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ChemEAngler
03-09-2011, 10:43 AM
Just curious to see how many people plan to come to the park during their spring break and when those dates are? I am trying to do some planning for future trips to the park.

If there is a particular week in the park that looks to be busy I will just not plan on coming for two reasons: 1) I don't really like to hike 4 miles to fish just to find footprints all over the rocks 2) I don't like to be the local guy who comes up there and gets in the way of other fisherman who are here for their one week a year Smokies fishing trip.

I do enjoy meeting new people on the water, and I usually learn something new in the process. So, if anybody is going to be in town and needing a fishing companion, I may be able to meet up if my schedule agrees. I am not antisocial or anything like that, just basically summed up my reasons for not going during a busy Spring Break time period. Completely different from the summer, where I basically try to stay away from the droves of people who think it is funny to throw rocks in the water while you are fishing.

JohnH0802
03-09-2011, 10:49 AM
I am not a big fan of going when it is going to be crowded either, it just so happens that I have a 16yo daughter that loves to fly fish, and she has her spring break then. I guess beggars cannot be choosers so I will go and hope it is not too crowded.

mattblick
03-09-2011, 10:54 AM
I answered "other".. ;)

I was in the park last weekend and just about swam down after all the rain Saturday night, and snow Sunday morning.

I am heading down again 4/6-4/10 and 4/27-5/1.

Just keep in mind, some of us tourists really enjoy talking to the locals and getting pointers from them. I might not be representative of all the visitors, but wouldn't ever consider a local in my way at all. I met a really nice guy from Maryville last weekend and had a great time talking with him.

-Matt-

jeffnles1
03-09-2011, 07:38 PM
I am so bummed out. My son and I had planned to come to the Smoky's the week of April 11.

Unfortunately, my wife has to have surgery on April 8 which means we won't be coming.

However, even though we won't be able to come to the mountains for our annual spring break trip, the news isn't all bad. My wife had a biopsy last week and the results came back to indicate she does NOT have cancer.

I'd trade a fishing trip for that kind of news any day of the week.:smile:

Jeff

whitefeather
03-09-2011, 07:59 PM
Jeff,

My deepest heartfelt joy on the good news concerning your wife's condition. Your wife, yourself and your son will be in my prayers tonight for her speedy recovery from surgery and a post holiday fishing trip you can all enjoy without worry!

By the way Jeff, I've always meant to ask you, are you in training on the guitar or the fly fishing? I have done both for over 50 years and still consider myself in training on both.

You never stop learning if the soul is willing!

jeffnles1
03-10-2011, 06:21 PM
Jeff,

My deepest heartfelt joy on the good news concerning your wife's condition. Your wife, yourself and your son will be in my prayers tonight for her speedy recovery from surgery and a post holiday fishing trip you can all enjoy without worry!

By the way Jeff, I've always meant to ask you, are you in training on the guitar or the fly fishing? I have done both for over 50 years and still consider myself in training on both.

You never stop learning if the soul is willing!

Whitefeather,
first, thanks for the prayers. We're VERY happy and it's great to have the prayers coming in. I believe the Lord listens to prayers and has a soft spot in His heart for fishermen (He knows what a mess we all are).

As for training, well, both. I've been playing guitar for about 30 years and learn something new every day (and usually forget it the next day). I play in church now. I don't play in any other bands any more, no time and no real desire. I'm perfectly content now to just sit out in my back yard on a summer evening and play some bluegrass to the beat of the crickets chirping.

As for fly fishing, aren't we all in training?

Now that we know Leslie (My beautiful wife of 28 years) is going to be OK, the biggest goal I have is to retire sometime in the next 3 or 4 years and be a full time guitar playing, muzzle loader shooting fishing bum.

Jeff

whitefeather
03-10-2011, 07:55 PM
I'm perfectly content now to just sit out in my back yard on a summer evening and play some bluegrass to the beat of the crickets chirping.

Jeff,

Been there, done that a time or two. Bill Monroe's Festival grounds in just about a mile from my house, across the ridge and down the holler.

I met Mr. Monroe years ago. He was a good friend of a good friend of mine. I walked into a little restaurant in Bean Blossom to meet my friend, Carl Brummet. He was at a table with this big fella who had his back to me as I came in. Carl introduced us as the big fella stood up to shake my hand.

None other than Mr. Bill Monroe. He asked me to please stay and have some supper with him. I did. Then he asked me to come over for the show and he gave me a guest pass. I got to sit in the front row. During the show he motioned for me to come up on stage and do some "free pickin" with him and the boys. I never had so much in fun in all my life. I never will forget it.

Carl's gone now and so is Bill, but everytime I pass that little building where the restaurant was I have the memory of that day. Two fine gentlemen moved on to the Lord's glory in heaven. Some day I'll join them.

But I've got some more fishin' to do first and maybe a couple more tunes!:smile:

Barbara
03-10-2011, 08:39 PM
Jeff,

So happy your wife had good news! Your family can enjoy the next fishing trip without worries.

I hoped to come down last week but too much rain; then this week too much rain and snow! Next week, probably rain, snow and sleet.

flyman
03-10-2011, 10:27 PM
Forget the mountains and fishing, I'm going to some beach in FL with all the girls:biggrin: I've got my speedo and my suntan lotion packed:biggrin:

GrouseMan77
03-10-2011, 10:47 PM
Jeff - all the best to your wife.

Flyman - I'm sure we will be able to view your adventures during MTV's Spring Break coverage.

BlueRaiderFan
03-10-2011, 11:49 PM
Forget the mountains and fishing, I'm going to some beach in FL with all the girls:biggrin: I've got my speedo and my suntan lotion packed:biggrin:


Brazilian bikini wax? :biggrin:

ChemEAngler
03-10-2011, 11:50 PM
Jeff,

Good news about your wife. I pray she has a speedy recovery, and maybe you can have an early summer Smokies trip instead. :biggrin:

jeffnles1
03-11-2011, 07:19 PM
Everyone, thanks for the prayers and well wishes for my wife. It sure was good news and well worth the fishing trip.

Whitefeather, great story about meeting Mr. Monroe. I never got to see him perform. I have stacks of his CD's and about 1/3 of the music on my iPod is his.

After about 5 years of playing guitar, I gave it up for a couple years. Job and family got in the way and there was that day when I realized no matter how much I practiced and how long I played, I'd never be Lester Flatt.

A few years later, with wisdom one only gets from age, I picked the guitar up again. My son saw it in the closet and asked if I could play some Christmas songs. I was really rusty (as were my strings) but I realized that it isn't about being famous or playing like one of the greats. It's about playing for enjoyment.

I've don the bar's thing and band thing. Now, the only band I play in is in church every Sunday morning. I play acoustic, bass, or one of my Strats depending on the song set and how we all feel that particular morning. I'm no great picker but the Lord only asks that we do our best and that we do it for Him.

There have been a few nights over the past 30 years where one of those old guitars helped me make it through. Something incredibly peaceful about making music.

(only wish I could sing... and so does my family...)

Jeff

whitefeather
03-11-2011, 08:07 PM
Jeff,

A lot of sleepless nights around 3:00AM, I'd get up and grab the old guitar and start playing, my mind clear of all the previous days worries. Seems like I learned more then than any other time.

Then one day I had a "strange" accident. A really painfull one. I was putting in steel fence posts, leaned one up against the tailgate of my truck, and bent over to tie my boot laces, removing my gloves to be able to do it. I looked up just in time to see the fence post falling right towards my face and I deflected it with my right hand.

I severed all four fingers on my right hand to the bone on a sharp flange on the fence post. Severed the nerves in all the fingers at the first knuckle. Took seven years to get the nerves healed and the feeling back in my fingers tips. I didn't play for any of that time one single lick.

Then one day I bought a classical guitar from a friend of mine and I made up my mind, with the Lord's help, I was going to play again. After 4 years of constant practice, 3 to 6 hours a day after I retired, I finally got all the feelings back in my fingers. Doctor said it was the best therapy I could have had.

I tried everything, I went to every website I could find to learn how to finger pick, Flamenco style. I met Steve Paul (Esteban) and he showed me some things and encouraged me a lot.

What I learned is that the mountain has to be climbed one step at a time and your have to teach yourself to teach your fingers, one movement at a time. I'll never be as good as I want to be, but I'll keep pushing till I can push no more. After all, the audience I play for now is the Lord and I commit myself to doing my very best for the talent he loaned me so long ago.

I feel the same way about fly fishing. It is an art form in its grace and tranquility and brings me a great deal of peace and satisfaction, being in nature and one with the fishes. And every once in a while a meal or two! LOL!

Jeff, I hope to meet you some day, soon. Then maybe we can pick a little guitar and fish a little flyline.

jeffnles1
03-13-2011, 12:46 AM
Jeff, I hope to meet you some day, soon. Then maybe we can pick a little guitar and fish a little flyline.

Whitefeather, that would be most welcome.

Jeff

WVBrookie
03-13-2011, 11:13 AM
My son and I will be down for our annual trip April 10-14.

Chris

jross
03-15-2011, 10:49 AM
I can't believe it but I'll be headed down next week (March 20-26(?))! I've been checking the weather daily and reading the fishing report.
I'm usually haunting the Townsend area but I'm staying in Sevierville.

I am a sort of social outdoorsman (that's why I'd rather duck than deer hunt). I often walk up to someone fishing or hunting and chat a bit. I can usually gauge from their demeanor if I should move on or chat a bit more.

So if any of ya'll are going to be around I'd gladly like to put a face to a screen name! :smile:
jeremy.ross@hotmail.com

What's the fishing forecast look like for next week?