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01-25-2007, 12:48 PM
I just received the "Watermark" which is the southeastern conclave publication of Federation of Flyfshers. In it it states that a charter club is in the making in Knoxville, TN. I'm a long standing member of FF but no nothing about such an endeavor. Does anyone have any news about this upcoming club? Please infor anyone. Sorry about using the Smokies section for this. Didn't know where to ask.


01-25-2007, 01:33 PM
Sorry, Hans. I don't know.

Byron Begley
01-25-2007, 05:45 PM

I sent an e-mail to Dave Duffy. He's Chairman of the Southeastern Council. I didn't get my Watermark today of course, here in Townsend everything gets here a day or two later. I'm sure he'll let me know what's going on and I'll pass it on. I knew he was trying to organize a club here but I haven't heard a word either.


01-25-2007, 06:23 PM
I didn't get my Watermark today of course, here in Townsend everything gets here a day or two later.


Somehow I don't think that upsets you, though. ;)

Byron Begley
01-25-2007, 06:52 PM
You are right again Mr. Fowler!


01-25-2007, 11:05 PM

Thanks for helping me out. I visited TU in Maryville tonight and listened to Steve Moore. It is always a pleasure to hear him speak. I'm looking forward to your presentation in April. Anyway, I'm going to try to volunteer for some stuff this year.

I'm moving my membership from the Hiwassee chapter to the Little River Chapter. I just down go down to Hiwassee enough anymore to warrant membership down there. I miss Don Denney and those guys though. I have learned that wherever you go, when you are around Trout Bums you are in good company.

In conclusion, I guess we need to move this thread somewhere else. I most have been drunk when I wrote to apologize for putting this in the smokies section when it actually is in the tackle and gear section. ;D

01-25-2007, 11:06 PM

Nice to see you again. I hope we can fish sometime together. let me know in a pm when the season gets going.

Byron Begley
01-26-2007, 12:42 PM
I got an e-mail from Dave Duffy who is the Chairman of the Southeastern Council of FFF. He had some folks lined up to start a club in Knoxville and it fell apart. He's still interested in getting one going. BTW the Council sponsors an intern to work with the Fisheries Crew at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can go to their website and check it out in the Conservation part of the website:


If any of you are interested in starting a club contact Dave.


Butte Irish
01-26-2007, 05:03 PM
Thanks Byron for getting this on the site.

Club formation is not too hard and I am willing to help those who would like to do this.

The Federation of Fly Fishers is not a competing organization to Trout Unlimited. *Rather it is a complimentary organization. *The FFF stands for Friends Fun and Fly Fishing. * Anyone who has caught a fish on a fly should belong to FFF. *The only organization that advocates for the Fly Fisher for All Fish and All Waters. *The President of the Federation of Fly fishers, R. P. Van Gytenbeek, is a past Executive Director of Trout Unlimited. *"Van" spearheaded the growth of TU during the 1970's. * *

Projects funded and sponsered by the FFF and the Southeratern Council of which I am President and have been working for 19 years. *

The FFF has been the lead in forming groups to get the Stripped Bass listed as a game fish on the East Coast. *

The Osprey, a newsletter on Salmon and Steelhead publiched by the FFF, *is condidered the top scientific source for study in these increadable fish. *

The mangrove Initiative in Florida to help re-plant mangroves damaged by the hurricanes. *The Mangroves are the nursery areas for Saltwater near shore fisheries. *Anyone who wants to go after Reds, Snook, etc. should consider supporting this work.

The FFF in the SE has sponsored the inturn mentioned above. *All funding came from the SE Council. *

of the tiers that i know that have been at the shop, Bob clouser life member honered by FFF, Chris Helms awarded the Buszic (sp) award for anoutstanding tier in the FFF and life member, Dean Campbell awarded the SE Council teir of the year award. *

The FFF works hard in educating the Fly fishing public with classes. *Go to the SEC website in Byron's link and look at the classes offered at Calloway Gardens in June 2007 and see what you can take/learn. *

In livingston this year there will be over 70 *workshops devotyed to tying casting and fishing techniques. *Too many to count. *

On the Conservation side the FFF was the lead on setting up the first conference on the Diddy mo or rock snot that has shown its head in the South Holston and other streams in the US. *This symposium was held in bozeman, MT last May before the Western fisheries society meeting.

The FFF also has formed an alliance with the Wounded Warrior Program whereby wounded vets receive physical and recreational therapy including fly fishing and fly tying. *The FFF used the 501c3 classification to help this organization get off the ground. *I met some of these vets in Bozeman, MT last summer at the National comnclave and had a grant time talking with some of them. *This program is taking off at Veteren's hospitals ation wide and another good reason to look at the FFF and become involved.

I have been on the soap box enough. *

We need 7 people to form a club. *Those interested give me a shout. *

Dave Duffy (Butte Irish)

Butte Irish
03-07-2007, 02:19 PM
with over 200 views there should be enough interest to form a club. Any takers?

Dave Duffy

03-07-2007, 03:08 PM
Butte Irish, I've sent you a couple of PM's with questions but haven't heard back.
Do you have a place to meet yet and how often?
What are the fees and kinds of commitments from members?
I may be interested in attending a meeting to see what its all about. I'm already an LRTU member and try to participate in stream projects within the park as much as possible.

Flat Fly n
03-07-2007, 06:07 PM
Your triplet brother here from the Asheville FFF conclave years ago. Dean, you, and I make a LARGE room small! Still tying those fuse bodied hoppers?

I would be more than interested in helping with this.

Phil Brandt
Flat Fly'n

PS..Dave, check your "private message" box on this thing. I have a question to ask you re:conclave. Thanks.

Byron Begley
03-08-2007, 02:02 PM
I lived in Nashville before moving here. I belonged and served on the board of our TU Chapter and I am still a life member of Middle Tennessee Fly Fishers. I see no conflict and can only imagine benefits from having an FFF chapter here. I am a founding member of LTCTU also. FFF reaches a broader group of anglers such as warmwater and saltwater fly fishermen. The Southeast Council of FFF has donated and pledged a considerable amount of money to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park fisheries department which provides funding for seasonal staff and the brook trout restoration projects. So, you can count me in. My time is limited but I'm there. I think there is a lot of support here for an FFF club.

I just talked to Stan Smartt. He said to count him in also.


03-08-2007, 04:08 PM
I have been a member of FFF since 1996. I have never lived close enough to be able to participate in any activities. I would really like to see a club here in the Knoxville area. Count me in if this materializes.

Paula Begley
03-08-2007, 09:08 PM
Count me in. I love the work that FFF does. I am with Byron, I don't see a conflict. We are all working for better fisheries of all sorts.


03-09-2007, 01:22 AM
I'd be interested in joining, although with work and school I couldn't be too much help.

Butte Irish
03-12-2007, 02:59 PM
If one was better then one would be able to post more often.

I have had touble with my book mrk for the board. It appears that the nut behind the wheel is creating operator error.

IO will be back this evening with more details.

Butte Irish

Butte Irish
03-16-2007, 05:39 PM
I have been watching the thread maybe not as much as I could but there is an interest in this. I asked if there were any takers at 200 reads and not there are 472. I talked with Byron and he gave me permission to post on the thread.

So here is the deal. I will be in the Lodge at Gander Mountain in Knoxville, TN (exit 373) on Saturday March 31, 2007 at 10:30 am to meet with any and all who are interested in forming this club. I will be driving over from spruce Pine, NC and the meet should not last more than an hour or so.

I will explain what the Federation of Fly fishers is as an organization and the steps need to form the Club. It is not hard to do this.

Please reply to this thread or send me an email if you can attend.

My email address is listed in the personal information on this site, in the inside front cover of the Flyfisher, the Magazine of the FFF under Board of directors and Council Presidents and on the secfff.ore website and on the fedflyfishers.org national site. I really do not want to put my email here so please go find it. It may cut down on the spam I get.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you at Gander Mountain.

David Duffy (Butte Irish)
President Southeastern Council
Federation of Fly Fishers
Member Board of Directors

03-29-2007, 07:45 AM
I'm not able to be at Gander mountain this saturday (I have a fishing trip planned since ages ago). I am however interested in forming a club if there are enough interest in the Knoxville area. Keep me updated and Good Luck.

Butte Irish
03-29-2007, 10:04 AM
So do I need a head count to satisfy my curisoity and justify my wife going shoping in Knoxville????

Dave Irish

Butte Irish
03-29-2007, 10:06 AM
with the number of reads and response this should work just fine.

Butte irish Dave