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Old 04-06-2008, 10:04 AM
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Hello all, I'm coming up to the park for the first time the weekend of may 2-6. Could anyone give me some patterns and some direction as to some easy to find spots to catch a few fish?
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:57 PM
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Go to the end of the road at Tremont Institue (it's entrance is on the raod to Cades Cove). Park in the small parking area at the end and fish there to get your feet wet without a lot of effort, but if you really want to catch a few, I would try hiking up the trail at the end for a half mile or so. There are also some decent areas on the way up to the parking lot that you could fish. Try using a pheasant tail/ prince nymph or a Adams Parachute. I just started, so some of this may be a little incorrect, but the directions are good!
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:01 PM
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Also, I hear that you should bring a rod between 6-8.5 ft and a line between 2-6 weight. After fishing the area a bit with my 8.5ft rod and 6 wt line, I lean more toward a 7.5 ft rod and 4wt line. It can get to be a little tight. The main thing is watch your backcast. Check to make certain that you aren't about to get hung up on anything. I bet I lost about 10 flies (store bought) at Metcalf Bottoms...I figure it cost me about $22 with tax to figure out that if your back casst isn't clear, you really aren't fishing, you're just getting tangled in trees.
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Old 04-06-2008, 05:48 PM
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Practice up on your roll casts. I think it's impossible for mortals to fish the streams in the smokeys without leaving ornamants hanging around as decorations.

Mainly, have fun, don't get stressed.

Jeff
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:21 PM
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I see which flies to use but what size is recommended for the park.
I use alot of #20's for the Clinch but what would be best for the park?
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:57 PM
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Most of the flies that I have had sucess with are in the 14 to 16 size. One of the reasons I like to fish in the park is that you can use larger flies and they are easier to see instead of those tiny flies that you have to fish on the tailwaters around here.
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