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leah kirk

The Cherokee Hook and Hackle Fly Tiers Retreat is shaping up to a great place for tiers and tier wannabes to come together to see the best in old time traditional trout flies to the latest, cutting edge hook dressing innovations. The event will be held November 4-6 at the Yellow Hill Community Center located a 1416 Acquoni Road, Cherokee.

“We really want tiers to join in and show off your talents for this special event,” says Bob Nanney who is heading up the Cherokee Hook and Hackle gathering. “We are inviting 60 + tiers from across the region. Currently we have several vendors coming such as Golden Rule Fly Shop, Tuckasagee Fly Shop, Fly Fishing the Smokies and others, plus I am getting several more lined up to join the event. Food will be prepared by Tennessee Casting for Recovery and we will have several other nonprofit groups as well. There is no charge for admission.

The format of the Cherokee Hook and Hackle will be similar to the tying event held last November in Townsend, Tennessee. On Friday November the 4th 15-20 tying stations located throughout the Yellow Hill Community building and there will be four 2- hour sessions, the first starting at 9:00 am and last at 11:00 am. The following beginsat 11:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm. The next session starts at 1:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm, and the final session will be from 3:00pm til 5:00pm . Each tying station will have an 8 ft. table and ample chairs for tiers and visitors

“The same thing will take place the next day Saturday the 5th,” says Nanney. “We are working on something special for Saturday night, but I can't say more right now because it is in the planning stages. Our goal is to make this one of the most enjoyable weekends you will spend all year...... area shopping, Harrahs, The Great Smokies Railroad, fishing, sightseeing and the list of things to do goes on and on.”

For more, contact Bob Nanney at

Cherokee Classic 2016

leah kirk

    The 2nd Annual Casting for Hope Cherokee Classic held in June was a big success.  The Cherokee Tribe’s fish and wildlife division graciously donated $6,000 to Casting for Hope as the prize money for the top three teams in the field of 16 two-person squads.  It was an outstanding day of being on the water fishing for a cause.  The top prize winners were Patrick Clark and Ricky Ozmar, taking home $3,000; Scott Enloe and Cherokee’s own Michael Bradley, taking home $2,000; and Casting for Hope’s co-founders John Zimmerman and Taylor Sharp taking a 3rd place, donating their $1,000 in prize money back to the Casting for Hope programming funds. 

                John and Taylor started Casting for Hope back in 2011 after they fished together in a one-day competition on the Davidson River, hosted by Davidson River Outfitters to support Casting for Recovery.  Blending their skill sets of seeing potential and starting new programs. Their first Casting for Hope tournament was November 2011.  One of the favorite parts of the Cherokee Classic this year was the new faces in the lineup. The father-son team of the Garretts used the tournament as their Father’s Day weekend centerpiece and Mike Kinner who “had the time of his life” and is already eager for the next Casting for Hope competition.