I was not raised in the smokies but I was raised on the river here in Alabama. I remember my great uncle carrying me small game hunting and fishing along my childhood years. I was trying to convey to Tarheal about how I feel the same as you do about your dad. I still have his gun and his old rods and I would not take any thing for them at all. I believe I might even line the old rods and reels up and take them fishing at some point this year. The old model 11 shotgun still sets in my safe to be used or just studied on for many years to come. Tarheal keep up the memories.