March Meeting

At this month’s meeting our speaker will be Mike Kesselring from Bryson City.  His first fly fishing experiences were in 1966 at the age of 15. At the time, his father was stationed on the Pacific coast at a small Air Force Norad Station in Washington State on Cape Flattery inside the Makah Indian Reservation. Riding his bicycle to the nearby Wa’atch River, that emptied into the Pacific Ocean, Mike fished for steelhead and pacific salmon with some of the most beautiful salmon flies of the day. It was those flies that got him started collecting, but it would take a few years before it really took off.

Mike has been collecting flies for over 30 years now. He brags that he has “…never tied a single fly in his life, except to the end of a tippet.” He also likes to brag that he has more flies than many fly shops. He estimates he now has 12,000 flies. His collection keeps growing because he picks up flies everywhere he travels, always picking up a few extra to add to his collection. One thing that fascinates him is how fly tying materials has changed over the decades, moving from nearly all natural materials to more and more artificial/synthetic products. And, how the same fly can have a dozen different names.

Chapter meeting will be Tuesday March 26 at Barley’s in downtown
Maryville. Social hour starts at 6:00 and the business meeting will start at
7:00. We meet in the upstairs banquet room.

Hope to see you there.


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Annual Little River Clean-Up

Little River Clean-up  We will be meeting at Metcalf Bottoms picnic area at (9:00AM) on April 6th.  Volunteers divide in to teams and are assign a section of stream along Little River road.  We usually start at the park boundary in Townsend and work our way to Elkmount campground. We try to eat a lunch around noon that is provide by our chapter members. That leaves the rest of the day to enjoy fishing.

You will need to Bring:   Appropriate clothing, shoes, gloves
A safety vest will be provided if you do not own one.

Hope to see you there!!

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February meeting

This month Meeting is on Tuesday, the 26th. The social hour start at 6pm for social hour and 7pm for the meeting.  Matt Culp is our presenter, he will be giving us the annual state of the Park report.  It gives us much needed information of the heath of the Park Trout population. This the one meeting you will not want to miss.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Your help is need, we are trying update the list of Eddie George awardees. We are missing winner for a few the years and we may not have everybody listed on the year they won.

So if you are a pass recipient and do not see your name or we have you on the wrong year please let us know.

Year Recipient

2017 Rich Eitel

2016 Steve Van Fleet

2015 Doug Sander

2014 Steve Young

2013 James Locke

2012 Rich Ashmore


2010 Charlie Chmielewski

2009 Bill Bollinger

2008 Mark Spangler

2007 Jack Gregory

2006 John Skinner

2005 Roy Hawk

2004 Tom Eustis



2001 Joe Hatton

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Reprinted from TWRA Facebook page. (Link)  Brook Trout are primarily a mountain stream fish requiring anglers to seek them in the higher elevations, but there are other waterways in Tennessee where Brook Trout can be found.

Tennessee’s Brook Trout angling opportunities are more varied and plentiful than many anglers think. For some, it can be highly rewarding to head for high mountain streams to hook wild Brook Trout where they seldom exceed 10-inches in length, but bigger Brook Trout weighing up to 4 lbs. can be caught in tailwater rivers. Region IV Rivers and Streams Biologist Jim Habera says, “Exclusive of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there are 110 streams in the mountains of east Tennessee from Johnson Co. to Monroe Co. that support wild Brook Trout populations, although many are small and would be difficult to fish.” Habera goes on to say that there is even a high-elevation pond (4,000 feet) in the head of Birchfield Camp Branch in the Cherokee National Forest in Unicoi Co. that has a Brook Trout population. It does however require a five-mile walk to reach.

Having this range of opportunities benefits anglers who may not wish to venture into the mountains, but still want to hook up with Tennessee’s only native trout species. The even better news is that Habera says the options for Brook Trout angling extend from upper East Tennessee all the way into middle Tennessee. He offers these as the best choices for East Tennessee anglers:

  • Left Prong Hampton Creek in Carter Co. (Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area)
    · Little Stony Creek and Upper Stony Creek (including tributaries) in Carter Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Gentry Creek and the northwest-flowing tributaries to Beaverdam Creek in Johnson Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Upper Rocky Fork and Squibb Creek in Greene Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Wolf Creek in Cocke Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Upper Bald River in Monroe Co. (Cherokee National Forest)
    · Clinch River (Norris tailwater) – stocked annually with 9-inch Brook Trout
    · Boone tailwater (S. Fork Holston River) – stocked with Brook Trout most years

Habera notes that Left Prong, near Roan Mountain, supports Tennessee’s highest-abundance of wild Brook Trout and also has some of the largest native (uninfluenced by historical stocking) Brook Trout specimens. He offers these choices for anglers wishing to seek stocked Brook Trout in the Cumberland Plateau area and middle Tennessee:

  • Caney Fork (Center Hill tailwater),
    · Hiwassee River (Appalachia tailwater)
    · Obey River (Dale Hollow tailwater)
    · Elk River (Tims Ford tailwater)

Good Fishing