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  1. Thread: Ray Ball

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    Ray Ball

    So I was fishing in Cataloochee back at the end of September and ran across a nice older gentleman. We spoke briefly and went on down the creek. I later ran across him fishing and could see from a...
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    Wallace, awesome report! That is some real...

    Wallace, awesome report! That is some real dedication to hike in that far in search of Brookies. That is also probably why you caught so many! Great job.
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    Anyone fish Big Creek?

    So I've fished GSMNP a lot over the years but I've never fished Big Creek. How's the fishing over there? Was thinking of camping at the campground and fishing over a weekend. Any tips appreciated....
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    See if you can find a clip of Joe Humphrey’s...

    See if you can find a clip of Joe Humphrey’s now-and-arrow technique. He basically either figure-8’s the line in his hand or loops it and can then shoot 20-30’ of line into tiny spots. It’s on his...
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    Great post! Very refreshing to see someone fully...

    Great post! Very refreshing to see someone fully enjoying fishing without being a total buy-every-piece-of-gear-they-make junkie! Love the DIY mentality!
  6. Ok, so on those Beadhead Pheasant Tails, is that...

    Ok, so on those Beadhead Pheasant Tails, is that a tungsten bead? I sometimes have the nymph pull the dry under when using a tungsten bead.
    Thanks for the replies! Keep ‘em coming!
  7. Favorite dry-dropper setup for Smokies streams?

    Ok, now that warm weather is upon us, my thoughts usually steer towards small wild streams. Most of those are best fished, with the exception of the occasional all-too-enticing deep plunge pool, with...
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    LOVE the ramp butter recipe! Now how did you...

    LOVE the ramp butter recipe!
    Now how did you fix the trout? Looks like you were baking them? Did you put any butter or something in them?
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    Hello, jross. Glad to have you back! 3 best...

    Hello, jross. Glad to have you back! 3 best pieces of advice with fishing with your kids: be patient, make it fun (turn over rocks and look at bugs), and take plenty of pictures! My oldest is 23 and...
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    This Fall the fishing has been better than most...

    This Fall the fishing has been better than most due to the higher rainfall. Water is still clear and stealth will still be the most important. Spooked fish don't take even the best flies! With the...
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    I have never fished Greenbrier. How is the...

    I have never fished Greenbrier. How is the fishing in general and how far do you have to go up to get into Brookies?
    Thanks,
    Jed
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    All of the above recommendations are good. My...

    All of the above recommendations are good. My years of experience would suggest the following in this order:
    1) a good guidebook like The Orvis Guide to Flyfishing - great resource for all the...
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    Suggestions on how to get better?

    So I made it to the Park this weekend but didn't have too much luck and would like some tips on how to do better? Made it to Tremont before daylight and rigged up with 6' 5x leader, #16 Para Adams...
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    Thanks for the replies. I didn't mean Tremont...

    Thanks for the replies. I didn't mean Tremont proper but some of the feeders like Lynn Camp and others.

    Do you all feel 6x is needed for Brookies? I've never went that fine for Specks before.
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    Suggest leader and flies for this weekend?

    So now that I have the license issue straightened out, what flies do you all suggest for chasing Brookies on Tremont area? Also, I know that water may still be somewhat low and trout may be spook, so...
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    Fishing License needed for the Park?

    So I need some help with fishing license questions. We are headed to the Park this weekend to fish and my college-age daughter and her boyfriend will be coming up as well. They just need a short-term...
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    Yes, I've done that some too with success....

    Yes, I've done that some too with success. Anybody else using wet flies, especially as the primary fly?
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    Umm, so I guess you didn't catch any on dries?😛

    Umm, so I guess you didn't catch any on dries?😛
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    Fishing wet flies in the Smokies?

    So after asking about the Tellico nymph, I started thinking about fishing traditional wet flies, even soft hackles. Just wondering if anyone fishes them in the streams in or around the Park? If so,...
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    I hadn't thought about sparkle braid for the rib....

    I hadn't thought about sparkle braid for the rib. I'll have to try it. I found wrapping the peacock with tying thread or very fine wire helps. Also, breaking off the first 1-2" of the brittle tip of...
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    Anybody still fish a Tellico nymph?!?

    Just wondering if anyone still fishes a Tellico nymph? I hadn't fished one in a while but tied some up last night and thought I'd let a few find their way onto my line next time out.
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    Fishing Soft Hackles in the Smokies?

    I was wondering if anyone fished soft hackle flies here in the Smokies? I love tying them and have somehow always associated them with larger rivers and long, gentle swings but after reading several...
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    So what's everybody tying this Winter?

    Just wondering what everyone is tying up this Winter? With the Park shut down and the weather getting colder, I figured it was time to get the thread spinning. I'll probably work on learning so new...
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    Favorite leader setup for Park waters?

    I love fishing small streams and I was wondering what your favorite leader setups were for fishing the Park? Please indicate if its for small headwaters or larger areas like Metcalf Bottoms. I was...
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    Favorite way to tie a Tellico nymph?

    Ok, so I've been trying to do a little research on one of our local legendary patterns and I was wondering what your favorite way to tie a Tellico nymph was? I've seen most commercial patterns use...
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