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Breaking News: Shannon Messer Talking WNC Trout Trail

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Western North Carolina trout fishing guru, Shannon Messer will be the program provider September 14, at a free, public meeting of the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Norris, Tennessee. His program focus on Jackson County,  North Carolina’s official Trout Fishing Capital. The home of the heralded Western North Carolina, Jackson County has hundreds of miles of rivers and streams that hold wild populations of brook, rainbow & brown trout. The program starts at 7 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris, Tennessee.

A native of Western North Carolina, Shannon grew up fishing the Cataloochee Valley and learned fly tying from Charles “Charlie Bear” Messer of Fines Creek, NC.  Shannon is known for his dedication to the art of fly fishing while incorporating old Appalachia style fly patterns. He was recently featured for his fly tying skills in Southern Trout Magazine. He not only enjoys fishing the Great Smoky Mountains but also tying the flies, teaching others about entomology and generally sharing his passion for catching those temperamental mountain trout.

Shannon, He pays close attention to water levels, water temperatures and the ever-changing insect life on the streams. He knows just which fly to use for the conditions around him, and teaches proper casting techniques while assisting with a fly presentation for just the right catch—then using the catch-and-release methods that are safest for the trout. Messer is also dedicated to keeping teen anglers interested, teaching them how to tie flies and spending time with them on the creek or river—even starting a fly tying club for teens. He lives in Sylva where he operates the Orvis Endorsed Blackrock Outfitter Company fly shop (