Fly tying classes make a great Christmas gift for the fisherman in everyone’s family

Dianne Sowell, left, ties a trout fly under the tutelage of Melissa Maples-Harrell during a begin- ning class provided by the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. - FH Oates
The Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is again offering its Beginning Fly Tying course. This popular class fills up fast—and it’s a great Christmas gift.

Guided one-on-one by experienced instructors, students will tie more than 50 flies as they learn nine different trout fly patterns that are effective in area tailwaters and in the mountains. Techniques learned will enable participants to tie many other fly patterns as well.

The course is limited to a maximum of 12 students. Six classes are scheduled for Saturday mornings, 9 to noon, from Jan. 19 through Feb. 23, at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris.

Cost is $125 including an illustrated manual, all materials and, for newcomers, a free one-year membership to Trout Unlimited. Tools will be loaned free of charge to students who don’t have their own. Class proceeds benefit the Clinch River Chapter’s conservation and youth education projects.

For more information or to sign up, contact David Harrell, or (865) 803-4541.

Clinch River Chapter TU works to preserve and protect the Clinch River tailwater and its watershed through conservation projects and through education of children and adults in aquatic natural resources. For more information, visit

Rocky Top Library gets $2,000 donation

Carrie Roberts, Library Assistant, Teal Barber, Library Assistant, Annie Morgan, FRIENDS group, Norma Day, Library Director, Ann Stone, Chair of RTPL Friends of the Library.
FRIENDS of Norris Dam State Park made a donation to the Rocky Top Library after $2,000 was raised by the yearly firewood Literacy Project.

Presenting the check on behalf of the FRIENDS group was Annie Morgan.

“I am so grateful for the generous donation to the Rocky Top Public Library. We always have more needs than money. This will help us purchase resources for our STE[A]M homeschool program, our two Storytime’s we provide each week and a Summer Reading program which only this year expanded to two months! We also do a yearly tour with every first grade class at Lake City Elementary School providing them with a First Library Visit coloring book and crayons. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will be used to expand literacy for the community,” said Norma Day of Rocky Top Library.