The Southern Trout family is on the road again. This time the whistle stop is Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Next weekend is the 30th Anniversary of the Smoky Mountain Angler, one of the longest running advertisers in the magazine’s six-year run.
Harold and Chad who run the Smoky Mountain Angler had close calls in last year when forest fires left much of the tourist town in a mess. The shop only received minor damage, but Chad’s home was a total loss.
The fire is but a bitter memory. This event also marks 30 years of business, one of the longest runs of any fly shop in the southeast. While I have never seriously considered opening a fly shop, I do know it is a tough business that has wiped out business people who have far more savvy than I possess.
John Reinhardt, the Baron of Knoxville, will be on hand throughout the day handing out grilled hotdogs, chips, and cokes at a bargain price. John has revived the once defunct Smoky Mountain chapter of Trout Unlimited and has been a genuine mover and shaker advocate for trout fishing in the South. I’m not sure how he is with food, but you’ve got really be bad to mess up hotdogs.
Come on up to Gatlinburg to say hey to Harold, Chad, John, and me while we celebrate 30 years of fly flicking.
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