Category Archives: Conservation

#Now or Neverglades

I’m sure some of you have been following what is going on in the everglades.  I have never been to the everglades, but it is something that is on my bucket list.  I desperately want to go catch baby tarpon and snook.  I have been watching this unfold for the last couple years and what was very disheartening is now showing signs of a solution.  Many Companies and individuals from all walks are stepping up to help out.  I may not be very influential, but every voice helps.  Go to the Everglades Foundation for more information and to raise your hand.

If you don’t have a clue to what is going on watch the video below for a little back story.  This really helped me understand how the Everglades acts a giant filtration system along with other things.

Note the above video was from November 2016 and a lot of good things have now happened to work towards fixing these issues.  Next is a video that Dan Decibel and Orvis put together to help get things going in support of the new holding reservoir that has been proposed.

On April 5th, the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee approved revised Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), which sets forth a science-based process to identifying land needed for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir.  Read more on Orvis blog

Perk Perkins, Orvis CEO has been really behind this issue.  Read his open letter here


This isn’t over yet as the bill has to have a full senate vote and there are some other proposed options.  But if you feel strongly on this you can still make your voice heard.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Tell Florida’s leaders to support SB 10 to build the EAA Reservoir. Text the word “WATER” to 52886.
  • Visit the Orvis Commitment Everglades page to learn how Orvis will match your donation to help fund the important work of the Everglades Foundation.
  • Visit the Everglades Foundation to learn how you can get involved on the ground.
  • Sign the #NowOrNeverglades Declaration

Orvis Everglades Commitment

Everglades Foundation

Captains for Clean Water


2016 International Fly Fishing Film Festival

international-fly-fishing-film-festival-30The 2016 International Fly Fishing Film Festival is coming to Tennessee! IF4 as it is more commonly referred to is sure to be a great time.  Currently, we know about 2 shows in Tennessee.

If you don’t live in TN or can’t make these venues, check out for more information, schedules and tickets.

2016 IF4 Trailer


The International Fly Fishing Film Festival® consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. The films at this popular event are capturing the attention of anglers around the world. IF4™ contains exclusive content and is a must see experience coming to a theater near you!


2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour

2016 F3T PosterThe 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Tennessee! Presently we are aware of 2 venues both in the month of March. Links to each respective event is below:

If you don’t live in TN or can’t make these venues, check out www.THEF3T.COM for more information, schedules and tickets.

 2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour Trailer


The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade.

2016 marks The F3T’s 10th lap around North America and this year’s lineup of films is without question the best the Tour has ever presented. From Bolivia to the Seychelles, British Columbia and Patagonia, from Saskatchewan to Zambia and Virginia to Montana, the notable characters, unique storylines and unparalleled fishing in these films will lead you on an adventure around the globe!

In addition to showcasing world-class fly fishing films, The F3T is dedicated to supporting the local fly shops and conservation groups that form the backbone of our sport’s educational and environmental efforts. Discount F3T tickets are available at more than 150 fly shops across the country. A portion of those ticket sales go directly to support fishing and habitat-related conservation groups. In 2015 we raised over $300,000 for our conservation partners and have used our voice to bring greater attention and support to groups like Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition, Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Utah Stream Access Coalition, Stop Pebble Mine and many more.


Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited January 2014 Newsletter

Pic 7This is a little late, but the January meeting is on the 23rd.  Check out the following link for the Little River Chapter of Trout Ulimited newsletter.  There is a great story about fishing for Reds in Louisiana and updates on chapter happenings such as Troutfest and Steve Moore’s retirement party!

Click the following link for the pdf:

January 2014 Nwslttr-1



Troutfest and Fly Fishing Legends

Troutfest 2011 is complete.  I’m not sure on the total money raised, but I’m sure it is as good as always.  For those of you that are not familiar with Troutfest, check it out at .  In my opinion it is one of the coolest fly fishing festivals in the United States.  Where else can you sit besides Lefty Kreh and Joe Humphrey’s while you all watch a kid from Knoxville, TN tie flies of his own creation. 

I may be a bit biased as I sat on the planning committee for 2009 and 2010, but trust me it is awesome.  The event is a result of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Most people don’t know, but Joe Hatton (former lrctu chapter president) was one of the driving forces for getting the event started 8 years ago.  Since then, Byron Begley of Little River Outfitters ,has helped to grow the event over the last three years to where it is today.  In 2009 and 2010 the event grossed around $60,000 each year and donations of around $45,000 were donated to Great Smoky Mountain National Park both years as well.  Not bad for an event ran by volunteers.  I must give a hats off to all of them as without them it would not be possible.  There are probably around 100 volunteers each year that donate thousands of hours of their time to make the event a success.  It is truely a special event.  The feeling you get when attending and walking around is awe inspiring. 

Also, without the sponsors and exhibitors the event could not happen.  Here is a link to the Troutfest 2011 sponsors list.  We also get donations from many of the fly fishing industry manufacturers for our auction as well as attendance by all of the regional fly fishing industry manufacturer representatives; Randy Hamilton, Park Burson, Steve Burkhalter and Kent Edmonds to name a few.

One of my favorite stories is from two years ago when I had rented a cabin on Little River for the duration of the event.  I was waiting for my wife to arrive so we could attend the banquet.  There happened to be a swinging bridge just out from the cabin and I was enjoying the day and weather.  Just down from the bridge was a gentleman fly fishing.  At one point he looked up and asked the time.  His voice and face was oddly familiar and I figured that it was just one of my occasional fly shop customers.  However after second glance I realized it was Joe Humphrey and he was fishing 20 minutes before he had to be at a banquet, where he was a special guest!  I realized it is still just about the fishing and we all share that same passion.

This year was another great moment.  I have worked for the Orvis company as a Fishing Manager for 5 years now.  I’ve had the opportunity to talk to many of the people that helped to build Orvis to where it is today.  Perk and Dave Perkins, Jim Lepage as well as many of the rod designers and product developers.  These conversations are usually in some sort of work setting or after hours cocktail meet and greet.  I doubt that any of them could recall our conversations.

However this year I had the opportunity to hang with a person who truly helped to develop me as a fly angler.  That man is Tom Rosenbauer and he as written many of the books that most of us read when we were just getting started or trying to take our angling pursuits to the next level.  He has developed fly patterns and created one of the most downloaded pod-casts ever and has worked for The Orvis Company for over thirty years.  You can find more out about Mr. Rosenbauer in an article by Fly Rod and Reel, Angler of the Year.  He is a true steward of the sport of fly fishing, but you won’t hear him saying that.  It was cool to sit and talk with both Tom and Joe Humphrey at the same time.  Joe, who is also of one Tom’s fly fishing hero’s has attended Troutfest for the last three years along with Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser.  All of these men are living legends in the fly fishing loop.

So, this year was a true treat when I was invited along to go fishing with the gang.  Robert Bryant, Southeast Representative for The Orvis Company; Clay Aalders, Owner of Smoky Mountain Gillies and Tom Rosenbauer.  Clay took us to one of his favorite stretches in Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  It was a rainy dreary day, but those are some of my favorite conditions to fish in.  The fishing was a little slower than normal, but it didn’t matter as you could sense that everyone was just there to have a good time.  Later in the day we moved to lower Little River and fished around the Metcalf bottoms area and had some great success.  I spooked one of the parks legendary monster Brown trout (yes, I will be back to see him during the next big rain with Mr. 7wt and a big ugly).  Everyone in the group also caught some really nice fish on dry flies none the less.  We fished till dark and left with smiles, all happy to have enjoyed one this nations great and beautiful places.


The Smokies and Acid Deposition

I just finished watching the Appalachian Trail documentary by National Geographic. It had a brief bit about our acid deposition problem in the smokies and Steve Moore and his crew were featured. We definately live in a beautiful place and we are very fortunate to have guys like Steve, all the Trout Unlimited folks, private individuals and corporations supporting such a wonderful resource. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has helped preserve this jewel in the southeast that is Great Smoky Mountain National Park.