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Through the fort is probably no better--and no worse--than below the fort. Some pretty good water and some that's not so good habitat. Gets quite a bit of weekend canoeing pressure from the military and their families. Maybe less real fishing pressure, however, than below or above. 6X to Ross, with two fairly big canoe rentals servicing it, gets LOTS of weekend canoeing pressure and quite a lot of fishing pressure. But it's maybe the prettiest part of the whole river.

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Through the fort is probably no better--and no worse--than below the fort. Some pretty good water and some that's not so good habitat. Gets quite a bit of weekend canoeing pressure from the military and their families. Maybe less real fishing pressure, however, than below or above. 6X to Ross, with two fairly big canoe rentals servicing it, gets LOTS of weekend canoeing pressure and quite a lot of fishing pressure. But it's maybe the prettiest part of the whole river.

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A buddy and I stayed at Wilderness Ridge last weekend and floated the 6x to Ross on both Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday I don't think we saw a single canoe or raft, and we got on the water about 8am. Saturday was busier, but it wasn't too bad, and most of them were pleasure floaters, not fisherman. The smallmouth were very willing on both days. Had a great time. I absolutely love that stretch and can't wait to get back.

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Like I said, 6X to Ross is the most scenic part of the whole river, so it's well worth a try just for that reason. And it's part of the smallmouth special management area, so the smallies get plenty of protection. I don't think any of the canoe rentals have been very busy this year so far, but that could change. I'd say do it at least once.

Wilderness Ridge was the other canoe rental I was trying to think of.

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Like I said, 6X to Ross is the most scenic part of the whole river, so it's well worth a try just for that reason. And it's part of the smallmouth special management area, so the smallies get plenty of protection. I don't think any of the canoe rentals have been very busy this year so far, but that could change. I'd say do it at least once.

Wilderness Ridge was the other canoe rental I was trying to think of.

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