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    Question What would you use

    If you cold have only one fly rod combo for the Smokies what length and weight would you use? This would only be for the Smokies.

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    11ft, Iwana Tenkara.

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    8' 6'' 4wt.

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    A 10' seasoned cane pole with 4# test fishing line. There is really no need to even have a fly rod and reel up there in most areas. All you have to do is lob and drop; repeat.... Most of the documentaries I have watched on fisherman who have fished the Smokies for the past 40+ years use this technique.
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    My preference is a 7'-6" 2-wt. But that is just me. Most of my Smokies fishing is during the spring, summer, and fall when fish are active. So, I rarely break out the 4 or 5 wt for the mountains except in late fall, winter, and early spring when I will be throwing big heavy indicator rigs.

    Just my opinion.

    These kinds of questions are asked on here all the time, and the variation in responses is always very wide. Each person has their own fishing style, and it is in your best interest to try and find out what your style is and just go with it.

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    I use either a 8.5 ft 4 wt or a 7.5 ft 3 wt., depends on the stream.

    If I could only have one, I'd go with the 7.5 ft 3 wt.
    Wild troutin, blue linin, fly flingin, camo wearin, redneckin elitist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadisonBoats View Post
    A 10' seasoned cane pole with 4# test fishing line. There is really no need to even have a fly rod and reel up there in most areas. All you have to do is lob and drop; repeat.... Most of the documentaries I have watched on fisherman who have fished the Smokies for the past 40+ years use this technique.
    Seriously fellas....do you need to cast or utilize a reel in a freestone area? Also; you could basically throw any dry fly to a freestone pool and get a take if presented stealthy...This is why I dislike freestone fishing; plus, I am out of shape to hike most of the streams.
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    These give us the ultimate human freedom... The
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    I think I am going to have to learn the Smoky Mountain techniques. Being new to the sport and a bad caster to begin did not help then when I was using an 8ft 4 wt felt like I was going up against every tree. I have the 6’1 3wt that belonged to my father in law but I don’t think my skill level matches the quality of this bamboo rod that was made by Mike Brooks in Oregon.

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    Mr. McCarter, if you are coming to the N.C. side of the park any time soon please drop me note and I'll be glad to spend the day with you. I'm going friday the 8th. I've been "beating around" these park water for over 50 years and I love to try to help in any way I can...... I do on ocassion fish the Tn. side so I be glad to meet you over there somewhere ......Bob
    p.s.... Im retired so about any time is good with me

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