Chapter Overview

The mission of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is to conserve, protect, and restore the cold water fisheries and their watersheds in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).

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The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited was chartered in 1992 by a group of anglers from Blount, Sevier, and Loudon Counties. The original seventeen members had a vision to operate as a support group for the Fisheries Department of the GSMNP. The Chapter has grown ever since, with our membership currently exceeding 290. The LRCTU is one of eight TU Chapters in Tennessee. We have a proud history with our 30+ year partnership with the Fisheries Department of the GSMNP. Each year our Chapter supports the Fisheries Department with volunteer resources and supplemental funding.

The Little River Chapter functions exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. Examples of the Chapter’s ongoing activities include:

1. Monthly Chapter meetings
2. GSMNP stream barrier surveys
3. GSMNP acid deposition water sampling
4. GSMNP brook trout restoration and monitoring
5. GSMNP index of biotic integrity (IBI)
6. GSMNP 3-pass depletion stream surveys
7. GSMNP Little River clean-up
8. Monthly Tie and Lie fly tying meetings
9. Trout in the Classroom (TIC)
10. John Thurman Smoky Mountain Trout Adventure Camp
11. Pistol Creek clean-up
12. Community science and service projects
13. Annual auction fundraiser
14. Townsend Fall Festival

See more information and ways to volunteer for each under the Activities tab!

You may find upcoming events in our Chapter Newsletters and in the presentation material from our Chapter Meetings.

Chapter Board Members

President – Bob Bishop
Vice President – Kim Emery
Treasurer – Harry Fetterman
Secretary – Barbra Giorgini
Past President – Ernie Frey
TIC Coordinator & Meeting Coordinator – Kim Emery
Board Member & Newsletter Editor – Joyce Frey
Board Member, Conservation Coordinator, & Director of Volunteer Operations – Bernie Maloy
Board Member & Social Media Coordinator – Daniel Spradlin
Board Member – Miles Johnson
Board Member – James Jollay
Board Member – David Tolliver