Chetola — Going all-out for Blowing Rock Trout Derby

Chetola — Going all-out for Blowing Rock Trout Derby
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SPECIAL REPORT TO BLOWING ROCK NEWS. March 5, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Chetola Resort is sharing its love of all things fish-related with an itinerary of family friendly activities surrounding the 40th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby, April 5 & 6.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 — Getting Ready, Food & FUN

Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola Resort kicks off the popular weekend with a Fly Tie & Fish Fry lakeside picnic Friday, April 5 from 6-9pm. Fried trout, hush puppies, cole slaw, French fries, tartar sauce, and Cajun remoulade are what’s for dinner for $14 per person on the Timberlake’s patio buffet. Chicken tenders and fries will be available for children 12 and younger at $7 per person. Blowing Rock Fire and Police Departments eat for free. 

In conjunction with the picnic, Chetola’s Orvis Endorsed Guide Dustin Coffey will headline a free fly tying lesson on the lawn where children and adults can either watch or try their hands at tying flies in preparation for the town-wide fishing extravaganza the following day. Weather permitting, the lakeside bonfire will be roaring and s’mores available for purchase. Boone-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery will also be on hand to serve its award-winning craft beers, with proceeds benefitting the Trout Derby. A collection of lawn games, including Cornhole, Spike Ball, and Ram Jam, will be placed on Chetola lawn for all ages to engage in some friendly competition. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 — OPENING DAY! (and demos, clinics, and contests)

Saturday, April 6, marks the official opening of trout season, and for 40 years the Blowing Rock Trout Derby has signaled that springtime milestone. During the daylong event, which runs sunrise to 4pm, Coffey and Chetola Sporting Reserve Outdoor Programs Representative Morgan Tarbutton will spend the afternoon offering young Trout Derby participants at Broyhill Park an array of demos, clinics and contests: 

  • 1:30 pm — Chetola’s Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Demonstration
  • 2:00 pm — Fly Fishing Clinic for children 16 and younger
  • 3:00 pm — Fly Fishing Casting Clinic for children 16 and younger

To up the ante, Chetola is donating a treasure trove of trophy trout to Broyhill Lake to ensure that kids land a big fish and have the opportunity to win some great prizes courtesy of Orvis.  

“As an Orvis endorsed operation, family focused fishing is naturally our passion,” said Tarbutton. “We are excited to join with the Blowing Rock Trout Derby to promote not only the bond that ties families to fishing but also falling in love with the outdoors. By celebrating the longtime tradition of fly fishing in the Appalachian Mountains, we hope to continue to pass down this lifetime activity for generations to come.” 

For a complete list of Trout Derby schedule, locations and rules, visit blowingrock.com/troutderby/. Discount fly fishing lodging packages are also available at Chetola during the event. Contact Guest Services at 828-295-5500. 

Chetola Resort is an 87-acre vacation destination in Blowing Rock, NC, featuring Chetola Lodge, the Bob Timberlake Inn, privately owned one to four-bedroom condominiums, Timberlake’s Restaurant, the Spa at Chetola, and the Chetola Sporting Reserve offering clay shooting and fly fishing.  185 Chetola Lake Dr., Blowing Rock, NC 28605. 828.295.5500. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Chetola Resort is a Cornerstone Marketing Partner of Blowing Rock News.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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