I know it sucks, but you can't dwell in the past. I miss the Clinch during the 90's when no one fished it and the fishing was incredible. I miss the Cumberland when the dam wasn't screwed up, the water was clear/cold, and there was no one else from Knoxville fishing it. I miss the Holston below Cherokee when no one knew there were trout there, and overlooked it because they didn't like smallmouth. I miss the days when folks didn't like smallmouth.
You get the point, I could go on and on. Instead I just move and adjust to the annual challenges and changes that occur.