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out frWord on the river is that more and more people are getting into fly fishing, spurring a push for fly-focused tourism and marketing – and the opening of a pair of new fly shops. 

“‘A River Runs Through It’ with Brad Pitt brought a lot of attention to the sport,” said Bob Bennett, who co-owns Tuckaseegee Fly Shop in Bryson City with Dale Collins. “Just in the recent five years or so, things have just really taken off, and I think part of it is bringing awareness to access. This is not a sport that you have to go to Montana for, or Alaska. You can bring it right here in Western North Carolina in the thousands of miles of stream we have.”

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:17

Ground broken on Smokies Preservation Center

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out centerWork on a new National Park Service Collections Preservation Center is underway following a Nov. 13 groundbreaking at the site in Townsend, Tenn.

Once finished, the facility will house 418,000 artifacts and 1.3 million archival records documenting history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and four other NPS areas in East Tennessee.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:16

Arboretum lights up for holidays

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out arboretumA new holiday light show at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville will open Saturday, Nov. 22, and run through Jan. 2, adorning the Arboretum’s most visited landscapes with spectacular light installations to celebrate the winter season. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:15

Agreement reached in lawsuit to curtail hunting in red wolf

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out redwolfAn agreement has been reached in a lawsuit waged by multiple environmental groups claiming that wreckless coyote hunting laws were jeopardizing endangered red wolves in eastern N.C. — the only wild population of red wolves on the planet. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:14

Blackrock Outdoor changes ownership

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out blackrockAfter nearly 20 years of existence, Blackrock Outdoor Company has a new owner. Kelly Custer, who also owns Sylva’s Sheds Hunting Supply, purchased the store from owners Holly Hooper and Heather Ferguson after an August fire in downtown Sylva caused extensive damage to the store and its inventory. 

Custer doesn’t necessarily see the fire’s effects as a liability, however. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:13

Scuba certs offered in Waynesville

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out scubaA scuba certification course Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Waynesville Recreation Center will give wannabe divers the know-how and practice they’ll need to pass an open water evaluation and earn their scuba certification.