April Meeting

From the Desk of the Prez

Ernie Frey  



Spring is finally here! The Park and the Chapter had a successful clean-up on April 6th.  Stan Starkey did the lunch and the pulled pork shoulder was excellent. The Chapter has another clean-up on May 11th on our adopted stream Pistol Creek.

The chapter is sponsoring two participants in Trout Camp this year, one girl and one boy. If you are interested in volunteering to help at the camp or the outings contact Steve Young and he can help you find the right activity.

We had our first fishing outing yesterday. We met at Little River Outfitters and made our way up to Lynn Camp. The water was high so we went up high. The fishing was great but the catching was a little slow. Pat Tully will be leading the Saturday outing group. He will let us know what date he has chosen. The Wednesday group will meet again in mid-May.

The casting class we are doing with Parks and Rec had our first class on April 6. There are eight students in the class and the class so far seems successful. The next two classes will be on the water at the Duck Pond and on Pistol Creek.

Chapter meeting will be on Tuesday April 23rd 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.

Have a good Spring and get out and fish!

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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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