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

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Annual Chili Cook-off and Gear Swap

Join us for some great mid-winter fun as we host our Annual Chili Cookoff & Gear Swap.  We are looking forward to seeing you all there to compare recipes, swap fishing stories and gear, and have a good time.

This is a free event.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 chili entries.

We will also hold elections for our board of directors.


Tuesday, January 20th



The Fly Box

500 Hickory Tree Rd.

Bristol, TN


8th Annual Bill Beazell & Allen Robbins Memorial Tailwater Roundup


This is our biggest river cleanup of the year.  Each year we remove 1000s of pounds of trash from the South Holston & Watauga Rivers with the of support of people and businesses from around the region.  Come out and support this great community event and help to make it the biggest yet.  

Gloves and bags will be provided.  

FREE breakfast will also be provided.


Saturday, March 9th




South Holson River

Bluff City Boat Ramp

4196 Bluff City Hwy

Bluff City, TN 37618

Watauga River 

Ingles parking lot

768 W Elk Ave

Elizabethton, TN 37643

Board of Director Elections

2024 Board of Director Candidates























I have been a member of TU since 2015 and became active in OMTU in 2017.  I was invited to the Board of Directors of OMTU in 2018 and have been the Treasurer since 2020.  I have fly fished since I was 12 years old, and fish primarily in the streams and tailwaters locally.  I joined TU because I liked the mission statement of preserving cold clean water for the future.  Getting involved with the Overmountain Chapter has enabled me to be a part of a group that is very dedicated to the preservation of the local streams and rivers, as well as educating the public and encouraging membership and participation in Trout Unlimited events.  OMTU has introduced me to a very diverse group of concerned women and men that are dedicated to re-introducing native Appalachian Brook Trout to several area streams to establish reproducing populations in these streams.  I look forward to serving on the board for the upcoming term. 























I have enjoyed fishing my whole life in East TN. This place is very special to me and preserving what we have is my top priority. As for personal interests, I especially enjoy fly tying and bass on the fly. My family and I reside in Kingsport. Thank you for your continued support and consideration.























Nichole Fick has been a dental hygienist for 21 years and was a Professor for the Indiana University School of Dentistry prior to moving to Tennessee in 2022. She has 4 children age 14 through 22 and is very thankful to her husband Michael for introducing her to the fly fishing addiction. Other favorite activities include gardening, hiking, kayaking, and cooking. 






























Jon was born and raised in Central Florida where he spent most of his free time chasing largemouth bass in the lakes and rivers of Seminole and Orange counties. Following high school, Jon joined the Navy and spent 20 years as a P-3 Flight Engineer. It was during his last tour in Maine that he began fly fishing for trout. Following his retirement from the Navy in 2008, Jon moved to Knoxville for three years where he was fortunate enough to spend many hours fishing for Rainbows, Brook, and Browns on the Clinch River. After a stint in Maryland, Jon moved back to Tennessee and settled in Kingsport where he joined Trout Unlimited and began exploring the Watauga and South Holston rivers as well as the many tributaries that feed them. Jon has been married to Tina for nearly 32 years and they have three children.

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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.

239 Flies
828 Flies
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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