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    The First Heartland Story: The Bohanan’s



    Bill and Walter Bohanon / Page 18“There were two old guys fishing. We could see them from the bridge. They kept catching trout, one after another. It was pretty cool. They didn’t look like fishermen. They looked like mountain men. And that’s exactly what they were.

    One was tall and lanky. He wore hip boots. He didn’t have on full body waders that fancy trout fisherman wear. Not this tall drink of water. He was a lean mountain man and wore old school black hip boots that tied to his belt.

    The other guy, his brother, was a little heavier and shorter. He fished with two little split shots for weights. He used nymphs and wet flies that sunk the fly down near the bottom of the river, because they always told me that’s where the trout are!

    The tall guy used, and this is unbelievable, twelve-pound monofilament fishing line on his fly reel! He had it tied to a little leader, then to two flies separated by a split shot. The flies looked like doodlebugs or big gobs of knitting wool with a little thread around them. Because that’s about what they were: big gobs of wool tied to a huge number 4 or 6 size hook. Boy, did they catch trout!

    … That’s when The Heartland Series was born.

    … Like he was befriending us, A. D. proceeded to tell us what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains. He said, ‘Tell those park rangers, if they want some of these brook trout, tell ’em to go away up in the high mountains and catch some. These trout they got down here, they ain’t brook trout. They’re the rainbow. They got them big heads. Those brook trout got them little bitty heads. These trout down here they’re all mixed up! They’re not the native trout. Now my brother, he’s been here fishing for ’bout sixty-nine years. I reckon he’s been here long enough to be called one of the natives! Ha! Now, we don’t want to argue with no one. Trout’s trout! We like to fish.’

    We showed Steve the interview with A. D. and Walter Bohannon… Steve got real excited and completely forgot about the brook trout story for the time being.

    ‘Here’s the show,’ he said. ‘Listen to what they’re saying. They’re telling you what it was like to grow up in the Great Smoky Mountains! They’re as good as any man and they know it. Listen to how they talk, like they’re sons of these mountains, and they know them because they are!’
    It wasn’t so much what they said, but how they said it that Steve was talking about. Quickly, Steve wrote a little introduction for me to say, and we began putting together the story and called it “Fishin’.” It began with me saying something like, ‘I’d like you to meet two new friends of ours, A.D. and Walter Bohanon, streamside philosophers.’

    And then, we simply aired the interview and let A.D. talk. We didn’t interrupt him or overwrite the story. This is important: WE LET HIM TELL HIS OWN STORY.”

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    Paula and I hiked to 3 Forks with the Bohanon brothers and camped there one night about 20 years ago, by chance. We met them on the trail. They were very nice men. Though they were much older than us, those guys could hike. They were excellent fly fishermen too.

    All they took to eat was a bag of potatoes. We stopped while they dug ramps along the way. They dined on trout, ramps and potatoes that night.

    I think it was A.D., who came down to our campfire and talked with us that evening. We heard some great stories.

    We woke the next morning, and they were gone.

    We have known Bill Landry and Steve Dean for many years. What a great show.

    Byron

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    Where can I get access to this Heartland Series? Sounds very interesting, I love these kinds of stories. I'll bet I've watched that video of Charles Kuralt and Clon Ownby making Molasses a dozen times. Love it!!
    <(((>< In tribute to Ben, Duck Hunter extraordinaire, and man's best friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bran View Post
    Where can I get access to this Heartland Series? Sounds very interesting, I love these kinds of stories. I'll bet I've watched that video of Charles Kuralt and Clon Ownby making Molasses a dozen times. Love it!!
    Unfortunately, they haven't done very well with the archives. The older volumes are very hard to find on DVD & i'm pretty sure there's a good bit that never made it past VHS.

    There's a few that have been uploaded to You Tube, but they are hard to find. I uploaded the one about Walter Babb's rods.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nW_d5xo5ck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bran View Post
    Where can I get access to this Heartland Series? Sounds very interesting, I love these kinds of stories. I'll bet I've watched that video of Charles Kuralt and Clon Ownby making Molasses a dozen times. Love it!!
    WBIR TV general store http://wbir.shgstores.com/the-heartl...-dvd-25321.cfm

    There are 31 volumes to choose from

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troutman View Post

    There are 31 volumes to choose from
    Well, sort of.
    I don't think they've had stock on volumes 1 to 16 in several years.
    My wife usually gets me one every year for Christmas and they never have those.

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    Very nice! Thanks guys!
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    I took my kids to the library in Seymour and they had a full set to check out.

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