NKFF Whitewater River Float/Wade Trip

Date(s) - 08/10/2019
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM

52 Pik-Up Gas Station


East Fork of Whitewater River in Indiana above Brookville Lake – FLOAT TRIP FROM BROWNSVILLE, IN TO LIBERTY, IN

One group will meet at the 52-Pickup Gas Station/Convenience Store just before you go into Brookville on US-52 at 7AM. 52-Pickup has daily licenses (but they are also available online at http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/9339.htm).

Another group intends to have breakfast at 6:30AM at the Liberty Bell Restaurant in Liberty. Join us if you are an early riser … otherwise meet us at the Route 44 bridge parking area around 7:30AM.

One Route is I-275 to Lawrenceburg Exit, follow IN-1 north to US-52. Turn Left and proceed to/past 52-Pickup, turn RIGHT onto HIGH ST. Follow High St (first street after crossing the river) to MILL ST (between 8th and 9th). Turn left onto Mill St and proceed about a block to where it becomes FAIRFIELD AVE. Follow Fairfield Ave to IN-101, turn right and follow IN-101 into Liberty.

The map on the next page shows the put-in access point off Philopath Rd just outside of Brownsville (look at the small inset in the upper left corner. His is where we will put the boats in, floating downstream through near virgin fishing water (there are no other access roads between Brownsville and Liberty. If the water is low, we’ll be dragging our boats over gravel and/or scouting out other portages.

4-, 5- or 6-wt outfits. Flies – Anything that would resemble small shad or other minnow forage (silver or grey over white, light olive over white, etc) plus some flashabou or crystal flash. Any 4-, 5- or 6-wt will work just fine. Smallmouth poppers, wooly-buggers, clouser minnows, hellgrammite patterns and other big nymphs.

For now, we just need to know if you are interested and that you have a water craft and/or trailer. We’ll work out specifics for launching up in Brownsville as we get closer to the date and know how many folks are going.

We’ll check the river gauge at Abington (up-river) for the current flow and gage height (normal is around 200-250 (so if it’s much above that, NO HIP WADERS, go with full chest waders). If the gage height is at or below 4’ and falling as of Thursday morning – (normal is just below 4′) the trip will likely be a go. It’s going to be hot and sticky so wear lightweight nylon or polyester clothes

For more info Contact Mike Arnold at mike@nkff.org

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