Annual Picnic at River Johns (Cancelled)

2020 Picnic Cancelled

Hello neighbor,

Due to (you guessed it) COVID-19 the 2020 Little River Chapter Picnic at River Johns needs to be cancelled. We hope you all, our friends, are enjoying this summer and our local waterways but we feel it’s wise to reduce our and your risk of exposure. Be well and see you all very soon.

Maybe we’ll see one another on a stream bank somewhere with a fish in one hand and knuckles ready to bump in the other:-)

your friends on the LRCTU Board of Dir

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Event #1 One Fly Contest

Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited: One Fly Event
Alcoa Duck Pond located at 636 Vose Rd, Alcoa TN.
June 23rd at 6:00 pm

If you wish to dine or drink please bring your preferred refreshments. Consider bringing a lawn chairs and small table to accommodate social distancing. Fine linens are optional! If you want to participate in the One Fly Event bring your 1 lucky fly. You can fish with that fly till you loose the fly or till the end. Please don’t take this competition lightly there’s some Not-So-El-Cheap-O prizes on the line not to mention serious bragging rights. Categories: 1) A Grand Slam (Bluegill, bass and catfish) 2) Largest Fish & 3) The Most Fish The event will be judged by Honorable none participatory members.

We look forward to seeing you.

Event #2 Annual Picnic, Little River & Great Smoky Mountain Chapters

Location: River Johns Outfitters, 4134 Cave Mill Rd, Maryville, TN 37804
July 23rd at 6:00

What will we do? Enjoy the fellowship and the annual fly casting contest. There will be Not-So-El-Cheap-O prizes and the bragging rights on the line. Bring you fly rods, small mouths are in the area just waiting to be caught. If anyone is interested in floating and fishing the Little River down to the picnic let me know and we will connect you up with a fishing buddy.

The Chapter will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and a variety of soft drinks and water. Attendees are requested to bring a dish to pass. Please bring your lawn chair and a small table to maintain social distancing. As usual, fine linens are at your discretion.

Steve Darnell

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Summer 2020

President’s Thoughts


Well this didn’t turn out like we expected! We were all looking forward to a great year. Some of our plans will be postponed possibly until 2021. I want to acknowledge the hard work of our board members and volunteers. We had fantastic speakers lined up for all of the monthly meetings thanks to the hard work of Charles James.

Richard Barnes works countless hours coordinating our volunteer opportunities, Larry Davis planned our camping and fishing trips, Ernest Frey heads up the Pistol Creek Project and educational opportunities through Maryville Parks and Recreation. Stream clean-ups and picnics were planned and we were ready to go. So let’s take a big breath and tie a few more flies.

The Board of Directors met to brain storm and discuss potential events that we can have that will follow the governor’s social guidelines. Needless to say our plans will evolve as the guidelines evolve. If you have some creative ideas please share them with us.

We will eventually have meetings again and we will also have opportunities to volunteer. In the meantime let’s hone our skills. Give a couple of friends a call and go fishing. Fishing is the main reason we got involved in Trout Unlimited to begin with. So, we really haven’t lost our primary motivation at all. This is not the time to throw in the towel it’s just time to adjust and renew our faith in each other. We will be seeing one another again soon. I hope to see you on the streams and rivers with a stringer of stories and pictures.

Be safe, be well and have fun.
Steve Darnell

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Matt Kulp Presentation Videos

Matt A. Kulp is the Supervisory Fishery Biologist at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gave to our chapter  ‘State of the Fisheries’ update at our January meeting. If you missed it or would like to see it again, thanks to the hard work of Steve Young we have it broken into three videos. Please see the links below.

Matt Culp Presentation to LRCTU January 2020 Part 1

Matt Culp Presentation to LRCTU January 2020 Part 2

Matt Culp Presentation to LRCTU January 2020 Part 3

Matt is discussing ongoing research and restoration projects in the park and opportunities for our members to volunteer this upcoming year.

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