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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!
  3. #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...
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    #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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    I think it's a shame that you can't hardly find a...

    I think it's a shame that you can't hardly find a fly line that isn't some gaudy neon color. They will definitely spook fish at times. I agree with Flyman.
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    That quote came from the NMDNR website. And...

    That quote came from the NMDNR website.

    And yeah, we have plenty of grasshoppers here. Bigguns. You just don't see them back in the woods. There are creeks in the Smokies where you can catch nice...
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    It doesn't hurt when it's catch and release and...

    It doesn't hurt when it's catch and release and they stock it with hundreds of 12" trout.



    I could show you small creeks here like that that are swarming with 12"-14" stocked fish, too.
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    There is some fine fishing in the Smokies. There...

    There is some fine fishing in the Smokies. There are some good fish here, but most people don't know how to catch them. I also think it's kind of odd to fish a little trickle like Cosby and expect to...
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