Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Yesterday, 4/28, at Unicoi Outfitters

Cherokee and Nantahalla are still running high water levels. The Tuck is generating tomorrow so I guess we will not be fishing Thursday. Hopefully, next week will be better. Those who fished yesterday at Unicoi Outfitters had a good day with several over 20 inches. See the 24" rainbow=>

Stay tuned...Parks
P.S. This was not the largest of the day but the largest we got a picture of. Robert caught a 26" rainbow. P

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Special Events in JUNE Cancelled at Hatchery

It is with deepest regret that Deputy Hatchery Manager Mr. Kelly Taylor has asked me to let you know that the Seniors Fishing Rodeo scheduled for June 5 and the Family Fishing Festival for June 6 must be officially cancelled due to the ongoing construction project here at the hatchery. We apologize for any inconvenience and wanted to inform you in advance to allow a respectable amount of time for you to reschedule other plans for these dates. Please understand that event planning was motivated by expectations that the project would be complete by this time. Unfortunately, the most recent rainy weather and other unforeseen circumstances have continued to hugely impact the time frame for completion.
Please help us spread the word about the cancellations by telling your friends, family, and groups who attend these events as participants or volunteers. Also, please accept our apologies if you receive this message multiple times as we are trying to make every effort to inform contacts through group email lists and sometimes have technical issues with looping due to our Internet connectivity.

New look Hatch Magazine launches today

Hatch Magazine is an online magazine / site dedicated to the sport of fly fishing. Featuring articles that focus on destinations from around the world, articles about gear for the gear addicts, news relevant to the fly fisherman, conservation related features, photography collections, video and more, Hatch Magazine is intended to cover the world of fly fishing as we see it.
The term "magazine" should be taken lightly. There are no plans for issues and no plans for print (although neither of these are ruled out). But since Hatch Magazine doesn't fit any other conventional monikers, "magazine" it is.

Enjoy reading and viewing Hatch Magazine with the following link..........    Hatch Magazine on-line


Unicoi Outiftters is the newest TU Gold Level business member, but they are the oldest full service fly fishing shop and guide service in north Georgia. "Few individuals have done more to provide healing and rehabilitation to our nation's veterans. Whether through their personal and business generosity – or their very important fundraising efforts, Jimmy and David have always been there for TU and our veterans," according to Alan Folger, TU Veterans Services Partnership Director. Learn more about Unicoi Outfitters.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekly Fishing trips

Hey,  I'm back in the game. Nancy is recovering well from knee replacement so I can get away for a day or so fishing. The only problem is the weather and resulting water level. The streams we usually fish are blown out with more rain anticipated. I hope by Thursday we can fish somewhere. Stay tuned and keep check of our Fishing Trip Schedule and email blast.....


Foothills MAY calendar

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April monthly meeting

Our program for our April monthly meeting on the 9th will be the presentation of the video "Blood Knot". Selected for the 2014 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), the Rise Fly Fishing Film Tour (Europe), and the Rise Fly Fishing Tour (Australia/NZ). Blood Knot was also selected as the Best Film of the Year and Best Freshwater Film of the Year at the 2014 Drake Film Awards.

"Blood Knot"

A TwoFisted Heart Production Film
The Shenandoah Valley lies just two hours outside of our nation's capital and offers some incredibly diverse freshwater fishing. It is hard to find mountain brook trout, spring creek rainbows and browns in such close proximity to some of the best smallmouth, carp, and musky fishing in the country. Twin brothers, Brian and Colby Trow, are natives of Virginia who took their love of fly fishing together and put it all on the line to 'live the dream' in the center of this unheralded fishing destination. More than 10 years and one nasty economic recession later, Brian and Colby understand the risks and costs of running a small business. Success comes with the price of long hours and being away from family, but it is time on the water together that keeps them connected.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

All Smokies Park streams open to fishing for first time

All Smokies Park streams open to fishing for first time

Southeast Regional TU Meeting - April 18th, Asheville

Hello Fellow Fly fishers,

I hope you are doing well.

As a member of the North Carolina Council of Trout Unlimited, I am personally inviting you to  the Southeast Regional Meeting on Sat., April 18 to be held at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville, N.C.

The regional meeting is a great way to learn more about what TU is doing in the Southeast, and to meet fellow anglers and TU members. It’s also an opportunity to meet with more than a dozen regional and nation-wide staff and for staff to hear from members like you. 

I encourage you to join us on April 18 to learn, network and share your thoughts and ideas with us as we work together for coldwater conservation in the region. Click here to view the meeting agenda.  

There are 10 sessions covering a wide range of interests, from Strategic Planning to Angler Science.  There is something for everyone. Please note on the agenda that I am co-presenting a leadership workshop with National TU staff member Beverly Smith. I would love to see you in the audience.

It’ll also be a lot of fun! We’ll be hosting an evening barbecue at the Biltmore with live bluegrass music. And, a suite of local volunteers are hosting fishing on Sunday. Mid-April is prime time to fish in the Asheville area. Click here for information on local fishing opportunities.

Click here to registerRegistration is only $75. Another option is to register for just the barbecue dinner at the Biltmore which is only $35.

If you have any questions, call or email me.
I hope to see you at the regional meeting.
Mike Kesselring <>
Chapter Enhancement Chair
North Carolina Council

Bryson City, NC