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Don't miss out on the fun, the bragging rights, the great prizes, and the chance to hook the biggest, ugliest fish you've ever caught on the fly at the 3 Rivers Carp Cup in Knoxville, TN.

This year's 3 Rivers Carp Cup (3RCC) is to be held on Saturday, August 17th on the French Broad, Holston, and Tennessee Rivers located throughout the greater Knoxville area. The 3 Rivers Carp Cup is a one day fly fishing only tournament to benefit the Legacy Parks Foundation (http://www.legacyparks.org/). Legacy Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which works to assure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come. One of the primary areas of focus of Legacy Parks is to maintain the health of and access to our local waterways. Knoxville's history and growth is tied to our waterways and our rivers continue to define much of our region.

The 3RCC is a fundraiser to support the continued development of recreational opportunities along the Holston and French Broad Rivers located below Cherokee and Douglas Dams respectively. At present, access along the French Broad Blueway is adequate but incomplete while public access along the Holston River is extremely limited and as a result this unique outdoor asset is currently underutilized by a variety of users. All proceeds from the 3 Rivers Carp Cup will go to support increased access opportunities on both rivers for a variety of users including fishermen, recreational paddlers, and wildlife enthusiasts.

To sign up visit 3riverscarpcup.com or call 3 Rivers Angler at 865-200-5271. 

3RCC 2013

Don't miss out on the fun, the bragging rights, the great prizes, and the chance to hook the biggest, ugliest fish you've ever caught on the fly at the 3 Rivers Carp Cup in Knoxville, TN.

This year's 3 Rivers Carp Cup (3RCC) is to be held on Saturday, August 17th on the French Broad, Holston, and Tennessee Rivers located throughout the greater Knoxville area. The 3 Rivers Carp Cup is a one day fly fishing only tournament to benefit the Legacy Parks Foundation (http://www.legacyparks.org/). Legacy Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which works to assure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come. One of the primary areas of focus of Legacy Parks is to maintain the health of and access to our local waterways. Knoxville's history and growth is tied to our waterways and our rivers continue to define much of our region.

The 3RCC is a fundraiser to support the continued development of recreational opportunities along the Holston and French Broad Rivers located below Cherokee and Douglas Dams respectively. At present, access along the French Broad Blueway is adequate but incomplete while public access along the Holston River is extremely limited and as a result this unique outdoor asset is currently underutilized by a variety of users. All proceeds from the 3 Rivers Carp Cup will go to support increased access opportunities on both rivers for a variety of users including fishermen, recreational paddlers, and wildlife enthusiasts.

To sign up visit 3riverscarpcup.com or call 3 Rivers Angler at 865-200-5271. 

Cheers For Charity, Thursday July 18th, 6 to 8

CRCleanUpSupporting Great Causes, One Beer at a Time.

Please join 3 Rivers Angler for a beer and meet and greet the great folks from the Clinch River Trout Unlimited who are sponsoring the Big Clinch River Clean Up. 

The Big Clinch River Cleanup and Breakfast will be Saturday, July 20 (severe weather date, July 27), starting with an 8 a.m. briefing and full breakfast for all registered volunteers, at the Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Highway, Norris.

Please register at  http://crctu.org/big-clinch-river-cleanup/. If you have questions, contact Buzz Buffington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (865) 463-7167.

Calhouns CarpingCalhoun’s carping: By the Numbers

Up until last year’s 3 Rivers Carp Cup, few anglers residing outside of the greater Knoxville area had heard of Calhoun’s restaurant on Knoxville’s waterfront. But when the restaurant garnered direct mention in the 2012 3RCC rules and regulations as being strictly taboo and off limits during the tournament, not to mention the fact that it was spitting distance from 3RCC headquarters at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, word began to spread.

Post tournament, there were more than a few grumbles from a sub-set of participants that complained that the winning strategy, which consisted of fishing marinas along the Tennessee River almost exclusively, was akin to Henry Winkler bragging about catching a 26 inch pellet pig brown from the manicured grounds of Blackberry Farm in an interview in Fly Rod & Reel Magazine. That this strategy trounced all others in terms of numbers and size of fish caught suggests that competition carp anglers need to pay attention. Make no mistake; I understand the complaint to a degree. A large carp pulled from a flat on a fly mimicking a natural prey item is far more rewarding than that same fish pulled from the docks downtown or elsewhere.  However, life is filled with obligations and time constraints and at the end of the day the only rule when carp fishing is to have a good time. What’s more, a big fish in urban quarters is a formidable quarry which will test your equipment, believe me; I’ve spent a lot of dough on rod repair as a result of Calhoun’s Restaurant.

Clinch.river.clean-upThe Big Clinch River Clean Up

When: Saturday July 20th, 2013, 8:00AM

What: All Kayakers, Canoeists, Fishierman and any friend of the Clinch River, join the Clinch River Trout Unlimited for an in-river and shoreline clean-up of litter and debris.

Breakfast, Check-in, and Pre-Cleanup briefing will be at the 

Museum of Appalachia (2918 Andersonville Hwy).

Contact and information: Buzz (865) 463-7167 or Ron (865) 209-7798

To Register: go to www.crtu.org and complete the online registration