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Old 07-23-2012, 11:56 AM
Don Kirk Don Kirk is offline
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Both Jim Casada and I have been working on this subject for a number of years. I know Jim would be more than pleased to talk to you, as would I. Jim is the go to guy for the NC side. Of course he knows a good bit about the TN side too.
I've started a new online magazine, Southern Trout, that features a couple of historical pieces in each issue. The next issue (Sept/Oct) has a article about L.J. DeCuir, who wrote the first fly pattern book on southern waters, and an old 1880's article on fishing Raven's Fork by a fellow named Donald Gillis. The Nov/Dec issue has an extensive article on Jim Gasque, the old writer who made Mark Cathey a well known legend. It is written by Bill Stuart, the curator the Fly Fishing Museum.
You can view the first two issues at The website’s blog has an article on its now on the origins of the Tellico Nymph titled, “Whose ya daddy?” I suspect it will create some controversy. I have a half-cooked “dog and pony” show I do on the old timers for groups like TU and FFF. I think I have a dozen or shows to do this winter around the region. Lastly, I am working on a fly history book for Stackpole that will be out in 2013, so I am always eager to talk about such things.
Jim and I knew some of the old timers. We are committed to recording and preserving as much as we can gather. You can email me or call me at 205-665-2658. It is certainly an interested history that some of us find very fascinating.
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