Trout are among the most abundant but unnoticed vertebrates in the Smokies. The Southern Appalachians feature exceptionally abundant trout habitat. Ian & Charity Rutter will speak about the qualities of the Smoky Mountain region that make it a unique trout habitat. They will discuss the difference between Smoky Mountain streams and TVA tail waters. They will also speak about the recent resurgence of native brook trout. You don’t have to be a fly fisher to enjoy this program, but a portion of the program will address how trout fishing in the Smokies differs dramatically from other areas.
Ian & Charity Rutter are fly fishing guides who live in Townsend, TN. Ian has been guiding since 1995 in the Smokies as well as the Clinch, Holston, and other tail waters in East Tennessee. Ian has written five books about fly fishing in the area including Great Smoky Mountains National Park Anglers Companion and Tennessee Trout Waters: A Blue Ribbon Guide. Charity has been guiding in the Smokies since 2002 and over the past few years has been named a top female guide by both Field & Stream and Backpacker magazines.
In addition to their fly fishing business, both are ardent conservationists and have been volunteering as National Park Fisheries on a variety of projects from water quality monitoring to native brook trout restoration.
This is a free program , no registration required.