Southern Trout Magazine will induct West Virginian Curtis Fleming into its “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame. Fleming hosts the Outdoor Channel’s “Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming” and was recently named Cabela’s Fly Fishing Ambassador. He lives in Bridgeport.
“Curtis Fleming is a wonderful ambassador for tourism in West Virginia,” Governor Jim Justice said. “By hosting the Outdoor Channel’s ‘Fly Rod Chronicles’, Curtis is shining a light on the world-class fishing experiences we have here in the Mountain State. We are thrilled that Cabela’s and The Outdoor Channel recognize these unique outdoor adventure opportunities we provide here in West Virginia and look forward to working with them in the future as we enhance tourism in our state. .
Southern Trout Magazine’s “Legends of the Fly” Hall of Fame was created by author Don Kirk, who worked for years to discover, compile and preserve the history of fly fishing for trout in South. Inductees are considered the region’s most well-known fly fishing experts and celebrities.
“We are proud to have Curtis representing the Mountain State and showcasing our many fly fishing opportunities,” said Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby. “Top fly fishing waterways like the Elk River and South Fork Potomac River attract travelers who come to experience the hospitality of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.”
“Thank you to all of my amazing fans for your votes. This honor means the world to me,” said Fleming, a native and current resident of Bridgeport, W.Va. “I never claimed to be an expert fly fisherman, but I have had the privilege of fishing with veterans, West Virginia coal miners, cancer survivors, children and other worthy fly fishermen, which has taught me patience and been an honor throughout. along the journey.
Voting ended earlier this month to determine the 2017 winners, all of whom will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Feb. 3 at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show. Six inductees were chosen and over 13,000 votes were cast.
Sharing the coveted honor with Fleming, Gary Merriman, of Atlanta, Georgia, “Fishing State’s Fly Fishing Ambassador”; J. Wayne Fears of Huntsville, Alabama, author and former president of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association; Fern Hollow, Soc Clay of Kentucky, pioneering outdoor writer and former president of SEOPA; Bryson City, North Carolina’s “uncle”, Mark Cathey, legendary fly fisherman of the pre-National Park era, and the late Don Howell, legendary North Carolina fly fisherman and fly tyer extraordinaire.
The Atlanta Fly Fishing Show, which will include booths, seminars, fly fishing lessons, fly casting, fly tying, knots and the International Fly Fishing Film Festival, among others activities/events, will take place on February 3 and 4 at the Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta. The induction ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m. on February 3