June’s Speakers – Braton Machleit and Jim Redwine

Braton Machleit and Jim Redwine will give a presentation about warm water flyfishing in the Harpeth River.  Braton, owner of Buzz’d Flyfishing, a guide service that works the Harpeth extensively, will talk about how and where to fish a local treasure, the Harpeth River.  Jim, the VP & COO of the Harpeth Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit dedicated clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee championed by the people who live here, will talk about the environmental challenges facing the Harpeth, one of the most popular and heavily used rivers in Tennessee, and how you and Middle TN Flyfishers can help.

Braton Machleit is the owner of Buzz’d Fly Fishing, Teaching the sport here in the Middle Tennessee area. Braton cut his teeth learning to fish and hunt in Northern Michigan, and brought his passion for the outdoors to TN in the 90’s. Braton joined the Navy after high school, then returned home to join the reserves and get a fly rod back in his hand. His home waters are now the Caney Fork, Elk, Buffalo and Harpeth Rivers.

Jim has over 30 years of experience as a corporate executive, and environmental and bankruptcy attorney. He received the 2011 American Bar Association Award for Excellence in Environmental, Energy, and Resources Stewardship for his work on the General Motors bankruptcy, in which he helped confirm a plan of reorganization in record time by bringing together regulators from USEPA, 14 states, and a Native American tribe and obtaining over $500 million for the cleanup of the automaker’s 100+ contaminated sites.  Jim received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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