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  1. Thread: Next Week

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    Check water temp. Try to fish under 64 degrees,...

    Check water temp. Try to fish under 64 degrees, not only for health/safety of trout, but fishing will be better. Pray for rain... pray for rain WHILE you're fishing. My advice and tips.... dress...
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    Back around 2001, I used to lead a group up Sam’s...

    Back around 2001, I used to lead a group up Sam’s and Starkey Creeks to collect water samples and measure stream flows as part of the GSMNP Acid Deposition Project. The first trip, we did without...
  3. Thread: Plunge pools

    by Grampus
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    I prefer to approach from downstream whenever...

    I prefer to approach from downstream whenever possible as typically trout face upstream. I recently wrote a 3 part series of articles, "Stealth on the Stream" in Angler Magazine. I'm a stickler for...
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    I just got back from Montana, but I fished the...

    I just got back from Montana, but I fished the Park on June 26th and found the fishing was as good as usual. My skills, not so much. Missed on some nice fish! But I know where they are........
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    12.5 lbs sounds better. I believe there are...

    12.5 lbs sounds better. I believe there are record-breakers in the Park!
    I've noticed the last few years how brook trout seem to be caught lower at around 2200 ft by my GPS. I even had a friend...
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    I think the angler's last name was "Shults" and...

    I think the angler's last name was "Shults" and he lived in Cosby. I remember seeing it mounted many years ago. I'm not sure of the size, but maybe 16 lbs?

    About 5 years ago, I was fishing...
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    There are a LOT of "non dink" trout in the...

    There are a LOT of "non dink" trout in the Smokies. From my experience, it's more about the approach than the flies used.

    Go to my instagram page "Tails of the Smokies" to see flies and a few...
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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...
  10. Great! Which was your favorite story? Jim...

    Great! Which was your favorite story?

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

    Maybe if it was Starbucks! LOL....

    Jim Parks
  12. 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?
  14. 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,...
  24. 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...
  25. Thread: Go To Patterns

    by Grampus
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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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