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    Default From Cosby Campground to "A Mansion Just Over the Hilltop"

    My love of fishing in the Smokies came from my parents and five siblings getting to escape the farm each summer for a week of camping in Chimneys Campground and, later on, at Cosby. My mother made it all happen. Many times as a kid perched on boulders in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River I was mesmerized by the small trout holding in the rapid flow below. I’m thinking, “Man! How would you ever catch one of those? I mean... the ‘floater’ is not going to stay in place long enough for anything to bite!” It was not until nearly fifty years later when I discovered the sport that I first caught a trout on a fly in the park. After a seven year hiatus in Nashville, my wife, whom I met at the Cosby Campground over 40 years ago, and I returned to East Tennessee in 2007. Just last year I caught my first speckled trout… out of Cosby Creek.

    My dear mother passed away yesterday at the age of 95. I can stll visualize her cooking on the little Coleman.

    JF
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    Sorry to hear that, Fred. Hard to lose a parent. Keep your chin up.
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    Joe,

    My sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. Moms are the most special people in all the world!
    Whitefeather

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    Fred I am so sorry to hear about that. I wish I had taken Jack up there to meet her and hear stories about his great mamaw. I know you are ok but if you need anything friend let me know.
    Adam

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    My condolences, Joe.
    "Here fishy fishy."

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    Sorry about your loss.Prayers are sent,Mom's are the Best.

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    Default So sorry for your loss!

    It's never easy to experience the passing of one we love, especially one who invested so much into our lives by way of loving, caring for, and nurturing us. I pray the pleasant memories of the past along with the eternal hope in Jesus of the future, will eclipse the present grief of your Mom's having passed.

    God Bless & Comfort you and your family in Jesus' Name,

    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeFred View Post
    My love of fishing in the Smokies came from my parents and five siblings getting to escape the farm each summer for a week of camping in Chimneys Campground and, later on, at Cosby. My mother made it all happen. Many times as a kid perched on boulders in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River I was mesmerized by the small trout holding in the rapid flow below. I’m thinking, “Man! How would you ever catch one of those? I mean... the ‘floater’ is not going to stay in place long enough for anything to bite!” It was not until nearly fifty years later when I discovered the sport that I first caught a trout on a fly in the park. After a seven year hiatus in Nashville, my wife, whom I met at the Cosby Campground over 40 years ago, and I returned to East Tennessee in 2007. Just last year I caught my first speckled trout… out of Cosby Creek.

    My dear mother passed away yesterday at the age of 95. I can stll visualize her cooking on the little Coleman.

    JF
    I offer my condolences to you and your family! She will always be with you and live through you! I enjoy reading your post and I could visualize it very well.
    Blessings to you bud!
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    Sorry to hear about your mother. I am sure it is not easy, but you have the memories and hopefully they will bring you comfort through the years.

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    I'm very sorry to hear about your mother and will keep your family in my prayers.
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