Troutfest NEWS
2014 Banquet & Auction
Friday, April 25 at 6:00 pm
Have you purchased your tickets for the Little River Trout Unlimited Chapter 2014 Troutfest  Banquet and Benefit Auction yet? Everyone is welcome to this casual event and tickets are now on sale through April 19.  Chuck James, who, along with other volunteers, has been hard at work soliciting items from supporters for the auction.  He reports that, so far, we have gotten items valued at a total of $15,000.  The auction promises to be a great opportunity to pick up some needed items.  A sampling of available auction goodies includes:

Custom bamboo rod from the one and only Walter Babb.
Helios rod from Orvis, the rod of your choice from TFO and a Bass Pro fly rod outfit.
Guide wade and drift trips from our local and regional guides (Mike Adams, Rob Fightmaster, R&R Fly Fishing (Ian and Charity Rutter), Frontier Anglers (Josh Pfieffer), Southeastern Anglers, Trout Zone Anglers, 3 Rivers, and more)
Gift certificates from local outfitters.
Fly boxes filled with flies tied by some of our best tiers.
Regional artwork from regional artists.
Gift certificates from local restaurants.
Gift certificates from local hotels.
Cool accessories for your home.
Gift baskets with an assortment of items.

Ticket purchase information can be found at  In addition tickets may be picked up in person at Little River Outfitters or the Orvis Store in Sevierville. You can call Little River Outfitters at 865-448-9459 to order by phone.
Remember this is our major Fund raiser.

President’s Corner
Mike Bryant (
Jan and I are now back from a long stay in southern Florida in the10,000 Island region of the Everglades.  The weather and the food were great. But saltwater flyfishing can be a humbling experience.  Our target fish were snook, redfish and baby tarpon, though we caught a variety of fish including sea trout, small jacks, ladyfish and small sharks.  We had better luck catching fish with spinning rods and bucktail jigs than with a fly rod.  Besides trying to locate fish and what they were eating, we had to contend with managing a kayak in the wind and tides.  It’s safe to say I didn’t crack the code, but I learned a lot and we’ll be back again next year.  Anyway, we’re happy to be back home especially with warm weather making for happy trout.  I’m looking forward to great year of fishing in the Park and the tailwaters.  How can you help support your Chapter and the Park? First, we hope to see you at Troutfest Banquet and Auction on April 25.  Second, our annual Little River Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, May 3.  More details on both events can be found in the Newsletter.  Also, note that Trout Unlimited has started a program to recruit more woman members.  Check out the great offer in the Newsletter.  I hope you are having a great Spring.  I hope to see you at Troutfest and the Little River Clean-up. Our next membership meeting will be May 22.

Be safe,

Flytier’s Page

FflyplusAs I was listing to Jim Habera talk and he mentioned the Caddis Hatch on the Holston River below Cherokee Dam.  The caddis have a green body with a gray wing, small maybe size 16 or 18 fly.  I thought about tying this fly. It is on the Flytier’s Page .  The pattern I was thinking about is a  Hans Weilenmann (Netherlands) pattern call the F-Fly Plus.  It is a simple fly,  thread, dubbing and two CDC feathers for the wing.  Hans has a video called the Improved F-Fly  that shows the basic method on how to tie this fly.  The Flytier’s Page is a great resource to have bookmarked. It has fly triers from all over the world with thousand of patterns to check out.

Holston Caddis

Hook:  TMC 102y size 15 or 17
Thread:  Uni Thread Rusty Dun
Body:  Beaver Dubbing Green
Wing: Two Premium CDC Caddis Dun (Trout Hunter)

Good fishing
P.S. Make sure to get your Troutfest tickets before April the 11th.

March Meeting

President’s Corner
Mike Bryant (


2014 GSMNP Fisheries Volunteer Sampling Schedule

Well, I’m going a little crazy with this long winter like everyone else.But like all other optimistic men and women who fish, we know that when spring does come for good the fishing should be fantastic.  Warmer weather and water bring happy bugs leading to happy fish.

Jan and I continue to travel quite a bit, so this will be a rather short President’s Corner.  But that doesn’t mean activities are slow for the Chapter. This spring is going to be a very busy time for us. Planning continues for the 2014 Troutfest Banquet and Auction.  Don’t forget to buy your tickets to support your Chapter and the Park.  We need your support. Consider volunteering to help organize and implement Troutfest, solicit donations (and possibly make a donation), help spread the word and bring a family member and / or friend.

March will bring our first Chapter trip to Cataloochee.  April brings our 2014 Troutfest Banquet and Auction.  May brings our annual Little River Clean-up.  The Acid Deposition teams are organized and will be out in force this spring as well.  On top of all that, we have started the initial planning for multiple Trout-In-the-Classroom programs in our Chapter.  And we are in the initial thoughts for a Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing 101 Program.

Need more? Check out the article on upcoming events in our region.

And don’t forget to buy your Troutfest tickets ( and bring a family member and / or friend!



March Meeting Features
Fishing East Tennessee Outside The Park
By Jim Habera
Biologist 2, TWRA Region IV
Coldwater Fisheries

The wild trout fisheries available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are widely known as some of the best available in the eastern U.S. However, east Tennessee offers some other outstanding (and often overlooked) trout fishing opportunities in streams, tailwater rivers, and reservoirs.  Jim will provide an overview of some of these “other” trout fisheries, as well as a summary of TWRA’s current brook trout conservation efforts.

Jim has B.S. (1984) and M.S. (1986) degrees from UT Knoxville and did his graduate work on brook and rainbow trout in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).  He was the Research Associate for the TWRA-sponsored Wild Trout Project at UT Knoxville during the 1990s and came to TWRA in 1998 to continue that work.

Jim is currently responsible for managing Region IV’s wild trout streams and trout tailwaters.  He represents TWRA on the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society’s Trout technical committee and on the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture. He cooperates closely with coldwater fisheries manager s from the National Park Service (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and the U.S. Forest Service (Cherokee National Forest), and also routinely communicates with stakeholder groups (e.g. Trout Unlimited).

Our Meeting on Thursday, March 27, 2014, will be at the Monte Vista Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall. Address: 1735 Old Niles Ferry Rd, Maryville, TN 37803-5505

News Brief

Chapter Fishing Outing

Cataloochee River on March 21 and 22.
The club has reserved group site 1 at the Cataloochee campgrounds. In the group campsite, we have room for 25 people with 5 vehicles so we will have to buddy  up for the trip to the valley. This is a tent only site. If members wish to take a camper vehicle, please make your own reservation for an appropriate site. This is a rich historical area and should make for an interesting trip.

If you have question about the trips, contact Ernie Frey at or call 403-2832

The 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour is headed to Knoxville

Fri, Mar 14, 7:00 PM
3 Rivers Angler we be hosting the evant.  All proceeds will benefit Legacy Parks Foundation. Tickets are available locally in advance at the 3 Rivers Angler or online at

Call 865-200-5271 or e-mail for more information.

Location:  Map
Relix Variety Theatre
1208 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917
(865) 474-1017

Troutfest tickets are now on sale.

The banquet and auction will be held on Friday evening April 25th at 6:00 pm at the Hilton Knoxville Airport will be a large event attended by many people from the fly fishing industry and anglers. There will be an auction and raffles with a large assortment of prizes. Great food, water, tea, beer and wine will be served.

You can pick them up at Little River Outfitters or order by phone at 865-448-9459. You can also pick them up at our next month meeting.