July Meeting

P r e s i d e n t ’ s C o r n e r

Mike Bryant   (mjbryant1954@hotmail.com)


The month of June proved to be a very busy month that included volunteering at Trout Camp,  grandkids staying with us for ten days followed by an eight day fishing trip to Colorado.  We had a great time with the grandkids including picnics in the Park, playing in creeks, swimming and of course some fishing.  It was a great opportunity to introduce fly fishing and fly tying to our eight year grandson.  I coordinated the evening fly tying classes at Trout Camp, so my grandson tagged along for most of the nights.  He had the opportunity to watch and interact with the big kids.  We had already started his journey on fly tying, and he cast his first line into a Park stream this year.  But his exposure to Trout Camp elevated his interest in the fly fishing.  It was a great reminder on how small actions on our part can have such a big influence on the next generation, especially when comes to exposing them to the great outdoors.

This year’s Trout Camp was another great success.  Great job by John Thurman, Steve Thompson and the entire volunteer staff!

After Trout Camp,  John Reinhardt and I went to central Colorado for eight days of fly fishing.  Our timing was off a bit given high flows still existed in most of the major streams due to snow melt runoff.  The rivers were dropping, but were definitely high. So we made the most of it and started searching for higher elevation streams. We found a couple of gems.  We caughtbrowns, rainbows and brookies, but oddly no cutthroats were brought to hand. Multiple days we had the opportunity to cast to rising fish, including some 16” rainbows that were poking their noses above the surface to suck down hatching Pale Morning Duns.  We were early for the caddis hatch so John didn’t get to use his 48 Elk Hair Caddis flies he brought or any of my two dozen CDC & Elk patterns.  But I did tie a great little nymph pattern that fooled a lot of 12” wild brown trout.  Good fishing in a beautiful part of the country!

Typical of summer, fishing is a bit tougher in the Park right now.  Nymphs down deepand the ever popular Green Weenie are still working.

Have a safe and great summer!

July Chapter Meeting – Thursday,  July 23
As in the past, our July Chapter Meeting (Thursday, July 23) will be held outside at River Johns Outfitters (Map)  http://www.riverjohns.com/.  Just outside of Mayville, River John’s is located on a beautiful stretch of the Little River.  Dinner is free!  The July meeting will be a joint chapter meeting with the Great Smoky Mountain Chapter.  You can fish along the shoreline before and after dinner.  Last year I hooked but lost a rather large smallie on a hellgrammite pattern.  So bring your gear and an appetite. Dinner will be served around 6:00pm

Annual Clinch River Cleanup
Love to fish the Clinch? Want to help keep it beautiful? The third annual Big Clinch River Cleanup will be Saturday,  July 25 and the first 125 volunteers to register can enjoy a big free breakfast at Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Highway in Norris.  More information can be found at http://crctu.org.

Smokemont Trip
The annual fishing trip at Smokemont is set for September 25 – 27.  This is a great trip,complete with excellent fishing, even better food and great fellowship.  More details to follow in the next couple of months, but mark your calendar for this awesome trip right in our own backyard.

Lynn Camp Prong Update 2015

Hello everyone,
Wanted to pass along an update on the brook trout population abundance results for Lynn Camp Prong following recent electrofishing surveys.  In general, the population appears to be doing very well and meets and/or exceeds pre-treatment biomass of rainbow trout in all sites.  The attached document provides more details on the survey results.
I would like to thank all the volunteers and agencies who assisted with the project, both during the recent surveys.  These projects are not possible without the financial, agency and volunteer support of many people, and the park sincerely appreciates all the support for the project.  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments on the update or any other questions.


8 July 2015
The fisheries staff, with assistance from local volunteers, Trout Unlimited members, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) interns and a group of outdoor writers, ranging in age from 7 to 82, conducted population monitoring surveys on the lower 3 miles of Lynn Camp Prong June 22, 24 and 25.  Electrofishing surveys on Lynn Camp and a tributary (Marks Creek) indicate brook trout populations are at (15 kg/ha) or exceeding (>34 kg/ha)  pre-treatment biomass of rainbow trout at all 5 sites. The data indicate there are now between 1,392-5,616 brook trout per mile of stream on Lynn Camp Prong. The upper end of the biomass range (>35 kg/ha) would be considered exceptional in terms of trout abundance for any GRSM stream. Both 2014 and 2015 produced excellent year classes of young-of-year (YOY) brook trout, which
means there will be good numbers of adults in the next 2-3 years. In fact, YOY fish comprised 53% of the total brook trout catch across all sites. Of the adults collected in all sites, 23% were greater than 7 inches with good numbers of fish >8 inches. Catch rates of anglers have been reported in the 20-40 fish per hour range with the highest catch rates being reported farther Lynn_Camp_Prong_Update_8July2015from the trailhead.

Figure 1.— Biomass of pre-treatment rainbow trout and post-treatment brook trout after restoration of 8.5 miles of Lynn Camp Prong, GRSM using the fish piscicide antimycin. The pre-treatment biomass of rainbow trout was used as a recovery target for the newly established brook trout population. Each site number represents 100m increments from the barrier falls.


General George Washington – Angler

washfish-1Happy Fourth of July







Although one of his close relatives stated that Washington never fly fished, and all of his business and personal records (and he documented of every purchase he made) show that he only purchased coarse tackle for his own use and for the commercial fishing enterprise he ran out of Mount Vernon. Below is a picture of George Washington’s fishing kit.

George Washington’s fishing tackle





While taken a break from the Constitution Convention in 1787,  George Washington wrote in his Diary : “Monday, 30th, July. In company with Mr. Govern’ Morris went into the neighborhood of Valley Forge to Widow Moore’s a fishing at who house we lodged “.

“Tuesday, 31st, July. Before Breakfast I rode to Valley Forge and over the whole cantonment & works of the American Army in the winter of 1777-­1778 and on my return to the Widow Moore’s found Mr. & Mrs. Rob’ Morris. Spent the day there fishing & lodged at the same place.”

“Wednesday, August 1st, Returned ab’ 11 o’clock with the above company to Philadelphia”.

“Friday August 3rd, 1787. Went to Trenton on a Fishing Party with Mr. & Mrs Rob’ Morris & Mr. Gov’ Morris. Dined and lodged at Col’. Sam Ogden’s – In the evening fished

Steve Davis of Stillwater Woodcraft has a video of Coarse Fishing in the 18th century. Coarse Fishing link







Good Fishing <((((<


June Meeting

President’s Corner

Mike Bryant (mjbryant1954@hotmail.com)


After a very busy spring that included Troutfest, four local schools celebrating the release of trout as a part of Trout in the Classroom, and our annual Little River cleanup, the summer promises a slowdown in Chapter activities. The month of June will bring another Trout Camp at the Tremont Institute. July will include a joint outdoor meeting with the Little River and Great Smoky Mountain Chapters at River John’s.

Fishing in the GSMNP has been good for the most part this spring / early summer, despite the recent dry spell in east Tennessee. Fishing buddies from Ohio came down for a weekend to fish the Horseshoe at Abrams Creek and Lynn Camp Prong. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed in Abrams this year. The stream seemed to fish small, meaning the biggest fish we caught was probably ten inches. Last year, Ken Wade and I caught countless numbers of rainbows, with the largest probably in the 14-15” range. The weather cooperated except for the fifteen minute rain shower (of course I forgot my rain jacket). But we had a great time including a memorable bushwhacking experience! The following day we fished Lynn Camp Prong. Again, we caught countless numbers of brookies, including multiple 8-9” fish brought to hand. After a tough day of wading on Abrams followed by another full day chasing brookies on Lynn Camp, I was ready for a day of rest. I can definitely tell I’m not in my 30’s anymore.

The grandkids will be staying with us for ten days in June. We have a lot of activities planned including trips into the Park to fish and play in the streams. I will be introducing my eight year old grandson to flyfishing as well. I can’t wait! Once the grandkids are back at home, John and I will be heading to Colorado for a week of fishing. Our experiences in Colorado are very limited, so this should be a great opportunity for both of us. Ok, so maybe things will slow down for me this fall .

June Program – Thursday, June 25

We all have a list of places we want to see, explore and fish in our lifetime. Last fall, Jan and I had such an opportunity to spend a month in Alaska. New Zealand is also on our short list. Beautiful countryside, friendly folks and the opportunity to fish for large trout certainly places New Zealand as a great place to go in your lifetime. Rufus King recently had such an opportunity to spend a month there last year. This is your opportunity to experience this magical place. We will again meet at Calhoun’s in Maryville. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm, is open to everyone (even if you are not a member) and there’s no obligation to buy dinner there.

Have a safe summer.