It’s just a couple of weeks away and I can’t wait. The annual Troutfest fly-fishing expo will take place on May 14-15 in Townsend, Tenn., and for the third consecutive year, I’ll participate in the event as an artist vendor. With the Great Smoky Mountains providing the backdrop, this two-day festival will be one of the largest venues for fly-anglers in the Southeast.
Troutfest 2011 is sponsored by the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Proceeds from the event are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department, Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Scholarship Fund and other youth educational conservation projects.
Troutfest presents a Mount Rushmore of fly-fishing, with angling deities Lefty Kreh, Joe Humphreys, Bob Clouser and 2011 Angler of the Year Tom Rosenbauer all appearing at the event. My good buddy and fly-fishing guide David Perry of Southeastern Fly will be one of the featured fly-tyers. Fly shops, other artists, non-profit organizations and government fish and game agencies will also participate, along with a steady stream of musical acts and a constant offering of good food.
I’ll have a booth in one of the vendor tents, and will be offering an array of artwork for sale, including several new, never-seen-in-public paintings.
The exposition will be held at the Townsend Visitors Center, and will be open to the public on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free.
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