August Meeting

President’s Corner

Mike Bryant (


July ended up being a great month of fishing for me. John Reinhardt and I fished in central Colorado for a week in mid-July. The trip was great. Lots of browns, cutt’s, cuttbows, rainbows, and some brookies caught on six different streams. Beautiful country along with fishing, beer, food, and friendship made for a memorable trip. Probably the biggest surprise of the trip was the midge fishing. On at least four four different streams, we encountered trout sipping small midge emergers or adults on the surface. Fortunately I did have some size #22 adult midge patterns and small BWO’s that fooled multiple fish. The fish were picky. There were times when the fish wouldn’t eat an adult midge pattern with a white wing, but readily ate the same pattern with a gray / dun wing. What a challenge and great time.

Closer to home, fishing in the Park continues to be good, despite the hot weather and at times, low water levels. Bill and I fished part of the West Prong one day. We caught a bunch of rainbows on both Stimulators and the classic Green Weenie. It’s an absolutely beautiful stretch of water that reminds me of Greenbrier but with rainbows instead of brookies. Later in the week, Bill and I fished the South Holston as well. Again, a great day of fishing with many browns and rainbows brought to hand. Despite the direr reports on this year’s sulfur hatch, we lucked into a sporadic hatch that gave us the opportunity to dry fly fish for the majority of the trip.

I’m gearing up for a trip to Yellowstone / Missouri River in October. Midges and BWO’s will likely be the insects to imitate, so I’m busy tying a multitude of midge larva, pupa, emerger and adult midge patterns. Of course, I know whatever I tie will be the wrong, size, shape or color . I can’t wait.

When not fishing, I was able to help with the Anthony Creek restoration efforts this month. The work of eliminating rainbow trout is labor intensive. But when the restoration is complete, Anthony Creek will be a beautiful small stream that should be perfect using a short rod chasing beautiful brookies. I’m so thankful for the incredible efforts of the Park service and our volunteers to protect, restore, and preserve our natural resources. Many thanks to all of you have had the opportunity to help with your time, talents and money. It’s truly appreciated. Be sure to check out the update included in this issue.

Many thanks to Mike McKinsey for yet another great meal at July’s outdoor meeting. A crowd of more than thirty folks from our Little River Chapter and the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter showed up at River John’s for a great meal and fellowship on a great July evening.

Finally, as summer moves into fall we will be adding three new schools to our local Trout-in-the Classroom program – Lonsdale Elementary, Heritage Middle School and Tate School of Discovery. This puts our local TIC programs at eleven.

Monthy Meeting – Thursday, August 25

We’ll be back at Calhoun’s for the August meeting. Ian and Charity Rutter (R & R Fly Fishing) will be presenting a program on fishing in the northern Rockies and Yellowstone. Ian and Charity always provide excellent programs, so this is one you do not want to miss.

Be safe and stay cool. I hope to see you on the stream and at our August meeting.


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Find Your Water: Season 2, Episode 4: Blue-Lining

Blue-lining means scrambling up waterfalls and down steep hillsides in pursuit of spooky wild trout on nameless creeks, at least for Drew and JP. Check out this unique fishery in the latest episode of our Find Your Water series! Link

There is a nice article on Drew and JP in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Fridays on the Fly section. Link

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July Meeting

President’s Corner

Mike Bryant (


After a dismal amount of time fishing this spring and early summer, I’m back in the streams chasing rainbows and brookies. With the summer low, warm water conditions, I’m focused on longer leaders and searching for pools that likely hold fish. I’ve been fishing with a beetle pattern that I can up with that’s fooling a lot of fish this summer. Great fun to be back out on the water again. But I am conscious of how stressful very low flows have on fish and how improper handling can ultimately cause them to die. Check out an article that we’re reposting to improve the fish’s odds of survival.

We had another great Trout Camp again this year. The kids learned a lot and by most accounts they all caught trout and had a great time. It was an interesting mix of skill sets from those who had never fished for trout before to a young man who ties flies for Cabela’s. My grandson was visiting with us again this summer, so I had the opportunity to take him along for the evening fly tying at Trout Camp. He’s at a great age to gain exposure to the Park, fly fishing and conservation. We had a blast hiking, fishing (he caught his first trout this year), and completed the necessary criteria to become a junior ranger at the Park.

Spending time with my grandson, the kids at Trout Camp and watching the hundreds of kids participate in trout release (Trout in the Classroom) has made for a great summer.

July Meeting – Outdoor Cookout at River John’s

Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 28. Our annual outdoor meeting will again be at River John’s  (Map)  Fortunately Outdoor Chef Extraordinaire Mike McKinsey will be back on the grill. Check out the article in the Newsletter for more details.

I hope you’re having a great summer and getting the opportunity to get outside. I’ll see you at River John’s.


June Meeting

President’s Corner

Mike Bryant (


MikeI wanted to start this month’s article with a several huge THANK YOU’s. We had another very successful semester with Trout-in-the-Classroom, including eight different schools releasing trout into the Little River. My first THANK YOU goes out to the Samantha and Mark, owners of the KOA Campground in Townsend. They have totally embraced the TIC program, providing a location on the Little River for all of our releases since we started the program a year and a half ago. We had over 400 kids involved in the release this spring! Samantha and Brian run an impeccable campground. So please support them by staying at their facility or have your friends and family stay there. My second thank you goes to Matt Kulp, Caleb Abramson and other Park employees who helped make the TIC releases a great success. Their ability to show and explain to the kid’s what’s living in our waters and why it’s important to have clean water was a perfect element to the release. The third and most important THANK YOU goes to our TIC volunteers and overall Volunteer Coordinator Joyce Frey. What can I say except that without their leadership, skills, dedication and enthusiasm, there would be no TIC program in our area. Many, many thanks for another great semester!!!

As I write this article, Trout Camp is only weeks away. All the planning is in place and all the volunteers are ready to go. I can’t wait. I’ll be a river helper when the kids are fishing in the Park and coordinating the nightly fly tying program. As you can imagine, this program takes a lot of volunteer time and commitment and I am proud that our Chapter continues to support Trout Camp.

Work on the Anthony Creek restoration has started. Our volunteer base continues to play a vital role in this and past restoration efforts along with all the other activities, i.e. water sampling. Many thanks to all of you who have volunteered your time and talents. You can be proud knowing your efforts are making a difference.

On a personal note, this year’s fishing has been nothing to write home about. After a terrible month of basically no fishing (i.e. no catching) in the Florida Everglades, my time on the water back here at home has been little to none. Heavy travel, a death in the family, multiple out-of-state visitors staying with us somehow kept my fly rods stacked up in the corner of my tying room. Then the dreaded kidney stone decided to move out of my kidney, which brought my fishing (and just about everything else) to a dead halt. But I’m improving and the month of June is usually kind to me. So, like most of you, I’m the eternal optimist when it comes to the next trip to the river.

June Meeting / Program – The legendary Walter Babb will be our guest tier at the June meeting. Walter will be tying and talking about his experiences in the Park. It’s a great way to see a legend at work and learn a thing or two. We meet at Calhoun’s in Maryville.

I hope you will be able to make the June meeting. Be safe and enjoy the summer.