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  1. I live in Charlotte and have been fishing that area for over 45 years. The Hunter-Banks Fly Shop is located in Ashville and is a good shop. It gets poopoo'd by some but they have always been cool to me. They can give you the best local fishing info. Most of the streams that are near Asheville will be pretty hard hit by fishermen. If you're willing to drive 45 minutes you can get on some really good water near Cherokee and even better waters in Bryson City. Some of the finest fishing in North Carolina, heck in the Southeast can be found on Hazel Creek, Eagle Creek and Forney Creek all near Bryson City. These are all streams that flow through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. My favorite place to fish on this earth is Eagle Creek. Contact the Fontana Marina on Fontana Lake and arrange for them to ferry you over to the creek. Once there you will literally be on your own, pack accordingly. You'll be miles from any help at all; however, when you get about a mile or more up that creek it starts to look primordial. It's some of the best, most pristine Wild Southern Appalachian Brook Trout fishing anywhere. Hazel Creek is great to though and actually gets all of the accolades but also more fishermen. Fontana Marina can drop you off there also. So, if you're in to fishing stocked trout then by all means fish around Ashville, still very picturesque and you'll probably catch some fish too. However, if you want to experience the legendary Smokies, then opt for Eagle Creek. Take a camera, you'll want it.
  2. I've seen one and wasn't impressed enough to buy it. I like simple.
  3. Poopdeck, "Was he checking for undersized fish?" No, drugs and alcohol.
  4. I don't use scissors. I prefer my sharp-napped flint to cut threat and hackle. All kidding aside, oh dang, that's a good idea right there! No more futzing around with nipping that stray barbule.
  5. Years ago when I was solo backpack fishing deep into Nantahala forest in North Carolina for 5 days I handn't seen anyone, not even hikers. I remember a backpacking buddy of mine saying that because the area traverses the NC/TN border that most of the Wildlife Officers are also U.S. Marshall's and have cross-State authority anywhere they go. Anyway, I was fishing on a nice quiet stretch of the stream when I hear a voice behind me say, "Hello, can I see your fishing license?" I nearly jumped out of my wading boots!! He chuckled and said that he didn't mean to startle me. I figured, well, maybe he's gonna be ok. I produced my license, he asked me to empty my pockets (I was a young buck back then...), scrutinized me for a minute, asked a few questions and then said, "You know, a scruffy Hare's Ear nymph is killer on this stream". He told me to be careful since I was backpacking by myself and left. BTW, he was right about the Hare's Ear nymph. I tried one earlier with no luck but it was a freshly tied fly. I scruffed it up some after he left and presto! Cool guy.
  6. Fly fish, spin fish, live bait fish, all fair game.
  7. Is fly tying worth it? Depends on what perspective. If you love to tie flies then yes, it's worth it for the pure enjoyment it brings. I like tying flies, but don't "love" it. I enjoy tying around a dozen or so then I want to move on to something else. Is it worth the investment? Maybe. If you only buy materials and bare minimum tools to tie only what you'll fish then yes, financially it's probably worth it. But that never happens. I shoot a lot and got in to loading metallic cartridges a couple of years ago. Started reloading when I was 17 but that was shotgun shells. I shied away from metallics because it was so tedious and there is no room for error. Once I got in to it, it has started to consume me like fly tying did years ago. Is re-loading worth it? For me yes because I like it. Short version: don't get in to fly tying to save money. Get in to fly tying for the enjoyment it brings. There is no price for that.
  8. I have a number of Charlie Collins necks. My most coveted neck is a Cree I got from him a number of years ago. It is simply on a different level than any other Cree neck. His necks' hackle make the most buggy looking flies you have ever tied. For the money, they are the best deal there is, plus you get the saddle with the hackle neck!
  9. I'm lucky where I live in this regard. There are three local shops (one is an Orvis store and two independents), plus a Cabelas AND and Bass Pro. I've been a customer of the independents for decades and only go to Cabelas for bass fishing gear.
  10. Never give up!! Many years ago I lost one Simms wading boot gator on the river. I was really bummed. I got those gators on a fly fishing trip with my dad in Oregon a few years before. All of the walking in the tall grass and weeds got these prickly things stuck on the gator. Anyway, I was on another trip a YEAR later and fishing about the same spot. They were generating and the water was high. Something was floating toward me so I picked it up. Well, it was my missing gator, replete with those little prickly things, that decided to come back to Papa a year later. Some things you just can't explain in rational terms. True story.
  11. Cabelas never really did have a good fly tying section. BassPro actually did though, and still does where I live but the store is 40 minutes away and the Cabelas is 15. Luckily there are two other shops in town that have a pretty good selection plus there is an Orvis shop 5 minutes from where I live. I'm lucky, really lucky but I do live in a fishing mecca part of the country. Lot's of bass and off-shore tournament fishing here also.
  12. Mr. Herter was quite the carnival barker when it came to business. He built an empire selling generally decent merchandise. There's no doubt everyone loved his catalogs for the slogans he came up with. As said earlier, yes he must have been quite the character.
  13. Hazel is a great stream! My favorite is Eagle Creek on the same side of the lake and the last stream before Fontana Dam. It gets a lot less fishing traffic but is smaller. Back in 2017 I spent 5 days in there with my then 16 year old son.
  14. Skeet, The "Tenkara" leaders I purchased (two) were basically just twisted leaders like the ones discussed, albeit in fancy-dancy packaging. I, too, found a video on YouTube that explained how to make your own and that's what I did. For a heck of a lot cheaper. The main difference is the expensive Tenkara leaders that come out of Japan (the ones I bought) were made from Flouro-carbon. I'm not sold on that stuff anyway, so finding a cheaper yet better solution was very cool.
  15. I make these for Tenkara fishing. Save a TON of money over buying specialty Tenkara leaders. I usually take a spool of line with me just in case I feel the need to make a custom leader on the spot. Very handy. I have found that it makes it easier to manage the ends of the line if I drape the lines down off the back deck on my house. They don't get tangled as easily.
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