so we learned this lass had been standing there for 2 hours and had caught 40 fish. Since she was fishing in another direction, her guide told us we could cast to the edge of the hole. We caught a dozen fish out of it in about 20 minutes. That's good fishing. So tight lines and dry floating in whatever you decide to use.

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  3. #17
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    Thanks Whitefish115! In retrospect my buddy and I who floated it both feel we could have caught more fish wading and saw a number of people doing so. Nevertheless the float was a nice change of pace from days of wade fishing and we managed to pack out and hit the Balsom area to finish off the day with a couple dozen fish each to get the rods a little more bent. it was a hot while we floated and most action came early in the morning. I definitely want to explore more of the Tuck and try closer to the headwaters of Fontana.

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