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Charity Rutter, R & R Fly Fishing

Townsend, TN

Charity lives in Townsend, Tennessee only minutes from hundreds of miles of trout streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As a partner in R&R Fly Fishing Smoky Mountain Guide Service she is on the water several days a week. Charity is always excited to show her home waters to her many clients and takes special pleasure helping anglers catch their first trout on fly. Charity also floats several of Tennessee’s famed tailwater rivers where she is likely to be found casting large streamers for trophy browns. Charity also spends plenty of time on the water every year outside of Southern Appalachia. She hosts fly fishing trips to destinations in the Rockies and Belize.

Charity’s photography appears in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler’s Companion and Tennessee Trout Waters Blue Ribbon Guide. Her latest book is Rise Rings & Rhododendron – Fly Fishing the Streams and Tailwaters of Southern Appalachia. Her photos have also appeared in many national fly fishing magazines. Charity appears as a host on the DVD series Fly Fishing Eastern Freestone Streams – Catching The Grand Slam.

With her graphic design experience combined with her fly fishing expertise, she is able to combine her passions to create logos and print materials for various groups in the fly fishing industry, including fly fishing guides, fly shops and fly fishing organizations.

Charity is extremely active in Trout Unlimited and serves on the board of the Little River Chapter. She has worked closely with fisheries biologists in the Smokies on native brook trout restoration projects as well as annual trout population surveys of her home waters. She was one of the organizers of the annual Townsend TroutFest which benefits fisheries research in the Great Smoky Mountains. Charity is also involved with Casting for Recovery, a fly fishing program for breast cancer survivors.

“The first drift boat I ever rowed was a Hyde, I was so impressed with how easily I could maneuver and control it. The boat moved across the water with such ease and didn’t take as much muscle as one might expect. I love the storage in our Hyde – my clients have plenty of space for their extra gear and cameras in addition to my life jackets, camp table, chairs and rod tubes. The carbon fiber oars are just awesome, they are so much easier to use than the heavy wooden oars I’ve used in other boats. By fishing from our Hyde, I’m able to chunk big streamers and reach parts of the river I could never access on foot.”Charity Rutter