Last weekend the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show was the venue for the Southern Trout “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The event was well attended and the responses of all six recipients of the awards were very touching and heart felt. Master of Ceremonies, John Reinhardt, was at his best making the induction memorable.
Inductees were Dr. Jim Casada of Rockhill, SC; Roger Lowe of Waynesville, NC, Byron Begley of Townsend, TN; Kevin Howell of Pisgah, NC; Walter Babb of Sweetwater, TN; and Alen Baker of Charlotte, NC. The exploits and accomplishments of all six of these individuals have certainly paved the way for fly fishing in the South to be the art form that it now is.
In addition to the ST “Legend of the Fly” Hall of Fame induction, the 2017 winners of the TU Shootout received their new Thomas and Thomas fly rods. Winning TU Chapters were Hickory North Carolina, Appalachian (Chattanooga) and Blue Ridge Georgia. Tradd Little, the fly tying prodigy from Greenville, South Carolina won the post event drawing for a new 8 Rivers Fly Rod “Cranberry” 5-wt fly rod.
Sponsors of the event were Sweetwater Brewing, Bryson City, North Carolina, 8 Rivers Fly Rod Company, Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Fly Fishing Show, and the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited and Southern Trout Magazine. Their generous support made the event possible.
We had Southern Trout Magazine were honored to present this event, and we congratulate the winner and thank the sponsors. The publication remains committed to telling the unique story of fly fishing in the South, and recognizing otherwise overlooked contribution of so many who helped weave the story of our passion. In August the nominating process begin for the slate of candidates for the 2019 induction ceremony in Atlanta.