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Thread: Just got home from the Smokies

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    Default Just got home from the Smokies

    I took my dad to the Smokies for the first time this weekend and had a great time. This was the first time he fished with a fly rod and the first time to catch a trout. We both put up some big numbers Friday and landed a few on Saturday but Sunday was the crowning jewel. I try to get down and fish the Smokies a few times a year and the biggest fish I've caught was a 14 bow from Eagle but on the my dad's first time in the smokies with a fly rod and the first time for trout ever he lands a bow that was just shy of 17 inches. I have never seen him that happy. He looked like a teenager again. Well here is my dad with the catch of the trip. Any guesses where we were?

    A bus station is where buses stop. A train station is where trains stop. On my desk, there is a work station.

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    That is Awesome! My Dad doesn't fish near as much as I do, he does with me cause i love it, no fish I ever catch will make me as happy as seeing him get one! Congrats
    If it swims throw a fly at it!

    Barry Murphy
    828-400-3335 (Cell)

    www.projecthealingwaters.org
    "Healing Those Who Serve"

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    Great picture!
    I don't know where it is but I wish I was there,beautiful!

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    what a great story. that is one that you will never forget - you will catch bigger fish and maybe have better weekends - but that trip will your dad will be immortal.

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    Nice one! Congrats to the old man ;-) Looks like you guys were fishing some pretty big water. Did he catch it on that green weenie I see in the photo?

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    He was using a 14 yellow stimulator and a green weenie drop but this guy came up from the bottom of the pool and took the stimulator. He told me about watching it come up and taking it. He couldn't get over how clear the water was. The pool was at least 6 foot deep.
    A bus station is where buses stop. A train station is where trains stop. On my desk, there is a work station.

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    I do have a question for anyone that wants to answer it. I've heard of big browns being caught in the Smokies but how often does a bow this size gets caught?
    A bus station is where buses stop. A train station is where trains stop. On my desk, there is a work station.

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    My man, that is AWESOME......I have no "scientific" data to back this up bu I would say a bow just shy of 17 inches has got to be in the 90-95 percentile , ie, in the top 5 - 10% of bows in the park. There just isn't enough food for them to get that large "typically". And of course, it's the "newby" that gets the bigun' for the trip. Fantastic, oh.....I'm guessing NC side, maybe Occonaluftee??
    Greg Wagner
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    Briar Patch Shooting, Angling, and Liar's Club

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    Wow, that's a beauty! Glad to see you having a good time taking your Dad along. (Can I adopt ya? My son ain't into fishing. )

    JohnR

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    gg1262- I've never fished Abrams but I've heard there are some big bows there. We headed there Saturday but we didn't know that they keep it closed for bike riders until 10:00 so we hit a few different streams I never fished before. As far as your guess goes it was a good try but we where on the Tennesse side and I would have never thought a fish that size would have been in it.

    JohnR- Thanks for the offer but I think I'll stick with my dad. Anyway I doubt you would want to adopt a 28 year old.
    A bus station is where buses stop. A train station is where trains stop. On my desk, there is a work station.

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