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    When I say "we', I am talking about myself, and Morris, that magical little mouse that lived in the shirt pocket of a very old flannel shirt I used to hunt and fish in. Morris, on occasion would offer advice in exchange for a bit of cheese, on what the fish were likely to bite on, when I was not having any luck. All in silence.

    But he was always right. He's gone now. His memory is as vivid, when I put on that old shirt, as if he's still with me, in that warm pocket.

    There is something inside of me that just feels out of place in a modern world. I always thought I was born about 150 years too late. I would have been at home on the great plains or in the mountains of Montana or the Smokies. I would have earned my keep by fishing and hunting the land for meat, and hides for clothes. I would have been warm in a teepee during the winter snows.

    I would have been brought up in the ways of my people, nourished by their wisdom, and learned of their skills.

    I would have followed the herds of buffalo, deer and elk, migrating with them throughout the seasons. I would have fished the great rivers of this nation for their bounty, and their soothing advice and wisdom.

    I would have missed out on an awful lot in the modern age, though, if I were born so long ago. But it would have been fantastic!

    Why do I fly fish?

    Because I guess it is the challenge of the trout beckoning to me to try my luck at his game, where he reigns as master and I the student.

    But more than that, a fly rod is the perfect wand that transforms me into the world where I would have lived 150 years ago.

    Sometimes when I think about it, I get homesick. Some will understand.
    Whitefeather

    -don't tell me why we can't, tell me how we can.- whitefeather
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    Very well put. I must say, we have a lot in common.
    Wild troutin, blue linin, fly flingin, camo wearin, redneckin elitist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifish4wildtrout View Post
    Very well put. I must say, we have a lot in common.
    Thanks Mike!

    We should try to get together and fish sometime!
    Whitefeather

    -don't tell me why we can't, tell me how we can.- whitefeather
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    Blue skies, warm gentle winds, and trout filled waters to all!
    (Wilu Sgis, Wami Tsenitli Winidis, Ani Tiwuti Wiledi Weitas Do Ali!)

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    I would like that. Give me a few days and I'll let you know some dates I'll be up there.
    Wild troutin, blue linin, fly flingin, camo wearin, redneckin elitist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ifish4wildtrout View Post
    I would like that. Give me a few days and I'll let you know some dates I'll be up there.
    Mike,

    I'll be down in Tellico Plains on April 20 thru May 2, fishing the Tellico and North Rivers, and Citico Creek area. Plan on making it down to Big Snowbird Creek at least one day, off of the county road along Big Snowbird.

    Staying at the Caney Creek Village and Cabins Campground (http://www.caneycreekvillage.com/) on 360 North out of Tellico Plains toward the lake. Right hand side of road with an angel statue and sign. Cabin 2, White Toyota Matrix, Indiana Lic.No. K9REH.

    Stanaclaus is joining me for a day of fishing the North and South Forks of Citico Creek on April 26th., off Indian Boundary Road and the Cherohala Skyway. Your are most welcome to join us!

    If you can make it the 26th, that would be great. If not maybe on another day.

    I know its a long drive from Race City, so if you want to come the evening before, you can use the extra fold-away bed in the cabin.

    Email me at (rikwhitefeather at yahoo dot com) and leave me your phone number and I'll call you when I get down there, if I don't hear from you for sure on the forum, and we'll go from there.

    Later!
    Last edited by whitefeather; 04-17-2011 at 12:41 PM.
    Whitefeather

    -don't tell me why we can't, tell me how we can.- whitefeather
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    (Wilu Sgis, Wami Tsenitli Winidis, Ani Tiwuti Wiledi Weitas Do Ali!)

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    I think wisdom from Morris would be welcome on the board at anytime you happen to recall it.

    Great story

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