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SMITH RIVER WEEKEND RELEASES - Update
Posted on June 9, 2016 by lkennerly

SMITH RIVER WEEKEND RELEASES

Dear fellow members,

I have received the message below from Doug Jessie, President of the TU Smith River Chapter. I thought it important that you be aware of some of the next steps being taken to try to reduce weekend generation.

I have indicated to both Mr. Jessie and to Ms. Wittorp of TU National that they have my personal support and that of Nat Greene Fly Fishers.

Adam Irving

Subject: Weekend Releases on the Smith River from Doug Jessie, SRTU

Good morning all.

Some of you TU chapter presidents I know, some I don´t. I´m the president of Smith River Chapter based out of Bassett/Martinsville, VA.

I´m writing you because your chapters are our "neighbors" and many of your members probably fish the Smith River. The Smith has a lot of challenges. It is a 30 mile trout tail water that has existed for over 60 years. The fire in the powerhouse that shut down all generation is the newest challenge that threatens her. But when that gets resolved we have another man made challenge to consider.

Last year, there was an announcement that the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) brokered an agreement with the Corps of Engineers and Dominion Power to have four hour generation with one turbine on both Saturday and Sunday. The generation occurred from 10 am to 2 pm and sent a slug of water downstream at 650 cfs and greater. The goal was to increase paddling recreation on the Smith and thus economic growth. See the linked news release: http://www.henrycountyva.gov/news/details/id/67

If you will notice the list of stakeholders involved in the discussions did not include any representatives of the fishing community or the state´s VDGIF biologists. Nor did they consider the negative economic impact of the loss of fisherman´s dollars. They do mention the flows will provide cold water that will benefit the fishery downstream. We and VDGIF have been asking for a 1-2 hour pulse of cold water on summer Sundays for 10-15 years and have always been told that was impossible. Now we get releases for 8 hours in the middle of the day in every month? It is the biologist´s contention that the fall, winter and spring releases are detrimental to the fishery as well as the length of the proposed summer releases.

Since we have always wanted some weekend release, we would prefer a compromise. Heck, many of us are paddlers, too. We would like to see one day of generation, preferably Sunday. We would like to see it reduced to 3 hours. We would like to see it for June - September only. We would like to have a representative in all discussions and want VDGIF included in all.

I have enlisted the help of Lauren Wittorp, National TU Advocacy Manager.

She is developing an action alert that triggers letters to stakeholders, legislators, etc. We would like to forward it to you and your members so they can contribute their opinion. The link will be shared on social media, letters to the editor and other various outlets. The idea is to flood their inboxes with a call for the fishing community to be more strongly considered. It would be beneficial if you would sign on to the letter to add your support. Can I ask you to do that?

Also, DRBA scheduled three Public Input meetings. The third and last one is June 16 at 6 pm in the First Baptist Church of Ridgeway in Ridgeway, VA. If any of your members want to come come and voice their concerns/opinions, they are encouraged to do so.

Finally, DRBA has a survey that needs to be completed by as many of your members as possible. It is an important part of the public input. Please get this link out: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PhilpottDam

Please email or call me if you have any questions.

And please let Lauren and myself know if we have your support and can use your signature on the letter.

Doug Jessie
540-874-6560





Smith River Flows Public Meeting Rescheduled to 6/16/16
Posted on June 8, 2016 by
lkennerly

The June 9th Meeting for public input has been rescheduled to June 16th. It is very important for fishermen to express their concerns, please try to attend.

June 16, 2016
6pm-7:30pm
First Baptist Church of Ridgeway
15 Church St.
Ridgway, VA 24148





Tuesday Meeting- 7pm Roy Davidson w/ Project Healing Waters of W-S
Posted on June 8, 2016 by
lkennerly

June 14th, Tuesday @ 7pm Leonard Recreation Center - Roy Davidson & Ron Zambor with Project Healing Waters of W-S will tell us about how the Blue Ridge Chapter has gotten involved with a program called Project Healing Waters by Alan Folger of NCTU in Asheville, and a young veteran who had served 5 tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan before being disabled by an exploding roadside bomb. BRTU learned so much from their interaction with Mr. Folger and Mr. Ladd, and found a real connection as the skills we have developed as fly fishermen could be directed at helping to improve the mental health of these disabled veterans. An opportunity they could not turn their backs on. Their objective in this presentation is to share what they learned about Project Healing Waters, and the success they have had with the Winston-Salem PHW Program.

**We will also have an update on the Smith River outlook for the remaining year.





Latest Update on Anthony
Posted on June 1, 2016 by
lkennerly

Hello All,

Just finished my follow-up visit with the cardiologist and it was all really good news. The catheterization surgery and drugs are doing their jobs and I am free to begin physical activities again unrestricted. He said the mild heart attack did no permanent damage and that my prognosis is excellent. Because I checked out so well today, it may mean that they hold off on the second surgery until later this year or early 2017. They want to watch how it goes for a couple of months. Doctor prescribed some sleep medicine to help with the sleep I am losing because of the blood pressure medicine. I have not had a full night´s sleep since the surgery. I was up at 2:30AM this morning wide awake and now I am pretty tired. Contact Laura for Anthony´s address lkennerly@engconcepts.com



God Bless and Tight Lines

Anthony Hipps





Anthony Hipps Update
Posted on June 1, 2016 by
lkennerly

I received this from Anthony 5/25/16, but was I in transition between CA & NC.
Sorry for the Delay.

Hello Friends

Thank you for all of your prayers. The prayers for my protection were answered and I am alive and kicking, even if lightly for a few days.

The heart catheterization yesterday morning did not go as planned and they had to stop the operation prior to inserting bathe stint. They told me during preparation that this is a routine 45-minute surgery and there is a 1/200 chance that something can go wrong. I became that statistic and was in surgery for over two hours. So if you are one of the next 199 people to get this procedure, you will be fine (I still have my sense of humor J).

There was more artery blockage than the stress test showed or the doctor anticipated, I experienced a mild heart attack ¾ way through the procedure and they ceased the catheterization. I was awake through the whole procedure and the mild attack felt like getting hit by a hammer in the neck and chest. I had a 100% blockage in an artery which they could not fully clear. Robin and I met with the surgeon (Dr. Juna) this morning and got more clarity on what is going on. He was able to open up the clogged artery enough to allow some blood flow, but not as much as he wanted. He wants to perform another surgery in 6-8 weeks and add the stint or do a by-pass. I do have some slight scaring damage from a previous mild heart attack that probably happened over a year ago. That was an eye-opener and a wake-up-call. I didnt even remember experiencing a previous heart attack.

They let me go home this afternoon, but I will be out of work the rest of this week. I can return to work unrestricted next Tuesday. I am allowed to do some light computer work from home this week, but Dr. Juna doesn´t want me physically moving around a lot for a few days. They have me on nitroglycerin and some pretty serious blood thinners. He doesn´t want me to start bleeding. My prognosis for a full recovery is excellent. He is confident that I will not experience another heart attack in the near future and the surgery will fix it. I am starting to feel human again this evening.

I love and appreciate you all so much.

God Bless (and for you fishermen) Tight Lines

Anthony Hipps





Anthony Hipps Medical Alert
Posted on May 25, 2016 by
lkennerly

This is a communication to inform you that yesterday, while undergoing a procedure to put in a stint into a blocked area of his carotid artery, Anthony suffered a mild heart attack. The stint procedure was cancelled due to the heart attack and he spent the evening in the cardiac care unit at High Point Regional Hospital. This morning he was discharged and is currently at home resting. The procedure was considered minimally invasive and was supposed to last just a few minutes. However, that turned out to not be the case and now he is facing the prospect of additional surgery, possibly another attempt at a stint placement or open heart bypass surgery. Doctors told him when they got into the artery they discovered more damage/blockage from a previous heart attack that he apparently did not remember having.

He will be allowed to return to normal job activities in a week or so, but no excessive lifting or exercise that might raise blood pressure. For now he will remain at home with bed rest. The future is a bit uncertain but one thing is certain medically, and that is the blockage has to be bypassed or otherwise addressed within a few weeks or he will have another heart attack. He is in minimal danger at present since they used a wire to poke a hole through the blockage for blood flow improvement.

He is in good spirits, and has a great outlook about the future. As a devout Christian, he puts his trust in the Lord for all things, including his damaged circulatory system. Please pray for Anthony in the coming days as he recovers and gets ready for the surgical procedure. For now, he is "off the water" as far as fishing goes.

He would like to hear from his friends via email, phone etc, just not today.





Smith River Public Meeting on Water Flows - Tonight in Bassett, VA
Posted on May 17, 2016 by
lkennerly

The DRBA Smith River Flows Public Input meeting has been rescheduled to May 18th and will be held at EMI Imaging in Bassett (The old Bassett High School) from 6-7:30 pm - It is important that fishermen show up so their voices can be heard.





Mtg. Tomorrow & Great Article by Jim Brady
Posted on January 12, 2015 by
lkennerly

January 13th, Tuesday @ 7pm Leonard Recreation Center - George Palmer with Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries will talk about sampling results for the Smith River. The stream sampling was done in August. George has some very interesting data regarding the numbers and size of fish in the Smith from the dam to Bassett, and below the Martinsville Dam. George is new to the Smith River District; he was previously further west in the Grayson Highlands area. You may also have questions for him regarding fish counts and type in that area.

Jim Brady has written another great article! Click to read "Stuff"





January Meeting/Newsletter
Posted on January 6, 2015 by
lkennerly
Nat Greene Fly Fishers Newsletter
January 2015

January 13th, Tuesday @ 7pm Leonard Recreation Center - George Palmer with Virginia Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries will talk about sampling results for the Smith River. The stream sampling was done in August. George has some very interesting data regarding the numbers and size of fish in the Smith from the dam to Bassett, and below the Martinsville Dam. George is new to the Smith River District; he was previously further west in the Grayson Highlands area. You may also have questions for him regarding fish counts and type in that area.

February 10th, Tuesday @ 7pm Leonard Recreation Center - Mark Patterson, President and Founder of the NC Kayak Fishing Association . If you listened to George Palmer in January you will not want to miss this meeting. After George told us about the average size of the brown trout below the Martinsville Dam many of us are considering different ways to float it.

Mark will have a kayak to show what type of kayak you want, and how they can be accessorized for fishing.

February 28, 2015 Seminar and Banquet with Tom Rosenbauer

Mark your calendars so you don´t miss a great day of fun. The seminar a technical program will feature Hatch Strategies.
The evening banquet, fundraiser, and presentation about Fishing Small Streams will be entertaining to all.

Tom Rosenbauer credits include - host of the Orvis Fly Fishing Podcasts, hosted the WFN Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing Show, Fly Rod & Reel 2011 Angler of the Year, he is credited with bringing Bead-Head flies to North America, is the inventor of the Big Eye hook, Magnetic Net Retriever, and tungsten beads for fly tying. He has ten books in print and has been published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Catalog Age, Fly Fisherman, Gray´s Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics, Fly Rod & Reel, Audubon, and others.

** If you have not started please contact vendors to solicit donations. I will send charitable contribution acknowledgements to all donors, so make sure you send me their information.

Seminar 9am - 1:30pm @ Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse, 5834 Bur Mill Club Rd, Greensboro, NC

Banquet 6pm - 10:30pm @ Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse, 5834 Bur Mill Club Rd, Greensboro, NC

Click for a copy of the Banquet Flyer or Go to Nat Greene Fly Fishers Banquet Page

To Reserve a Seat Call Laura Kennerly 336-707-7665 or Neal Mitchell 336-643-5001





Don´t Forget Roger Lowe Tonight @ 7:30
Posted on December 9, 2014 by
lkennerly

You don´t want to miss tonight´s meeting. Roger Lowe will talk about fly patterns and places to fish in our mountains.





December´s Meeting/Newsletter & A Great Article by Jim Brady
Posted on December 4, 2014 by
lkennerly
Nat Greene Fly Fishers Newsletter
December 2014


December 9th, Tuesday @ 7pm Leonard Recreation Center - Roger Lowe Guide w/ Brookings´ Cashiers Village Anglers located in Cashiers, NC.
Roger Lowe who has tied flies for over 40 years, guided more than 26 years and author of the Fly Pattern Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains. He guides trips to Western NC rivers and streams as well as the SOHO and Cherokee Indian Reservation.





My Nymphing System, by Jim Brady - We have a special treat of another great article by Jim Brady. Jim´s articles are always informative and enjoyable to read. Please click here to link to his latest article.


February 28, 2015 Seminar and Banquet with Tom Rosenbauer

Mark your calendars so you don´t miss a great day of fun. The seminar will feature a technical program and the evening banquet, fundraiser, and presentation will be entertaining to all.

It is not too early to start contacting vendors to solicit donations. I will send charitable contribution acknowledgements to all donors.

Tom Rosenbauer credits include - hosted the WFN Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing Show, Fly Rod & Reel 2011 Angler of the Year, he is credited with bringing Bead-Head flies to North America, is the inventor of the Big Eye hook, Magnetic Net Retriever, and tungsten beads for fly tying. He has ten books in print and has been published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Catalog Age, Fly Fisherman, Gray´s Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics, Fly Rod & Reel, Audubon, and others.



Seminar 9am - 1:30pm @ Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse, 5834 Bur Mill Club Rd, Greensboro, NC
Banquet 6pm - 10:30pm @ Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse, 5834 Bur Mill Club Rd, Greensboro, NC









FF Museum Discounted Trip´s & Alen Bakers Contact Info
Posted on November 13, 2014 by
lkennerly

The following 4 trips are available on a first come basis. These were pulled from the Fly Fishing Museum´s November 1st fundraiser in order to speed up the live auction´s, and get folks back on the road due to the threat of more snow.

Click each one to open the details.

Squeak´s retail value $300 museum price $240
Phil´s retail value$450 museum price $360
Ron Parris´ retail value $250 museum price $200
Bobby Hand´s retail value $250 museum price $200

Basically they are selling the trips at 80% of retail value. Contact Alen Baker if you are interested alenandscottie@aol.com







November Newsletter and Tuesday´s Mtg. Information
Posted on November 6, 2014 by
lkennerly
Nat Greene Fly Fishers Newsletter
November 2014

November 11th, Tuesday @ 7pm Leonard Recreation Center - Alen Baker will tell us about the new Fly Fishing Museum located in Cherokee, NC.

The heritage, art, science, craft and sport of fly fishing will be featured in a museum dedicated solely to fly fishing. It will be called the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians and it will be located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. This museum will be the only one of its kind in the Southeast, and will feature the heritage of fly fishing throughout the Southeast.
December 9th, Tuesday @ 7pm Leonard Recreation Center - Roger Lowe Guide w/ Brookings´ Cashiers Village Anglers located in Cashiers, NC.

Roger Lowe who has tied flies for over 40 years, guided more than 26 years and author of the Fly Pattern Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains. He guides trips to Western NC rivers and streams as well as the SOHO and Cherokee Indian Reservation.
February 28, 2015 Seminar and Banquet with Tom Rosenbauer

Mark your calendars so you don´t miss a great day of fun. The seminar will feature a technical program and the evening banquet, fundraiser, and presentation will be entertaining to all.

It is not too early to start contacting vendors to solicit donations. I will send charitable contribution acknowledgements to all donors.

Tom Rosenbauer credits include - hosted the WFN Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing Show, Fly Rod & Reel 2011 Angler of the Year, he is credited with bringing Bead-Head flies to North America, is the inventor of the Big Eye hook, Magnetic Net Retriever, and tungsten beads for fly tying. He has ten books in print and has been published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Catalog Age, Fly Fisherman, Gray´s Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics, Fly Rod & Reel, Audubon, and others.

Seminar 9am - 1:30pm @ Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse, 5834 Bur Mill Club Rd, Greensboro, NC

Banquet 6pm - 10:30pm @ Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse, 5834 Bur Mill Club Rd, Greensboro, NC

We meet 2nd Tuesday of the month @ 7pm at LEONARD RECREATION CENTER,
6324 Ballinger Rd., Greensboro, NC


Membership: Everyone accepted Dues: None! Door Prize at every meeting!





Volunteers Needed - General Greene School Next Week
Posted on October 24, 2014 by
lkennerly

Friday October 31st from 9am - 1pm Nat Greene Fly Fishers will have a Fly Fishing Demo Station at the General Greene School "State Fair". We REALLY need some more volunteers!!!! Currently there are only two of us. Come help even if you only have an hour.

This is an elementary school, so there is no real skill expected in regard to the casting. We basically will supervise them with a fly rod in their hand, however there maybe some parents present who will want to pursue the sport with their child. We will also do tying demonstrations. If it rains we will be inside.

Please contact Laura Kennerly 336-707-7665 lkennerly for more details.