Legends of the Fly nominees named

Nominations for this year’s Southern Trout Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame include several anglers from the Smokies region, two of whom are in Western North Carolina.

Jim Mills, a fly tyer and rod maker who lives in Whittier, and Alen Baker, a Charlotte resident who spearheaded the creation of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians, located in Bryson City, are both on the list of nominees. Other nominees from the larger region include Jeff Durniak of Rabun County, Georgia; Byron Begley of Townsend, Tennessee; and Cap Weiss of Caldwell County, North Carolina.

Inductees will be chosen based on an online poll at www.southerntrout.com/hall-of-fame/, with voting open through Jan. 3, 2018. Voters can choose from new candidates as well as from the list of candidates nominated last year. North Carolina candidates from 2016 include Jim Casada, Roger Lowe, Rex Wilson, Kevin Howell, Jim Gasque, Ben Craig and Fred Hall.

Winners will be announced Jan. 5, 2018.

The Naturalist's Corner

  • The eagles have landed
    The eagles have landed The eagles’ neighbors have known for months, observant birders and other Lake Junaluska regulars have either known or suspected, and I have sat on the news for a while as I consulted with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife, but…

Back Then with George Ellison

  • Colorful reminders of long-ago homesteads
    Colorful reminders of long-ago homesteads A chimney standing all alone where a fire burned a house down long ago … a crumbling stone wall overgrown with tangles of vines … a flattened area on a slope above a creek or abandoned roadbed … all are likely locations for a dwelling…
Go to top