Important change

indexThe meeting location for Acid Deposition Monitoring for 2016 has been changed to the Twin Creeks Science and Education Center.  The meeting time remains at 9:00 AM this Saturday Feb 6, 2016

The address to the facility is: 1314 Cherokee Orchard Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738  (Map)

Hope to see you there.

Charlie Chmielewski

New GSMNP Creel Survey


web-BKT_ShafferHelp out park biologists  by filling out the new online Creel Survey.  You do not have to give your favourite fishing spot.  But it does help to let them know the area and time of day and hours fished.  By doing this it helps park biologists to know what going on in real time. (Link)  I have also added a link to the links section on the right of the page.

Each year, approximately 800,000 park visitors fish for brook, brown or rainbow trout in the park’s 2,900 miles of streams. We invite anglers to use our Angler Creel Survey form to tell us about your experience while fishing in the park. An angler creel survey is a record of a single day’s fishing effort, providing details on what an angler caught, released and how much time was spent fishing. The purpose of this survey is to provide information on the numbers and sizes of fish caught and harvested in Great Smoky Mountain National Park streams. The results will be used to help park biologists determine angler use patterns, catch and harvest rates, and seasonal patterns. This information will also be provided to the public via annual creel reports.


Good fishing <((((<


January Meeting

P r e s i d e n t ’ s C o r n e r


Mike Bryant (

My fishing attempts have been noticeably lacking over the last month or so. Lots of excuses (some of them valid) regarding the holidays, family, weather, high water, low water, and / or very cold water. Bill and I did manage to fish near the Elkmont Campground on a day that was supposed to reach 60 degrees. We did find some fish feeding in a pool and I did manage to land a small brown with Bill guiding my casts. But with the water temperature at 42 degrees, most of the fish were hunkered down. That brown was my only fish of the day. I think Bill managed to raise a couple of rainbows. Not much to write home about, but we were outdoors and pretty much had the stream to ourselves.

I’ll be gearing up for the annual Everglades trip that Jan and I make every winter. I love fly fishing for trout in the Park and saltwater species in the Everglades. Both places are beautiful in their own special way. I am blessed to be able to fish both.

With the 2016 Board of Directors and Officers now in place, we have started mapping out plans for the new year. Probably the biggest challenge will be in fundraising. To keep it fresh we will be trying some new ways to raise funds for the Park and the Steve Moore Youth Education Fund. I’ll be sharing more details in the next couple of months. We will continue to support Matt and his crew with our volunteer efforts. We expect to continue growing our Trout-in-the-Classroom program, expanding the number of 5 Rivers college fishing clubs in Tennessee and helping with this year’s Trout Camp
I would be remiss if I didn’t provide a big THANK YOU to the four Board members who rotated off the BOD this year – Sheila Bolinger, Wayne Everbach, Chuck James and James Locke. Each has made major contributions to our Chapter and the Park. I will be acknowledging their efforts at upcoming meetings, but please let them know that you appreciate their efforts and leadership.Check out Steve Young’s article on the Trout-in-the-Classroom release event last December. Our TIC program is going strong and will continue to grow in our region. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed with your time, talents and contributions!

Stay warm and safe. I hope to see you at the January meeting.

Norman Maclean “Quotes”

A River Runs Through ItA River Runs Through It (novel) was the first fly fishing book that I read.  It was a must read back in the late 1980’s.  The book was published in May 1976.  It had a following with some members of the Smoky Mountain Chapter back then. The Web-page has  71 quotes from Norman Maclean   and  the novel  A River Runs Through It   ( Link)

My favorite is

“In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ’s disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.”

You can order the book from here  (link)

Good Fishing

Joe <((((<