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    I was wondering if any of you knew of any wheelchair access in the SMNP area for fishing or any areas close by that one can fish for trout. I prefere not to fish ponds or still water.
    I fish Big Cedar and the Little River in Lebanon, Va. and in Richlands. I visited the SOHO and the Watauga last summer and fell in love with it. I am having Down River build a cataraft for me that will be accessible.
    I have fished Spruce Creek, Pa. it is a special place but a long ways from Raleigh, NC. Any help or suggestions that any of you could give would be greatly appreciated.
    Have a good day!
    Stumpy Bass

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    Stumpy Bass,

    Thank you for joining this board and for bringing up a very important topic.

    I just got off the phone with Steve Moore. He is in charge of the Fisheries Department at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He is also one of my good friends. He told me that at least for now there is no wheelchair access to any of the streams in the Park. He and Matt Kulp who is also a fisheries biologist in the Park have recently talked about this and are going to put it in their 2 year plan to make one or more sites available. Steve said in many cases grade is problem so they would need to identify potential locations. Another problem is funding. Steve and I have worked on several grants together and I bet the money is available if we just looked for it and we will. We discussed potential locations. One perfect spot would be Metcalf Bottoms which is a picnic area on the East Prong of the Little River. Another would be Anthony Creek in the picnic area in Cades Cove. We talked about Lynn Camp Prong since it will eventually become a brook trout stream. This might be something Trout Unlimited could get involved in. I think it's a great idea. Paula said she told you about the wheelchair access fishing location here in Townsend. I need to go down to check it out myself.

    This is an issue we should all address. This board has a lot of talented people as members. I would bet anything that the money is available. Steve knows how to get things done in a National Park. Lets get on it!

    Byron

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    Welcome to the board!!!

    I think this would be a great addition to the GSMNP.
    --Griff--

    All those who believe in Telekinesis, please raise my hand.

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    Welcome Stumpy Bass,

    Hope they can work something out for you..

    I'd walk bare foot,or low crawl over 100 yards of glass to get to a trout stream.

    DryFly1
    "Great things are done when men and mountains meet." William Blake

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    Thanks to all the post so far, you never know untill you ask. I am also involved in a project I think a lot of fellow anglers would be interested in. Please check out www.projecthealingwaters.org. We try to make the kids feel good but they wind up making us feel even better.
    Stumpy

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    I got on the Project Healing Waters site. I hadn't heard of it and I am impressed. You need to contact Rick Pope. He is the President and CEO of Temple Fork Fly Rods and a very good friend of mine. Tell him I sent you. Rick has been very involved with our soldiers who serve our country and he would love to get active in this project I'm sure. He is also very active in Casting for Recovery. They have a special fly rod that dealers sell and $25 from each rod goes to that organization. I bet that's 100% of the profit on that rod. Rick also is very involved and donated much of the equipment to the Bagdad School of Fly Fishing. Just Google fly fishing in Bagdad and it will come up. That organization teaches fly fishing to our soldiers serving in Iraq. Rick was here in September with Lefty Kreh and I told him how much that meant to me that his company is helping our military personnel serving in Iraq. He said, "whatever they need from me they've got it". That's the kind of guy he is and Temple Fork is that kind of company. That's why I love selling their fly rods. Let me know if there is anything we can do here.

    Byron

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    Byron,
    Thanks for your reply. Rick and I have become very good friends over the past year. He has given us many fly rods and sold us many more at cost. What everwe need he is willing to help.
    Lefty has also come on board about a year or so ago also. I have known lefty fo about 5 years now and he is one fine man.
    I would also like to thank you for providing sucha great site. I look at it every day around10 o'clock, it makes my day.
    I will be fishing in Lebanon this weekend. If you let me know what type of fresh sausage you like I will send you some. I make Bass Farm sausage for a living.
    John Bass (AKA Stumpy)

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    John,

    I love any and all sausage. Thank you. It's nice to meet you. And you are right about Lefty, they don't get any better than him. He, Rick Pope and I have spent hours sitting in restaurants. We've had lots of discussions about ethics in the fly fishing business. I'd trust either one of those guys with my life.

    Byron

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    Bryon,
    I will send you some out Monday to the shop.
    John

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    hey Stumpy Bass.......

    I have a friend in a wheelchair and I would love to introduce him to FF. He and his wife are concidering coming to Townsend with us on one of our trips. My question is this: I noticed outside of Townsend there is a roadside park with wheelchair access to the river. Are you familiar with this and could someone in a wheelchair (novice FF) FF this area? Are there any other areas that are accessible to a wheelchiar that is somewhat close to Townsend? Any help would be greatly appriciated as my friend is having some health issues and I feel the need to introduce him to something that could recharge his zest for life........

    thanks in advance for any assistance
    buckeyetrouter
    Heaven seems a little closer .........on a Smoky Mountain stream.......
    Jeremiah 29:13

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