Approximately 100 guests attended the Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on September 24, 2016 at Southwestern Community College Swain Center just outside Bryson City. Master of Ceremonies for the day was Beau Beasley, noted outdoor writer and angler. Guests were treated to a BBQ meal provided by West Swain Fire Department. After the ceremony, everyone visited the Museum for dessert and a tour.
Phil H. Bracewell, Sr. (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 (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 (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 (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.