May Meeting

President’s Corner

Mike Bryant (mjbryant1954@hotmail.com)

Newsletter

WOW!!! By all accounts, the Troutfest Banquet & Auction was another huge success!  It  was a night of fun, socializing, great food and a time of giving.  Matt Kulp talked about the successes and upcoming opportunities in the Park. Steve Young was awarded our highest honor – the Eddy George Award.  And we highlighted the great successes we have had with the past year’s Trout-in-the-Classroom programs.  The TIC presentation was punctuated by a compassionate talk from Julia Ross (one of our TIC teachers from Townsend Elementary).  But the star of the event was Fourth Grader Willow Rutter who provided a kid’s perspective on raising and releasing trout. There were many great items that were auctioned off. Many thanks to the Donation Committee, the Troutfest Committee, the Little River Chapter BOD for all their time and efforts.  Many thanks to all the individuals, organizations and companies whose donations made this year’s Troutfest possible.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention that we raised over $20,000 for the GSMNP Fisheries Department and the Steve Moore Youth Education Fund (See Troutfest photos by Joe Rentz at the end of the newsletter).

With Troutfest only a week gone, we focused on our annual Little River Clean-up.  Over forty volunteers came to pick up litter around the river and road. Most everyone reported less trash than in years past – Good news!  Many thanks to Mike McKinsey and Stan Smartt for yet another great lunch!

Towards the end of May, all four Trout-in-the-Class room classrooms will have field trips where the kids have the opportunity to release their baby trout into the wild. This is a fun and emotional event for the kids (and some adults).

Trout Camp will be held in June. John Thurman has done a great job of organizing this event.  We have more volunteers and camper applications than ever before.  I will bemanaging the fly tying during the evenings and helping the kids during their fishing trips. I can’t wait!

Ok, but what about fishing? Like the weather I’ve had my good days and my bad days. In early April I fished the South Holston and Watagua with friends.  The South Holston fished fairly well during the first afternoon with several nice browns in hand.  That evening it started to rain and proceeded to rain most of the next day. We were crazy enough to float the Watagua despite the 2-3” of rain that fell.  We caught fish, but I think everyone was glad when we reached the takeout.

In the Park, John and I fished Thunderhead. In just a coupleMike GSMNP of hours I saw a higher variety of bugs than I had ever seen in the last ten years that I’ve fished the Park.  We saw yellow sallies, brown stones, tan caddis, black caddis, sulfurs, light cahills, even a huge golden stonefly.  And only thing the rainbows would eat was a yellow sally fly, they ignored everything else.  Go figure!

I’ve had the opportunity to fish Lynn Camp and am happy to report it is in good shape and fishing well.  But a word to the wise – you will need to hike a considerable way to find the fish. Lynn Camp is a beautiful stream.  We have a lot to be proud of with all the efforts our TU volunteers put in with the Park Service supporting the restoration.

Monthly Meeting
Our May meeting is Thursday, May 28 at Calhoun’s Restaurant (751 Watkins Rd.,Maryville, TN).

Susan Thrasher, a FFF Certified Casting Instructor and owner of Southern Brookies Fly Fishing will provide a presentation covering the trout waters of the Caney Fork River.  If you are interested in fishing the Caney Fork this is the presentation to see.  I hope you are enjoying spring.  It’s a great time to be outside!

-Mike

Tailwaters Time

holstonriverIt is time to hit our state Tailwaters. All the news I have been hearing on fishing our local tailwaters is Fishing is getting pretty good. TVA is giving better Generation Release schedules. If you have never fished the Hiawasee River, South Holston River  or the Watauga River it is time for a road trip. The water release information is listed on the TVA Tailwater Info link. Remember for Hiawasee River look up the Apalachia Power House schedules.

Good fishing

Joe Hatton

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT

Can You Believe It? – ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR TROUTFEST!!!!!!  LINK

Troutfest Banquet and Auction

Friday Night, April 24 at the Knoxville Airport Hilton

Don’t be left out in the cold and miss this great opportunity! Only one week left for everyone to purchase your Troutfest tickets!! The deadline is Friday, April 17. Don’t miss out on this great evening full of good times, great food and great opportunities to pick up some fantastic auction items. All while supporting our great natural treasure – The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and youth conservation education. Our donations are more important than ever in protecting and restoring the Park as well as educating and inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders. Your support of Troutfest this year will provide donations needed to complete vital brook trout studies necessary for the long-term protection of their habitat. And we are planning to double our number of local Trout-in-the-Classroom programs.

Some great items highlighted this week that will be available at the auction:

TFO – Gary’s (Loomis) Signature Series Travel Spinning Rod: 7′ 3pc

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TFO – Lefty Kreh Finesse Series Glass Fly Rod – 7ft, 3pc, 4wt.

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Dancing Bear Cabins, Townsend: One Night Stay In A Deluxe Cabin (Includes Continental Breakfast)

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We will have a full range of auction and general raffle items at this year’s Troutfest, including

  • Tickets to the Titanic museum
  • Tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium
  • A fabulous Walter Babb bamboo flyrod. A piece of art!
  • Over six local and regional guide trips
  • Artwork including books, painting and jewelry
  • Orvis waders
  • Hotel gift certificates
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • There will be something for everyone

You can conveniently purchase tickets (and find additional information) online at troutfest.org. Or buy tickets at Little River Outfitters and 3 Rivers Angler (cash or check). A great dinner and drinks are included in the ticket cost of $50 / person. The ticket deadline is April 17!!

I hope you will consider attending this year’s Troutfest and bring a family member and / or friend. Remember, this is our opportunity to help protect and restore the great natural resources we love!

Thank you,

Mike Bryant

President – Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Troutfest News

2015 Troutfest Banquet and Auction – ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO PURCHASE TICKETS!!   LINK

Friday Night , April 24 at the Knoxville Airport Hilton

Only two (2) weeks are left for everyone to purchase your Troutfest tickets!! Don’t miss out on this great evening full of good times, great food and great opportunities to pick up some fantastic auction items. All while supporting our great natural treasure – The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and youth conservation education. Our donations are more important than ever in protecting and restoring the Park as well as educating and inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders. Your support of Troutfest this year will provide donations needed to complete vital brook trout studies necessary for the long-term protection of their habitat. And we are planning to double our number of local Trout-in-the-Classroom programs.

At Troutfest, here are two of the many great items that will be available at the auction:

Orvis Recon Fly Rod 8″6″, 5wt. 4pc. / Access Mid Arbor Reel / 5wt. Access Fly Line Mist Green – A Great Outfit for both the Experienced or Novice Angler!

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Beautiful Sterling Silver Fish Pendant – From Tightlines Jewerly!

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We will have a full range of auction and general raffle items at this year’s Troutfest, including

- A fabulous Walter Babb bamboo flyrod. A piece of art!
– Over six local and regional guide trips
– Artwork including books, painting and jewelry
– Orvis waders
– Chota Wading Boots
– Hotel gift certificates
– Restaurant gift certificates
– There will be something for everyone

You can find additional information on Troutfest and purchase tickets online at troutfest.org. Tickets can also be purchased at Little River Outfitters and 3 Rivers Angler (cash or check). A great dinner and drinks are included in the ticket cost of $50 / person. The ticket deadline is April 17!!

I hope you will consider attending this year’s Troutfest and bring a family member and / or friend. Remember, this is our opportunity to help protect and restore the great natural resources we love!

Thank you,

Mike Bryant
President – Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited