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Conserving, protecting and restoring the Watauga, South Holston, & Nolichucky watersheds in Northeast Tennessee.

Our Next Chapter Meeting

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Iron Fly Competition


IRON FLY is fly tying meets Iron Chef as tiers compete in a battle of partying skills and bobbin prowess to make the ultimate fish snack from the same set of mystery ingredients.

The competition will be in small teams of fly tiers and no experience is necessary. We will provide all equipment and fly tying ingredients and be sharing some great prizes.


Drinks and pizza will be served


Tuesday, July 16th

Hellbender Outfitters

547 E Elk Ave

Elizabethton, TN 37643

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Bridge Painting


Monday, July 29th



Hunter Bridge

1625 Broad St

Elizabethton, TN 37643


Fundraising Raffle

OMTU is having their annual raffle again this year. The winners will get to pick from any of the prizes shown in the pictures. Winners will be drawn August 18th. If you are interested in purchasing tickets please see one of the board members at any of our events.  Tickets are $5 each.


Volunteers Needed

Stop by our booth at the Meet the Mountains Festival at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City. We will be talking about what OMTU does in the area as well as conducting fly tying and casting demonstrations/instruction. 

We are in need of volunteers to help run our booth. If you are interested in helping, please sign up at the link below.



Tailwater Temperature Monitors

OMTU and the Blue Ridge Guide Association have joined forces to purchase and install real-time temperature monitors for the South Holston and Watauga Rivers. These monitors will transmit hourly updates to a web-based server via a cellular network. Interested parties can conveniently monitor river temperatures at various sections (top, middle, lower) of each river by visiting the OMTU or BRGA websites. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will also utilize this data for environmental monitoring and management purposes.  The monitors are scheduled to ship in mid-July and we hope to have them installed by the end of the July.  

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2024 Fly Fishing Film Tour

OMTU and the Blue Ridge Guide Association are collaborating to present the 2024 Fly Fishing Film Tour. This event stands out as it will take place at the Stateline Drive-in in Elizabethton, providing a distinctive and immersive experience. All proceeds from the event will be shared between OMTU and BRGA.  Tickets will go on sale soon.



Saturday, October 5th


Doors open at 5:30PM


State Line Drive In

3690 US-19E

Elizabethton, TN 37643

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Womens Intro to Fly Fishing

Are you a woman with zero fly fishing experience who wants to see what this addictive hobby is all about? We'd love to have you.

Already have your feet wet (pun intended) in the sport but could use a refresher on the basics? We'd love to have you.

Hoping to connect with some fellow female anglers in the area? We'd love to have you.

More information and tickets can be found on our event calendar found on the OMTU or by clicking the link below. Gear and lunch is provided!



Saturday, September 21st

8:00AM - 4:00PM


Riverview Baptist Church

1419 Broad Street

Elizabethton, TN 37643

Bill Beazell & Allen Robbins Memorial Tailwater Roundup

Thanks to everyone that came out to make the Tailwater Roundup a huge success. Over 120 people showed up to do their part in cleaning the rivers!!!  A special thanks to Jason McReynolds, Jon Hooper, Jonathan Huckaba and Patrick Fulkrod for all of the planning that went into this event.  We would also like to thank all of our sponsors for donating money and/or items.

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Asheville Anglers
Asheville Fly Fishing Company
Barrett's River Lodge
Boone's Fly Shop
Competitive Angler
Crooked Creek Holler
Due South Outfitters
Eastern Fly Outfitters
Elk Creek Outfitters
Flying Soho Guide Service
Foscoe Fly Shop
High Country Boats
High Country Guide Service
Holton Distributing
Mike Adams Fly Fishing
Mountain Sports
Overmountain Chapter
Shane Griffith Fly Fishing
South Holston River Company
South Holston River Fly Shop
South Holston River Lodge
Southern Drifters Outfitters
Tailwaters Lodge
The Fly Box
Trophy Waters Guide Service
Watauga River Guides

Thank you!!!

2023 Fundraising Banquet

Our 2023 Fundraising Banquet was a huge success.  This year we raised over $5500 that will go towards our chapter's programs and conservation projects.  Thank you to all that attended and contributed to our banquet and raffle.  We would like to give a special thanks to our sponsors.  Please help us show support to our sponsors by supporting their businesses.

Grand Slam Level Sponsors

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Scott Abel (Brook Trout Rod)

Brookie Level Sponsors

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Brown Level Sponsors

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Rainbow Level Sponsors

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Sculpin Level Sponsors

Carrabba's Italian Grill
Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen
Holiday Lanes
J’s Corner
King City Distillery
Mahoney’s Outfitters 
Red Lobster
Stir Fry Restaurant Group
Texas Roadhouse
The Chop House

OMTU Story


Here is a video that was made by OMTU members back in 1999.  It tells about the mission of OMTU and some of the past projects that we have worked on as a chapter.  The narrator of the video, Paul Anderson, recently passed away so we decided to post this video in his honor.  The projects that we have worked on over the years may have changed, but the mission remains the same.

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