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Tyler Legg
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Troutfest 2011 is just around the corner. Next weekend, May 13th-15th to be exact. T-Fest will be held at the Townsend Visitors Center in Townsend, TN. The banquet is on Friday evening and the expo is Saturday and Sunday. If you've attended in the past, you know how exciting Troutfest is. Fly fishing, fly tying, great people, great food, and after the expo, great fishing. In no particular order. This year, T-Fest is going to be even bigger. Last year was incredible. This year is expected to be even better, if you can believe it. 2 new additions to the celebrity anglers include Tom Rosenbauer, who is currently the marketing director at Orvis, an author of many popular fly fishing books, and the host of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast (just to name a few of his accomplishments). Second in the celebrity lineup is Zach Matthews. Zach hosts the very popular Itinerant Angler podcast and is the Southeast Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine. Of course the legends Lefty, Bob, and Joe will also be there.

Troutfest isn't your ordinary expo. Proceeds raised go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department, Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Scholarship Fund or other youth educational conservation projects. Of course a small portion will be saved for Troutfest 2012.

If you are driving to Townsend from a considerable distance away and you're planning to stay overnight, book your campsite/hotel room quickly, as time is waning! I'd imagine hotels in Townsend are pretty full. Campgrounds are likely no different. If there are no vacancies, try Maryville/Alcoa, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or even Knoxville if you don't mind the drive.

I'm scheduled to demonstrate as a fly tyer on Saturday from 1 until 5. I'll be tying Extended Body Inchworms, Vinyl Rib Stones, and if time allows, some semi-realistic patterns. Requests for a certain pattern are welcomed as well.

For more info on Troutfest, visit Troutfest.org. To view the official Troutfest 2011 schedule, click here.

Hope to see you there!


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