May’s Speaker – Caney and Elk River Health

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.



2018 Outings Schedule

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


New 2018 MTFF Officers and Directors

Elections were held during the October meeting for officers.  Below are the Officers, Board members and Directors for MTFF.


President is Tom Keeton Cherokee3






Vice President David Eble






Secretary Terry GerdesTerry







Treasurer Joel DeanJoel_2

Board Members

Tony Mitchell

Tony Evans

Darrel Hicks


Web Director Ray AlleyRay Alley






Membership Director Randy GerdesRandy








Education Director Larry Rollins

Merchandise Director Tony Evans

Newsleter Director Mickey Holton