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Old 12-12-2009, 01:14 PM
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Seasons greetings everyone! I have been admiring this forum for some time, and finally decided to come on board. I have been fishing the streams and rivers of northwest North Carolina since 1965. I turned my attention to fly fishing approximately 15 years ago, because ever since I was a child, I had been intrigued with fly fishing, but knew absolutely no one in my area who fly fished or what I needed to get started. So, about 15 years ago I decided that I would teach myself by reading everything pertaining to fly fishing that I could get my hands on. After several outings with considerable trials and tribulations, I began to gain confidence in my abilities as a fly fisherman. It is an enduring learning experience which I deeply appreciate and treasure. I also began fly tying around the same time that I started fly fishing, and I have as great of an affection for fly tying as I do fly fishing.

The Great Smoky Mountains hold a place dear in my heart. My grandfather worked on the Fontana Dam when it was being built, and he used to tell me many stories about the Great Smokies and it's people. I have spent a considerable amount of time over the years on Cataloochee Creek, Deep Creek, Eagle Creek, Hazel Creek, Noland Creek, Twentymile Creek and many of the feeder streams. I am happy to be a member of this forum and hope to learn from the experience as well as help where I can. Happy holidays everyone! Dave

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Old 12-12-2009, 01:18 PM
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Welcome, and happy holidays to you. Sounds like you may have some good stories to share. Regards, Silvercreek
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:49 PM
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:07 PM
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Welcome sir, I am in western NC as well, where do you live? i am near Waynesville Merry Christmas!!
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:51 PM
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Thank you for the welcome silvercreek, bigpopper, and Carolina Boy. Carolina Boy, I live in the northwest section of North Carolina in Alleghany County and I am within 5 miles of the Ashe County, North Carolina and Grayson County, Virginia lines. Merry Christmas to you!
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:01 PM
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Seasons greetings everyone! I have been admiring this forum for some time, and finally decided to come on board. I have been fishing the streams and rivers of northwest North Carolina since 1965. I turned my attention to fly-fishing approximately 15 years ago, because ever since I was a child, I had been intrigued with fly-fishing, but knew absolutely no one in my area who fly-fished or what I needed to get started. So, about 15 years ago I decided that I would teach myself by reading everything pertaining to fly-fishing that I could get my hands on. After several outings with considerable trials and tribulations, I began to gain confidence in my abilities as a fly-fisherman. It is an enduring learning experience which I deeply appreciate and treasure. I also began fly-tying around the same time that I started fly-fishing, and I have as great of an affection for fly-tying as I do fly-fishing.

The Great Smoky Mountains hold a place dear in my heart. My grandfather worked on the Fontana Dam when it was being built, and he used to tell me many stories about the Great Smokies and it's people. I have spent a considerable amount of time over the years on Cataloochee Creek, Deep Creek, Eagle Creek, Hazel Creek, Noland Creek, Twentymile Creek and many of the feeder streams. I am happy to be a member of this forum and hope to learn from the experience as well as help where I can. Happy holidays everyone! Dave
Speck Lover, I'm also new to this board, I've belonged to the other "politically correct" board for some time, but enjoy this board cause it's more laid back. I'm also a fan of the Smokies and fascinated by Dams, I've found a few pictures of Fontana when it was being constructed. If you happen to have any pics of the dam, please post them if you can. I have camped and fished Hazel creek a couple of times and really enjoy the whole experience.
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:46 PM
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speed43,

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of Fontana Dam while it was being built. As far as I know, my grandpa never had any pictures of the dam at all, although I do have a few of his pay stubs from when he was working there. His job on the dam was tying reinforcing bar together with wire to help strengthen the concrete being placed in the dam. Fontana Dam helped keep a lot of families from starving, and my family was one of them. If I'm not mistaken, TVA used to sell a VHS or DVD copy of Fontana being built that you could purchase at a fairly reasonable price.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:39 AM
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Here's a book for you Fontana Dam folks - http://www.smokiesstore.org/browse.cfm/4,434.html Lots of photos. Send this link on to your loved ones now and a bet you could have a copy under the Christmas Tree - and support a great organization.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:03 AM
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Thank you very much for the information old tom, I really appreciate it.
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Old 12-14-2009, 10:05 AM
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My father was a steamfitter and helped build the Center Hill dam. I've got a couple of photos of when a heavy rain flooded the construction area before the dam could be completed. It wiped out a lot of hard work. Silvercreek
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