Fishing Guide Rocky Cox Speaks Feb. 8

Captain Michael “Rocky” Cox

Veteran fly fishing guide Michael “Rocky” Cox will speak Thursday, Feb. 8, at a free, public meeting of the Clinch River Chapter, Trout Unlimited.

His presentation starts at 7 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Francis Episcopal Church, 158 W. Norris Road, Norris.

Cox, owner of Rocky Top Anglers, is a Knoxville native who has guided more than 1,000 fishing trips professionally since he started in 2001.

He says his upbringing in East Tennessee “allowed me to grow up with wonderful places to play right in my own back yard. Countless miles of mountain streams and cold tailwaters provided endless playgrounds. I never realized how much those years of playing in the water would influence my adult life.

“I’ve always loved the peaceful excitement of fly fishing and always found myself thinking about that next big trip to the mountains. When my leisure time came, I was fly fishing. I was captivated by the old guides, rowing their anglers downriver and finding those special places only accessible by driftboat. I knew that guiding others and showing them the places I treasure would be a very rewarding career.”

In addition, anyone interested in learning more about chapter activities can attend the Brown Bag Board Meeting starting at 5:30—just pack a sandwich and join us in the parish hall.