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Remember when...

I can hear it now. You are telling your grandkids about the best fishery in this state. The river where you caught your biggest fish. The river where you spent as much time as possible fishing. As you are telling the story, you transport back to the cool mornings you would spend in waist deep cold water. As the years went on, you needed more layers but you still were out there. Cool fog, hot coffee in a thermos, numb toes and telling yourself you don't have to pee right now. You are imagining your fly cast while you recreate this story when your grandkid interrupts you and ask, "what happened to the river?" A few years ago, Tennessee anglers...

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5 Things you didn't know you needed!

Sometimes you come across an item that makes your life so much easier, you wonder how you lived without it. Examples of these would be cell phones, internet, netflix and the ability to order anything you want without leaving your house. While there are obvious items in fly fishing that make your life easier, these next 5 products you may have not seen yet or maybe haven't thought about using them.      1. Air Lock indicators. Basically, they took a thingamabobber and made it better. These little guys (available in 4 sizes) all adjust from a little screw and washer. Once you have the indicator on, it takes just seconds to loosen the screw and adjust depth. Once you are...

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Spring is here!

Acting on a tip, I decided to head up to the park and try to catch some wild trout. I heard it was picking up, and I will say I was not disappointed.  I don't get to "sneak" away much anymore. My fishing days have to be relatively planned these days. While I wanted to get out, I had given up on the thought of fishing this weekend. Yesterday, I was hanging out at my house when my buddy sent me some pictures of some fish he caught at the park. I didn't think much of it until today. After lunch, my kids laid down for a nap and I start thinking about the mountains. I started pacing the house. My...

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My heart is on fire

There are only a handful of places that when you walk in, you walk out a different person. Church, school, combat, the place where you had your first kiss, and for me, the mountains.  My love affair with the mountains unfortunately didn’t start until later in life.   I was born right here in the foothills of the smokies. I grew up in the shadows of the park. I went to high school in Sevier County. In college, I joined young life as a leader in Sevier County and later moved into Gatlinburg-Pittman. My life revolved unknowingly around these mountains. While I would venture into them, I never fully grasped it. I was a passer by.  When I was in graduate...

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The First Month

Well, my first month as owner of TN FLY CO is in the books. It’s been a great month with some steep learning curves. When I first took over, I made it a priority to only sell items I actually have in stock. So far, the response has been fantastic! Anytime I get a new order, I have it boxed up and ready to ship that day! As a customer, that means you get the item(s) fast! The only problem with this approach is that it limits the amount of items I have for sale. Every time I order something, I’m taking a chance. Did I get the right amount? The right sizes? When can I order something new? I...

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