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Thread: Another close call, also on the Middle Prong

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    Default Another close call, also on the Middle Prong

    Ironically, I also had a close call on the Middle Prong yesterday. I parked at the first one lane bridge above Tremont at about 7AM. To make a long story short, I slipped and fell into a deep run. My waders filled and after a few scary moments I ended up on the far bank. With no way to safely cross back to the road I started hiking toward the Smoky Mountain Institute. There were several places where I had to climb to get around the steep walls. With the river so high I had no choice. After 2 long climbs I was too exhausted, cold and wet to climb when I came to the third. I stood on the far bank and was able to wave down a couple of guys from Nashville (Brian and ?) who tied together some bungee cords, threw them across the river and towed me to safety. (I you guys read this, I am eternally grateful. Drop me an email if you get a chance.) I was lucky. I have always been a little to aggressive in my wading, and yesterday it caught up with me. Please be careful out there.

    Finally, if anyone finds the butt end (with a Ross reel) or tip end of a Winston WT, 8' 4WT, please give me a shout.

    Thanks,
    Bob
    865.803.9537
    Bob Campbell
    rit.edu
    800 miles North of the country's best wild trout fishing

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    Default Re: Another close call, also on the Middle Prong

    After reading these misfortunes I was wondering if any of you wear so-spenders inflatable vest. If the rivers are that dangerous maybe you would wear them. I am glad I read this, I will be there in June and will wear mine. I am somewhat clumbsy and don't want to die anytime soon.

    Jim
    I tie flies to give fish something to laugh at.

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    Default Re: Another close call, also on the Middle Prong

    Jim,
    In June there may not be enough water to wet a line in . Sometimes it gets pretty dry around here in the summer .

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