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Old 02-08-2008, 11:39 AM
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Byron,
Great fishing report, as usual, this morning.
Having an opening day event sounds like a good idea.
Another opportunity/excuse to get together, have fun then fish.
Hope it happens.
If there are others who like the idea, let Byron know.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:43 PM
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Hey Byron --

Wouldn't it be great if Troutfest could coordinate their annual event with your idea of an April 1st Opening Day?! After all, their whole thing is really a celebration of our native trout.

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Old 02-08-2008, 01:30 PM
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the comments. I think Troutfest will keep the same date. Joe wouldn't change that date for anything. I'm thinking "Opening Day" should be something we all plan together. The City of Townsend and the Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitors Bureau might want to be involved or maybe not. It could just be LRO and friends. You can probably google Roscoe New York opening day. I'll try it in a minute. Up there they all talk about the legendary two headed trout. I can't remember the details but I think the trout evolved from trying to decide if it should swim up the Beaverkill or the Willowemoc. They have a big party up there. Of course when you drive into Roscoe there is always a big banner over the main street that says "Welcome to Trout Town". Lets keep this one going.

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Old 02-08-2008, 05:27 PM
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Might be worth throwing the idea Joe's way. I think they already moved it once, didn't they? I seem to recall the first two were the first weekend in June. I know I had to miss the second year because I had to attend a wedding out of state that year and the wedding was on June 4th.

Probably April 1st would be too early for them but there might be another date. Besides, if it were tied into another event that's designed to grow into something much bigger it would only benefit them.

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Old 02-08-2008, 05:41 PM
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Byron....I began fishing in the park when I was 13....that was almost 48 years ago....my recollection was that the season ran from April 15 through Spetember 15....cannot remember when they went to a year around season but when they did I was able to enjoy some of the first cool weather while camping in early Oct....it seems to me that the season coincided with the spawning times of the rainbows and brookies...no browns back then...they were still stocking the park back then with a hatchery at the Chimney's campground...before it bacame just a picnic area....I will check tonight since I have kept most of the licenses I purchased once I got old enough to have one....a kindler, gentler time for sure.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:53 PM
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Rog1,

That was a kindler gentler time for sure. Daniel reminded me of this today. Walter Babb said that in the old days fishermen didn't know what a Quill Gordon was. They hatched before the season opened so anglers didn't see them. Steve Moore told me this morning the season in the Park changed to year round in 1983 except for Abrams Creek. He opened the season to year round there in 1986.

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Old 02-08-2008, 06:05 PM
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Byron....my grandfather who fished in the Park before it was a park and until he was 82 initially had only one basic fly in his vest....a ginger quill....he told me that in the very old days these flies were fished in tandem as wet flies...when I asked him how they came to use this particular fly his answer was because it worked....my high school friend briefly got into entomology and after dredging up the streams for samples of underwater life he was able to ID the most common nymph and as you might guess the book gave the corresponding fly as being a ginger quill....guess you cannot argue with success.
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i think we ought to do it on ground hog day...if the trout see's our shadow, we get 6 more weeks of hard fishing weather
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Old 02-09-2008, 09:31 PM
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well that wouldn't work 'cause nobody would show up as a way of guaranteeing 6 weeks of easy winter fishing... but I like the way you think!
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well, consider it...instead of punx...phil ///we use townsend timmy...the forecasting trout
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