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Paula Begley
04-22-2009, 06:50 PM
LRO got an interesting clarification from the Park today. Following the more liberal NC license rules, children 15 and under are not required to obtain a fishing license. They will be changing the Park regulations to reflect this decision, which was made in 2007 (yeah, late notice, huh?). This includes TN resident as well as non-resident children.

This clarification was sought when a customer came in and stated that a Ranger told him that his 15 year old son did not need a fishing license. I contacted Matt Kulp, who was unaware of this rule either but found out that there had been a decision made in this regard years ago.


04-22-2009, 08:52 PM
My son discovered this week the Tennessee unlimited, lifetime sportsman license that he could buy for his son (4 years old) for $540. Not a bad deal unless you consider that if he had discovered this when his son was 2 years old it would have been $200. But much better than if he waits until he is 6 years old when it jumps to $1100. If you have young kids, check it out. The younger the better.

fly fisherman DK
04-22-2009, 10:35 PM
My dad got me the tennessee lifetime license for my 2nd birthday figuring that when I got old enough I would hunt and fish with him, and he was right. I am so glad he got me it because I deer hunt with him basically all season long during the fall and winter and we love to come and backpack and fly fish in the Smokies. If I were you I would definitely tell your son to get his son the lifetime license because it will definitely pay for itself in the long run.

Daniel Koeppel

04-27-2009, 10:35 AM
Paula-I talked with the gentleman and the boys in the Abrams Falls parking lot. They were parked near me and came over to ask about the license issue. After I told what I knew-wasn't sure about ages, they told me about what the ranger said. I told them must be an misunderstanding over NC and Tenn. reg's- that you all at LRO are really straight. I had to advise them that treble hooks were not legal. Father had one on his spinning rod as he headed out.

I am assuming they got cooled off in Abrams 55 degree water. All three had worn out slick sneakers on as wading shoes, their obsession with the age issue got in the way and they didn't want to listen as I tried to warn them about the bottom.

Randall Sale
the Kytroutbum

Arctic Grayling
04-27-2009, 12:57 PM

What do you recommend for wading shoes?

04-27-2009, 01:34 PM
If you've been on Abrams you know its dangerous even with feltsoles. The streambottom is made up of a very smooth, slick, dolomite with layer of algae, silt and "slime" on it. The ledge rock is tilted on a 30+ degree angle. You can NOT STAND on the ledge rock, you slide like it is greased!!I've fish over a lot of streams in the US from Yellowstone to Maine. It's the worst I've seen. A person shouldn't attempt to wade it with Good felts on their shoes and a wading staff. Then also plan on a slip or two! These folks were asking for trouble, they had worn "Tennis" that were smooth. They were from New England "I think" and unaware of our streams. I was really concerned for their safety. Don't take my word for it. Check out this and other threads about Abrams.

http://www.southeastflyfishingforum.com/forum/abrams-gsmnp-t30347.html Read the comments from damselfly, loneangler, they are vets off another board.

Randall Sale
the Kytroutbum