January Meeting

P r e s i d e n t ’ s C o r n e r
Mike Bryant (mjbryant1954@hotmail.com)


I’ve never liked winter and cold weather. And even though we have the opportunity to fish for trout in the winter, I have to admit I find mysMikeelf inside the house tying flies versus fishing more often than not. At least I’m rebuilding my fly inventory. Jan and I will be in Florida again this winter, so I’ve been busy preparing for saltwater fishing, including tying flies and practicing long distance casting. Future Chapter Business With 2014 behind us, it’s time to look forward to 2015. And I’m excited about our opportunities to continue building on our successes.

• We will again hold our Troutfest Banquet and Auction in April. Mark your calendars for Friday night, April 24. We are planning yet another great Troutfest Banquet & Auction. Last year’s Troutfest was phenomenal and we plan to build
on that success.

• Our Trout-in the Classroom programs will expand to four schools! The two trout releases in December were fantastic. We were able to already touch the lives of more than 70 children, with more to come!!

• We will support Trout Camp in June. Do you know any kids ages 12-15 who enjoy the outdoors? Consider enrolling a child in the 2015 Trout Camp (full name – Trout Unlimited Great Smoky Mountains 2015 Trout Adventure Camp). The Camp is schedule for June 15-20. You can find more information and a registration form at www.tntroutadventure.org .

• We will continue to support critically important Park Service efforts with our volunteer efforts.

• We will continue to work on fishing trips• We will start a more concerted effort on membership education. All of these efforts are possible only because of the volunteer efforts by you and our chapter members.

Monthly Meeting
January Membership Meeting (Thursday, January 22), at Calhoun’s Restaurant, 751 Watkins Rd Maryville. We meet at 6pm for dinner and fellowship, followed by a short business meeting at 7pm.  Then our speaker. Kulp (Supervisory Fishery Biologist-Great Smoky Mountain National Park) will present another program laying out the plans for the Fisheries Department in 2015. Matt is an excellent speaker capable of explaining the direction and challenges facing our Park and how we can continue to play a vital role in their efforts. This is a presentation you don’t want to miss.

Stay warm and safe. I hope to see you at the January meeting.


Little River Chapter Supports National Park’s Brook Trout

Gre111414_TroutUnlimitedPresentation1smat Smoky Mountains National Park Acting Superintendent Clay Jordan was presented with a $20,000 gift from the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited as part of their continuing efforts to support the park’s fisheries program. The donation includes $10,000 raised by the Little River Chapter at the 2014 Troutfest Banquet and $10,000 given by the Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited through the conservation license plate fund.
The donated funds will support brook trout restoration efforts and brook trout genetic studies. Since 1987, the park has actively worked to restore native brook trout populations to their native range. Brook trout, the only trout species native to the Smokies, lost up to 75 percent of their historic range in the early 1900s due to destructive logging practices and competition from non-native rainbow and brown trout. Working with cooperators and volunteers, the park has restored over 14 miles of streams to brook trout habitat.
“Trout Unlimited continues to be a champion of brook trout restoration in the Smokies,” said Acting Superintendent Clay Jordan. “We are grateful not only for this generous donation, but also for the countless hours of hands-on volunteer labor served in the park.”
The Little River Chapter is also supporting an additional brook trout genetic study through a $5,000 ‘Embrace-a-Stream’ Trout’ program grant and a $5,000 youth education program through the Steve Moore Youth Education Fund. This education fund was established in 2014 to recognize retired National Park Service Fisheries Biologist Steve Moore for his efforts in creating future conservation leaders. The funds are being used this year to establish the Trout-in-the-Classroom program in three east Tennessee schools.
“The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is pleased to make these donations in our continual efforts to support our national treasure – the Great Smoky Mountain National Park,” said Mike Bryant, President of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. “We believe these donations will make a difference protecting and preserving the park for generations to come.  The Little River Chapter has had a special relationship with the Park Service for over twenty years.  As a non-profit organization, our mission is to protect and restore cold water resources and watersheds in and around the GSMNP. We continue to do this through our monetary donations as well as with our volunteer efforts.”
For more information about brook trout restoration, please visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/naturescience/dff409-focusnps1.htm.
Photo Caption:
Front Row: Acting Superintendent Clay Jordan, TU President Mike Bryant, Sheila Bolinger, and Fisheries Biologist Matt Kulp
Back Row: Chuck James, Gary Verholek, Bill Bolinger, Davy Ezell, and retired Fisheries Biologist Steve Moore

November / December Meeting

P r e s i d e n t ’ s C o r n e r

By most, if not all accounts, the Little River Chapter had a very good year. Our volunteer base of support for the Park was strong. We brought back the Troutfest Banquet and Auction that surpassed everyone’s expectations. A total of $25,000 was donated to the GSMNP (see further details in this month’s newsletter below). As a tribute and recognition to Steve Moore’s long and storied career with the Park Service, we established the Steve Moore Youth Education Fund. With your generosity, the fund was seeded with $5,000 that is being used to start three Trout-in-the-Classroom programs and provide assistance for kids to attend Trout Camp.

I want to thank the Board of Directors and other key leaders for all their behind the scenes effort. They deserve a lot of credit. And I want thank all of you for your continued efforts and belief in our mission to support the GSMNP. I am truly looking forward to 2015!!

Personally, 2014 was a good year for me in regards to fishing. I had a goal of strapping on my wading boots at least one hundred times this year. I came close to that goal. I failed miserably to start learning to fish our great tailwaters. I’m renewing my resolve to do a better job of hitting the tailwaters next year. Anyone who wants to take this tailwater notice under his / her wing, please give me a call. My fishing experience in the Park was good overall despite the usual weather / nature challenges. I fished the horseshoe in Abrams Creek for the first time, made my annual trip to Greenbrier to catch brookies, and caught more browns than I ever have in the past. Our month long trip of a lifetime to Alaska last fall was phenomenal. The place is stunning and huge, and I was able to catch some really nice coho’s, Dolly Verdens and rainbows.

At our meeting Thursday, after a short business meeting to elect the 2015 Board of Directors, we will again have fly tying demonstrations and a swap meet. I have a pair of Orvis Clearwater size XXL waders that I will be selling. I bought the waders several years ago for a Casting For Recovery retreat. The waders were worn for less than two hours. I will donate any proceeds from the waders to our Chapter. It’s a great time to clean out your closets, garages and basements for fishing stuff you no longer want or need.

The slate of Little River Chapter Officers / Board members is listed below. I’m thankful to those who are continuing to serve and lead our Chapter. Equally, I am thrilled to add James Locke and Steve Young to the slate. We will have a great Board in 2015. And I want to personally thank Joe McGroom. Joe will be stepping down as Vice President to spend time with a growing family and busy career. Joe was our 2014 Troutfest Chairman and did a fantastic job. We will miss his leadership, but we won’t let him get too far away. Thanks again to everyone for a great year. At this time of year when we stop to give thanks, remember all the great natural resources we are blessed with so close to home.


Fly Tying Demo & Swap Meet on for December 4 Meeting

Our Next Little River Chapter Trout Unlimited meeting will be held Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7PM at the MONTE VISTA BAPTIST CHURCH located at 1735 Old Niles Ferry Road, Maryville, TN 37803-5505. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall. As you are facing the Church the entrance is on the right side of the building.

Two big events: Fly Tying Demo’s and Swap / Sell Program.

This will be one fun meeting that everyone should attend. We are going to have three of the regions best fly tyer’s: Walter Babb, Rob Fight master and Josh Pfeiffer. Walter has been fishing and tying flies for more then 50 years and teaches fly tying at Little River Outfitters. He has tied flies professionally for more then 40 years. Rob Fightmaster has been fishing and guiding in the Great Smoky Mountains for many years. Rob was the Fly Fishing Program Director for Blackberry Farms for six years. Rob currently operates Fightmaster Fly Fishing Guide Service. Josh Pfeiffer started fishing with his dad at the age of 10. Every since he has been consumed by the sport and operates Frontier

Ernest Hemingway big two hearted river


hemmingway-monumentBack in August while fishing in Michigan I came across this marker on the East Branch of the Fox River at a State Forest Campground (Map).  The Marker which commemorates a 1919 fishing trip which later served as the inspiration for one of Ernest Hemingway’s most famous short stories, “Big Two-Hearted River.” In the stream behind the marker I caught a nice Brown and Rainbow and ended up catching several trout in the main branch.  I  did not have much time to explore but I  know  I will be  going back to fish it again.  You can read the stories at this (link).  If you are like me and like listing to a book while you are riding in your car to a trout stream. There are two Youtube Audio videos where the book is read to you. (Part I)  and ( Part II)

Good Fishing

Joe <((((<