Now in it’s fourth year, The Smoky Mountain Grand Slam Challenge is an annual fly fishing tournament and banquet held to support Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the thousands of injured and disabled veterans we serve annually. It will be held October 6-7, 2017 in greater Knoxville, TN.
The weekend begins with the Smoky Mountain Grand Slam Banquet at The Foundry in Knoxville, TN. Local celebrity news anchor John Becker will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening and we are pleased to announce that world-renown angler and fly tier Kelly Galloup will return to share his bountiful wisdom and humor as the featured celebrity angler and speaker.
Kelly started his fly fishing career at the age of 13, tying flies for the local tackle shop. He started guiding at the age of 16 and still manages to run a couple trips a year. Kelly owned and operated The Troutsman fly shop and guide service in Northern Michigan for 20 years. He sold the Troutsman in 2001, and purchased The Slide Inn lodge on the banks of the Madison River in southwest Montana. Kelly has written two books: “Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout” and “Cripples and Spinners,” and has numerous DVDs on tying and fishing. In 2003, Kelly received the living legend award from FFI and was awarded the Charles E Brooks memorial life award in 2007. He has over fifty nationally recognized fly patterns that are sold worldwide and is currently a signature tier for the Montana Fly Company. He is also a rod and line designer for St. Croix rods and Airflo lines. Kelly has been published in every major fly fishing periodical in the U.S. and is one of the Editors at Large for Fly Fisherman Magazine. He is also the host of Fly Fish TV with Kelly Galloup. As one of the most sought after speakers in the country, Kelly spends much of his winter months speaking for clubs and sports shows across the country.
Learn more about the Smoky Mountain Grand Slam Challenge and purchase your banquet ticket by clicking here