“It was a great night and we filled the house at the Blackhorse in Knoxville,” says John Reinhart, organization of the Iron Man Fly even in Knoxville, Tennessee. “Best of all we accomplished our goal of raising the money needed to sponsor a child to the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Camp this summer. The funds from this event combined with a hot dog fundraiser we did this fall gave us the total we needed.
Mike Bryant-Syndicate fly rod-donated by Syndicate Fly Fishing-Knoxville, TN
Matt Duncan-Access Mid -Arbor reel-donated by Orvis-Sevierville, TN
Weston Claytor-"TYWHEEL" donated by Tywheel &
Charlie Chmielewski-Fishpond long handled net-donated by Smoky Mountain Angler, Gatlinburg, TN
Melissa Harrell- One dozen flies, autographed book from Don Kirk, "Eat More Otter" shirt-all donated by Southern Trout magazine
“Our sponsors and donors provided almost $1000 dollars in retail products to the winners of each round and contestants,” says Reinhart. “The weather kept some from coming out and competing but we still packed the house. We had a great night of fun before the anticipated big storm rolled through our area this weekend. Thankfully Knoxville dodged the bullet even though just 30 minutes away in surrounding areas folks got hammered with snow.
“People are already saying they can't wait till next year's event and we are thinking up ways now to confuse and frustrate the next year's round of competitors! I cannot say enough about the tiers who not only paid an entry fee to compete but came in ready to do battle and laugh while "Tying for a Purpose" . The crowd had a big night of great food and craft beer, while they watched the tiers try to make the most of their bags of totally mismatched fly tying material and tie something fishy for the judges. Hats off to those who came out and shared the evening with the Great Smoky Mountain TU chapter and the other TU chapter members along with welcomed guests, who came to attend and compete. Your donations helped us make it happen for a child this year for Trout Camp,” says Reinhart.