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Museum Hall of Fame Inductees

4th Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon & Induction Ceremony
Saturday, March 30, 11:30 am
The Warehouse, Bryson City NC
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2019 Hall of Fame Weekend

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians 4th Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon & Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 30 at the Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing located at 116 Ramseur Street in Bryson City. Reservations are required and may be made by using the above order form, or by calling the museum. The cost is $35 per person.

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 pm.

A Friday pre-event evening 'Lagers with Legends' fundraiser will be held at on March 29 at Nantahala Brewing Company, 61 Depot Street, beginning at 7 pm. Each inductee will select a beer to be 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.

Join us at the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium on Saturday, March 30, from 4-6 pm to see current progress at the aquarium. 117 Island Street, Bryson City.

2019 Inductees

Alen Baker

Alen Baker, North Carolina (Ambassador) – Inducted for his leadership and commitment as the creator of the Fly Fishing Museum of Southern Appalachians and the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium in Bryson City, as a fly fishing author, as an avid fly fisher and for his service and commitment to public service with NC Wildlife Federation and Trout Unlimited.

Bob Nanney

Bob Nanney, North Carolina (Ambassador) – Inducted for his leadership and commitment to fly fishing and the museum. Bob was recognized in 2018 for his many hours of dedication to promoting the museum at Fly Fishing Shows, museum fund raising, museum activities and extensive exhibit work.

Joe Brooks

Joe Brooks, Maryland (Communications) – Inducted posthumously as the author of numerous fly fishing publications, for trail blazing saltwater fly fishing and for the Blonde series of fly patterns.

Squeak Smith

Michael R. 'Squeak' Smith, North Carolina (Conservation) – Inducted for his years of dedication to stream restoration and being an “addicted” life-long fly fisher, a “full time volunteer,” a highly recognized and outstanding conservation leader and a “hands-on” environmentalist.

Jim Estes

James Douglas 'Jim' Estes, North Carolina (Crafts) – Inducted as an amateur fly tyer for over 60 years who is widely recognized for the creativity and wisdom in designing the mop fly. Orvis, Umpqua and many other fly pattern suppliers have all developed versions of the Estes Mop Fly.

George Gaines

George Gaines, Maryland (Humanity) – Inducted for his many contributions to fly fishing as a dedicated fly fishing volunteer, program developer, sponsor and leader of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and Trout Unlimited Tri-State Conservation & Fishing Camp.

Dave Whitlock

Dave Whitlock, Tennessee/Oklahoma (Recreation) – nducted in the Recreation category for his many contributions to fly fishing as a conservationist, innovator, fly fisher, fly tier, writer and artist. Dave is a member of the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, the Trout Hall of Fame, the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Game & Fish Hall of Fame.

2018 Hall of Fame Banquet

Master of Ceremonies Beau Beasley Opens the Event
  • Master of Ceremonies Beau Beasley Opens the Event
  • Kevin Howell, 2018 Inductee
  • Kevin Howell, Mac Brown & Beau Beasley
  • Scott Dean representing his father Jim Dean, 2018 Inductee
  • Scott Dean and Beau Beasley
  • Joyce Shepherd, 2018 Inductee
  • Joyce Shepherd, Starr Nolan & Beau Beasley
  • Curtis Fleming, 2018 Inductee
  • Curtis Fleming & Beau Beasley
  • 2018 Inductees
  • Joyce Shepherd and family
  • Sandy Schenck & family
  • Kevin Howell and family
  • Jim Dean family
  • Richard Him, Jackie Greene & Curtis Fleming