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    Default Congrats to Byron Begley and Walter Babb- 2018 "Legends of the Fly Inductees"



    "If you missed it congratulations are in order to our own Walter Babb and Byron Begley, founder of Little River Outfitters!"

    As 2018 inductees to the
    "LEGENDS of the FLY" Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Friday February 2, 2018; a part of the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show this will be a "do not miss weekend" at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth Ga. Two days and two show floors of fly fishing filled with demos, seminars, celebrity anglers and best of all our own Walter Babb and Byron Begley induction into the Hall of Fame.

    In honor and recognition of their years of dedication and giving to the sport of fly fishing through teaching and most importantly community service this will be a special day for all of us. This year is very important as all six inductees have close ties to Tennessee and North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains. Come for the day or the weekend this is only the second time this show has come to the Atlanta area and the Southeast!

    SEE BELOW FOR ALL THE LINKS TO THE SHOW, HOTEL INFORMATION AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE INDUCTEES:

    2018 Hall of Fame Inductees
    Voting is complete and there are six people to be inducted into the ST “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame at The Fly Show in Atlanta, Georgia on February 2nd. The inductees are:

    Walter Babb of Sweetwater, Tennessee
    Dr. Jim Casada of Rock Hill, South Carolina
    Byron Begley of Townsend, Tennessee
    Kevin Howell of Pisgah, North Carolina
    Roger Lowe of Cashiers, North Carolina
    Alan Baker of Charlotte, North Carolina

    SOUTHERN TROUT MAGAZINE LINK:
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    http://www.southerntrout.com/blog/20...eid=33e8feb0e0

    SHOW INFO LINK:
    http://flyfishingshow.com/atlanta/'ll
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    Yes indeed, congrats to these 2 gentlemen!!
    <(((>< In tribute to Ben, Duck Hunter extraordinaire, and man's best friend.

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    I'm glad to see Roger Lowe getting some recognition, also. He taught me a lot about fly tying back when he had his shop in Waynesville.
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    Two very worthy gentlemen and fabulous ambassadors for our sport! Thank you to both of you!
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    congrats gentlemen!! very deserving!

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    2 well deserving gentlemen who have done a HUGE amount of work to the benefit of us all who fish the Smokies.

    Jim Parks

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    "If you missed it congratulations are in order to our own Walter Babb and Byron Begley, founder of Little River Outfitters!"

    WHETHER YOU COME FOR THE DAY OR STAY ALL WEEKEND THIS IS A "DO NOT MISS EVENT"!

    JUST TWO DAYS AWAY TO THE BIGGEST FLY FISHING SHOW IN THE SOUTHEAST! COME HELP US CELEBRATE THE INDUCTION OF THE "LEGENDS of the FLY 2018" HALL OF FAME MEMBERS INCLUDING:



    WALTER BABB

    BYRON BEGLEY

    SOUTHERN TROUT MAGAZINE LINK:CLICK TO READ MORE
    http://www.southerntrout.com/blog/20...eid=33e8feb0e0

    SHOW INFO LINK:
    http://flyfishingshow.com/atlanta/'ll
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    The Atlanta Fly Fishing show was even bigger than last years and of course the "LEGENDS of the FLY" 2018 Hall of Fame sponsored by "SOUTHERN TROUT" magazine capped the event off with the presentation to the six new inductees. It was definitely special this year as all the new members hail from the Tennessee-North Carolina Smokies region including our own Byron Beagley and Walter Babb!

    It was a weekend of complete fly fishing immersion as we almost ran from booth to booth trying to see it all and catch as many seminars as we could. The latest fishing gear to casting demos and fly tying were on display and ran non stop for two days. The best part Ben Furimsky the show promoter has already started the planning for the 2019 show. Seeing old friends and catching up along with meeting new ones made the weekend even better and I hope everyone can attend next year's Atlanta Fly Fishing show!

    Here are some shots from the show and if you have any please feel free to add:

    LEGENDS of the FLY pre-show, yes that is Byron and Paula on the front row:



    Here is Byron Beagley with Don Kirk being presented his award:



    ON THE SHOW FLOOR WORKING DAVE WHITLOCK LAST YEAR'S FIRST INDUCTEE:


    DAVE WHITLOCK: A TRUE LEGEND AND ONE OF THE KINDEST MEN ON THIS PLANET:


    TRADD LITTLE TYING ON THE SHOW FLOOR:


    INDUCTEE ROGER LOWE (LEFT) DON KIRK AND JOHN AND JOE OF THOMAS & THOMAS RODS, A SPONSOR AND GREAT GUYS TO BOOT!
    "It starts with a raindrop, don't let it end with a teardrop!"

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    "Legends of the Fly" 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees



    From left Don Kirk-Southern Trout publisher & author-Byron Begley-Jim Casada-Alen Baker-Kevin Howell-Roger Lowe [not pictured-Walter Babb]
    Last weekend the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show was the venue for the Southern Trout “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The event was well attended and the responses of all six recipients of the awards were very touching and heart felt. Master of Ceremonies, John Reinhardt, was at his best making the induction memorable.

    Inductees were Dr. Jim Casada of Rockhill, SC; Roger Lowe of Waynesville, NC, Byron Begley of Townsend, TN; Kevin Howell of Pisgah, NC; Walter Babb of Sweetwater, TN; and Alen Baker of Charlotte, NC. The exploits and accomplishments of all six of these individuals have certainly paved the way for fly fishing in the South to be the art form that it now is...


    CLICK TO READ MORE:
    http://www.southerntrout.com/blog/20...eid=33e8feb0e0
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    "It starts with a raindrop, don't let it end with a teardrop!"

    "Nothing straightens out my mind like a twisting mountain stream!"

    Follow the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Unlimited website:

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    FACEBOOK: http://m.facebook.com/GreatSmokyMountainTU/

    "A true conservationist is someone who knows that the world is not given by their fathers, but borrowed from their children."

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    I had the pleasure of attending the "2018 Legends of the Fly" induction ceremony at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show. I got to meet Kevin (Davidson River Outfitters). I had the pleasure of meeting Walter at Troutfest a few years ago. I hope to meet Roger soon.

    I've met and gotten to converse/work with Don (Southern Trout), Byron (LRO), Jim (Jim Casada Outdoors) & Alen (Fly Fising Museum of the Southern Appalachians) over the last number of years. Kudos to Don and Alen for nurturing a renewed kinship among these true legends.
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