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.
We have scheduled the 2018 MTFF Entomology Class for June 2 Session I and June 23 Session II. Session I is a classroom setting and Session II is the insect collection on the Caney Fork River. Learning more about the sport of Fly Fishing enhances your enjoyment of the sport. Session I is held at Tennessee Traditional Flies from 8:00am to 11:00am. Then a short organizational meeting will be held from 11:00am to 12:00pm to create sampling groups for Buffalo Valley, Happy Hallow, Betty’s Island, give collection instructions and distribute the required equipment. Volunteers not attending the June 2 11:00am to 12:00pm organization meeting will be assigned a collection location and notified by email. Volunteers will go directly to their sample location on Jane 23 and meet up with their sampling group to collect samples from 8:00 to 9:30 am. Then travel to the Buffalo Valley steps where samples will be sorted, counted and viewed with the digital microscope from 10:00am to 11:00. Then everyone goes fishing. We don’t want anyone to miss out. Some of you have signed up but we still have room for volunteers. If you haven’t volunteered yet and want to volunteer please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know if you want to attend June 2 or June 23 or both.
This month we will be getting our update from TWRA on the status of the Caney Fork and Elk fisheries. They will cover recent developments with the fishery, data on the health of each fishery, trends they are seeing and what can be done to improve the fishery. The Elk presentation will be by Justin Spaulding from Region II and will cover the recent shocking survey of the trout population. Brandon Simcox will give us an update on the Caney Fork covering the same topics for it.
Justin Spaulding is a streams biologist with TWRA working across 29 counties in middle Tennessee. Prior to joining TWRA, Justin was a fisheries biologist in northeastern Kentucky responsible for several riverine and reservoir trout, bass and Muskellunge fisheries. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Tennessee Technological University as part of the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit under Dr. Bettoli. Justin currently serves as chair of the Trout Committee of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society.
Brandon Simcox is the Statewide Rivers & Streams Coordinator with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Brandon received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Wildlife and Fisheries Management and a Master’s degree from Auburn University in Fisheries Science. Prior to joining TWRA in 2016, Brandon worked on trout research across the country including Brook Trout restoration in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bonneville Cutthroat Trout restoration in Utah, Steelhead research in Washington, and Bull Trout monitoring in Oregon.
A committee of MTFF members met at the home of MTFF President Tom Keeton on October 24th and com-piled a list of outing possibilities for the club in 2018. Listed below are those outings to be discussed and voted on at the November meeting. Here is the 2018 outings schedule from our November Meeting.
January – Freeze Out – January 1st
February – Duck River / Elk River Cleanup – Feb. 17th
March – Cherokee N.C. – Mar. 17th
April – Helen Georgia – April 14th
May – Cherokee – N.C Holston – May 19th
June – Cast Iron Cooking / Caney Fork – June 16th
July – South Holston / Watauga – July 14th
August – Elk River – August 11th
September – Cumberland – KY Sept. 15th
October – White /Norfork – Arkansas – October 20th
November – Trout Parks – Missouri – November 10th
December – Social Outing, First Wednesday of December
Elections were held during the October meeting for officers. Below are the Officers, Board members and Directors for MTFF.
President is Tom Keeton
Vice President David Eble
Secretary Terry Gerdes
Treasurer Joel Dean
Web Director Ray Alley
Membership Director Randy Gerdes
Education Director Larry Rollins
Merchandise Director Tony Evans
Newsleter Director Mickey Holton