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Volunteers invited to help take care of tailwaters

Submitted by Bill Watkins • Mar 17, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Enjoy and appreciate our local waterways? Mark your calendars for March 23.

The Bill Beazell and Allen Robbins Memorial Tailwater Roundup, presented by the Cherokee and Overmountain Chapters of Trout Unlimited and local community leaders, provides an opportunity for those who love the South Holston and Watauga Rivers to join forces and make a difference. Past years have been great successes, with members from conservation groups, the fishing community, paddling enthusiasts, and the fly fishing industry showing up to take part. Everyone is looking forward to a bigger and better event this year.

This event is made possible by the generous contributions from the TVA, Orvis, and many local businesses.

The cleanup will begin at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, March 23.

Volunteers can meet at the Ingles Elizabethton parking lot (768 West Elk in Elizabethton). Participants can walk the banks, wade the river, or bring their own watercraft to float and clean. Trash bags and gloves will be provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority and there will be drop off dumpsters at specific locations. Cleaning will wrap up around 2 p.m. Following the cleanup, a celebration for participants will be held at the Holston River Brewing Company starting at 3 p.m. All participants will receive a free meal and be entered to win prizes in the participation drawing.

At 4:30 p.m., the Tailwater Roundup will feature a showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour, also at Holston River Brewing. Tickets for the program are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at South Holston River Fly Shop, Mountain Sports Ltd., South Holston River Lodge, Eastern Fly Outfitters, Virginia Creeper Fly Shop, Trophy Waters Fly Shop and Mahoney’s.

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