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Speck Lover
12-12-2009, 01:14 PM
Seasons greetings everyone! I have been admiring this forum for some time, and finally decided to come on board. I have been fishing the streams and rivers of northwest North Carolina since 1965. I turned my attention to fly fishing approximately 15 years ago, because ever since I was a child, I had been intrigued with fly fishing, but knew absolutely no one in my area who fly fished or what I needed to get started. So, about 15 years ago I decided that I would teach myself by reading everything pertaining to fly fishing that I could get my hands on. After several outings with considerable trials and tribulations, I began to gain confidence in my abilities as a fly fisherman. It is an enduring learning experience which I deeply appreciate and treasure. I also began fly tying around the same time that I started fly fishing, and I have as great of an affection for fly tying as I do fly fishing.

The Great Smoky Mountains hold a place dear in my heart. My grandfather worked on the Fontana Dam when it was being built, and he used to tell me many stories about the Great Smokies and it's people. I have spent a considerable amount of time over the years on Cataloochee Creek, Deep Creek, Eagle Creek, Hazel Creek, Noland Creek, Twentymile Creek and many of the feeder streams. I am happy to be a member of this forum and hope to learn from the experience as well as help where I can. Happy holidays everyone! Dave

silvercreek
12-12-2009, 01:18 PM
Welcome, and happy holidays to you. Sounds like you may have some good stories to share. Regards, Silvercreek

bigpopper
12-12-2009, 01:49 PM
Welcome! :biggrin:

Carolina Boy
12-13-2009, 08:07 PM
Welcome sir, I am in western NC as well, where do you live? i am near Waynesville Merry Christmas!!

Speck Lover
12-13-2009, 08:51 PM
Thank you for the welcome silvercreek, bigpopper, and Carolina Boy. Carolina Boy, I live in the northwest section of North Carolina in Alleghany County and I am within 5 miles of the Ashe County, North Carolina and Grayson County, Virginia lines. Merry Christmas to you!

speed43
12-13-2009, 10:01 PM
Seasons greetings everyone! I have been admiring this forum for some time, and finally decided to come on board. I have been fishing the streams and rivers of northwest North Carolina since 1965. I turned my attention to fly-fishing approximately 15 years ago, because ever since I was a child, I had been intrigued with fly-fishing, but knew absolutely no one in my area who fly-fished or what I needed to get started. So, about 15 years ago I decided that I would teach myself by reading everything pertaining to fly-fishing that I could get my hands on. After several outings with considerable trials and tribulations, I began to gain confidence in my abilities as a fly-fisherman. It is an enduring learning experience which I deeply appreciate and treasure. I also began fly-tying around the same time that I started fly-fishing, and I have as great of an affection for fly-tying as I do fly-fishing.

The Great Smoky Mountains hold a place dear in my heart. My grandfather worked on the Fontana Dam when it was being built, and he used to tell me many stories about the Great Smokies and it's people. I have spent a considerable amount of time over the years on Cataloochee Creek, Deep Creek, Eagle Creek, Hazel Creek, Noland Creek, Twentymile Creek and many of the feeder streams. I am happy to be a member of this forum and hope to learn from the experience as well as help where I can. Happy holidays everyone! Dave

Speck Lover, I'm also new to this board, I've belonged to the other "politically correct" board for some time, but enjoy this board cause it's more laid back. I'm also a fan of the Smokies and fascinated by Dams, I've found a few pictures of Fontana when it was being constructed. If you happen to have any pics of the dam, please post them if you can. I have camped and fished Hazel creek a couple of times and really enjoy the whole experience.

Speck Lover
12-13-2009, 10:46 PM
speed43,

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of Fontana Dam while it was being built. As far as I know, my grandpa never had any pictures of the dam at all, although I do have a few of his pay stubs from when he was working there. His job on the dam was tying reinforcing bar together with wire to help strengthen the concrete being placed in the dam. Fontana Dam helped keep a lot of families from starving, and my family was one of them. If I'm not mistaken, TVA used to sell a VHS or DVD copy of Fontana being built that you could purchase at a fairly reasonable price.

old tom
12-14-2009, 07:39 AM
Here's a book for you Fontana Dam folks - http://www.smokiesstore.org/browse.cfm/4,434.html Lots of photos. Send this link on to your loved ones now and a bet you could have a copy under the Christmas Tree - and support a great organization.

Speck Lover
12-14-2009, 08:03 AM
Thank you very much for the information old tom, I really appreciate it.

silvercreek
12-14-2009, 10:05 AM
My father was a steamfitter and helped build the Center Hill dam. I've got a couple of photos of when a heavy rain flooded the construction area before the dam could be completed. It wiped out a lot of hard work. Silvercreek

Jim Casada
12-14-2009, 11:13 AM
Speck Lover--First of all, as someone who is too "sot in his ways" to ever call those jewels of the Smokies brook trout (for me, like you, they are specks, or speckled trout, or natives, or best of all, mountain trout), I love your "handle." Beyond that, welcome, and it sounds like your roots run, as do mine, deep in the mountain soil. I see below that Old Tom has mentioned Lance Holland's book. While not a native of the region, Lance researched quite deeply, worked at Fontana Village for a number of years, and still lives on nearby Panther Creek. If you are deeply interested in the subject, there are two earlier books of note as well. One is "The Village of Five Lives" (that's close if not the exact title) and the second is the massive TVA final report, "The Fontana Project." It runs to many hundreds of pages and is chock full of intriguing information although it is anything but gripping reading.
I look forward to your posts and insights.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

Speck Lover
12-14-2009, 04:33 PM
Mr. Casada,

Thank you very much for the Fontana book information. I actually had the pleasure of meeting you a few years back at the Fly Fishing Show in Charlotte. I purchased a a hardback copy of Jim Gasque's Hunting and Fishing in the Great Smokies from you at the show. I have always admired your work and consider you a treasure to the folks of our region and beyond. As for my roots running deep in the mountain soil, my family roots first take root in the southern Appalachians around 1800. Thank you for the warm welcome and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family.

speed43
12-14-2009, 11:53 PM
Thanks for all the info on Fontana Dam, I look forward to getting all the books each of you have listed. I can't wait to get back to Hazel Creek, I love to camp and fish there, but man the ferry ride is really expensive...

Noonan
12-17-2009, 05:35 PM
Welcome, Speck Lover. Merry Christmas!

flyguys
12-17-2009, 09:12 PM
welcome,and Merry Christmas!! Get ready to soak up a load of advise from the people on this forum! I'm sure you'll love your time spent here! flyguys