May Meeting

We will not be having a meeting this month,  our next meeting will be June 22 at Calhoun’s Maryville. Social hour starts at 6:00 and meeting at 7:00.


Ernie Frey

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All the schools are preparing for their releases to Little River at the Townsend KOA within the first three weeks of May. We are going to need some volunteers to help us with the various programs arranged for the students. In addition to releasing the trout, the Park Service will be providing a show and tell of caught trout (will need a couple of volunteers an hour prior to the schools arrival) a water quality testing station, and a bug identification station. Below is the schedule for each of the schools. Please check your calendars and let me know if you can help out for a couple of hours. I can be reached at


Thanks  Joyce


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March Meeting

President’s Corner

Ernie Frey


The Little River clean-up was a great success! Thanks to all the volunteers who came out and collected a pick-up truck full of trash. Special thanks to Stan Starkey who cooked this year. His pulled pork with homemade barbeque sauce was outstanding.

After March’s meeting, Hatchery Creek in Kentucky is on people’s fishing wish list. That meeting went a little long but with all the big fish pictures members enjoyed the presentation.

I have just come back from a steelhead fishing trip to Traverse City, Michigan. It is always fun to fish new water but hard to be successful on new water the first trip. A large Brown trout taught me a new lesson. You may not be snagged on the bottom. Make sure you play your hook set until you are sure it will not move


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Meet Us In Gatlinburg April 21-23!

We’re less than two weeks away from the biggest regional Trout Unlimited gathering on the East Coast—are you joining us?

On behalf of TU national staff and the Tennessee Council, we couldn’t be more excited about the 2017 Southeast Regional Meeting, April 21-23 in Gatlinburg. The agenda is final and our registration numbers are soaring, thanks to all the great volunteers in this region who are setting a precedent of excellence and a commitment to the great work TU does in the Southeast.

To make sure we have an accurate count for our meals at the event, please register right away if you haven’t done so, and encourage anyone you know who wants to attend to register also, by clicking here.

Here are a few housekeeping items:

* Ten rooms have opened up at the rendezvous center Glenstone Lodge, available first come, first served. If you act fast, you can reserve a room at our discounted price of $89. To reserve online click here, then choose Rates and Reservations and enter the group code TROUT—or you can call in your reservations at (800) 362-9522. The special rate also applies three days before and after the event.

* If you’ve already reserved a room and are interested in cutting your cost by sharing an open bed, please post a message offering the space on the Southeast Community Forum on the TU online community page. If you have questions about joining the forum, please email Doug Agee, TU’s Online Community Manager.

* Friday Fishing Day registrations are growing fast! To reserve your spot, please make sure that you indicated your interest in fishing on your online registration, or that you’ve spoken with Rob Shane directly, telling him you want to fish. We are doing our best to accommodate what is already a large group and would appreciate having an exact head count ahead of time. If you have signed up for fishing and have returned your questionnaire to Rob, you will be hearing from your host within the coming week; if you haven’t returned your questionnaire, please do so as soon as possible.

* The Brook Trout Restoration Tour on Friday is another great way to enjoy time in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s led by Matt Kulp, supervisory fishery biologist for the park, and Charlie Chmielewski, a TU member who organizes volunteers in the park (and has been named a Field & Stream Magazine Hero of Conservation for his work). After a presentation, we’ll visit restoration sites and see trout electrofished from LeConte Creek. For tour details, click here; to register, click here.

For lots more information about the weekend’s activities, click here and here; to register for the rendezvous, click here.
Thanks, and look forward to seeing you in Gatlinburg,

Mike Bryant, Tennessee Council Chair
John Reinhardt, Great Smoky Mountain Chapter President
Rob Shane, Volunteer Operations Coordinator, TU National

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