Jimmy Jacobs, editor of Southern Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine, is among the second class of inductees into The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians Hall of Fame. The Marietta, Georgia resident has devoted his life to providing information to readers on the great fly fishing for trout found in the Southern Appalachians. His book, Trout Fishing in North Georgia, is the bestselling title ever on this subject.
Jacobs is Inducted in the Museum Hall of Fame’s Communications category for his contributions as the author of numerous fly fishing books and articles, seminar speaking, and photography. Other 2017 inductees who have contributed significantly to the tradition of fly fishing in the Southern Appalachian Mountain region include North Carolinians, Mac Brown and Joe Messinger, Sr. Last month Maryland fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh was inducted at another location.
“We at Southern Trout Magazine congratulate Jacobs,” says Don Kirk, publisher of the publication. “His tremendous impact of fly fishing for trout in the mountain streams of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee are legendary and incredibly far reaching. We look forward to attending the induction that honors Jacob’s life work.”
The second annual Museum Hall of Fame inductions will be conducted on August 26, 2017 at the Southwestern Community College Swain Center in Bryson City, NC. The inductions is expected to draw museum supporters as well as the family and friends of the inductees.
The museum’s 2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Hook & Hackle - Fly Tyer's Weekend event is October 6-8. Additionally the museum is raising funds for Phase II, The Museum Aquariums. The plan is to have additional fly fishing exhibits, and an array of tanks exhibiting live Southern Appalachian species of fish and related creatures, such as a Cased-Caddis tank and a Hellbender tank.. The facility will serve as;
1) The second building of Fly Fishing exhibits,
2) A Southern Appalachian Aquatic Species Science Center (providing support for challenged, threaten or endangered species)
3) Trout in the Classroom Regional Center (helping TU and schools in the SE mountain region)
4) Live Mountain Trout Stream
5) Live presentations of all Southern Appalachian game fish, forage fish, etc.
Individuals and organizations that contribute $100 or more will be listed as a sponsor for the Donor Tank(s). For each $100 donated, the individual or organization will be given an entry into a drawing for a new Lew C. Parks Hollowbuilt Tonkin Split-Bamboo Fly Rod, 8' 6" 5 weight, 2 piece, valued at $800. Donations may be taken over the phone by credit card by calling 828 488 3681.