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Breaking News: New Species of Fly from GSMNP

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A new article by Michael Ferro and John Plakidas describes a new species of fly that was collected in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Neostenoptera appalachiensis is a gall midge, and it is the first record of the genus Neostenoptera in the New World.

The specific name, appalachiensis, means “from the Appalachians” in Latin, in reference to the collection site of the type series from Tennessee, which is located along the western flank of the Appalachian Mountains.

“I collected this 10 years ago and couldn’t figure out what it was,” Ferro said. “I put it on and finally John D. Plakidas recognized it as something he might be able to recognize. Amazingly, he figured out it was in the genus Neostenoptera. That genus is only known from one species described from copal (young amber) from Africa, and another species that was collected alive in the Congo.”

The list of crane flies (Diptera: Ptychopteridae, Tipuloidea, Trichoceridae) known from Great Smoky Mountains National Park is being updated. Sampling in association with the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory of Great Smoky Mountains National Park resulted in the addition of 107 new Park records, bringing the current list to 250 species. This species assemblage is much richer than those of surrounding areas, although similar in composition. Total richness is estimated to be between 450 and 500 species for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is unknown how this will affect fly tying this winter or if there will be a shortage of small hooks at fly shops as tiers prepare for this news.

Breaking News…sorta: Help Wanted

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Southern Unlimited, LLC. has been shuffling along now for six years. We are gambling that 2018 will be a big year. Hereto our biggest road block to truly aggressive growth has been a lack of having good advertising salesmen. Each of our current titles is headed by individuals with about 150 years of collective experience. Design is keeping up and growing. What we need are sales people.

We’ve never used the newsletter to solicit for this. We have a single salesman who is literally killing it on Southern Saltwater Fishing Magazine. What sales we do have in the other titles is a hodgepodge of business I have brought in between doing other projects. It is a very fertile ground waiting for the right people. So, what are we looking for?

Number one would be the ability to sell. We have 3-5 openings for people who are self-starters and are willing to help turn the ground, plant, pray for rain and willing to harvest. For now, it is straight commission, but the commission is very respectable. Paid as a “contract employee” the job will allow you to work at home with some travel involved. As is our nature, we’ll help you get started, but a truly self-starting personality is the key. I can foresee these positions being attractive to outdoorsmen and others willing to invest the time on the front end. Established customers are yours to keep.

We are a nondiscrimination employer. The potential for growth is terrific. We have two new products coming out soon, one of which has no bearing on fishing, Actually, we are quite content at this time with our four fishing titles and are ready to expand into the Southern Lifestyle market as quickly as possible.

If this sounds like something you’d like to know more about, contact me at

Breaking News: 5 Leaders in TU Thomas & Thomas Rod Giveaway

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Launched with intentional lack of fanfare, the Southern Trout Magazine’s first every Shootout closes on December 31st. What is it you ask? Good question.

We’ve made special arrangements with Thomas & Thomas Rod Company to give away five of their new 9’ 4wt fly rods. The catch? Well in a moment of divine inspiration, we here decided to hold a contest pitting the sixty or so Trout Unlimited chapters against on another to see who could sign up the most people to receive a free subscription to STM. We divided the southeast into five regions: GA/SC, TN/KY, NC, VA, and WV/MD. Each region has roughly the same number of chapters.

We made it simple. Even if you receive STM, your vote counts. Upon the conclusion of the contest on December 31st, the winners will be announced. So far voting has been brisk. A quick look revealed the following leaders at this point

GA/SC                   Blue Ridge TU Chapter

NC                         Hickory TU Chapter

VA                         Little Stone River TU Chapter

TN/KY                   Appalachian TU Chapter

WV/MD               Capital TU Chapter

               Winners of the rods get a very nice auction item for a fundraiser. For more info go to or 

Breaking News: Troutacular Kids’ Fishing Day

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The Town of Wilkesboro invites you and your family to visit beautiful Cub Creek Park for a fun-filled day of fishing and kids’ activities! Troutacular Kids’ Fishing Day will be held at Cub Creek Park on Saturday, October 21st from 9 am until 12 pm. The event is a partnership between the Town of Wilkesboro, Hunters Helping Kids, Wilkes County Public Library, Wynnefield Properties, and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. 

Approximately 900 Rainbow and Brook Trout will be stocked as part of the event through funding provided by the Town of Wilkesboro, Hunters Helping Kids, Covington Way and Mountain View Apartments of Wilkesboro, as well as Sparta Springs Apartments of North Wilkesboro, proudly managed by Wynnefield Properties Inc.

In addition to fishing, the event will feature two archery activities, inflatables, fish printing, a laser tag course, and other kids’ activities. Hunters Helping Kids will provide free food, drinks, and gift bags on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers will offer assistance at the fish cleaning station and fishing supplies will be distributed courtesy of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Wilkes County Public Library. 

The Troutacular Kids’ Fishing Day will be open to youth age 15 and under. Parents or guardians must be present with their children at all times. For those children without access to fishing gear, a limited number of loaner poles and equipment will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis by the Wilkes County Library “Checkout Wilkes” Program. Youth age 15 and under do not need a fishing license. Those individuals who are age 16 and older interested in fishing are welcome to do so after 12 pm with a valid fishing license. The Town of Wilkesboro will close fishing within Cub Creek Park 48 hours before the start of the event, beginning Thursday, October 19th at 9 am.  The waterway will be patrolled by the Wilkesboro Police Department to ensure no fishing occurs during this time.  Kids who are age 15 and under are welcome to fish early Saturday morning before the start of the event.  Adults are not allowed to fish before 12 pm on the day of the event.

Breaking News: Cohutta Fishing Co. & Sweetwater Brewing Co. Hook Up

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“Why didn’t I think of that?” may be your first thought when you realize that the Cohutta Fishing Company has partnered up with Sweetwater Brewing Company. The partnership will be christened with Andy Bowen opening the taps this Thursday between 6:00 and 9:00 pm at the first Sweetwater Brewing Company’s endorsed fly shop and bar. 

Southern Trout is headed there for the ribbon cutting in Cartersville, Georgia, this week. Actually, Andy has been a loyal supporter of Sweetwater Brewing Company and its owners for quite a long time. We’re certainly not sure who came up with the idea of placing a watering hole in a fly shop, but we certainly think of it as a true stroke of genius.

The name is of the bar “The Last Cast Bar” It’s got a four-tap array. We are not sure what brews are available, but we plan to be to find out!

Breaking News: Great Southeastern Trout Unlimited SHOOT OUT

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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Trout Unlimited is deeply engrained in the mission statement of Southern Trout Magazine. We want to strengthen the relationship with TU by working to have every member in your state as a subscriber to this free digital publication. The “carrot on the stick” being offered to help this happen is Southern Trout Magazine has partnered with the world famous fly rod maker, Thomas & Thomas. This special partnering allows us to award a brand new Thomas & Thomas fly rod to the TU chapter in the zone that signs up the most subscribers to Southern Trout Magazine. A total of five Thomas & Thomas rods will be given out. The winning TU chapter in its zone will have a "jackpot roll" auction item, a Thomas & Thomas fly rod for their next fund raising effort!

We hope that interested TU chapters will see this as a very unique opportunity to receive a top shelf auction item and have bragging rights as a winning chapter in your state/region. To help achieve parity between chapters with large memberships and those chapters that have lower, growing memberships, we encourage chapters to reach out beyond their members to others such as non-member anglers, family members or friends who you believe might enjoy receiving and reading Southern Trout Magazine. Sign up at


May a chapter bulk subscribe its entire membership?

Yes, providing the chapter is in agreement with doing so. Anyone receiving Southern Trout Magazine can opt out at any time.

Many of our members are already subscribers to Southern Trout Magazine. Does their sign up count in the contest?

Yes, however participants must still submit their information in the form on the website so we can record with what chapter they are affiliated. The objective on the part of chapters is to win. Our subscriber list program automatically kicks out duplicate email addresses. However, the chapter will NOT be credited with the sign up if participants do not sign up through the form, even if they are already signed up.

How do we send in the list of subscribers?

We have created a landing/sign-up page exclusively for this campaign. Simply go to the site,, choose your state and chapter, enter your name and email, and that's it. If you prefer, send via email your hand written lists, or send them snail mail. Either is perfectly acceptable. If you do the latter, for proper accreditation to your chapter's tally, please be sure to clearly identify the name of your chapter for proper crediting. Request a printable form, via email if you wish. Email for a form.

Prior to the beginning of the second month of the contest, the total subscriber numbers will be posted at and chapter presidents will be copied. A second posting email to chapter presidents will go out two weeks before the contest ends to provide them with the latest tallies.

We regularly patronize our local fly shop. Can we put a hand sign-up form there?

Yes, by all means. This and other venues such as fly fishing festivals or events, or even church or civic groups. Our goal is to get Southern Trout Magazine in front of as many anglers as possible. Additionally, we will provide you with a printable form to help you facilitate this including instructions on how to submit it. Hopefully your goal is to win and receive a Thomas & Thomas fly rod for an upcoming fund raising effort. We are hoping the effort will be fun and even highly competitive.

When does the contest start and when will it end with the announcement of the winner?

The official start is September 15, with the winner being announced on December 15. The only real rule is that lists must be sent to us dated no later than December 20.

How is the contest geographically divided?

We sharpened our pencils and came up with these arenas of competition:

 North Carolina:                                total of 16 chapters

Virginia:                                               total of 18 chapters

Tennessee/Kentucky:                     total of 10 chapters

Georgia/SC:                                        total of 16 chapters

WV/Maryland                                   total of 13 chapters

How are the email addresses of Southern Trout Magazine subscribers protected?

The email addresses of the subscribers are sacred. They are never shared, sold, or rented out to anyone ever. This is a cornerstone policy that will never change. Additionally, we emphasize that any subscriber may unsubscribe at any time! Southern Trout Magazine, Thomas & Thomas, and any sponsor of this challenge will not allow subscriber email address to be used for any other purpose other than directly communicating with subscribers. Subscriber lists are never rented, sold, shared or otherwise used for any purpose other than the fore noted reason.

 This is our promise,

"Cross our hearts, hope to die, stick a needle in our eye."

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 (

Breaking News: 2018 Atlanta Fly Fishing Show Sold Out

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The 2018 Fly Fishing Show is sold out of exhibitor booth space announced president and CEO Ben Furimsky.  “All seven venues of the 2018 Fly Fishing Show The early August date exceeds our previous earliest sell-out last year by about three weeks and is months ahead of the normal sell-out for all the shows,” he said.

“We are now ‘wait-listing’ potential exhibitors who may find space available at various venues if exhibitors change plans or prior commitments are disallowed.  We are also working with facilities and fire marshals on a site-by-site basis to ensure we have maxed out the use of our venues.  If we are able to add any booths to lobbies or other common areas we will pull exhibitor names from our waitlist in the order received,” Furimsky said.

Already hailed as the biggest and best fly show south of the Mason-Dixie, it is only the second year for the Atlanta Fly Show. Again this year Southern Trout will be in attendance presenting the Second ST “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame for 2018’s six inductees.

“The Atlanta Fly Fishing Show is Southern Trout Magazine’s signature event,” says Don Kirk, publisher. “For us, it is a great-meet and-greet, family reunion. We have a yet to be announced really news worthy events we will be partnering with The Fly Show.  It will be the South’s most exciting fly fishing event.”


                2018 Fly Fishing Show® dates and sites:

                Denver, Colo. – Jan. 5-6-7, Denver Mart;

Marlborough, Mass. – Jan. 19-20-21, Royal Plaza Trade Center;

Edison, NJ – (formerly Somerset) Jan. 26-27-28, New      Jersey Convention & Expo Center;

                Atlanta, Ga. – Feb. 2-3, Infinite Energy Center, Duluth;

Lynnwood, Wash. (Seattle area) – Feb. 17-18, Lynnwood Convention Center;

Pleasanton, Calif. – Feb. 23-24-25, Alameda County Fairgrounds; and

Lancaster, Penn. – March 3-4, Lancaster County Convention Center.


                “This early sell-out is a great indicator for the success of our 2018 events and for the hopes of the coming season from the fly-fishing industry as a whole,” concluded Furimsky.

                For information on potential space availability or to be “waitlisted,” call (814) 443-3638 or e-mail

Breaking News: Snake Bites Spike

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               Southern snakes are on course for a record year. Venous viper bits are up across the board in most states.  Snake bites in Georgia are up 40 percent this year according to the Georgia Poison Control Center. South Carolina is also reporting a 30 percent increase this year. While North Carolina saw a notable spike in bites - receiving 71 calls in April 2017 compared to only 19 calls the year before. When it comes to snakebites in people 18 and under - Florida and Texas have the highest rates of snake bites - with Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia, not far behind.

               Some are blaming the increase on a short and mild winter. Others point to the failure to kill on sight rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, copperheads and coral snake which is condemned as adhering to “politically correct” tolerance of these extremely dangerous reptiles. There is a consensus though on the fact, “dead rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, copperheads and coral snakes” never bite children.

If bit by a snake - The Mayo Clinic suggests calling 9-1-1- immediately - removing jewelry and or tight clothing in case you start to swell and positioning yourself so the bite is below or level of your heart. Oh yeah, although they did not mention it, seeking medical attention is a proactive option you should consider.

Fresh off the press is A Guide to the Snakes and Lizards of Virginia. Authored by Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries DGIF biologists, this new 72-page field guide includes more than 170 photos covering the ecology, distribution, and conservation of Virginia's 32 species of snake and 9 species of lizard.  It is an expanded version of the agency’s current snake guide with more technical information and new photos.

Breaking News: Smoky Mt. Eclipse

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On Monday August 21, millions of Americans will gather along the 70-mile-wide path of the nation’s first total solar eclipse since the 1970s. The 2017 total solar eclipse will pass through the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Bryson City, Swain County and much of the Great Smoky Mountains sit squarely in that path of totality. The entire solar experience will last about 3 hours, from 1:06 pm to 4 pm (EDT), gradually changing from daylight to dark and back to daylight, with total darkness in Bryson City at 2:35:17 pm, lasting 1 min, 57 seconds. Recommended by as the spot in North Carolina to watch the eclipse.
    Bryson City has scheduled a great line up of event (I recommend fly fishermen be on the water during the eclipse so they can tell how it affected trout behavior). The Bryson City Eclipse Week schedule  of events. The Visitor Center in the old courthouse is 'eclipse central'. Drop by for information and to purchase eclipse glasses (while supplies last). Open daily.
ALL WEEKEND LONG - Take the 'Eclipse Crawl'. Visit participating merchants with eclipse-themed food and drink offerings.
7-9 pm. Free, live music at Riverfront Park, which has a large, grassy lawn in front of an outdoor stage. Enjoy sitting at one of the picnic tables or bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass. 101 Mitchell St. across from train parking and turntable.
10 am - 4 pm. Enjoy a free, full-dome planetarium experience at the Fire Department on Main Street. Experience the universe (digital video projections in inflatable dome). Sponsored by Marianna Black Library. (donations welcomed)
10 am - 10 pm. Swain County Agricultural Fair – County Fair complete with judged entries, agricultural demos, petting zoo, bounce house, craft vendors, food trucks and bands. Darnell Farms (US 19 east of Bryson City). IMBA Award-winning Balsam Range plays from 8 - 10 pm.
7-9 pm. Free, live music at Riverfront Park, which has a large, grassy lawn in front of an outdoor stage. Enjoy sitting at one of the picnic tables or bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass. 101 Mitchell St. across from train parking and turntable.
10 am - 10 pm. Appalachian Festival – County Fair style festival complete with petting zoo, bounce house, agricultural demos, craft vendors, food trucks and bands. Darnell Farms (US 19 east of Bryson City).
Noon - 4 pm. Enjoy a free, full-dome planetarium experience at the Fire Department on Main Street. Experience the universe (digital video projections in inflatable dome). Sponsored by Marianna Black Library. 

1 - 5 pm. Sand & Sauce 2017 – Live music, games, water inflatables, volleyball tournament, cornhole tournament, pig roast, BBQ sauce contest. Free event. The Grove Church, 1127 Franklin Grove Church Road.
7-9 pm. Free, live music at Riverfront Park, which has a large, grassy lawn in front of an outdoor stage. Enjoy sitting at one of the picnic tables or bring a lawn chair or blanket for the grass. 101 Mitchell St. across from train parking and turntable.
MONDAY Eclipse Day
11 am - 3 pm. Bryson City offers a number of excellent open viewing locations, such as:
RR DEPOT - Block party with live music featuring Grandpa's Cough Medicine, blazing bluegrass tempos (11 - 1 pm) and The Company Stores, modern Appalachian rock and blues band (1 - 3 pm). Restrooms & portable toilets.
IMPORTANT – If you plan on observing the eclipse from downtown Bryson City, please note that all downtown roads will remain open for motorist traffic. There are no planned events on Everett Street and there will be NO street closures with the exception of Frye Street. Please observe the eclipse at the designated event site on Frye Street or from the safety of a pedestrian-friendly sidewalk.

Breaking News: Who Turns on the Generators?

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Did you ever wonder who decides, and how they decide, when to run the generators at Norris Dam? Or at other TVA dams? The on’s and offs of generators produce powerful changes in water levels on tailwaters below the dams—producing electricity and floating barges downriver, but also greatly affecting anglers, kayakers and other folks who want to enjoy the streams.

Jenny Sharkey (right), a water resources engineer in TVA’s River Forecast Center, will discuss the whys and hows of those decisions on Thursday, Aug. 10, at a free, public meeting of the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Her program, “TVA River Management Overview,” starts at 7 p.m. in the parish hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris.

Sharkey has five years’ experience with TVA, and has spent the last two years in the Forecast Center learning the intricacies of the river system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

In addition, anyone interested in learning more about chapter activities can attend the Brown Bag Board Meeting starting at 5:30—just pack a sandwich and join us in the parish hall.

Breaking News: Maryland Trout Stream Wastewater Dumping Debate

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By Timothy B. Wheeler

Managing editor and project writer for the Bay Journal

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Trout are among the most highly prized of freshwater fish; their presence in a stream is a sign that the water is clean, cold and rich in all the things fish need to survive, grow and reproduce.

So, perhaps it’s no surprise that these pollution-sensitive fish are at the center of a debate in Maryland about how best to sustain them amid the sprawling development that threatens their survival in the central part of the state.

Carroll County plans to upgrade an aging, poorly performing sewage treatment plant serving the town of Hampstead in the northwestern suburbs of Baltimore. In an effort to reduce pollution to Piney Run, a trout stream into which the plant discharges, the county wants to split the wastewater flow and pipe a portion over to another stream.

But the other stream, Deep Run, also has trout. Now there’s a dispute over how much protection each stream should receive.

Anglers, environmental groups and at least one streamside landowner are voicing concern about the state Department of the Environment’s tentative decision to permit the Hampstead plant to discharge into both streams. They say they’re worried that the treated wastewater, particularly its temperature, may make the streams untenable for the brown trout found in each.

“See this big mayfly (nymph)?” asked Theaux Le Gardeur, the Gunpowder Riverkeeper, as he picked up a rock from a clear, fast-flowing stretch of Deep Run. A dark, cricket-like bug — choice trout food — clung to the bottom. “If that water warms up, he’s not going to be here.”

County officials counter that their plan poses no threat to the trout, and that both streams’ water quality should improve as a result.

“We have voluntarily agreed to do some actions we think will help mitigate any temperature concerns people have,” said Tom Devilbiss, Carroll’s director of land and resource management.

The Hampstead wastewater plant discharges about 550,000 gallons of treated sewage daily into Piney Run, a branch of the Gunpowder River watershed that ultimately flows into Loch Raven reservoir, part of the Baltimore area’s drinking water supply.

The plant has violated the pollution limits in its discharge permit in 11 of the last 12 quarters, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ECHO compliance database. Patrick DeArmey, a lawyer for the Gunpowder Riverkeeper, one of the groups opposing the county’s plan, said the plant racked up 50 violations last year alone. Over at least the last three years, he added, it has been discharging excessive phosphorous, nitrogen and total suspended solids, among other pollutants.

County officials say the pollution violations should go away under a planned $16 million overhaul that would install state-of-the-art, enhanced nutrient-removal technology at the plant. The state is financing half of the upgrade cost, with county ratepayers covering the rest.

But the temperature of the plant’s treated wastewater discharge has been a bone of contention — and litigation — for years. Piney Run is officially classified as a trout stream, meaning that under state water quality standards, no discharge into it should raise the water temperature above 68 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s the maximum that native Eastern brook trout can tolerate. Brown trout, the fish found in both Piney and Deep runs, are a nonnative species introduced to state waters more than a century ago; they can handle somewhat warmer temperatures, but not much.

Citing a consultant’s study, county officials have argued that the plant’s discharge temperature isn’t harming the trout in Piney Run, and that runoff from development makes the water warmer in summer anyway. (The springs that are Piney Run’s source begin beneath a parking lot.) Under a 2006 consent judgment with the MDE, the plant has been allowed to discharge effluent warmed by the sun to more than 68 degrees, though it was also required to restore tree cover along the stream.

But now, seeking to accommodate Hampstead’s anticipated population growth, county officials say they want to avoid any further issues with temperature in Piney Run and split the discharge as part of the upgrade project. They propose to pipe treated effluent 8,900 feet to an existing outfall on the Deep Run tributary, which is now being used by an industrial park. In turn, the county will take over treatment of the business facility’s waste, piping it to the Hampstead municipal plant for enhanced processing.

For the wastewater facility’s discharge into Piney Run, the MDE has proposed an alternate temperature limit. Its effluent there cannot exceed 75.9 degrees F at any time, regulators say. Nor could it be warmer than 75.2 degrees for more than three consecutive days, they add, or for any five days in a month.

Trout Unlimited and environmental advocates say they’re not convinced the alternate temperature limit for Piney Run is protective enough. Like nearly all streams in Maryland, they say the water warms up to what’s likely an intolerable level for trout in the dog days of summer. But the fish apparently can find enough deep pools or shady overhangs to ride out the heat wave. Not doing anything to ease the heat risks their continued survival, they contend.

Last year, the Hampstead plant’s discharge twice exceeded the MDE’s proposed limit — topping 76 degrees Fahrenheit one day in July and nearly hitting 77 degrees in August, according to EPA data. Trout are likely to die outright if exposed to 80-degree water for any length of time, experts say, but they stop feeding and growing at temperatures well below that.

For Deep Run, meanwhile, the state is not proposing any temperature limit on the plant’s discharge. That’s because it is not officially classified as a trout stream, though the state’s Department of Natural Resources has recommended it. Instead, it is designated for recreational use, a stream category where the maximum allowable temperature is 90 F.

“This is foreclosing the future of Deep Run,” warned Jim Gracie, an Annapolis environmental consultant and longtime member and former officer of Trout Unlimited. State biologists first spotted brown trout near the stream’s mouth almost a decade ago. But lately, anglers say, they’ve been seen much farther upstream.

Maryland has just 800 miles of self-sustaining trout streams, Gracie noted, a fraction of the 14,000 miles the state once had. “So, we’ve already greatly decimated this resource,” he told state regulators at a hearing on the discharge permits earlier this year. “It’s very scarce, and to us, very precious.”

MDE officials said they can’t change Deep Run’s classification just because trout are there, because the water is already too warm to meet the 68-degree temperature standard. Though advocates point out that the state has reclassified other streams in the past when trout showed up, MDE officials say that they’ve since been apprised of EPA guidance against doing that.

Breaking News: Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame Nomination Time

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Nominations for 2018 induction into the ST Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame (HOF) are now open and from now until September 1, 2017. The online nominating process allows everyone to submit nominees to HOF induction that will be held in early February at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show. Again this year, the event is co-sponsored by Southern Trout Magazine and the Fly Fishing Show.

               Last year’s remaining 21 nominees will be grandfathered into the pool of nominees. Fifteen new nominees will be juried from the nominating process that begins now. To nominate someone please fill out the nomination form below. This year those nominated will be reviewed and voted on by Southern Unlimited, LLC. editorial staff and living members of the ST Legends of the Fly HOF. Nine nominees will be added to the list of candidates.

               Immediately following the nomination/jurying process in September, 2018 nominees will be made known and online voting will begin. Online voting concludes December 30, 2017. Inductees will be announced January 10, 2018. Last year during the first year of ST Legends of the Fly HOF voting, over 13,000 votes were cast.

Legends of the Fly HOF Nomination Criteria

Nominee must be a Southerner, either by birth or residence. Geographically this is those states located south of the Mason-Dixon Line westward through the Ozarks.

The goal is to recognize significant contributions to the tradition and heritage of fly fishing for trout and smallmouth bass in the South. While certainly a consideration some of the time, the HOF was not established to recognize conservation, charitable or organization efforts.  This is already covered by TU, Izzak Walton League, FFF and such.  It is assumed by us that great fly fishermen are by definition conservationist who have significantly contributed to the cause.

There are no specific categories such as fly tier, guide, rod builder, artist or writer. The goal of the ST Legends of the Fly HOF is to recognize the unique and significant contributions of an individual to the lore and tradition of fly fishing for trout and bass in the South. The ultimate goal is recognize and preserve history that which might otherwise be forever lost.

As in the past everyone has one opportunity to nominate

Send an email to or to with the following information to nominate!

Your name______________________


Name of Nominee___________________

Location of Nominee________________

Reasons for Nomination____________

Do you have a picture of the Nominee? ____

Breaking News: Buddy & Buckberry Back

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After the Lodge at Buckberry Creek was destroyed in Gatlinburg’s November fires, its owner Buddy McLean said they would rebuild. Six months after the fires, he and McLean and designer Jeanie Johnson are weeks away from reopening the only building left at the lodge. Finishing touches are being completed to repairs as vacationers have booked suites for “the Woods” building, which offers a picturesque view of the Smokies from the comfort of classic rocking chairs.

Other buildings that once made up the sprawling complex are a long way off from being rebuilt. However, designer Jeanie Johnson is looking forward to the day when reconstruction begins in earnest. McLean, who developed the lodge with his brother in 2005, says engineers have checked the standing walls and declared them structurally okay. The plan is to build each new building higher.

“We’re planning to keep the retaining walls just like they are. The other idea is we would probably go up a story, which would give us more suites,” said McLean.

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek once housed 100 guests in 42 rooms. Each suite had a balcony. Guests could walk from their room or meeting rooms to the lodge restaurant. Over the the last six months, the process of rebuilding first the electrical system and then other infrastructure has been painstakingly slow.

STM stayed there several times. McLean irreplaceable collection of vintage fly fishing tackle from Scotland along with numerous other valuable pieces of memorabilia were lost in the fire. It was truly a breathtaking collection we sorely miss.

“It will take us about a year and a half to rebuild, but the truth of it is the mountains weren’t ever affected,” said McLean. “It will be fun again. It can’t be anything else. I’m a half full person: that glass is always half full.”

Breaking News: “Vols on the Fly"

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By John Reinhardt

On behalf of the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Unlimited Chapter #47, we wish to congratulate these TU 5 River members embarking on a great adventure. It has a personal connection for our chapter as we have been a part of the growth and participation in the University of Tennessee’s 5 Rivers chapter “Vols on the Fly." Even more importantly, we are honored to have become friends and fellow TU members with two of this year's 5 Rivers members who are getting ready for a journey of a lifetime. Brett Winchell and Matt Crockett epitomize exactly what Trout Unlimited hopes to achieve in our future leaders. During their association with the Great Smoky Mountain chapter, they stepped up to the plate for every request we asked of them.  Engaging in volunteer work with children or veterans, designing and producing videos that have been a major part of our media efforts not only for our chapter but also this year's Southeast Regional in Gatlinburg, TN.

MADE SOUTH Coming to Hoover June 2-3

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By Jerry Davis, Associate Publisher

              Last week the Southern Trout Magazine family partook of a reception at Birmingham’s Good People Brewery that was hosted by MADE SOUTH, an up and coming new company out of Nashville, TN. MADE SOUTH is quite unlike anything any of us had observed.  The brainchild of Christopher and Kimberly Thomas, MADE SOUTH events celebrate the best artisan goods, food, drink, music and art exclusively made in the South. We’re quite excited about being part of their first event in Hoover, June 2-3.

“We’ve always been proud Southerners, but something about learning this information about our Tennessee roots rekindled our love affair with the South,” says Christopher. “I felt it was time for me to step away from a 12 year career with Dave Ramsey to start a family business. That’s when we began dreaming about what the future might hold for us.” 

"Today Kimberly and I are raising McKinley, Jack and Will on a little farm just south of Nashville. It’s a whole lot of fun, and having them involved in MADE SOUTH is giving us opportunities to talk with them about hard work and creativity and taking pride in where they’re from.”

              "Our family loves the South, and we love supporting the local businesses who call her home. MADE SOUTH is our way of sharing their stories with you. We hope you like them, and we’re happy to launch MADE SOUTH’S four city tour (Hoover, Franklin-Brentwood, Atlanta, and Louisville) at the new Finley Center at The Hoover Met (100 Ben Chapman Drive; Hoover, AL 35244).



Breaking News: Kudos Jimmy Jacob

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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.

Breaking News: Prayers for the Ozarks

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by Trent Fleming, field editor

Southern Trout Ozark Edition

Persistent, heavy rains in Arkansas and Missouri over the last week or so have resulted in catastrophic flooding throughout the White River region.  In order to manage the record rainfall, the Corps of Engineers are releasing significant amounts of water through the various dams in the region, raising river levels and impacting surrounding areas.  The Corps recently reported inflows to Bull Shoals Lake that were comparable to flows in the Mississippi River at flood stage near St. Louis . . . on the order of 700,000 CFS at one point.  So lots of water coming down.

I did see reports later in the week of good fish being taken in the Bull Shoals tailwater, from those who are floating the river, but conditions dictate extreme care in those situations.

Flash flooding is also affecting free flowing streams, including the North Fork of the White River in Missouri, where record flooding was seen near Tecumseh, and our friends at River of Life Farms experienced significant flood damage.  The Spring River at Mammoth Spring saw extremely high flood levels, as did the Black River in Arkansas, where a levee was breeched, resulting in significant flooding in and around Pocahontas, Arkansas.  Early beans and other crops have likely been affected by the floodwaters.

For now, remember those who have lost homes and businesses in the flood waters, seek to help where you can, and call ahead if you have trips planned in order to evaluate travel routes and whether your outfitter can still accommodate you.   In the coming weeks I hope to visit several of the tailwaters, and will provide some updates.   These large releases of water almost always change up the submerged terrain, so we get to learn the wading areas of the river over again.  

Breaking News: The End is Near…

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(Warning: duct your head before reading)

Skeletal starving bears and forests ravaged by wildfires: Chilling retro posters show how global warming could change America's National Parks by 2050. Hannah Rothstein based the posters on classic, retro National Parks posters produced between 1938 and 1941. One of the posters shows redwood trees in Redwood National and State Parks cut down for logging.

This dire report was in the April 26th edition of the Daily Mail, a confusing newspaper published in London. Rothstein is hell bent on scaring children and the puss guts in her effort to inspires everyone to acknowledge that the climate stewardship is a non-partisan issue and work together to find the solutions to the problem.

She based the posters on classic, retro National Parks posters produced between 1938 and 1941 in an effort to heat things up on her climate change crusade. Our pick of the litter is her print for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that she shows her projection of the park in 2050 that depicts the park in flames due to wildfires.

The Yellowstone National Park print shows a starving, thin bear walking across its landscape. The print reads: 'Disappearing geysers, warming rivers, dying trout, starving grizzlies and pine beetle infestations'

Rothstein wrote, 'If we dive headfirst into inventing for a brighter future, we can prevent National Parks 2050 from becoming a reality'.

                The term "global warming" was dropped, even by the hoaxers, when the statistics were found to have been falsified. The term "climate change" replaced it, very deceitfully, as it climate has always, is always and always will be a'changing.

                Ah, yes, the voice of reason…

Special News: Fleming's Sowbug Chronicles: 2017

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By Trent Fleming

Editor’s note: We’re sharing the Sowbug report sent here from STOE Field Editor, Trent Fleming.

               Today was the second day of the 2017 SowBug Roundup here in Mountain Home, Arkansas.  I arrived about 1 pm, with my cousin and novice fly fisherman Jim Fleming in tow.  The event, set up in a large building on the Baxter County fairgrounds, held true to its roots by featuring literally dozens of outstanding fly tyers showing their skills.  A highlight for me was Mark Crawford’s presentation on fishing the Spring River.  A local boy and self-described hillbilly, Mark is a 14 year veteran of fly fishing the Spring.  He offered great insights into the types of fish in the river, flies, and techniques for catching them, and discussed the potential for active management to transform the Spring into a world-class trout fishery.  

               I was also privileged to visit with a White River legend, John Berry, of Berry Brother’s Guide Service. John also manages Dale Fulton’s Blue Ribbon Fly Shop.  Mr. Crause, also with Berry Brothers, tied me a gorgeous sow bug, and Minnesotan (how did he even find Mountain Home?) Scott Nordby tied an intriguing red “Sunny Chumb” for me.  I visited with Tom Hoskins who offers beautiful handmade nets in a variety of woods, shapes, and sizes. 

I awoke on Saturday looking forward to a return trip to the Sowbug Roundup.  Yesterday’s activities had but whetted my appetite.  I wanted to meet Dave Whitlock, and also to see as many fly tiers as I could. 

Privileged to Meet Dave Whitlock!

Mr. Whitlock was great.  He signed a book for me "Trout and Their Food" and spent several minutes talking about common interests, ranging from the natural fellowship of fly fishers to warm water fishing to our shared love for writing.  What a gentleman, and such a legend in our sport!

My first fly tier of the day was Jamie Franklin, from North Louisiana Flyfishers. We discussed his home state and the waters that his group has to travel to in order to fish, including one of my favorites, the Little Missouri.  Keeping with the Louisiana flavor, I then talked to Harry at the Boyd Rod Company, just some awesome bamboo rods made in Louisiana . . . I had to know the angle there.  Turns out, Harry was introduced to fly fishing at Roaring River State Park in Missouri as a 10-year-old.  Like many of us, it turned out his addiction was serious and would only worsen with time, to the point that he now has devoted his career to rod building (with a little fishing thrown in).  Should you want a gorgeous, handcrafted bamboo rod, check out You will feel like Isaak Walton!

Grant Adkins from Wichita Falls, Texas had great stories of a long career in fishing and tying, as well as his career with RCA that took him around the country, including a stint in my home area of Memphis, Tennessee.  Grant tied a pink attractor pattern for me, and I’m eager to see how it performs on the water.  He reports that he’s now retired - but operates a cattle ranch which “keeps him busy.”  I bet!  He travels to Southeastern Oklahoma to fish as that’s the closest cold water fishery for him.


Allan Fish from Indiana tied an Elk Hair pattern for me, while we discussed some of our favorite waters and techniques.  He travels to SowBug regularly to keep up with old friends and make new ones - a testament to the camaraderie we enjoy in our sport.  Reach Allan at to learn about his fly tying, rod making, and rod repair services.

Yes, I bought a few things.  Product reviews coming soon!  I also contributed to the event via the purchase of raffle tickets, but I was not burdened with any prizes to carry home. Sowbug is a great time.  One of my favorite things is the “free” table - where North Arkansas FlyFishers members bring items they no longer need - to give away!  I was able to pick up a pair of waders that will fit my 11-year-old, and saw others making similar finds.  Start your planning today to make the 21st annual Sowbug Roundup in 2018.

The event is so well organized, there are drawings and silent auctions, seminars, and of course, continual fly tying demonstrations.  Sowbug Roundup runs one more day, from 9-5, and tomorrow I’m looking forward to meeting Dave Whitlock, seeing more flies tied, and attending at least a couple of seminars.