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Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-24-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Grampus

Have you tried Big Creek? If you go, walk upstream about 1.5 miles and start at the Midnight Hole. A lot of 7-9" rainbows that'll take pretty much any nymph. The water is typically gin clear, so...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 02-19-2015, 11:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,364
Posted By Grampus
Old School Nymphing

For me, it was like learning a first language. If it's all you're taught, it's all you know and seems natural. My mentors, who fished from the 1950 and 1960's, only fished this way, and only taught...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 02-18-2015, 11:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,595
Posted By Grampus
Still Ticking

The last time I was in Alaska, on the first day I was bouncing an egg pattern along the bottom of some rapids on the Russian River for big Bows. My strike indicator "ticked" just enough for me to...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-28-2014, 12:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 812
Posted By Grampus
Old Flies

To clarify my previous post, after our discussion a few years ago, you asked for some old patterns used in the Smokies to assist you in your book. I sent several that you wanted, but I never heard...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-27-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,092
Posted By Grampus
Ducky Nymphs

Ducky..... Glad I didn't show you my "super-duper-ultra-mega-secret-brown-catching-deep-sinking-nymph"...LOL:eek:. The hi def pictures you post would've displayed it to the fly-fishing world as we...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-27-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 812
Posted By Grampus
Old Flies


I never did receive a reply regarding your request that I send you some old patterns used by the Newport guys. I realize its been a few years, but after several attempts, I finally gave up....
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 10-03-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 971
Posted By Grampus
Smile Tenkara?

I'm not on here much, but I'm always interested in a new technique. I saw Tenkara and watched some videos on it. We were doing "Tenn-Kara" (Tennessee Version) 35 years ago, except with a cane pole!...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 08-11-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 561
Posted By Grampus
Odd Day in the Creek

I'm not one to post much, but occasionally strange things happen or are observed. Yesterday, a fishing buddy said he noticed a clump of leaves hanging from some line that had broken off on a limb on...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 03-14-2013, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,472
Posted By Grampus
Like the US Post Office. They make "cuts" by...

Like the US Post Office. They make "cuts" by eliminating hours?? Seriously?? The USPS doesn't make money unless they're conducting business! Why not cut out some of the multitude of HOLIDAYS!! ...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 03-12-2013, 09:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 793
Posted By Grampus
Wears Valley Ranch

I have been asked to do a fly-casting and fly-tying demo at the Wears Valley Ranch. The ranch is a Christian home for children located in Wears Valley in Sevier County. I would like to have a few...
Forum: Fly Fishing for Trout in Other States 05-18-2012, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,102
Posted By Grampus
The Bob

I fished it in 2007 by taking a horse upstream. Went in about 17-20 miles. The fishing was EXCELLENT for 16-19 in cutthroats on hopper patterns. Take some "Fat Alberts". From about 10 miles and...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 02-12-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,831
Posted By Grampus

A lot of interesting comments on this topic.

As BlueRaiderFan said, there are catchable numbers of smallmouth around Indian Head Rock and below on Little River. Been there done that:smile:
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-27-2011, 12:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,154
Posted By Grampus
High Sticking Tips from Experience

Things I've learned over the years that makes high-sticking easier. When teaching newbies how to high stick, the most common mistake they make is to not keep their rod tip up, thus keeping slack out...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-23-2011, 10:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,117
Posted By Grampus
Don, Sometime around the early to mid 80's,...


Sometime around the early to mid 80's, we were on our way across the lake to Hazel Creek to camp. My dad dropped me off to fish Eagle Creek and picked me up that evening. Being a teenager, I...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 09-21-2010, 11:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,830
Posted By Grampus
[QUOTE=Jim Casada;86105]NDuncan-- For a time...

[QUOTE=Jim Casada;86105]NDuncan-- For a time Bradley Fork (and maybe a stream of the Tenn. side) was a catch-and-release situation unless a fish was over 16 inches, and an impressive number of...
Forum: Fly Fishing for Trout in Other States 09-16-2010, 08:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,307
Posted By Grampus
Brook Trout Near Smokemont


Sorry, Mr Casada but you are wrong regarding presence of specks in the lower reaches of Bradley Fork! As I stated in an earlier post, I've done it several times with the...
Forum: Fly Fishing for Trout in Other States 09-15-2010, 10:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,307
Posted By Grampus
I have caught all 3 species within a mile of...

I have caught all 3 species within a mile of Smokemont campground several times. Probably one of the most accessible and easiest place to get the slam.

Jim Parks
Forum: Salmon and Steelhead 07-28-2010, 11:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,564
Posted By Grampus
dbutler: I can tell you who NOT to use. In...


I can tell you who NOT to use. In '06 I took a fly out to Lake Creek with Regal Air Service out of Anchorage. The WORST guide, I've ever been around. He didn't help, wouldn't offer...
Forum: Fly Fishing for Trout in Other States 07-28-2010, 07:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 807
Posted By Grampus
Ever thought about sight fishing with nymphs?...

Ever thought about sight fishing with nymphs? Best of both worlds!
Forum: Fly Fishing for Trout in Other States 07-19-2010, 07:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,596
Posted By Grampus
Bullhead Decline

It's sad to hear. I've not heard much about Bullhead in some time. I fished it once in 1995. A buddy and I slept overnight in the back of a van at the gate to the State Park to get in hopefully...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 06-19-2010, 08:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,767
Posted By Grampus
Summer Time Browns


The best advice I can give regarding landing big browns is as follows:

1. Fish where they are (sounds like you've already gotten this one)
2. Study them and the area. Before...
Forum: General Fly Tying 04-13-2010, 09:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,070
Posted By Grampus
Traditional Patterns by Jim Casada

Great article Jim. Being from the Tennessee side, its interesting to hear the history of fly patterns from NC.

Around 20 or so years ago, I crossed paths with a fisherman from NC while on Deep...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 01-07-2010, 07:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,609
Posted By Grampus
Over the years, I've seen alot of strange things....

Over the years, I've seen alot of strange things. Several years ago, something funny happened to me that, in the moment, is something that I will never forget. I was fishing the Oconaluftee River...
Forum: Conservation Organizations and Fly Fishing Clubs 01-01-2010, 06:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,370
Posted By Grampus
Gary, when is the next meeting? Jim

Gary, when is the next meeting?

Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 12-23-2009, 09:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,870
Posted By Grampus
I fished no further than 2 miles down from the...

I fished no further than 2 miles down from the upper entrance. A habit developed when the road was blown out by a flood several years ago forcing fishermen to park and walk before repairs were made....
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