View Full Version : I need friends!!!!!

04-07-2008, 02:40 PM
Okay- that sounds really desperate and lame. That's because it is. I moved to Knoxville recently from Spearfish, South Dakota. I got my degree and now it's my wife's turn, so here I am. I am not complaining, though. Knoxville is a wonderful place to live with lots of bluegrass and trout close by. Anyhow, I am no longer in school and have a very limited social network in Knoxville. (we moved here without knowing a soul) My wife goes to school at LMU and I work at a non-profit agency that caters to the elderly. I was working at a fly shop and as a guide in the Black Hills for four years up until the big move(www.flyfishsd.com (http://www.flyfishsd.com)). I have been fishing mostly on the Clinch as well as trips to the smokies and other tailwaters. Very good fishing and even better surroundings. I, however, am getting tired of fishing by my lonesome. My wife fly fishes, but works weekends. I just found this forum- and am blown away by the activity and the friendliness of its members. So, are there any individuals who want to fish with a super cool (and humble) guy from South Dakota in the near future? I am not a beginner so I am not looking for free guided trips, just someone to share this incurable addiction with. Thanks for any responses!

04-07-2008, 02:58 PM

You may wish to consider joing a TU Chapter....

Attend a few meeting and next thing you know you have a fishing buddy.

I don't always say TU is the answer, but in this case it just might work out.

AK Skim

04-07-2008, 02:59 PM
I would be more than willing to share a stream with you. I also would like to push our local FFF club as well as one of the three TU chapter's in our metro area. Little River TU in Maryville, TN or The Great Smoky Mountain Chapter in Knoxville, TN or the Clinch River Chapter in Clinton, TN.

As for our FFF club we will be meeting tomorrow at 7 PM at Doris Walker Academy on 1110 Hardin Valley Rd.

If you need more info feel free to email ahlstedt@knology.net

04-07-2008, 04:34 PM
I moved here from MN and I know what it is like to not know anyone in a new environment. Trust me when I say you will make some great friends on this forum. You can send me an email and let me know when your heading out fishing. I do have two young kids and a wife that lets me fish sparingly along with work, so I may not be able to join you a ton, but I'm sure we can get together sometime.
email me at flyfishjeep@hotmail.com
Enjoy the forum!

04-07-2008, 04:49 PM
I hear there is some good mule deer and antelope hunting around Spearfish. Hmmm.............. What do you want to know?

04-07-2008, 04:57 PM
"I moved here from MN"
No Way! I grew up in Welch, went to school and played hockey in Hastings. Does Hay Creek ring a bell?

David Knapp
04-07-2008, 04:59 PM
Welcome! First, I have to say that I am extremely jealous that you've spent that much time in the Black Hills. I've fished there three times now and would go back in a heartbeat, especially early in the season. Maybe even talked to you at that flyshop a time or two and if so, thanks for the advice given... Spearfish is a great little town and the canyon is awesome!

Anyway, give me a holler if you want to fish sometime. My email is below...

David Knapp

04-07-2008, 05:48 PM
No Way! I grew up in Welch, went to school and played hockey in Hastings.


Hockey!: Friday nights: Adult Open hockey at the Icearium at 9:10p. Send me an e-mail at petecz@charter.net and I can get you in touch with some folks if you are interested in playing on a team. There is a tournament at the end of May, if you are interested.

Fishing: FFF and TU are good ideas. Also, there are a few different guys I fish with from time to time (some that I even met on this board). I plan on fishing this friday (before hockey). You can join us if you'd like.

Charlie, are you out there? The Gorge is calling...Friday?

Ben, That makes three of us! I wonder how many others there are...

Welcome Earl!

04-07-2008, 06:49 PM
Well- I sold all my goalie gear before I moved to Knoxville. I just assumed hockey was not here...regrets. I do have my goalie skates, though Also- my name is not Earl, but now I think it does sound better than Jamie. I was thinking more along the lines of "Sir Jamie, Earl of Kingston-upon-
Thames" when I made the misleading screen name. That's what I get for trying to be clever. Get called Earl

04-07-2008, 09:46 PM
I think LRO will have to sponsor a team for us next year!!!

Earl (aka Jamie)-PeteCZ and I play hockey in the same league out in west knoxville. Pete is a sharpshooter and I am a goalie as you are. I played high school in St. Michael-Albertville and college hockey at Bethel. I just got new goalie pads. Pete has put a few marks on them already. You will have to gear up and come play when you can.

Hastings!-My roomie freshman year was from Hastings and was best friends with Ben Utech. Utech and I went to the same goalie camp for 4 years, and hung out at college. You also had the 3 guys who went and played at the U of M (names escape me) that were the top scoring line in MN high school history.

We will have to get together and swap stories when we can.

Hope to hear from ya!

Paula Begley
04-07-2008, 09:50 PM
I was thinking more along the lines of "Sir Jamie, Earl of Kingston-upon-
Thames" when I made the misleading screen name. That's what I get for trying to be clever. Get called Earl

Hee! I always wanted to know an Earl! Welcome to the board, Earl! *curtsies*


We're glad to have you here.


04-07-2008, 10:14 PM
Small world! My sister graduated w/Utecht- went to St. Thomas. Who was your roomie? I graduated in '03 so may not recognize him. The 3 guys are Thorpe, Welch and Taffe. What camp did you go to? Man that was a long time ago. There was a club team at Black Hills State I played for. We totally blew and that was the last time I had my gear on - 2005? We even drove to Salt Lake City to play BYU and got pounded (60 shots in 2 periods), then again in Provo. It was fun, though. I have since forsaken hockey in exchange for a longer stick. I may, however, throw on some pads in the future. I got my skates still, too.

04-07-2008, 10:28 PM
Hey, I played hockey for five years! Down at the Ice Chalet. Didn't do the travel team, was too expensive, and then there was no hockey in high school at the time. Earl, I fish the Clinch a lot, if you'd like shoot me an e-mail jamescc76@aol.com, we'll talk hockey and trout. I live close to the park and Townsend, too, could go there. Wow, must be something about hockey and fly fishing, huh? For the record, I was left wing with a wicked hard wrister that ... rarely found the net. My buds and I play gym hockey now, but a trip to the icearium is in the works.

04-08-2008, 01:07 PM
Tim (Tito) Lawrence was my roomie. He was a short big guy that played football and loved to watch hockey. You may have graduated with his younger sister (name escapes me). We graduated in 99 and I think his sister would have been your age.
If you want to skate a little you can come play with our team. We have a game coming up on sunday @ 7:30 at the Icearium in west knox.
Send me an email if you want to fish or play hockey.

JimmyC-You can come out and play with us too if you like. Send me an email if you can make it. We only have a couple games left in this season so try and make it if you can.

04-09-2008, 09:51 PM

I'm trying my best to get out on Friday. I'll give you a holler tomorrow night if I can get away. The brookies are like miniature jeweled siren calling to us from the gorge.:eek:

Out of town earlier this week so I'm just catching up.

04-10-2008, 10:58 AM
Hey man i'm moving in a month so i'm trying to get all the fishing in I can. Shoot me an email if you want to wet a line. oody3wt@hotmail.com


04-10-2008, 11:19 AM
jamie, I've spent some time in spearfish as well. beautiful place. I always welcome new friends and fishing buddies. anytime you want to go, shoot me an email: ttas67@gmail.com

Paula Begley
04-22-2008, 07:47 PM

I have moved your post to it's own thread in Conservation Organizations and Fly Fishing Clubs forum for better coverage of your thoughts. The link is http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/showthread.php?p=51684#post51684