The Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Boy Scouts of America, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency hosted Kids Fish Free / Miller Island Day on Saturday, June 8, 2002. Volunteers were on hand to teach kids bait, spin and fly fishing. There were fly tying lessons, casting instructions, bug lessons, and stream ecology. Fishing equipment and waders were available. All the kids shared nicely. A boat was available to take a few kids out at a time if they wished. Catching a fish on the boat was almost guaranteed. This was the first fishing experience for a lot of the kids, and some of the adults. Plans for the purchase and development of Miller Island for public use were also unveiled.
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends brought over 75 kids to the Clinch River to participate. The water was cold, the waders were too big, the weather was beautiful... what a great time! We even had a yellow Labrador retriever who swam around with the kids all day. He even got hooked a few times, but never complained. A comment was overheard as to, "what a great, wholesome bunch of fun was going on!"
For an idea of the fun we had, click on the photos below:
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