Great Opportunity to Help

The 2020 Acid Deposition Water Sampling and Fisheries Activities meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 9am. It will be held at the Park Service Twin Creek Science Center. The Center is easy to access and maps can be emailed to anyone requesting one. See the attachment.

This meeting is important and interesting because it serves several purposes. Matt Kulp the Great Smokey Mountains National Park Chief Fisheries biologist will speak to the measured results (UT) of the environment on streams in the Park. He will be joined by Caleb Abramson a biologist from the Fisheries section. This information goes back to 1993 when water samples first started being taken.

Additionally, the water sampling schedule for 2020 will be reviewed and an opportunity to sign-up for dates you might be interested in volunteering for will be available. Taking samples occurs on Saturdays every other month. The various sample routes will be identified and discussed so no one signs up for a route that is too difficult.

Lastly, the planned stream work by the Fisheries Department will be available for 2020. This year there were only six activities planned. Because of the government shutdown getting interns and summer hires was delayed resulting in fewer things to be done. These activities involve stream work and the need to wade and electroshock fish (it’s not harmful to the fish). Staff from the National Park Service, Trout Unlimited, the University of Tennessee, the TN Department of Environment & Conservation, TN Wildlife Resources Agency, TVA and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will be participating. Because these activities occur in the summer, we won’t be looking for help until the dates get closer.

Getting involved by volunteering to participate in these different activities is not only a heck of a lot of fun, you also help the Park. To volunteer and participate does not require any knowledge or experience. Volunteers will be shown/taught what to do.

I recognize that volunteering to help takes your time and commitment. If you are interested in what we do, please attend the meeting. There is no commitment and anyone can attend. We are always looking for new people. Because we provide a breakfast, it is important to know how may people are going to attend. So, if you’re going to be there please shoot me an email with your name.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Richard Barnes
Volunteer Coordinator
Trout Unlimited

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The Christmas Trout

I came across a Christmas story  by Mike Altzer on the Sporting Classics Daily

“Mind you, it’s not that I couldn’t fish; it’s just that I didn’t have the heart to do it. For you see, we had always fished together on Christmas, my brother Jack and me, somewhere, sometime. It might be on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day or perhaps even on the day after Christmas. It might be up on Doe Creek or Laurel Fork or over on the Holston or the Clinch or the Watauga”.

You can read the story at this link

Merry Christmas


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November / December Meeting

Next meeting will be December 3 at Barley’s Maryville, This meeting will be our Business meeting follow by a silent auction. You bring the stuff you want to get rid of and some of the money goes to the chapter. This was a lot of fun last year and a lot of stuff changed hands. Social hour starts at 6 and business meeting at 7. The silent auction will go on from 6 till 8.


Winter reading

I came across a story on the GRAY’S SPORTING JOURNAL  website

Beyond Big Snowbird

OCTOBER IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA, season of the hunter’s moon and pickups with kennels wedged into their beds. Around Robbinsville, such rigs are a common sight, as is blaze orange, camo, and the bear hunters who wear both. This is Horace Kephart country, after all, and the “hounders” of the Southern Highlands mark time via the bloodline of hounds: “That was the year Belle’s legs stove up on her,” or, “It was the same spring Gypsy littered Clyde and Buck.”

By contrast, my days and years on southern streams have a tendency to run into one another. With no spring runoff and conditions that make year-round fishing not only possible but also enjoyable, a weird sort of amnesia drifts over me. It becomes difficult to distinguish one trip among many, one particular hatch from all the others. I try to imagine the fly fishing equivalent of hounds and bear hunts. What would my reminiscence sound like? “That was the year I blew out my favorite waders,” or, “It was the same spring I slammed my four-weight in Uncle Terry’s screen door.”     Read more at   Gray’s website


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Hidden River Film Showing

Hidden River We’ve been working with Friends of the Smokies, the Great Smoky Mountain Association and Tremont Institute to provide a FREE showing of the beautiful and educational 1-hour feature film “Hidden Rivers” and worked out a deal to show it at Maryville College on Monday Nov. 4 at 7 pm at the Lawson Auditorium. Doors will open at 6 pm and the film will start at 7 pm. A number of groups will have booths in the foyer so people can mingle and ask questions. The film’s producer Jeremy Monroe of Freshwater Illustrated ( will be there as well to introduce the film and take questions from the audience. He has produced several short films about fish and other aquatic species of our area, which can be found on his website and Vimeo ( You can view the Hidden Rivers trailer at:

Also, please check out the Freshwater Illustrated video highlighting Brook Trout restoration restoration in a portion of Anthony Creek in the Smokies:

Please pass this around to your fellow chapter members, friends and family. Should be a great night. Hope to see y’all there!

Matt Kulp

Supervisory Fishery Biologist
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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