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Old 06-12-2008, 03:09 PM
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Worrgamesguy,

Grumpy runs the fly fishing department at Cumberland Transit located on West End Avenue close to the Holiday Inn and across the street from the Parthanon. It is a great shop. I was a customer there for years before moving to the Smokies. I just talked to him a few minutes ago for some boat advice. His name is Ronnie and he is a very knowledgable fly fisherman and a nice guy. He just thinks he is Grumpy. Go there and he will help you. It will be worth the drive.

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btw...

"Grumpy" makes a brief appearance in this month's issue of Flyfisherman... article on the Cumberland that should be good for business.
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:55 PM
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Worrgamesguy,

If you want to go to the Caney sometime, I will be happy to meet you there and share some flies and what little knowledge I have. Or, I will meet you for lunch sometime, and we can talk about where to go and what flies to use. Just let me know if you are interested, and I will give you an e-mail address.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:46 PM
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Worrgamesguy,

Grumpy runs the fly fishing department at Cumberland Transit located on West End Avenue close to the Holiday Inn and across the street from the Parthanon. It is a great shop. I was a customer there for years before moving to the Smokies. I just talked to him a few minutes ago for some boat advice. His name is Ronnie and he is a very knowledgable fly fisherman and a nice guy. He just thinks he is Grumpy. Go there and he will help you. It will be worth the drive.

Byron
I can do that... Thanks for the help.

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Worrgamesguy,

If you want to go to the Caney sometime, I will be happy to meet you there and share some flies and what little knowledge I have. Or, I will meet you for lunch sometime, and we can talk about where to go and what flies to use. Just let me know if you are interested, and I will give you an e-mail address.
Thanks, I'd really appreciate that. Maybe if Center Hill would stop generating for more than 3 or 4 hours... I went to Dick's yesterday and picked up some flies that weren't rusted (18+ years old). Here's what I picked up, as well as my rod setup. Anything that I need to do?


*pens mark tippet to tippet*






$40 later





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Old 06-13-2008, 07:15 AM
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That's cool, Don lives close to you & has offered to help, you're off to a good start.
I am the grouchy ol fart on West End, i do not like to advertise that fact on account of this being Byron's website, i always tell the folks headed his way to stop by LRO, for advice & the latest"top secret" flies & to just say hello to some great people.
I would tweak your leader a little for the Caney, 9' will work better & you'll hate to hear this, flourocarbon tippet(9.95) will work better on the sub surface patterns, of course, a shorter leader works fine for someone starting out, hopefully not as many tangles.
There's a little more to it than throwing a fly in the water & a fish jumping on it, somedays that works though keep in mind, it beat's work or going to classes & you'll always come home feeling better about time spent fishing.
I hope you get a chance to come by, hookup with Don & time on the water, with tese temps, a cool trout stream is my #1 pick for getting away from it all & it looks as if the Corps will be cutting the water back a little more.
I'm off this weekend, going to try & sneak out Sunday

Grumpy
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:42 AM
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Worrgamesguy,

First, Grumpy is not grumpy at all. He is a really nice guy. He made me a really good deal on a Winston 4wt rod that did not have the correct case. I was able to make a minor adjustment and the case works fine. I would certainly go by and visit with him if I could. He has forgotten more about fly fishing than I will ever know.

I grew up fishing small streams in middle Tennessee with my dad. He would fly fish for Red Eye and Bream in those small streams. I was grown when I started fishing for trout. I still remember how frustrated I was trying to learn on my own. I read lots of books and magazines, but you really need personal help as every river is a little different. I still remember, more years ago than I want to admit, watching an older gentlemen wadding down the river catching fish after fish. I had been there for an hour with no luck at all. Of course, I had no idea what flies to use. Finally, I got up the nerve to ask him how he was catching all those fish. He laughed and told me, it was not him, it was the fly. He gave me a couple of flies, and I caught my first trout that day. I wish I could thank that man today. He has no idea what a gift that truly was. Also, if I had only gone to a local fly shop, it would have saved me a lot of anguish.

Enough of that, send me a message at donw@genesco.com and we will talk about a fishing trip.
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:48 AM
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"Grumpy" makes a brief appearance in this month's issue of Flyfisherman... article on the Cumberland that should be good for business.
Uh Oh, Grumpy is famous. I hope he doesn't forget about his fans that he cultivated over decades.

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Old 06-13-2008, 07:09 PM
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That's cool, Don lives close to you & has offered to help, you're off to a good start.
I am the grouchy ol fart on West End, i do not like to advertise that fact on account of this being Byron's website, i always tell the folks headed his way to stop by LRO, for advice & the latest"top secret" flies & to just say hello to some great people.
I would tweak your leader a little for the Caney, 9' will work better & you'll hate to hear this, flourocarbon tippet(9.95) will work better on the sub surface patterns, of course, a shorter leader works fine for someone starting out, hopefully not as many tangles.
There's a little more to it than throwing a fly in the water & a fish jumping on it, somedays that works though keep in mind, it beat's work or going to classes & you'll always come home feeling better about time spent fishing.
I hope you get a chance to come by, hookup with Don & time on the water, with tese temps, a cool trout stream is my #1 pick for getting away from it all & it looks as if the Corps will be cutting the water back a little more.
I'm off this weekend, going to try & sneak out Sunday

Grumpy
I'll be coming to see you soon enough. I wrote up a report on today's fishing at the Caney, but I am anxious to go again even though today wasn't so good.

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Worrgamesguy,

First, Grumpy is not grumpy at all. He is a really nice guy. He made me a really good deal on a Winston 4wt rod that did not have the correct case. I was able to make a minor adjustment and the case works fine. I would certainly go by and visit with him if I could. He has forgotten more about fly fishing than I will ever know.

I grew up fishing small streams in middle Tennessee with my dad. He would fly fish for Red Eye and Bream in those small streams. I was grown when I started fishing for trout. I still remember how frustrated I was trying to learn on my own. I read lots of books and magazines, but you really need personal help as every river is a little different. I still remember, more years ago than I want to admit, watching an older gentlemen wadding down the river catching fish after fish. I had been there for an hour with no luck at all. Of course, I had no idea what flies to use. Finally, I got up the nerve to ask him how he was catching all those fish. He laughed and told me, it was not him, it was the fly. He gave me a couple of flies, and I caught my first trout that day. I wish I could thank that man today. He has no idea what a gift that truly was. Also, if I had only gone to a local fly shop, it would have saved me a lot of anguish.

Enough of that, send me a message at donw@genesco.com and we will talk about a fishing trip.
Will get in touch with you soon, thanks!!!

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Uh Oh, Grumpy is famous. I hope he doesn't forget about his fans that he cultivated over decades.

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I'm sorry about all the questions and the like, but I'm a lost cause. I'm not meaning to draw business away, and I hope I didn't. I need all the advice I can get.
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:01 PM
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Remember, LRO has a mail order business, just a click away

Famous, i'm nowhere ready for that nor do i think the world is ready for me

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Old 06-14-2008, 12:36 AM
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Famous, i'm nowhere ready for that nor do i think the world is ready for me

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Maybe if I were a little more serious about fly fishing.
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