Sunday, September 30, 2007

Champion Outfitters fishing report contributors, Rod and Matt Champion of Champion Outfitters received a nice write up in Bristol Herald Courier. Their shop is located less than a mile from Tennessee's South Holston River.
Before we moved to this location, we ran a little fly shop in North Carolina. We then guided from a little log cabin right across the bridge from the weir dam," Rod Champion said. "Fishermen were out there at all hours of the day, so we decided that we needed a fly shop on the river. We searched for a location, found this building and took the plunge."
The 18 miles of bountiful trout river in Northeast Tennessee attracts fishing enthusiasts from across the globe. The client list for the Champions and other guide services in the Mountain Empire is wide.

"We’ve been guiding in this area for nearly five years, and we’ve had a great time meeting working with all the different folks," Rod Champion said. "Fly fishermen are diverse group. There is no average age or typical profile. The sport is for everyone."
The guiding business is competitive and time-consuming. However, Rod Champion said their work is all about family-style fun.

"It’s a unique privilege and pleasure to work with my son on a daily basis," Rod Champion said. "Matt is just a natural at guiding."
Want to be successful like the Champions? Send fishing reports to Ok maybe we are exaggerating it a bit. Fly shop ownership is not a requirement for report submission.

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