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Old 02-16-18, 07:11 AM   #11
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Oh yes, also I wanted to say that I have had a couple of great days at Smith in the rain. In fact possibly one of my best days ever was at Smith in the rain.
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Old 02-16-18, 07:29 AM   #12
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In warm weather you could wet wade (no waders) pretty much any stream.
I've wet waded up to my chest (@streamsidesam will remember) chasing big t around the hooch one day. I try to wet wade at least one day each month. January and February, ✔
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Old 02-16-18, 07:36 AM   #13
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Here's an older picture during high water times at Smiths. Where we are standing is usually dry! It was an excellent day on the water.
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Old 02-16-18, 08:19 AM   #14
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Here's an older picture during high water times at Smiths. Where we are standing is usually dry! It was an excellent day on the water.
Wow, that is a lot of water for that spot! I like Smith's a lot better on high water.

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Old 02-16-18, 09:37 AM   #15
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Here's an older picture during high water times at Smiths. Where we are standing is usually dry! It was an excellent day on the water.
This picture was Veterans Day, 2009. Major storm blew through the day before, I believe there was over 6 inches of rain that day, We fished Smith the next day. I believe everybody caught fish that day.
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Old 02-16-18, 12:34 PM   #16
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This picture was Veterans Day, 2009. Major storm blew through the day before, I believe there was over 6 inches of rain that day, We fished Smith the next day. I believe everybody caught fish that day.
Yep. It was a perfect day to high stick and combat fish. No need to cast that day, just weight and a long arm.
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Old 02-16-18, 12:52 PM   #17
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Just lift the rod while pulling it downstream. The fish are pointed upstream so you will get a good hookset like this. If you set upstream it will pull the fly from their mouth on occasion.
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Old 02-16-18, 09:46 PM   #18
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Just lift the rod while pulling it downstream. The fish are pointed upstream so you will get a good hookset like this. If you set upstream it will pull the fly from their mouth on occasion.
Another way is to strip strike. It works both ways
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Old 02-17-18, 08:15 AM   #19
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As to the cost of flies, the next addiction in fly fishing after catching fish is tying your own flies. After catching your first trout on a fly, the next highlight is catching a trout on a fly that you tied yourself. You don't need to worry about this now, but once you get good at the fishing part, look for a good beginners tying class and see what you think about it.
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Old 02-18-18, 11:19 PM   #20
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As to the cost of flies, the next addiction in fly fishing after catching fish is tying your own flies. After catching your first trout on a fly, the next highlight is catching a trout on a fly that you tied yourself. You don't need to worry about this now, but once you get good at the fishing part, look for a good beginners tying class and see what you think about it.
I am not good at the fishing part, but I bought a vise.. Screw it if i am going to suck might as well suck with my own flies!

Are you guys mostly parking and fishing around the area off unicoi bottoms road?
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