The 2015 Troutfest Banquet and Auction will take place on Saturday night, April 25, 2015. Proceeds from this event are donated to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department, Friends of the Smokies Fisheries Scholarship Fund or other youth educational conservation projects. The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited sponsors this event as our major fundraiser.
Troutfest is a sanctioned event of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited (LRCTU) which is chartered by Trout Unlimited National as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The Chapter entity provides funding with other sponsors to underwrite this event. The Chapter holds all funds and disperses profits to Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department and Friends of Great Smokies National Park Fisheries Scholarship Fund. Profits will be also be used for youth education fishery programs.
Many of the volunteers are LRCTU members but many more come from other non-profit organizations such as other TU Chapters, The Fly Fishing Federation and individuals who are not connected with non-profit organizations. You do not need to be a TU member to volunteer or participate.
You can also contribute by making a donation. All donations are tax deductible.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) offers you the most beautiful place on earth to fly fish for trout with 800 miles of streams holding wild rainbow, brook and brown trout. And of course, the Little River runs right through town. The month of April is prime time for fishing in the Smokies so you will want to set aside some time to be on the streams. The 2014 Troutfest Banquet and Auction will held held at the Hilton Knoxville Airport in Alcoa, Tn., only minutes from Knoxville, or Townsend and entrance to the GSMNP.
A block of twenty rooms at the Hilton Knoxville Airport have been reserved at a special group rate of $95 / night on Friday & Saturday night (April 25th & 26th). A mix of of rooms with King beds or Double beds are available, but reservations must be made by CLICKING HERE or by calling the Hilton (1-865-970-4300) no later than April 11, 2014. Parking at the Hilton is free.
The gateway towns to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park include Townsend, TN, Gatlinburg, TN, and Cherokee, NC. All offer great motels, lodges, campgrounds and rental cabins for your lodging. Or you might consider staying in Knoxville to explore what this great southern city has to offer.
Troutfest was created in 2004 by the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimted to celebrate fly fishing and promote regionally the experience provided by this pursuit. Secondly, the chapter decided that proceeds derived from the event would go directly to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fisheries Department to sustain and improve fish habitat within the Park.
Thanks to visitors like you, Troutfest has contributed more than $200,000 to this effort since 2004. In addition to Troutfest, the chapter also supports a variety of Park projects throughout the year.