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



January Meeting

President’s Corner

Ernie Frey


It is the start of a new year. I wasn’t planning on being president this year but it looks like I am. This year we have a vice-president Steve Darnell who will be president next year. Steve and I will be working together this year to ease him into the presidency.

We have a lot of projects nominated for this year. To start the year LRCTU will sponsor a fly tying and fly casting classes with Blount County Parks and Recs will start the first Saturday in March. The casting class will start later after it warms up a little. Another project we are working on with the City of Maryville is a delayed harvest program for Pistol Creek. At this writing, TWRA is scheduling a survey for Pistol Creek to check on the viability of putting trout in the creek. We still want to do a clean-up in the Smoky Mountain National Park but the government shutdown has delayed those talks. There is also the Pistol Creek Adopt a Creek Program which we are in discussions with Maryville city engineers. Those are just the first quarter.

The meetings this year will be held at Barley’s Maryville on the fourth Tuesday of the month. This month’s meeting will be January 22 as usual 6 PM for the social hour and 7pm for the business meeting.  Bryon Begley will be are guest speaker

Come join us and start the New Year right!

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