I’m excited to be heading down to Townsend, Tennessee, next weekend for Troutfest Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Exposition, which will be held May 13-15. A bunch of my heroes will be there–Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, and Joe Humphreys in particular–and I love small-stream fishing for wild trout and have never sampled the Tennessee version, which I hear is some of the best in the nation.
More than just a fly-fishing show; it’s an important fundraiser, as well. Proceeds from the event are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department, Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Scholarship Fund or other youth educational conservation projects. The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors Troutfest as their major fundraiser and annual festival. This year, the event will be one of the largest venues for fly anglers in the Southeast.