Troutfest is two weeks away.  Everyone is busy getting ready.  Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser and Joe Humphreys have their airline tickets and will be attending the banquet on Friday night.  Then they will give seminars, sign books and Joe and Bob will tie flies in the Fly Tying Tent.

We have more great prizes for the banquet than ever before, by far.  And, it looks like there will be under 300 people attending, maybe only 250.  I believe Rufus told me the retail value of the auction items and prizes totaled about $20,000.  The banquet will be held in a huge tent behind the Visitors Center.  Tickets can be bought at the shop, ordered by phone 877-448-3474 or purchased online by clicking HERE.  They are $50 each.  We have limited the number of banquet tickets to be sold to 300.   Please buy yours now or you may miss out.



On Saturday and Sunday we will hold the Fly Fishing Exposition.  One tent will hold the National Vendors, people like Orvis, Chota, Temple Fork and others.  We will have the usual Education Tent but this year there will be several new exhibitors.

Artists, rod makers and builders and other fly fishing related craftspeople will be set up in the Vendors Tent.  They will be selling their works of art.  Guides will have booths and there will be food vendors onsite so you don’t have to leave the Exposition.

You will be given a schedule of events held throughout the weekend.  There will always be several events going on at the same time so you can choose what you want to do.  One very popular area will be the Fly Tying Tent.  We will charge $10 for a weekend pass.  There will be 42 people demonstrating fly tying by rotating in shifts all weekend.  Below is a schedule for the tent:


9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bill Boyd, Jr.
Bill Boyd, Sr.
Mike Bone
Brian Courtney
Tim Doyle
Lynn Hayes
Mike Adams
Phil Brandt
Ray Ball
Wendy Williams

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Andy Vanderwall
Brad Weeks
Cassie Sulzby
David Perry
Gary Troutman
Lee Whitehead
Bob Clouser
Randy Hamilton
Tim Ivey
Walter Babb
Tyler Legg


9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Buzz Buffington
David Carson
Hugh Hartsell
Jeff Barrett
Jeff Wilkins
Joe Humphreys
Kent Edmonds
Kevin Howell
Rex Wilston
Steve Yates
Sam Barbee

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brett Romer
Calvin O'Hern
Dean Campbell
Gary McCown
Jack Gregory
Ken Henderson
Rocky Cox
Roger Lowe
Steve Brown
Travis Reynolds

You are going to enjoy Troutfest this year.  All proceeds go to the Fisheries Department at Great Smoky Mountains National Park for brook trout restoration and other projects.  We hope to see you at Troutfest 2009.
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