It’s Back! Overton’s Wonder Wax

If you’ve been around Fly Fishing and especially Fly Tying since the early 90,s them most likely you have used  Overton’s Wonder Wax.  If you have never used it make sure give it a try.  It is what all the Fly Tying Wax made in the last 25 years has been compared against. I remember going  to a store in North Carolina after I found out they quit making it and buying the last four they had.  It’s now back.  To purchase some go to their Face Book page or just lookup Overton’s Wonder Wax online. I for one am glad to see it is back.


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August Meeting

President’s Thoughts

Ernie Frey


Well it’s August and summer has been pretty good to us so far. Little River has been low but not desperately low like last year. We have only had a few days in the 90’s. This summer has been pretty good but I don’t think we have recovered from last summer yet. Joyce and I went fishing on Middle prong or Tremont last week. Fishing was good. We found a lot of young of year rainbows which were fun on dry flies but no larger adults. It could have been just us and our fishing style but I think last year was a hard year on the Park.


All the talk now a days is the eclipse, to me it is a good excuse to head down to Tellico River and do some fishing. That way you could accomplish two things – get in a day of fishing and be in the path of a historic eclipse. Just an idea but get there early.

We had some fly casting games at July’s picnic meeting and a great time was had by all. Charlie Chmielewski won the distance cast and Bill Bolinger won the accuracy contest. Congratulations to all the contestants that had the courage to get up in front of everyone and show their cast.

There is now a boot and wader cleaning station at Little River Outfitters. If you have been to waters that may have a problem with aquatic invasive species, before you head into the park to fish drop by the cleaning station and wash down your boots and waders. The cleaning solution is not chlorine based and is not supposed to harm your equipment.

This month’s meeting will be on August 24 at Calhoun’s in Maryville. As usual, the meeting will start at 7pm but the fellowship will start at 6pm.


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July Meeting

President’s Thoughts

Ernie Frey


Meeting Change Announcement: July is the month for picnics. LRCTU July’s meeting will be held at River Johns on July 27 for our picnic meeting. This will be a joint picnic with the Smoky Mountain Chapter. The dinner will start about 6:30PM but come early and bring your fly rod to fish the water around the island. Be sure to bring a dish to share. For you guys that don’t cook, cake, pies, cookies and pudding are always good. The Chapters will provide burgers and dogs. Also bring a comfortable chair to rest in.

I just came back from a visit to the in-laws. The brother-in-law has a cabin in the southern tier of New York below the Finger Lakes. Joyce and I always take the fishing gear when we travel. You never know when a fishing opportunity will present itself. A little research found the Cohocton or Conhocton River, depending on who you talk to, it isa brown trout and small mouth bass fishery. I enjoy my in-laws immensely but who can pass up the chance to wade a trout stream. Joyce and I both caught nice brown trout and a few small mouth bass. A very successful visit.

Hannah Tulley, who is our chapter treasurer, called the other day to say that she will have to resign from the treasurer position. She and Pat are bring a new Tulley into the world so the Chapter will need to find a new treasurer.
Those interested give call 403-2832 or e-mail
Come and join us for a picnic at River John’s on
Thursday July 27.

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Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Little River Chapter

For many of us summers are filled with work and activities and it’s a great time of year to get projects completed. Who better to help than our very own national park. These smoky mountains are a wonderful place to be and to invest our time. Please see the various opportunities we have and consider being a part of these great works.


June and July 2017 Volunteer Work in GSM National Park

The Park Service needs our help for with the lot of important work coming up in  July as listed below. As is the case every year, the Park Service really needs our volunteer help to complete their important work. So please consider helping is you can!

There is also other work coming up on the North Carolina side of the Park, such as the Catalooche Area, and in August and September as indicated in the attached annual Schedule.

Please contact Charlie Chmielewski (865-661-7325, to sign up to help with any of the work. More information about what to bring, meeting times, and so forth will be provided before each event.

For the work on North Carolina area of the Park, Charlie will pass on your information to North Carolina TU member Mike Kesselring (828-736-6929,, or you can contact Mike directly.

Monday – Thursday July 10 – 13
Need 8 – 10 each day:
    Anthony Creek Brook Trout Restoration. Meet at Abrams Creek Picnic Area for transport up the trail.

Tuesday, July 18
Need 5 – 7:
      Large Stream IBI Sample of Little River. Sample site just above Elkmont roughly 200m upstream of Little River trail-head.

Tuesday, July 18
Need 5 – 7:
      Large Stream IBI Sample of West Prong of Little River. Meet at the parking lot next to bridge at confluence of Middle Prong and West Prong of Little River

Wednesday, July 19
Need 5 – 7:  
    Large Stream IBI Sample Abrams Creek. Meet at the Abrams Creek Ranger Station parking lot.


To learn more about the continuous effort in water sampling please download the

2017 GSMNP Fisheries Volunteer Sampling Schedule

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