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The John Thurman Smoky Mountain Trout Adventure Camp promotes an appreciation of cold-water conservation by teaching campers the sport of fly fishing in mountain streams. All planned activities are aimed at developing campers’ knowledge and skills that pertain to fly fishing. Activities include instruction from experts in fly casting, tying flies that attract fish, how to fish mountain streams, and fishing trips with experienced mountain stream mentors. Science-based activities that pertain to fishing in mountain streams include catching and identifying aquatic invertebrates that trout eat and how they are duplicated with flies used in fishing, live-trapping and identifying fish that live in Smoky Mountains streams, catching and identifying flying bugs that form part of a trout’s diet, and observing fish in their natural environment by snorkeling in a mountain stream. 

Ages: 12-15

Cost: $550

Financial Aid: Financial support is available through Tennessee-based Trout Unlimited Chapters. Contact information for TU chapters in Tennessee is available on the Tennessee Council website.

Application coming soon. Contact Director Sean Fagan at [email protected] or (719) 332-4486.

Important Information Regarding Programs During COVID-19

During this prolonged period of pandemic and isolation, our work of connecting people and nature has never felt more essential. We are making safety a top priority for visitors and staff — for the latest details about our COVID-19 response and policies, visit our COVID-19 updates page.

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