Fly fishing hall of famers

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians Hall of Fame will have six new members when its second-ever class of inductees is recognized Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Southwestern Community College Swain Center in Bryson City.

The 2017 inductees are:

Bernard “Lefty” Kreh, Recreation Category. Kreh has written 31 books focusing on fly fishing and the outdoors and is an innovative fly tyer, especially known as a fly rod designer and for his world-renowned Lefty’s Deceiver tie.

Mac Brown, Recreation Category. Brown is a fishing guide, author, instructor, coach, multi-organization volunteer and a leader in regional and national fly fishing competitions.

Jimmy Jacobs, Communications Category. Jacobs has written many fly-fishing books and articles and is also a photographer and seminar speaker.

Stephen Edward Moore, Conservation Category. Moore has been dedicated to the restoration of brook trout in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for years and worked to discover the Southern strain of brook trout.

Joe M. Messinger, Sr, Crafts Category. Messinger is a professional fly tyer who is designed the famed Irresistible pattern, as well as the Nitehummer, Messinger Frog, Meadow Frog, Golden Frog, Dogcatcher, Bleeding Bucktail Popper and Bleeding Hair Frog.

Phyllis Starr Nolan, Humanity Category. Nolan is an instructor, educator, clinical coach, multi-organization volunteer and a regional and national leader in using fly fishing as therapy for recovering cancer patients.

Space is limited for the induction ceremony, with $35 tickets including admission, lunch and weekend-long museum admission. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.488.3681. Nomination forms for future Hall of Fame inductees are available from Alen Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the museum, located in downtown Bryson City.

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