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"Legends of the Fly" Hall of fame!
Today marks the kickoff of the Southern Trout “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame program. On February 3rd 2017 at The Fly Fishing Show in Atlanta, Georgia, a ceremony will be held to officially induct six grandfathered in anglers and announce six additional inductees chosen by online balloting. The ceremony will be the first of its kind to recognize and commemorate the past and present historical contributions of fly fishing anglers for trout south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
Grandfathered into the Southern Trout “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame are Ernest Peckinbaugh of Chattanooga, Tennessee who founded the region’s first commercial trout fly operation in the early 1900s; the Ozarks’ Dave Whitlock who pioneered fly fishing for trout in his region and is a renowned trout artist; Alabama’s Harry Middleton who authored what many regard as the region’s finest trout fishing literature; Georgia’s Charley Elliot who is the longest serving editor of Outdoor Life Magazine and a proponent of fly fishing for trout in the South; Arkansas’s Jim Gaston who pioneered trout fishing on the White River; and Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Don Pfitzer who pioneered tailwater trout fishing in the Appalachians.
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