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IRON MAN FLY CONTEST 2017

leah kirk

"It has begun, the drumbeat has started, the hushed whispers are being overheard in fly shops, and the “IRON MAN FLY CONTEST 2017” is almost here. The battle of the fly tiers is just around the corner and the contestants are preparing," says John Reinhardt, one of the founders of this winter respite.

                “Come out Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 6 P.M. and join us as the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Unlimited chapter holds one of the most fun packed, fly tying contests of the year,” Reinhardt.

 This annual event is being held again at the Blackhorse Pub & Brewery at 4429 Kingston Pike in Knoxville, TN. Competitors both experienced and amateur compete not just in a contest, but also a chance to give back and help send a deserving child to Trout Camp in the Smoky Mountains. The camp held each year in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park at the Tremont Institute helps gives kids an outdoor experience for a week of fun and camping. The campers get a chance to swim, fish, and learn about the diverse wildlife that encompasses the Park and the importance of its safekeeping for their future.

The fly tiers will be pitted against a grab bag of materials from nuts and bolts to tiny feathers and anything outrageous enough to make a tier scratch their head. Can you tie from a mystery bag of goodies chosen by the judges? How about blindfolded? You get the idea, big fun for a good cause! Join us as you tie or just watch and party as the tiers try to "BEAT the FLY" for prizes and bragging rights,

“No contest is complete without a reward for the competitors; all of our sponsors are back and some new ones, ready to hand out some great prizes,” says Reinhardt.” Last year’s winners had a chance to take home rods, reels, fishing nets and tying equipment. Every fly shop in the area is donating to help send a child to Trout Camp! You get the picture; our sponsors are ready to open the treasure chest to the winners of the “IRON MAN FLY CONTEST 2017”.

“Don’t forget our first sponsor ever, Southern Trout’s own Don Kirk will be on hand with some special prizes for the crowd to add to the party,” says Reinhardt. “Oh!... and for those watching, yes audience participation is strongly encouraged! Cheer or jeer in good natured fun as our competitors rise to the occasion. Whether you are a pro or a beginner it makes no difference this contest levels the field for everyone!”

The "IRON MAN FLY CONTEST 2017" is like no event we have ever had in this area! Come out Thursday January 19th, 2017 at 6PM at the Blackhorse Pub & Brewery in Knoxville, TN for a rollicking night of food, fun and craft beer! Admission is free for those watching and for tiers this event is open to all but has a limited number of openings for tier entries. Register early if you want to tie, your $30 dollar entry fee will give you a shot to win some great prizes and help Trout Unlimited send a deserving boy or girl this summer to the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Camp,

Entering is easy just send us an email for sign up registration to: john711111@yahoo.com

 Sponsors:

BLACKHORSE PUB & BREWERY

SYNDICATE FLY ROD

ORVIS-SEVIERVILLE

LITTLE RIVER OUTFITTERS

SMOKY MOUNTAIN ANGLER

SOUTHERN TROUT MAGAZINE

3 RIVERS ANGLER

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