Online balloting has been completed and closed, inductees into the 2019 Southern Trout “Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame announcement is now available. Those being installed February 1st at the Atlanta Fly Fishing have been informed and will be in attendance at the ceremony. They join the growing group of 18 anglers recognized for their significant contributions to the sport of trout fly fishing in the Southland.
This year’s inductees are as follows:
Eugene Shuler of Bryson City, North Carolina, is a lifelong fly fishing guide, and owner/operator of Fly Fishing the Smokies, the park’s largest guide service headquarters out of his fly shop in Bryson City. Shuler has also been a leader in making Bryson City the true trout fishing capital of North Carolina.
Monte Seehorn of Gainesville, Georgia, is a lifelong fly fisherman, and former U.S. Forest Service coldwater fisheries director. Today he owns and operated a business that improves trout fishing in privately own waters such as Dukes Creek and the Soque River in North Georgia.
The late Joe Manley of Gatlinburg, Tennessee was a book author and one of Tennessee’s most celebrated anglers in the 1930s through 1960.s He wrote the first book on fishing for trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and served as an ambassador of Tennessee fishing.
Chuck Kraft of Shenandoah, Virginia is a innovation of fly tier and rod designer. He first made his mark on the sport in 1960 when he developed the still wildly popular CK Nymph. He is widely recognized as one of the most innovative tiers in the Southland.
The late Eddie George was from Knoxville, Tennessee where he was a leader in the lost fight to prevent TVA from destroying the brown trout fishing in the Little Tennessee River tailwaters below Chilhowie Dam. He was the innovator of the still poplar George Nymph.
Don Kirk of Montevallo, Alabama is an East Tennessee native who wrote several books on the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. He is also the founder of Southern Trout, a digital magazine deducted to the promotion and preservation of the region’s fly fishing for trout.
This year’s ST Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame induction has been expanded to recognize an organization that has had a significant impact on the region’s coldwater fisheries. This first recipient of this award is Sweetwater Brewing Company of Atlanta, Georgia. Since opening, it has dedicated considerable resources to saving and enhancing the Chattahoochee River trout fishery.
As in years past, the master of ceremony will be John Rhinehart of Tennessee TU fame. His warm, witty presences bring emotion and laughter from the crowd. Despite the enormous cost of ST bringing is this high level of entertainment as Rhinehart, admission to the induction remain free.
The Southern Trout Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame induction is scheduled for February 1st at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show.