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  1. Thread: Hazel Creek

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    I doubt you will encounter large numbers of...

    I doubt you will encounter large numbers of fishermen on Ms Hazel, sure people travel long distances to fish her, but my 50 + years on Hazel has rarely been unpleasant due to too, many fisherman,...
  2. Over 60 years fishing WNC water is now coming out...

    Over 60 years fishing WNC water is now coming out of the high rocks this is a good sign for this summer. remember we've had several years lately where springs were dry and even low lying rock was dry.
  3. The last pic says it all. One of the last best...

    The last pic says it all. One of the last best spec havens in the Smokeys. Welcome to the secluded side of the Smokeys.
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    Ducky wasnt referring to the Colorado situation,...

    Ducky wasnt referring to the Colorado situation, but was trying to highlight the situation as it has developed in WNC. Many times folks have told me they were told the creek was "off limits" when...
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    The times they are a changing. In my day of trout...

    The times they are a changing. In my day of trout fishing the beautiful trout streams of North Carolina there was almost never any waters that were "off limits". We knew our neighbors and we...
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    Nice pics, these small minnow like fish is what...

    Nice pics, these small minnow like fish is what we native Tar Heels call creek chubs, it may not be the biological correct description, but its what we call em. There is a number of similar looking...
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    Hazel and Eagle are very low as is all creeks in...

    Hazel and Eagle are very low as is all creeks in the park. Higher elevation fish are easier to catch in all water conditions. My houseboat is located minutes from Eagle and Hazel Creek and might be...
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    Lots of creek crossing, fishing is pretty good,...

    Lots of creek crossing, fishing is pretty good, can be excellent, depending on water levels, time of year etc. Right now Eagle is very low, fish are some what stressed, we need rain on the Tar Heel...
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    I agree this post has been beat to death so i...

    I agree this post has been beat to death so i will move on after this short note, i AM a lifelong resident of the Smokeys (except for 2 years with USMC 69-70) so at 65 years of age I have lots of...
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    BTW brother Knapp, my trips on Fontana do not...

    BTW brother Knapp, my trips on Fontana do not include guided excursions into the park. Fontana as you know is not in the GSMNP. But maybe you are right I guess we should exploit the park for...
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    It seems like my posts are met with great...

    It seems like my posts are met with great critical responses from folks who don't even understand or who have never read my posts. The responses are about usage of the streams etc. If you read my...
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    anyone experiencing this

    As i have said before. The crowds to the backcountry are to some extent a result of people who use the Park for financial gain. They advertise their services, fishing guides, hiking adventures,...
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    Jay you are correct these people are ill prepared...

    Jay you are correct these people are ill prepared for the back country. If you watch the news in WNC, every summer there is several deaths from people being washed over water falls, I mean every...
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    You are correct everyone in the creek isn't...

    You are correct everyone in the creek isn't fishing. Lots of them are the "rock stackers" I see even in some of the most remote areas. I dont think they are even aware they are creating a problem...
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    What you are experiencing my friend is the result...

    What you are experiencing my friend is the result of our own greediness. That is the use of our Park Service and Forest Service land for monetary gain. I know I am stepping on many feet with this...
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    Very nice post, you were fishing one of my...

    Very nice post, you were fishing one of my favorite creeks in the GSMNP. My first trip to this creek was in 1959 I was 8 years old at that time. My uncle was one of the first fly fisherman most...
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    dropper flies

    fished smokeys nearly 60 years now, was not aware of the less than 12" dropper length, thanks for that tip.
  18. Thread: Wet wading?

    by jwj1951
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    wet wading

    Great time for wet wading. I am a lifetime resident of the NC Smokeys and this is one of my favorite times to trout fish. It is starting to get really hot on the lake so nothing is better than the...
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    brook trout color

    Ducky, Sorry I didn't think I was ganging up on the gentleman poster, and certainly was not picking on him, if I came across as such I will sincerely apologize, I was just trying as best I could to...
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    brook trout color

    Hazel Creek is the next to last creek on the north side of Fontana in NC. I cant imagine any stock brook trout migrating down the lake then continuing upstream on Hazel. Who knows what these fish...
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    old smoky fishing

    To my knowledge there has been no stocking of brook or any other trout in the Hazel Creek watershed for decades. It is true many streams with brook or as we call it here in NC "specs" do have...
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    The real sign of spring is the little creepy...

    The real sign of spring is the little creepy crawlers you start to hear in the Smokys at night. I have heard them all my life and I am still mesmerized (I think I spelled that right) by the sound.
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    weekend in june

    Russ, you and your dad can enjoy a backcountry experience without all the pain, I will be glad to talk to you guys and see if there is a way I can help you enjoy your trip in June. If interested...
  24. Thread: cataloochee

    by jwj1951
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    high water at catt

    Cataloochee is a little tough wading in high water as the creek doesnt spread out much, however there are lots of pocket water that is very productive. You also might want to go up the creek where...
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    I am now offering my houseboat located at Fontana...

    I am now offering my houseboat located at Fontana Marina for rent, or as fishing package which will include transport to and from Eagle and Hazel Crk + support for persons new to the sport, meals are...
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