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Museum Hall of Fame

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon & Induction Ceremony will be held August 26, 2017 at the Southwestern Community College Swain Center, located at 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City. From downtown Bryson City drive approximately 7 miles on US 19/74. The school will be on your left.

With limited space, advanced reservations are essential and are currently being taken. Call 828-488-3681 or e-mail to reserve your place. The ticket price of $35 per person ($10 for children under 12) includes admission to the induction ceremony and lunch.

Bernard “Lefty” Kreh (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 (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 (Communications) — Inducted as the author of numerous fly fishing books and articles, seminar speaker, and photographer.

Stephen Edward Moore (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. (Crafts) — Inducted 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 (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.

2016 Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon


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.

2016 Inductees

Phil Bracewell

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.

Walt Carey

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

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 Taylor

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.