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Thread: Tell me about winter fly fishing in the Smokies

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    As mentioned here already... wait till the afternoon for the sun to hit the water and temps might even climb a few degrees. You will often find small afternoon hatches during this time which could give you some unsuspecting dry fly action...

    Also something that hasn't been mentioned... don't forget to check on Abrams Creek throughout the winter. The springs keep the water warmer than other streams in the park thus you will likely find more active fish on Abrams. And as always, please read up on fishing that area first if you are not familiar with it...


    Tight Lines,

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    Quote Originally Posted by chechem View Post
    Correction on the bears.


    ...and they're really hungry during the winter!
    Thats just not right.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokyMt4runner View Post
    Thats just not right.....
    But it's very true. Watch your back!

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    What my inner video shows when it's too quiet in the water in the Smokies on a fall day! Thank God this is from Alaska about 2004.

    Man: 0, bear: 1

    The following pictures are of a guy who works for the forest Service in Alaska; he was out deer hunting and a large Grizzly charged him from about 50 yards away.

    The guy unloaded a 7mm Mag Semi-auto into the bear and it dropped a few feet from him. The thing was still alive so he reloaded and capped it in the head.

    It was over one thousand six hundred pounds, and 12' 6" high at the shoulder. It's a world record.

    The bear had killed a couple of other people. Of course, the game department did not let him keep it.

    Think about it. This thing on its hind legs could walk up to the average single story house and could look on the roof at eye level.

    Also, his last meal was human.


    Picture of the dead bears head

    Bears paw


    DISCLOSURE: THESE PICS HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING ON THE INTERNET FOR YEARS SEE BELOW FOR IS IT REAL INFO!

    HAVE FUN IT'S FRIDAY

    Is It True?

    The pictures do show a real giant that was killed in Alaska. However, the story is not entirely true. The pictures show an airman named Ted Winnen and his kill. The animal is actually an Alaskan Brown Bear, which is not the same as a Grizzly. The difference is in the region the bear is found, as they are actually the same species. That particular kill has a length of around 10 feet, and not 12. The real story does not indicate that the bear ever charged the men when it happened in 2001. But they did take it down at close range.



    MY DISCLOSURE: 10 FT. OR 12 FT. IT'S JUST MATH IF YOU ARE LOOKING FROM THE INSIDE OUT!
    Last edited by bigsur; 11-01-2013 at 02:56 PM.
    "It starts with a raindrop, don't let it end with a teardrop!"

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    I saw a dead black bear (road kill) along I-81 yesterday (Sunday Dec 1) about 20 miles south of Roanoke, VA.

    Guess they're active during winter there too!

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    Last Friday



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    After Christmas a couple years ago



    Obviously these pics were taken outside the park, but it was close.
    My posts are worthless without pictures

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    Sat two weeks ago, I was wandering off trail in the Cades Cove area following a Buck scrape line for photo ops. I was deep in the woods, alone, and decided to take a break. After a few mins passed I turned to my right, took two steps, and looked straight into what I thought was a black angus cow's face. Except,, it wasn't a black angus cow. It was a large black bear! My worst fears realized, I slowly backed away until I could no longer see the bear. At that point I found the most open part of the forrest towards the road and I ran all the way back to the truck. Didn't bother to take his picture... How a creature that large crept up on me with all the dead limbs on the forrest floor is amazing, and very spooky. Be careful out there the Bears aren't asleep...

    Some of the Deer images I managed to capture can be found here.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9027419...7632051672111/

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    Will you be able to pick up your pants at the cleaners this Saturday!
    "It starts with a raindrop, don't let it end with a teardrop!"

    "Nothing straightens out my mind like a twisting mountain stream!"

    Follow the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Unlimited website:

    http://greatsmokymountain.tu.org/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsur View Post
    Will you be able to pick up your pants at the cleaners this Saturday!
    I'm afraid they weren't salvageable.

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    More that once while hunting I have had bears sneak up and walk by me. I've snuck up on and Also had them sneak up on me wheli fishing (although I like to blame the water noise on those instances). They are one of the quietest animals out there. Kind of funny. You can hear a squirrel a hundred yards away, but can't hear a bear that's right next to you..

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