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    Default Hello

    I joined this forum about a week ago originally because I'm going down to the Smoky Mountains in June and wanted to learn more about the sport of fly fishing and the art of fly tying. I was down there last year with my wife on our one year wedding anniversary. There were so many things we wanted to do but we ran out of time, and wanting to fly fish was one of them. My home waters are in East-Central Illinois with only one state park, in my area, stocking trout in one of their lakes. I'm currently pan-fish, bass & catfish angler. I'm wanting to add fly fishing and fly tying to my arsenal. Thanks for reading.

    Kevin
    Kevin

    "In the school of the outdoors there never is a graduation day" - Jim Casada

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    Join Date
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    Welcome Kevin, you joined an awesome site.

    Grab a bite to eat, pull up a chair and the bathroom is just down the hall to the left.

    I fish in the GSMNP often and really enjoy it. There is a group of us heading there on May 13-15 for the Troutfest Troutfest Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Exposition in Townsend. TN. Keep that in mind for any future trips to the Great Smoky Mountains.

    Let me know if I can help you with any information.
    Popperfly >-<(((((*>

    Born to Fish...Forced to Work !

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    Default Re: Hello

    Kevin.You've come to the right place to start flyfishing and flytying

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    Default Re: Hello

    Welcome Kevin to a sport of never ending addiction. Lot's of good guys(and gals) here and much info.
    Mike

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    Default Re: Hello

    Kevin. Looking forward to your posts.
    -Tom Wilson
    Attention New Fly Fishers and those just wanting to improve- Join a Fly Fishing Club. They have classes on every aspect of fly fishing for beginners to advanced for free or cheaper than offered elsewhere. Some offer mentor programs. You will make friends with other fly fishers. Clubs often have outings in which members pay special group rates for guides or to fish prime private access areas.

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    Hey Kevin welcome to the forum-- glad you found us.

    I only fished down there a couple times near Gatlinburg but found this book to be helpful, especially since it pointed out different streams and watersheds to explore away from the crowds and inner tubers and how to access them. And it looks like you can get new copies for $3.88?:

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    Keep asking questions-- you'll probably have a ton as you get into fly fishing tying, and popperfly is a great resource for you on fishing the GSMNP.
    Mark

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