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    Default Tiny Mepps Spinners

    When I lived in Michigan, I used to occasionally do quite well on small rainbows in streams emptying into Lake Huron with very small silver Mepps spinners. Ha anyone tried them in the streams of the Smokies? I believe the treble hook would have to be replaced with a single hook to make the lure legal, but I don't see why it would not work. I will be permanently relocating to the Townsend area this Fall, so I'm going to give it a try (along with fly fishing of course).
    Joe

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    That is how I caught my first Smokies trout!

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    That's great to hear. I'm going to have to try small spinners, with single hook of course.
    Joe

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    I don't see why it wouldn't work. Be prepared to have your pockets turned inside out, and possibly your car too. Even if it's obvious you are not using bait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 77punk View Post
    I don't see why it wouldn't work. Be prepared to have your pockets turned inside out, and possibly your car too. Even if it's obvious you are not using bait.
    Yeah definitely don't have anything with you, that you shouldn't have. I've heard MANY stories about everything and everyone being searched.

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    I've caught a lot on Rooster Tails over the years. Single hook, of course.

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    I guess I'll fish mostly outside of the park where even bait is legal.
    Joe

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    Get some pink trout magnets. Fish them with a slow retrieve or beneath the float they sell. They're easy to cast with an ultralight setup (I use them for bream all the time). I even know guys who fish them with a fly rod. The experience and setting of fishing inside the park is so much better than staying outside of it and fishing. Not to mention, it's tuber season. In 20+ years of fishing in the park I've only been checked by a ranger twice.
    My posts are worthless without pictures

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    My Grandfather used a slim eli in 05 with a nymph on it. It worked for him.

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    To Fish or not to Fish? That's a stupid question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzmcmanus View Post
    Get some pink trout magnets... I even know guys who fish them with a fly rod.
    I've thought about using those tiny trout magnet jig heads to tie some nymph-ish patterns. Has anyone tried this (and willing to admit it?)

    - Todd (technowannabe)

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