Summer 2020

President’s Thoughts


Well this didn’t turn out like we expected! We were all looking forward to a great year. Some of our plans will be postponed possibly until 2021. I want to acknowledge the hard work of our board members and volunteers. We had fantastic speakers lined up for all of the monthly meetings thanks to the hard work of Charles James.

Richard Barnes works countless hours coordinating our volunteer opportunities, Larry Davis planned our camping and fishing trips, Ernest Frey heads up the Pistol Creek Project and educational opportunities through Maryville Parks and Recreation. Stream clean-ups and picnics were planned and we were ready to go. So let’s take a big breath and tie a few more flies.

The Board of Directors met to brain storm and discuss potential events that we can have that will follow the governor’s social guidelines. Needless to say our plans will evolve as the guidelines evolve. If you have some creative ideas please share them with us.

We will eventually have meetings again and we will also have opportunities to volunteer. In the meantime let’s hone our skills. Give a couple of friends a call and go fishing. Fishing is the main reason we got involved in Trout Unlimited to begin with. So, we really haven’t lost our primary motivation at all. This is not the time to throw in the towel it’s just time to adjust and renew our faith in each other. We will be seeing one another again soon. I hope to see you on the streams and rivers with a stringer of stories and pictures.

Be safe, be well and have fun.
Steve Darnell

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Matt Kulp Presentation Videos

Matt A. Kulp is the Supervisory Fishery Biologist at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Gave to our chapter  ‘State of the Fisheries’ update at our January meeting. If you missed it or would like to see it again, thanks to the hard work of Steve Young we have it broken into three videos. Please see the links below.

Matt Culp Presentation to LRCTU January 2020 Part 1

Matt Culp Presentation to LRCTU January 2020 Part 2

Matt Culp Presentation to LRCTU January 2020 Part 3

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

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April Meeting

All group events scheduled thought April are put on hold, including the clean up. The Covid 19 is taking its toll across the nation and we should face the reality that we need to consider canceling some of our activities. We cancelled our monthly chapter meeting for April and Tie and Lie for now.


Steve Darnell

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March Meeting canceled

March meeting has been canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are hoping on being able to meet in April.

But the good new is all Trout streams are still open.
So go fishing and be safe.


J. R. Shute Co-Director Conservation Fisheries, INC

J.R. has been studying rare and imperiled fishes in the southeastern U.S. for more than 35 years. J.R. and his wife Peggy moved to Knoxville in 1981 to pursue graduate degrees in Zoology at the University of Tennessee under the direction of the famed Dr. David Etnier. There J.R. and Peggy raised their family while both continued interests in rare fish, and established their own approaches for furthering aquatic conservation. Following graduate school, CFI was formally established in 1986, and later incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1992.

The Chapter meeting will be Tuesday, March 26th at the Bluetick Tavern / Barley’s in downtown Maryville. Social hour starts at 6:00pm and the meeting will start at 7:00pm. We will meet in the upstairs banquet room.

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