In 2008, Lynn Camp Prong, a stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was closed to fishing to restore native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout to their home water. Like the "brookies," I have always considered it my home water. It has always been a favorite place for our family and only a short drive from our home in Townsend, Tennessee. The end of the gravel road where the trail follows the stream is the place we love to fish, hike and play as a family. Throughout the past seven years, we have actively volunteered on this project led by fisheries biologists in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Involving my children in a volunteer project is important to me for many reasons. My husband Ian and I are full time fly fishing guides and own a fly fishing guide service. We want to share our passion with our children and hope to instill in them a respect for our rivers, woods and public lands.

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Photo by Charity Rutter