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Grannyknot
06-09-2010, 05:12 PM
Where have some of the old forum members gone to?
Flat Fly n
ijsouth
Gerry Romer
Fishermansfly
mtnman2888

Maybe I have just missed some of their recent posts? When I first joined the forums, I used to really enjoy reading the posts of those members.

tennswede
06-09-2010, 08:22 PM
Don't know the answer to your question for sure, I'm not all that surprised though.

ChemEAngler
06-09-2010, 10:21 PM
Priorities change, some lose interest, bitterness, too much arguing, tired of people just trying to increase their post count, etc.

Those are a few of the reasons I have been given by some of our past members. I do miss seeing the posts of the elder Romer and his son, they were always quite amusing. I am pleased to see Hans response to this thread, unfortunately he too has been missing in action quite a lot recently.

People come and go, and message boards change. Hopefully these fine individuals will find their way back at some point in the future.

Grannyknot
06-10-2010, 09:04 AM
People come and go, and message boards change. Hopefully these fine individuals will find their way back at some point in the future.

My sentiments exactly ChemEAngler.
I also think maybe some people just couldn't handle all the kiss & tell about stream names & access, which is understandable. I have been trying lately to be more courteous with specifics like that in an effort to not run anyone off.

MadisonBoats
06-10-2010, 09:41 AM
Priorities change, some lose interest, bitterness, too much arguing, tired of people just trying to increase their post count, etc.
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People come and go, and message boards change. Hopefully these fine individuals will find their way back at some point in the future.

I find this is true with many things in life. I enjoy this forum and learning from others. I find it fun to see what is going on around the area when it comes to fly fishing and this forum has some great posters. I try to post fun and interesting things to me and hopefully...to others.

Now for the social politics; there are always people that have different personalities and different agendas. I administered the largest wakeboarding website in the World for many years. I always found it best to let the message boards police themselves.....besides the few obvious and perverse posts that would happen. That being said; most of perpetual members can develop a decent opinion of the personality of others but what they post in the forums. The forums do not need someone to call foul on a topic or question the integrity of a poster. We all can make our own assumptions and respect the ideas and techniques of others.

The main thing to remember for me is that we all have a reason for joining this forum. My reason is to learn about fly fishing in this area, meet new friends that share my interest, learn from veterans, and to help others if I think I have something interesting to share. Sometimes egos and personal issues get entangled in our posts. One thing to remember is that drinking alcohol and posting on the internet is always a bad idea & drinking and ebaying:eek:

jeffnles1
06-10-2010, 11:17 PM
First, I think this is one of the most polite boards I read. There have been a few heated discussions, but I've never seen an all out flame war raging even on highly charged topics like firearms in the park.

As for the kiss and tell, I appreciate it. There really are very few "secret" streams in the park and I think the really delicate ones are pretty well protected. I never did understand the "caught this in a secret stream" stuff.

In all reality, in the park, the general advice of "find a stream, hike 30 minutes off the road and start fishing" is pretty sound and often repeated.

I would venture to say the reason is as has been stated before, some interests change, some move on to other things, some get busy with life, and some may leave angry but given the nature of this board would make it unusual for someone to leave angry.

Jeff

MadisonBoats
06-11-2010, 12:08 AM
Forgot to mention that karma has a way of taking care of itself; and I will be watching Waterwolf on the Clinch and this forum.:mad:

Owl
06-11-2010, 02:58 AM
One of the most polite forums?


In all my internet travels from forum to forum, this is THE most polite group of people I have ever encountered. Also, the group that's the slowest to anger, and the most willing to hear all sides of an issue, and argue with civility. I think it's a reflection of the way our hosts and fly shop owners do business and ( I'm assuming here) live their lives. We respect them, and by that each other here.


I know I get under the skin of some folks, but I'm always honest about what I feel and find that people who are members of LRO's forums are some of the most intelligent folks I've ever had the pleasure to discuss flyfishing with......and some of the most helpful, if not the most helpful.

Kudos to LRO, to the members here, and to Paula and Byron and everyone at LRO for leading the way in treating everyone with respect and civility.

GrouseMan77
06-11-2010, 05:24 PM
Granny and I have talked about members who are MIA a couple times before. Several of them really had a lot of knowledge and actually brought something to the board. I hate that there not around.

I'm glad to see that the Swede is poking around here after a little break...

jeffnles1
06-11-2010, 07:19 PM
One of the most polite forums?


In all my internet travels from forum to forum, this is THE most polite group of people I have ever encountered. Also, the group that's the slowest to anger, and the most willing to hear all sides of an issue, and argue with civility. I think it's a reflection of the way our hosts and fly shop owners do business and ( I'm assuming here) live their lives. We respect them, and by that each other here.


I know I get under the skin of some folks, but I'm always honest about what I feel and find that people who are members of LRO's forums are some of the most intelligent folks I've ever had the pleasure to discuss flyfishing with......and some of the most helpful, if not the most helpful.

Kudos to LRO, to the members here, and to Paula and Byron and everyone at LRO for leading the way in treating everyone with respect and civility.

Owl,
You said it much better than I did.
Jeff

psnapp
06-11-2010, 08:26 PM
Sure would like to hear from Hugh Hartsell on this board again. He shared some pearls of wisdom related to freestone and tailwater fishing. And, one heck of a nice guy.

GrouseMan77
06-11-2010, 09:48 PM
Sure would like to hear from Hugh Hartsell on this board again. He shared some pearls of wisdom related to freestone and tailwater fishing. And, one heck of a nice guy.

Exactly the type of person I was talking about this board missing.

MadisonBoats
06-11-2010, 10:07 PM
I have the highest respect for Hugh Hartsell and I have used many of his fly patterns since I have been fly fishing. This guy is very knowledgeable and a premier ambassador for the sport of fly fishing. When he posts on this site; I take notes and listen intently...:smile:

Jim Casada
06-14-2010, 06:03 PM
All--I met Hugh at Troutfest but already knew, thorugh his postings, that he was the real deal. Turns out we knew some folks in common in Newport, where he lives, and like me, he has lots of wonderful decades invested in Park waters.
I'm hoping against hope that at next year's Troutfest we will have a session featuring Hugh, yours truly, and a couple of other older sons of the Smokies swapping tales and memories. Byron has promised me he will make it happen, and I can assure you i look forward to hearing what others from the Tennessee side have to say.
The whole idea was Hugh's originally, although he may not have fully realized it. In a posting replying to some things I had said, along with one or two others, he said something to the effect that forum readers, whehter they realized it or not, were getting a living history lesson in Park lore.
Byron, Paula, or someone--lure the old Newport codger back to these Internet waters, and the quicker the better.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com

diamonddave7676
06-17-2010, 05:42 PM
Yeah I remember reading many of Hugh's posts on here before and they were always great. I purchased a bunch of flies from Hugh several years ago also and I must say they were like a work of art. I was almost afraid to even fish with them because I didnt want to destroy them.

MadisonBoats
06-17-2010, 10:53 PM
Hugh Hartsell is one of the main reasons I fly fish and he has shared so much kind information to others in our sport. He is one man that I would have his back in anything; because he knows and has given back so much to fly fishing people of all kinds. I have the utmost respect of this man and I would love to see more of his kind posts on the message boards.:smile: