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,

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