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Old 05-08-2008, 11:30 AM
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As the story goes,Harry Middlleton caught a large brown trout behind the Dairy Queen in the waters of the Little Pigeon?? that passes through downtown Gatlinburg.Talked to Bill who lives in Maryville and works for Cardinal the people I buy from...he says the downtown Gatinburg waters are some of the best fishing in or out of the park.I would give it a try but (here's where neurotic confession begins)I don't like people watching me flyfish---I don't know why--it's not like having another fisherman downstream from you
glancing your way now and then--maybe its because I would feel isolated in the water,standing out,as though wanting to be seen because I cannot smell that circus smell of fudge,barbecue,ribs,steak,exhaust fumes and the maple of the maple syrup drowning a pancake or two that is about a block away and all those folks eyeing you ARE there,which makes them not only curiouss about you casting a fly,but sincerely at peace with themselves because they are full as ticks wondering why in the heck you would want to fish the waters of hotel-motel land.So was Bill right about the fishing?
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Old 05-08-2008, 12:02 PM
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Fishing Gatlinburg is not that pleasurable. There are fish in the water. Gatlinburg stocks regularly and the stockers are very fun fighters but you are under the microscope and the theme park atmosphere is in full effect. Maybe it's because I work up there maybe it's because I don't like people watching me fish or maybe I'm just bass ackwards but I drive through there on my way to wild trout streams often and don't think I'm missing much. I think Middleton caught the large rainbow there. The brown came from slickrock I think.

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Old 05-08-2008, 12:36 PM
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Every time I pass through Gatlenberg I am drawn the the stream. And I am going to have to try it some time to get it out of my system but it just does not seem right. A big part of fly fishing is the solitude, nature, no need of a boat and motor and lack of croweds. Gatlenberg has all the stuff am try to escape.
But I know one day I will be fishing there acting like no one is there but that is going to be difficult.
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:48 PM
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We, of course, vacate every year in G-Burg. The wife and daughter love it and quite honestly I have enjoyed it for years. I fish in town every year while I'm there and understand how it wouldn't be for some people. I fish miles away from anything all year at home so it doesn't bother me to fish in town once or twice a year and the family loves it. My wife also fishes. Anyhow, said that to say this, last year I hung one of those stupid tame ducks. Thing flew perfectly through my cast before I could react, hung my BHPT right under it's wing!! Of all the ruckus me and that duck caused by the time I got that fly off him! I had a crowd of at least a hundred people watching by that time and when I got that duck off it was none too soon. It's funny now but at the time I was mad as a hornet.
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[QUOTE=Bran;52281]Anyhow, said that to say this, last year I hung one of those stupid tame ducks. QUOTE]

When I first read this, I was just glancing at the posts and thought it was some new lingo for one of the large stockers Gatlinburg throws in. Then I went back and read the whole post. That is hillarious. I've caught some weird things, but never a duck, and in front of a crowd none the less.
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Old 05-08-2008, 05:09 PM
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I have never caught a duck but do have a red tailed hawk and a huge bull frog on my list of unusal catches.
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:54 PM
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...(here's where neurotic confession begins)I don't like people watching me flyfish---I don't know why--it's not like having another fisherman downstream from you...
I know what you mean, but these days that's the nature of flyfishing. If you don't like crowds - spectators or fishermen - you wouldn't like the Beaverkill, the Battenkill, or much of the Henry's Fork and Madison. I tend to go into my own little world when chasing trout. I don't mind people watching as long as they don't start hootin' and hollerin' and throw stuff at me. That kind of destroys my concentration. ;-)
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Old 05-08-2008, 04:16 PM
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Are there many wild trout in the Gatlinburg water or are they just stockers?
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