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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. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Breaking Bad

leah kirk

Great Smoky Mountains National Park gang leaders are breaking bad again by proposing a fee in for campgrounds, pavilions and anything they shakedown John Q. Public.  User fees at Cades Creek and other front country campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park would increase under a new proposal. Three years ago, Great Smoky Mountains National Park didn't open some campgrounds and picnic areas due to funding short falls. Now, the park is proposing fee increases of up to 30 percent at all front country campgrounds and picnic pavilions to meet the rising costs of operations, reduce a backlog of maintenance requirements on park facilities, and initiate needed improvements.