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  1. Ignorance. I don't see how being back on a trail...

    Ignorance. I don't see how being back on a trail or on a creek fishing puts you at risk for coronavirus. You can still go to Walmart. They already had the campgrounds and picnic areas closed. This...
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    Both. But in general, I usually tie the yellow...

    Both. But in general, I usually tie the yellow Palmers with hackle fibers, and the orange Palmers (fantastic late summer/fall pattern,) with golden pheasant tippet.
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    Dry flies: Yellow Palmer Charlie Whopper...

    Dry flies:

    Yellow Palmer
    Charlie Whopper
    Female Adams parachute

    Nymphs:

    A yellow one I came up with I call the "Verlin Deluxe," it's a souped-up version of an old go-to fly that Verlin...
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    Big Creek, Deep Creek, Oconoluftee/Bradley Fork....

    Big Creek, Deep Creek, Oconoluftee/Bradley Fork. All good fishing that you can drive to.
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    Weather here in the Smokies can be incredibly...

    Weather here in the Smokies can be incredibly variable that time of year. I have seen it sunny and 70* on Thanksgiving, and I have also seen single-digit lows or a foot of snow. Normal weather then...
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    Nice one for sure!

    Nice one for sure!
  7. #12 October Caddis and #14 orange palmers have...

    #12 October Caddis and #14 orange palmers have been working well lately for me. Getting about time for little BWO imitations, too.
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    Good stuff! It's hard to beat a day catching...

    Good stuff! It's hard to beat a day catching specks, for sure. I also miss people actually posting on here.
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    I usually use hen neck for Prince nymphs.

    I usually use hen neck for Prince nymphs.
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    I bought a 10' 3 wt last year. It is quickly...

    I bought a 10' 3 wt last year. It is quickly becoming my go-to rod for everything except the smallest speck creeks. I hate a short fly rod.
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    Tequeelys and rabbit-strip Zonker-type flies work...

    Tequeelys and rabbit-strip Zonker-type flies work well in brown and rootbeer or chartreuse and white. As do the usual sculpin or Muddler patterns. Wiggle minnows are great, too. With Buggers, I like...
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    The trout on the NC side are no different from...

    The trout on the NC side are no different from those on the TN side. Personally, I think the NC side has better fishing in general. The Cherokee area has lots of options and good fishing. If you want...
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    Sounds like a plan.

    Sounds like a plan.
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    Plenty of Subaru people in there, but not another...

    Plenty of Subaru people in there, but not another single soul fishing that I saw. It still fishes as good as it did back when Verlin and Jack were fishing it, maybe better with the specks coming...
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    Trout are almost mystical, seemingly unreal....

    Trout are almost mystical, seemingly unreal. Cold, swift water given shape and life. You are mesmerized by their colors. Liquid scarlet forms a stripe, a spot, the edge of a fin. Greens, blues,...
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    Melting Some Time

    Time melts when you are wading a trout stream.

    Einstein defined the behavior of time, space, and matter; but he failed to take into account this phenomenon that is known mostly to those of us ...
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    I've fished it a lot. Really good creek in my...

    I've fished it a lot. Really good creek in my opinion. All rainbows until you get up a few miles and start hitting some specks. You're not gonna catch any trophies, but lots and lots of 6"-11"...
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    Good idea. I have no idea why every fly line you...

    Good idea. I have no idea why every fly line you can buy is some ungodly bright neon color. I guess they match those neon professional fly-fisherman shirts and look good in photos. I have no doubt...
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    Thanks! That's pretty much about what I've read,...

    Thanks! That's pretty much about what I've read, too. Somebody has to know more about it.
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    MarMac Hopper?

    Does anybody have a recipe or picture of this pattern? I've seen it referenced in several places as a productive pattern designed by Marty Maxwell of Robbinsville, but I have never been able to find...
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    That is not at all a rare nature viewing...

    That is not at all a rare nature viewing experience in the park nowadays. They're everywhere, and they will even follow you sometimes when you're fishing. I catch lots of fish with tooth marks on...
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    I almost always carry one. You just have to...

    I almost always carry one. You just have to figure out how to rig it so that it doesn't get hung. I use rubber netting with a magnetic holder attached to my pack strap so that it hangs in the small...
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    I have never done well in pouring rain or dingy...

    I have never done well in pouring rain or dingy water with dry flies. When it starts to rain and the water starts to color, I start heavy-ing up my gear and heading for those holes where I think a...
  24. #12-#14 Yellow Stimulator or Thunderhead with a...

    #12-#14 Yellow Stimulator or Thunderhead with a small non-tungsten beadhead Verlin Deluxe, Tellico, SOS, or ***-backwards little Japanese-style soft hackle. Later in the summer, I may run a green...
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    Heavily, heavily weighted. I tie them with...

    Heavily, heavily weighted. I tie them with tungsten beads and as much lead wire as I can wrap on the shank. And sometimes split shot on the tippet. If you're trying to fish nymphs by making long...
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