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 the organization serves 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 world-renown angler and fly tier Kelly Galloup will return to share his bountiful wisdom and humor as the featured celebrity angler and speaker. You don’t need to be a fly fisher to enjoy the banquet! The evening will feature presentations, silent auction items, a live auction, great food, and a cash bar.
Saturday October 7th will see fly fishing tournament action, as twelve injured and disabled veterans participants from around the Tennessee Valley will be paired for some of the areas best guides on the famed Clinch River for a great day fishing for brown trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout.
The veteran competitors will be joined by past years veteran alumni at the Banquet for an evening of great fun in support of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the thousands of veterans the organization serves annually.
Sponsorship covers the expenses of the Smoky Mountain Grand Slam Challenge tournament and banquet, including banquet, lodging, trophies, and transportation for all visiting and local veterans.
Sponsorship level allows 10 veterans to experience 3 days in a premier fishing destination
Sponsorship level supports year-round programmatic activities and a continuum of care for one PHWFF program for an entire year.
Sponsorship level covers equipment costs of a PHWFF program for one full year.
Sponsorship level covers one veteran in a national tournament fishing experience.
Contact Tournament Organizer Steve Thompson at Steve.Thompson@projecthealingwaters.org to become a sponsor today
Special note: Sponsorship levels at $2,500 and above have the option to fish in the tournament with a professional guide and a veteran or they can allow an additional veteran to fish in their place
The local celebrity news anchor and avid fly fisher will be emceeing this years Smoky Mountain Grand Slam event. John’s commitment to veterans in the Knoxville area has made a tremendous impact on the lives of many of our most worthy. John was awarded an Emmy award for a piece he produced and reported tied to him embedding with Army National Guard troops in Iraq in 2004. John has received 3 Edward R Murrow Awards for his journalism, most notably two for his Service and Sacrifice Series at WBIR. John has also been acknowledged with the Civilian Award from the ETMAC organization and also the Lester Speeks Award by the American Legion Post 2 in Knoxville, TN. John was unknowingly instrumental to the success of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing in Knoxville, TN because of his Service and Sacrifice piece featuring Jessica Callihan after her victory in the PHWFF Mossy Creek Invitational in 2013.
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.