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    Byron posted this link in the fishing report this morning. This is latest update, evidently many roads are being closed at 6pm today Sunday in advance of the remnants of approaching storm. I was in Gatlinburg yesterday and the town was packed with normal visitors. I ran in to several people who had evacuated to Knoxville and the Smokies. This is second major closing of parts of park since May this year.

    Scroll all the way down in link to see all closures.

    LINK: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvis...proadclose.htm
    Last edited by bigsur; 09-10-2017 at 06:55 PM.
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    Check out Byron's fishing report, he has posted links for Great Smoky Mountains National Park road opening updates.

    Here is Park's Twitter feed link for mobiles:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/SmokiesRoadsNPS
    Last edited by bigsur; 09-12-2017 at 02:17 PM.
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    "Nothing straightens out my mind like a twisting mountain stream!"

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    Nice to read the roads are open once again. I didn't see that 441 form G-ville to Cherokee was closed, originally, only that Smokemont campground and riding stables were closed. I'm coming down at the end of next week and was hoping the effects of Irma would have subsided by then. Watching the river gage at Birdtown intently over the last week or so. Flows on the Luftee have been up and down but not too bad. I was surprised that the temperature of the water had dropped from 72 deg down to 58 deg over the last couple of weeks and holding. Guess fall is here. Can anyone tell me whether or not the leaves have started falling. I hate it when the water gets choked with a lot of leaves in the fall but it's all part of the season I guess.
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    Leaves are still green and on the trees. Some got knocked down by the wind and rain, but they'll be long gone by the time you get here.
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    Sidenote: To Whitefeather

    Below are two links concerning peak leaf prediction here in our part of the Smokies, most are predicting early peak this year
    around the first and second week of October, cooler temps this year have pushed it sooner according to the folks who follow this.
    As always let the buyer beware when it comes to advice on leaves, lawyers, and lotteries!

    LINK 1: TAKES A SECOND TO LOAD THAN CHOOSE WEEK AT BOTTOM OF US MAP TO CHANGE
    https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/

    LINK 2: FROM OUR LOCAL TV WBIR SEEMS TO AGREE WITH ABOVE
    http://www.wbir.com/weather/fall-col...year/469561427

    On another side note a few years back I started using a dull yellow almost brown line on my 2wt in the fall after noticing by accident how it blended with floating leaves on top of the water in the park streams. Not sure if it makes a difference but like smoking a cigar at the end of the day it felt good to me! Interestingly last week at LRO I bought a Rob Fightmaster nymph leader and noticed the multi-color red and other mix of colors on the leader and my first thought was this may be another perfect fall leader.
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    buzz and bigsur:

    Thanks for the comments. Looks like I timed my trip just right. Although I do enjoy the smokies in full fall color, I dread the leaves in the water.

    Sounds like the wife and I wil be there at just the right time. It's our 50th wedding anniversary trip and at my age (71) I might not get too many more chances to visit the smokies.

    bigsur, you must be psyhic, mentioning the dull yellow brown line you use in the fall.

    I looked at my 4 wt. rod and line which I bought years ago, always stored inside my rod and reel travel case. The line was invisi-line and perfectly clear years ago but had taken on a yellow brown tint since I last used it. I thought maybe it was just stained but using a line cleaner did not remove any of it. I dropped the line in some well water and it disappeared anyway. It is still as limp as it was when new so I think I will give it a try when I get down there.

    I have always been curious as to why flyline is made in bright green and orange colors, thinking it would spook the fish even though its easier for the fisherman to see the strike. Apparently it's not a big deal to the fish compared to all the other mistakes one can make on a stream, especially clumsy me. But then again most of my fishing is nymphing with along leader, splitshot and stike indicator, being a big Joe Humphreys fan.

    Hope to post pictures of big browns when I return but who knows.

    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsur View Post
    Byron posted this link in the fishing report this morning. This is latest update, evidently many roads are being closed at 6pm today Sunday in advance of the remnants of approaching storm. I was in Gatlinburg yesterday and the town was packed with normal visitors. I ran in to several people who had evacuated to Knoxville and the Smokies. This is second major closing of parts of park since May this year.
    The Park Office has become Chicken Little. I got a text that 4"-10" of rain were expected 10/7 and 10/8 with 40 MPH gusts. NOAA had a dramatically different report. I called the back country office and asked if they were looking at the Florida weather forecast. I ended up changing my route just in case to avoid some water crossings, unfortunately that had me entering via Cade's Cove on Saturday and delayed my departure an hour.
    The hike ended up being enjoyable save for tons of thorns on Hannah Mountain trail. Had rain the morning of the 8th on the hike out but didn't even bother putting on my raincoat.

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