The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians 4th Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon & Induction Ceremony will be held in April on a Saturday, date TBD. Reservations are required. More details to follow.
A Friday pre-event evening fundraiser will be held at Nantahala Brewing Company beginning at 7 pm. Each inductee will select a beer to renamed after them during the event, and Nantahala Brewing will donate $1 per renamed beer sold during the evening. The event will honor the inductees and raise funds for Casting Carolinas, a non-profit organization that utilizes fly fishing as a means of helping patients deal with and recover from various cancers.
On Saturday, the Hall of Fame luncheon will begin with a 'Meet and Greet' will be held from 11:30 am - noon, when lunch is served. Beau Beasley, well-known author and angler, will emcee the induction ceremony, which will begin at 1:00 pm.
Join us at the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium on Saturday, from 4-6 pm for a grand opening celebration. 117 Island Street. Details to follow.
Jim Dean, North Carolina (Communications) – Inducted posthumously as the editor of Wildlife in NC for many years, the author of numerous outdoor articles and books, and an outdoor photographer.
Sandy Schenck, North Carolina (Conservation) – Inducted for his many years of dedication to teaching kids about the outdoors and preserving the land. He founded Muddy Sneakers – “teaching children the joy of learning outside” – and he is the founder and executive director of Green River Preserve summer camp where he put 2,600 acres of Green River Preserve in a conservation easement, preserving the land for perpetuity.
Kevin Howell, North Carolina (Crafts) – Inducted as a professional fly tier who is widely recognized for the creativity and wisdom in designing the famed Hot Creek Special, Trip Maker, Trip Saver as well as other noted creations. Kevin is the owner of Davidson River Outfitters and continues the family legacy of his father Don R. Howell and uncle Dwight Howell.
Joyce Shepherd, North Carolina (Humanity) – Inducted for her contributions to fly fishing as a volunteer of organizations that “give back” helping others recover from personal challenges, as a fly casting instructor, and for her leadership in NCWF, NCTU, RRTU and Casting Carolinas.
Curtis Fleming, West Virginia (Recreation) – Inducted for his varied contributions to fly fishing as a fly fishing volunteer, fly fishing educator, fly fishing guide, and “Reality Fly Fishing” TV celebrity. A West Virginia fly fisherman, Fleming has been the host for more than fifteen seasons of the globally televised Fly Rod Chronicles.
Bernard “Lefty” Kreh, Maryland (Recreation) — Inducted on April 8, 2017 at the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival for his many contributions to fly fishing as an outdoor writer with 31 books to his credit, innovative fly tyer especially known for his world-renowned Lefty’s Deceiver of the late-1950s and as a fly rod designer.
Mac Brown, North Carolina (Recreation) — Inducted for his varied contributions to fly fishing as a fly fishing volunteer of many organizations, guide, book author, instructor, coach and for his regional and national leadership in fly fishing competitions.
Jimmy Jacobs, Georgia (Communications) — Inducted as the author of numerous fly fishing books and articles, seminar speaker, and photographer.
Stephen Edward Moore, Tennessee (Conservation) — Inducted for his years of dedication to the restoration of brook trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and his efforts in the discovery of the southern strain of brook trout.
Joe M. Messinger, Sr., West Virginia (Crafts) — Inducted posthumously as a professional fly tier who is widely recognized for the creativity and wisdom in designing the famed Irresistible pattern as well as other noted creations including the Nitehummer, Messinger Frog or Bucktail Frog, Meadow Frog, Golden Frog, Dogcatcher, Bleeding Bucktail Popper, and Bleeding Hair Frog.
Starr Nolan, North Carolina (Humanity) — Inducted for her contributions to fly fishing as a fly fishing volunteer in many organizations, instructor, educator, clinical coach and for her regional and national leadership in the use of fly fishing as a method of therapy for recovering cancer patients.
Phil H. Bracewell, Sr., North Carolina (Conservation) – Inducted posthumously for his many years of dedication to the sport as a founding member of the original North Carolina Chapter of Trout Unlimited and as a volunteer conservation leader who served as a Trout Unlimited National Director for many years. He was the fund raising leader of the Northwestern NC Chapter of Trout Unlimited and set numerous national banquet records.
Walter Oliver Cary, Virginia (Crafts) – Inducted as a professional popper maker who is well known for decades of creativity and wisdom in designing poppers that panfish and bass can’t resist. He is also widely recognized for his dedication to providing fly tying demonstrations and fly fishing presentations, working with novice anglers, kids and veterans.
Jim Casada, South Carolina (Communications) – Inducted as the author of numerous outdoor books and as a seminar speaker who has shared a lifetime of knowledge and experience with us all. In addition to fly fishing, he has written about hunting, game and fish recipes, the history of sport and on academic subjects.
Wanda Hair Taylor, Georgia (Recreation) – Inducted for her many contributions to fly fishing in the Southeast as a professional guide, certified fly casting instructor and highly involved fly volunteer with Casting Carolinas, Project Healing Waters, Casting for Confidence and Casting for Recovery.