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Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 06-13-2010, 06:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,252
Posted By eastprong
Older, but authentic, topo maps available here: ...

Older, but authentic, topo maps available here:

http://www.dlia.org/atbi/science/park_quad_pdfs/topo_index_24k.shtml
Forum: In The Backcountry 05-19-2010, 08:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,776
Posted By eastprong
I've been down Big Fat Gap too. If I'm...

I've been down Big Fat Gap too. If I'm remembering correctly, and this is true of most trails in these parts, it's the section closest to the ridge that's the steepest. The Little Slickrock trail...
Forum: In The Backcountry 05-19-2010, 06:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,776
Posted By eastprong
I can tell you live in NC, Jim. For us on the TN...

I can tell you live in NC, Jim. For us on the TN side, the Little Slickrock trail is the easiest way to get in. Drive up Citigo Creek, then Doublecamp Creek, and you're there at Farr Gap.

Even...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-18-2010, 07:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,111
Posted By eastprong
This is a tough period for hatches. We're...

This is a tough period for hatches. We're transitioning to the evening bugs.
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 03-25-2010, 09:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 968
Posted By eastprong
My experience has been that the Blue Quills start...

My experience has been that the Blue Quills start hatching earlier, last longer, and are more numerous than the Gordons. If you see fish actively rising, I would recommend a BQ pattern. Fact is,...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 03-25-2010, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,056
Posted By eastprong
Common usage when referring to geographic places...

Common usage when referring to geographic places where the noun is generic is to include the "the". So we say, "I prefer the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific" rather than "I prefer Atlantic Ocean to...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 03-19-2010, 11:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,281
Posted By eastprong
From the NPS website: ...

From the NPS website:

http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/fishing.htm
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 03-17-2010, 10:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,634
Posted By eastprong
Care to post the shaft lengths of the hooks you...

Care to post the shaft lengths of the hooks you mention?
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-18-2009, 08:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 941
Posted By eastprong
The colors on the rainbow cheeks or the really...

The colors on the rainbow cheeks or the really red fins on the Cosbrier brookies Are things I've noticed throughout the season. Anyone else?
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 11-16-2009, 10:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 941
Posted By eastprong
That last rainbow is beautiful. I've noticed...

That last rainbow is beautiful. I've noticed that when the Park rainbows get 12+", their cheeks turn really crimson, just like yours.

And is it me, or do the brookies in the Greenbrier/Cosby side...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 06-09-2009, 08:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,273
Posted By eastprong
In addition to what Zach says about the high...

In addition to what Zach says about the high elevation streams, it is also a fact that they are naturally more acidic than the lower elevations, probably due to the rock formations. (Acid rain has...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 05-19-2009, 08:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,341
Posted By eastprong
How many tails were on your bugs?

How many tails were on your bugs?
Forum: In The Backcountry 04-14-2009, 06:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,272
Posted By eastprong
Speaking of maps, I'm not in love with the...

Speaking of maps, I'm not in love with the National Geographic map. I much prefer the Earthwalk Press map, also 1:62500 and waterproof. It's a bit more stylized, easier to read, and the contours...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 03-17-2009, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 576
Posted By eastprong
That's great news! I hope to be there on Friday....

That's great news! I hope to be there on Friday.

Have you climbed all 46?

--Onteora Deprived
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-14-2008, 06:59 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,314
Posted By eastprong
Hey ij: I do indeed understand how the...

Hey ij:

I do indeed understand how the Federal research cycle works. Most of the research programs and their projects are defined at the civil servant level, but must be approved at the Associate...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-13-2008, 08:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,314
Posted By eastprong
So, when scientists are no longer useful to your...

So, when scientists are no longer useful to your position, they must be on the liberal dole? May I remind you that the U.S. "dole" has been controlled for the last 8 years by an administration that...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-11-2008, 12:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,314
Posted By eastprong
18inchbrown: I do apologize. But one...

18inchbrown:

I do apologize. But one scientist, doesn't hold the truth, when uncertainty rules. On the other side are lots of other distinguished scientists with different interpretations. ...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-11-2008, 10:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,314
Posted By eastprong
Point 1: Even if you don't believe the pre-1957...

Point 1: Even if you don't believe the pre-1957 estimates, look at the trend from 1957 to now (Figure 1 from the reference I gave.) That's actually more alarming. And just because the pre-1957...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-11-2008, 08:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,314
Posted By eastprong
Let's get something straight here. Global...

Let's get something straight here. Global warming itself is real, not a hoax. The earth is getting warmer. I don't think there is any serious debate among the climatologists on this point. (Why...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-07-2008, 08:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,260
Posted By eastprong
I'll strongly second Thomas Ames book on New...

I'll strongly second Thomas Ames book on New England hatches. Virtually all the same bugs are found up and down the Appalachians. You won't find every bug in Ames book in the Smokies -- plus there...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 03-08-2008, 01:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,107
Posted By eastprong
Maps

Earthwalk Press makes a very nice Smokies Map, also on waterproof paper. It's a bit more stylized than the National Geographic, but I think it's easier to read and its contours are in feet, not...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 06-21-2007, 06:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 777
Posted By eastprong
I think the answer is "yes". I seem to recall...

I think the answer is "yes". I seem to recall that there is a crushed limestone contraption on one of the branches of the Potomac (North?) in West Virginia (?) that continuously delivers a finely...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-22-2007, 07:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By eastprong
The fact is that a well timed cast of a Light...

The fact is that a well timed cast of a Light Hendrickson will be pretty effective as a large sulphur imitation for the Smokies. Personally, I have never seen a Hendrickson in the Smokies -- could...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-22-2007, 12:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By eastprong
Good heavens no! Your advice was right on target...

Good heavens no! Your advice was right on target -- the important thing as you said is that there are two different types of sulphurs (large/dull bodied, small/bright bodied). That's all one really...
Forum: Smoky Mountain Fishing 04-22-2007, 08:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By eastprong
Sulpurs

The sulphurs we saw on the Little River the last 2 nights (sparse last night, moderate Friday night) were either Ephemerella Rotunda or Invaria. They are a #14-16 with three tails, light dun wings...
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