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Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival

leah kirk

It’s that time of year again. October 8th Tuckaseegee Fly Shop will host the 2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival on Fry Street in downtown Bryson City, North Carolina.  There will be several fly fishing clubs in town that weekend and the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad will have 3000+ riders loading and unloading right beside the festival.  The foot traffic is expected to be fantastic

Setup Time for vendors is 6:30am - 9:00am. Festival time is: 9:00am - 5:00pm. Vendors will be demonstrating fly tying, local trout fly patterns, casting demonstrations, and the wares and field representatives for a number of major fly fishing manufacturers.  Afterwards everyone will be eating in town and going to Nantahala Brewing Company. All Booths are to be registered and paid by August 8, 2016. For more contact Bobby Bennett at Tuckaseegee Fly Shop at 828.488.3333 or email


leah kirk

Rogue bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park beware, the NPS now employs “CSI” tactics in response to bear attacks by resident bruin trouble makers. In what amounts to an innocence project for bears, NPS operatives have turned to modern forensic technology, including establishing DNA evidence data base to make sure they don't kill the wrong bear when a human is attacked in the mountains. Twice in the last two years the Park Service executed bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park only to find out through DNA evidence afterward it had the wrong suspects.

At this time submission for testing by bears is entirely voluntary. Bears showing up to blood work will receive a fully stocked picnic basket and red bandana to show Black Bear Lives Matter. At this time domesticated bears and those bears that are undocumented (i.e., “no Green Card), are not allowed into the DNA Data Base Program. 

Virginia Does It Right For Dad’s Day

leah kirk

The Fishing Wire reports that just in time for Father’s Day Weekend, a special event is planned for Big Tumbling Creek located at the Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area for June 13, 15, 17, & 18. A special brook trout stocking to include more than 500 trophy sized trout stocked throughout the week, will test the skills of anglers of all ages. Two barrier-free trails are now open for limited mobility anglers. A daily permit ($8) is required of anglers; however, children 12 and under may fish without a permit as long as they are accompanied by a permitted adult and their combined creel does not exceed that of the adult (6 trout). Additional information may be found by contacting the DGIF Marion Regional Office (276-783-486