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Flint Creek 6/15 #4149085
06/17/24 09:15 AM
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I guess I don't have to tell yall that it was hot. Real hot.


Anyway, my brother lives in Decatur and the Elite Series was on Wheeler this weekend. So, I decided that the wife and I were going up there. We might as well drag the canoe and do some fishing. Little did I know, but Hartselle has a canoe trail on Flint Creek. I had worried some about possibly running into one of the Elite guys, but that was quickly laid to rest after we got going. You weren't getting a bass boat of any kind where we were. In doing research on other places to canoe and fish outside of our home river (the Cahaba), I've found information to be woefully lacking. Flint Creek is the perfect example. There was a single article in the Decatur newspaper about it and one YouTube video from a guy that kayaked it. That was it. Nothing about water levels, put ins/take outs, fishing, scenery, etc, etc, etc. Well, here you go:

We met my brother at the take out so he could shuttle my truck back to the end. We took out right off Hwy 31 in Hartselle. This is a legit boat launch and a nice facility. The only thing missing was trash cans and some park benches and tables. We met him at 7AM.
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There are two put ins above this. We opted for the Hwy 36 put in. That's roughly 8 miles of creek. With us fishing and stopping for lunch, we average about 1 mph. So, we drove over to the launch in Hartselle. This was a nice facility. It was setup as a camp ground. Gravel parking lot, benches, trash cans, and a narrow, muddy path down to the creek.
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My brother didn't know, but there had to have been a tornado or straight line winds roll through there in the last couple of years. For the first 3-4 miles of the trip, the creek looked like this:
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And a couple of times, it looked like this:

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The wife and I went through, over, and under so many trees that I lost count. We talked about it afterwards and felt like it was a tremendous confidence boost for us. We left Decatur feeling like we could canoe through just about anything.

The creek is deep and muddy. There was very little rock in the creek. There were some cool bluff formations and a couple of places where there might have been a cave. I was unsure of landownership so we didn't get out at all. Plus, the banks were muddy and you were apt to sink up to your knee in mud. The fishing was very slow. I probably should have drug a jig or worm through the laydowns, but I hate fishing like that. By most accounts, unless you were on a magic ledge spot on Wheeler, the fishing was tough. Wife easily caught a limit on a buzzbait and lost a truly good one in a tree top. We saw NO ONE on this trip. Not a soul. There were no other boaters on this trip. We did see one guy at the launch in the middle bank fishing with his kid. That was it. We passed one house on the creek. Truly in the middle of nowhere.

On the water at 730AM. Off the water at 430PM. Wrapped it up with a shower and a trip to the Crosseyed Owl Brewery in Decatur to meet some buddies that were volunteering for the Elite Series and then over to Simp McGhee's for dinner. All in all, a great trip. I'd certainly go back and canoe this creek, but it would only be if I was in Decatur or Hartselle for something. It wasn't the most scenic of trips. The creek was muddy and one that didn't really call out to you to jump on in. It reminded me of creeks in south Alabama. It would have been a lot easier if we had only done the second half of this route and put in at the launch in between the two we used. The first half was truly a maze of laydowns. Only saw one deer and one snake. Muskrats were every where. Several little hideyholes were beavers had damned up and made little ponds off the main creek. Probably should have checked those out, but that's a little too adventurous for the wife.....
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Re: Flint Creek 6/15 [Re: William] #4149127
06/17/24 10:25 AM
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Sounds about right. Most of the fishing is done from the 31 ramp to the river. Once you get north of 67, you'll get a lot more pleasure boat activity. Good number of gators between 31 and 67 too. Had forgotten about the little nader that went thru. As for the fishing, i've never had great success on flint creek. Know some guys that have great success on crappie and some that do good bass fishing. Never thought of it as a canoe trail. Had to fish a boat motor from the bottom (about a 1/2 mile west of your takeout) several years ago. If it'd come off 5' to the left, it woulda been in 4' of water. As it was, it was in about 10'. Crazy what you'll do for your young'uns.


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Re: Flint Creek 6/15 [Re: gman] #4149141
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Originally Posted by gman
Had forgotten about the little nader that went thru.



How long ago was this? There was a stretch where it was obvious a tornado had come through.


Also, shout out to the Freight House in Hartselle, AL. We ate there Sunday and had a great meal with excellent service in a cool venue. Highly recommend it if you are in the area.


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Re: Flint Creek 6/15 [Re: William] #4149149
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Nice, William. I appreciate the pics and narrative. A bad day on the water beats, well, most anything to do with work, or yard work!


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Re: Flint Creek 6/15 [Re: William] #4149211
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Originally Posted by William
Originally Posted by gman
Had forgotten about the little nader that went thru.



How long ago was this? There was a stretch where it was obvious a tornado had come through.


Also, shout out to the Freight House in Hartselle, AL. We ate there Sunday and had a great meal with excellent service in a cool venue. Highly recommend it if you are in the area.

maybe 18mo or so ago


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Re: Flint Creek 6/15 [Re: William] #4149224
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Very nice pictures and write up, thanks!

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Originally Posted by OlTimer
Very nice pictures and write up, thanks!



Indeed! I really enjoy all of your trip reports, even when it's places I'll likely never see. It's always interesting to hear about other creek trips. Do you have one of these books?
Alabama Canoe Rides and Float Trips https://a.co/d/i7c59Mr

I have one of the originals, and also got an updated edition. But even the update has a lot of obsolete info regarding the takeouts and such. Still probably worth buying if you don't have one.


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Re: Flint Creek 6/15 [Re: William] #4149325
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Told you to go from 31 to 67. There’s always blowdowns in that section of the creek Nader or not. It’s always muddy and nasty looking and the fish ain’t fit to eat. I used to love fishing in the creek when I was a kid. Now not so much.


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Re: Flint Creek 6/15 [Re: William] #4149408
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With the Elite series there, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t in someone’s way.


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Originally Posted by William
With the Elite series there, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t in someone’s way.

Understand.


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Re: Flint Creek 6/15 [Re: William] #4149459
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How long does it take to canoe or kayak from 31 to 67?

Re: Flint Creek 6/15 [Re: WARPhEAGLE] #4149521
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Originally Posted by WARPhEAGLE
How long does it take to canoe or kayak from 31 to 67?

Looks like about 7mi. Looks like a day trip.


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