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Old 04-11-2013, 11:51 AM
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If we are talking "Smokies" fishing, my personal experience indicates that the fish do not avoid those lies but may be more cautious than their counterparts across the stream. In general, I think fish become conditioned to look in one direction for "danger." I have walked up on holes both in the Smokies and around the country where fish will spook as soon as your head peeks over the top of the bank. If you approach from the other side you have a much better shot at getting close. Those fish have learned to watch the commonly fished bank...

Fishing the "other" side is a great strategy during peak season when lots of fishermen are out and about. During the summer I worked at LRO, I would often head up to fish Elkmont after work in the evenings. Knowing that the water was usually fished to death during the day, I would always fish up the far bank and in this way still catch lots of trout. Most other fishermen thought that the fishing (or should I say catching) was poor since the fish on the near bank were spooked after the first fisherman of the day passed by...
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