Matt Kulp 2021 Presentation Video

Matt A. Kulp is the Supervisory Fishery Biologist at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gave to our chapter  ‘Fish and Water Quality Updates’ at our January meeting. If you missed it or would like to see it again. Please see the link below.

Matt Culp Presentation to LRCTU January 2021

Matt is discussing ongoing research and restoration projects in the park and opportunities for our members to volunteer this upcoming year.

Good Fishing <(((<

Joe Hatton

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PRESIDENT – Steve Young

Christmas Lights and Leader, and a Better Year in 2021

Happy 2021 to all!! I join you in wishing (hoping?) for a better this year than last. Despite the restrictions I have been able to indulge in my favorite social distancing pastime of fishing!!-mostly in the park. I hope you have also. Only lately have the cold snaps and lowered stream water temps kept me indoors—more time for fly tying!

I always thought that untangling a dry/dropper on 5x tippet after a missed strike or a tree encounter was the worst—until I unpacked our Christmas lights for the Holidays. I have been schooled again! All I gained was the re-realization that patience is a virtue in many aspects of life.

Patience will be a virtue as we negotiate 2021. Frustratingly, early 2021 will be much the same as most of 2020; COVID restrictions in place that I hope we all continue to follow. For LRCTU that means no live meetings indoors, masks and social distancing when we do meet outside. However, we will be trying to air some programs via the ZOOM route starting with Matt Culp’s annual GSMNP update. Watch for the announcement and invitation to the online meeting. I am hoping we can have our first live meeting in July with our annual picnic at River John’s.

A big difference for this year is the vaccine introduction. Because of my service with the Dandridge Fire Department and my lymphoma history I have already gotten the first MODERNA application and by the time you read this the second. I will keep you posted on the after effects. Despite the vaccination, I plan to maintain the handwashing, masks, and social distancing protocols for a while; this is really a necessity because the experts say even though I shouldn’t get sick I can still be a transmitter.

Little River Chapter like all of TU relies on volunteers to lead the way. This year we have a great Board of Directors who were introduced in the last Newsletter—save one. We need someone to step up as PROGRAM CHAIR. While this can be somewhat daunting, whoever takes this on will have a great head start; the previous Program Chair, Chuck James, had a great set of programs lined up—and we didn’t use any of them! I have all the names and contact information; these individuals just need to be contacted and dates set up.

We have a number of other projects planned that will require LRCTU members participation to be successful. They are listed below in the Projects / Chapter Activities section with the name of the Coordinator and their contact information. If interested please contact them directly. And I am sure more projects will arise that will need members’ participation to be successful; we will keep you posted.

Whew!! That was a load—I promise (at least try) not to be so wordy but I wanted to get all of this out in front of the membership as we head into the new year.

Best Wishes and Tight Lines! – Steve Y

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Great Smoky Mountain Flies

Matt O’Neal of Savage flies has started a new series on YouTube called the Great Smoky Mountain Flies . The patterns come from Don Kirk’s book Hatches & Fly Patterns of the Great Smoky Mountains link. Matt is planing on tying 60 patterns. His YouTube site also has flies from other authors like Dave Hughes, David Klausmeyer.

Matt has links for

Great Smoky Mountain Series 1-20

Great Smoky Mountain Series 21-40

Hope you enjoy these Videos

Good Fishing <(((<


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December Newsletter

President’s Corner

by Steve Darnell


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

As we embark into 2021, I would like to congratulate Steve Young as President
Elect of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Steve is not a stranger to
our membership; he has been our Vice President for 2020 and the coordinator
for the Trout Camp for many years. Steve is a steeped GSMNP Fisheries
Volunteer and served as a Team Leader for the Acid Deposition Sampling
Program as well. His experiences within Trout Unlimited on the local level as
well as the regional level will serve us well. Congratulations to our other
officers; Vice President Bob Bishop, Treasure Stan Starkey and Secretary
Tristen Smith. I am confident that the future of LRCTU is in good hands.
On a personal note, thanks to Ernie Frey for mentoring me as President this
past year. 2020 has been an unprecedented year, and I thank you for your
support and patience. We all look forward to 2021 as we try new methods of
12/20/20, 5:33 PMengagement with each other in the interim and anticipate life returning to normal in the future. Be safe and stay healthy. Thanks for all you do!

Steven Darnell, 2020 President LRCTU

From the Board

We are pleased to present the Officers and Board Members for 2021.
President – Steve Young
Vice President – Bob Bishop
Secretary – Tristen Smith
Treasurer – Stan Starkey
Board Members:
Trout in the Classroom Coordinator – Jim Jeswald
Volunteer Coordinator / Financial Reviewer – Richard Barnes
Programs Coordinator – NEED A VOLUNTEER
Trips Coordinator / Membership – Larry Davis
Webmaster – Joe Hatton
Communications / Newsletter – Joyce Frey
Past President – Steve Darnell
At Large: Chantelle Fortier
Jim Jollay
Jimmy Jones

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