BREAKING NEWS: THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN HOEDOWN
The Southern Trout family is on the road again. This time the whistle stop is Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Next weekend is the 30th Anniversary of the Smoky Mountain Angler, one of the longest running advertisers in the magazine’s six-year run.
Harold and Chad who run the Smoky Mountain Angler had close calls in last year when forest fires left much of the tourist town in a mess. The shop only received minor damage, but Chad’s home was a total loss.
The fire is but a bitter memory. This event also marks 30 years of business, one of the longest runs of any fly shop in the southeast. While I have never seriously considered opening a fly shop, I do know it is a tough business that has wiped out business people who have far more savvy than I possess...