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    John, last year they changed Cades Cove closures...

    John, last year they changed Cades Cove closures from the traditional "closed till 10 am" on Wed & Saturday to closed all day on Wednesday. Saturdays is open to traffic when the gate opens, like the...
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    I would add to JayR's excellent comments that the...

    I would add to JayR's excellent comments that the Cades Cove Loop Rd will be closed all day on Wednesday to motor vehicles and open as usual all other days. The same schedule as 2020.

    The last...
  3. Great! Which was your favorite story? Jim...

    Great! Which was your favorite story?

    Jim Parks
  4. Maybe if it was Starbucks! LOL.... Jim Parks

    Maybe if it was Starbucks! LOL....

    Jim Parks
  5. Cold Weather Predicted for Saturday 1/16/21 : Better Option

    This Saturday at the Rustic Cow Ice-Cream and Coffee Shop, I will be doing my first book signing in my hometown for my book "Tails of the Smokies". I will have a limited amount of books on hand for...
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    Have you received it yet?

    Have you received it yet?
  7. Thanks BigSur & everyone involved. The...

    Thanks BigSur & everyone involved. The traditional New Years Day food was excellent as well as the shot cup of Woodford. The weather was great for fishing (rain) but gusting winds & tourists made...
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    Tails Of The Smokies

    I have a book just released called “Tails Of The Smokies”. As the title suggests, yes, it is “Tails” and not “Tales”, because there’s trout involved.

    It’s a fictional book about a small town on...
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    JayR Part of the problem that happened in 2000...

    JayR

    Part of the problem that happened in 2000 was there had been serious bear problems at Rough Fork Campground with campers leaving in the middle of the night. So when Glenda & Ralph go up,...
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    The article is correct regarding 2 bears. I met...

    The article is correct regarding 2 bears. I met Glenda once, and knew Ralph many years (he was one of my high school teachers). Ralph passed away a few yrs ago after struggling with cancer. I...
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    “No moonshine was made during this event!” Jim...

    “No moonshine was made during this event!”

    Jim Parks
    Native Cocke Countian
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    I agree with JayR. If I'm fishing to keep trout,...

    I agree with JayR. If I'm fishing to keep trout, I'll keep 4 and wait till I get near the end of my trip to take the 5th, if that's my goal. Interestingly, its been years since I have been checked...
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    I'm with David. It depends on what I want. ...

    I'm with David. It depends on what I want. Sometimes simply driving to a spot is nice, sometimes a walk is needed for where I want to fish. Sometimes a camp is good to get away and focus on an...
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    My favorite rod for years has been a 9 ft 4 wt. ...

    My favorite rod for years has been a 9 ft 4 wt. But lately, I've been going to a 9 ft 6 wt. I like the extra fighting power of a 6 wt.

    Jim Parks
    #TailsOfTheSmokies
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    Thanks Hugh. I’m hoping the book “Tails of the...

    Thanks Hugh.

    I’m hoping the book “Tails of the Smokies” will be out by August.

    Jim Parks
    Grampus
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    July Fishing In The Smokies - Goin Deep

    2020 has been a slow/tough year for me. Reconstructive foot surgery in January has resulted in a S-L-O-W recovery and limited my walking and fishing. I've also spent time teaching my last protege,...
  17. As the saying goes, "rules are made to be...

    As the saying goes, "rules are made to be broken". That's one of the reasons I avoid arguing with others about how to, but instead I go off my experience, realizing that I'm still learning after 42...
  18. Thread: Go To Patterns

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    Would love to see the Black Ant pattern. Is it...

    Would love to see the Black Ant pattern. Is it wet or dry?

    Also like to see the red PT nymph.

    You ever seen a female Adams?

    Jim Parks
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    JayR, I have NO idea what the trout think the...

    JayR,

    I have NO idea what the trout think the guinea fly imitates! Years ago, I heard of the "Snickers Bar Theory". It states essentially that "trout get tuned into eating particular items, then...
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    I agree with Mr. Claus. That looks like a Pat's...

    I agree with Mr. Claus. That looks like a Pat's Nymph. A few weeks ago, I spoke to the inventor, Pat Proffitt from Newport, is a super nice gentleman. He started fishing the Smokies in 1961!
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  21. Thread: Go To Patterns

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    I made videos of how to split a crow feather to...

    I made videos of how to split a crow feather to tie the crow fly. The same technique is used on the Guinea Fly. Three 1 min videos are on Instagram at #TailsOfTheSmokies
    Also, the full video is...
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    JayR, When yellow is working well, try a "Yellow...

    JayR,
    When yellow is working well, try a "Yellow Grizzly" nymph, which is simply a yellow body with a grizzly hackle palmered back to front. I use a #8 weighted. I'll take a photo of it and put it...
  23. Thread: Go To Patterns

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    Look me up on Instagram and you will see the...

    Look me up on Instagram and you will see the patterns. It's A LOT easier to load images there than on this forum :(

    My Instagram account is TailOfTheSmokies or Jim Parks
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    Hugh, For your blackbird soft hackle, what do...

    Hugh,

    For your blackbird soft hackle, what do you use for the "soft" hackle? For the crow fly, I use the short side of the split wing feathers, but that doesn't give me a soft hackle.

    Jim Parks
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    Go To Patterns

    I've been recovering from foot surgery from a fall roughly 17 yrs ago while fishing above Elkmont. Who says fly fishing is a gentle sport! Needless to say, I'm not one to sit around, thought I've...
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