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    Default Great Smoky Mountains National Park Temporary Close

    Below is a link to a news story from Knox Newspaper online dated today March 24th 2020 regarding the closing of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park today at noon until April 6th 2020.

    I can say I am not surprised after seeing Townsend Saturday. The campgrounds were filled to capacity and the restaurants were still allowing dining in. It was a Tennessee version of a Florida Spring break beach. I appreciate what LRO Outfitters has done to continue to serve the angling community in as safe an environment as possible during these unique times. Stay smart and healthy!

    "We have to fight Coronavirus like the 3rd monkey trying to get on Noah's Ark!"-Bigsur

    LINK: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/...19/2906374001/
    Last edited by bigsur; 03-24-2020 at 10:50 AM.
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    Ignorance. I don't see how being back on a trail or on a creek fishing puts you at risk for coronavirus. You can still go to Walmart. They already had the campgrounds and picnic areas closed. This is getting out of hand. It is bordering on the ridiculous. People need to pay for this overblown panic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by just a hillbilly View Post
    Ignorance. I don't see how being back on a trail or on a creek fishing puts you at risk for coronavirus. You can still go to Walmart. They already had the campgrounds and picnic areas closed. This is getting out of hand. It is bordering on the ridiculous. People need to pay for this overblown panic.
    I agree, well said.

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    Ohhhnnnnnnooooooo!
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    This thing is getting out of control, I understand logical and sensible measures, but closing the park is a step too far. If we can’t go hike in the solitude of the smokies or fish a remote mountain stream then we are absolutely screwed. Point is this is being taken too far now. The fear mongering and panic is destroying our economy and our sanity. At some point our “leaders” are going to push too far. With this decision we are getting close to that point...

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    Stinks....on the bright side it means I won’t be distracted from chasing smallmouth for the next few weeks.

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    As we continue to shelter in place we want to send a tip of the hat to all who are providing essential services to our communities.
    The only positive for me is if I continue to cook at home I will probably be down to 140 lbs by summer. I truly wish my parents were still alive to see how clean my hands are. They would finally be happy after years as a kid trying to stay clean and make them happy!

    We are posting angling videos every other day or so on the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Unlimited Facebook page to break the boredom.
    You do not have to be a member to view GSM TU Facebook page.
    Below is latest from a New Zealand guide I follow.


    Here's a link to Part 2 of the chasing big browns video from New Zealand. Enjoy and stay safe!

    Part 2 Link:
    https://youtu.be/h5q13D5M0h4

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    If you missed Part 1 here it is: https://youtu.be/tOWBYhHMagA
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    CHECK OUT TODAY'S VIDEO ON GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN TU FACEBOOK.
    "TRIP OF A LIFETIME"

    Shot in Swedish Lapland has fantastic production and some amazing rising and takes of Atlantic char. If you like small steam angling for brook you will love this.Very honest video not all glory shots, shows hits and misses. May be in Lapland with English subtitles but reminds me of many Colorado High Country waters we fish in summer. Enjoy!

    Enjoy!
    "Stay smart & stay healthy!"
    Here is GSM TU FACEBOOK link:
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    Last edited by bigsur; 03-31-2020 at 09:33 AM.
    "It starts with a raindrop, don't let it end with a teardrop!"

    "Nothing straightens out my mind like a twisting mountain stream!"

    Follow the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Unlimited website:

    http://greatsmokymountain.tu.org/

    FACEBOOK: http://m.facebook.com/GreatSmokyMountainTU/

    "A true conservationist is someone who knows that the world is not given by their fathers, but borrowed from their children."

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    CHECK OUT TODAY'S VIDEO ON GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN TU FACEBOOK.*
    "JOE HUMPHREYS NYMPHING TECHNIQUE"

    We are starting the second week of shelter in place and here's wishing we can make progress in slowing down the Covid-19. Hopefully everyone is adjusting to the new normal and doing well. We will resume our Great Smoky Mountain TU activities as soon as possible.

    Check out this video from Joe Humphreys, famous angler and author. Ask me my Joe Humphreys story from Atlanta Fly Fishing Show about four years ago sometime.

    Enjoy!
    "Stay smart & stay healthy!"
    Here is GSM TU FACEBOOK link:

    http://cts.vresp.com/c/?9TNTennessee...782/d9b9968877
    "It starts with a raindrop, don't let it end with a teardrop!"

    "Nothing straightens out my mind like a twisting mountain stream!"

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    FACEBOOK: http://m.facebook.com/GreatSmokyMountainTU/

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    Default Today April 1 2020 Park Closure Extended

    No surprise still disappointing.
    Please stay smart & healthy!

    GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
    TENTATIVELY CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 30 2020
    Park Extends Closure to Support Regional COVID-19 Prevention Efforts

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that all park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and Spur, will remain closed until further notice.*All access to the park, including trails and roads, were originally closed on March 24 through April 6, in alignment with efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 across the region. The park is extending the closure in response to Executive Order 121 issued by NC Governor Roy Cooper, Executive Order 22 issued by TN Governor Bill Lee, and ‘Stay at Home’ orders in local communities surrounding the park.

    *

    The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Park managers will continue to evaluate regional conditions and work with local communities to assess dates for an orderly reopening of park facilities in a manner that provides for the health and safety of employees, volunteers, partners, residents, and visitors. While park managers are prepared to act to reopen as quickly as conditions allow, the park is likely to remain closed at least through April 30. The park will notify the public when park operations resume through our website at*http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisi...itions.htm*and social media platforms.

    Last edited by bigsur; 04-02-2020 at 10:06 AM.
    "It starts with a raindrop, don't let it end with a teardrop!"

    "Nothing straightens out my mind like a twisting mountain stream!"

    Follow the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Unlimited website:

    http://greatsmokymountain.tu.org/

    FACEBOOK: http://m.facebook.com/GreatSmokyMountainTU/

    "A true conservationist is someone who knows that the world is not given by their fathers, but borrowed from their children."

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