The signs immediately adjacent US 129 on either side of the “Buck” Karns bridge connecting South Knoxville to downtown and the university area read “Tennessee River” and “Ft. Loudon Lake”. The juxtaposition of the two is apropos given that the body of water you’re crossing is less a river and now more a chain of lakes formed by the impounding of waters behind monumental structures stewed in the history of our region’s past. I grew up fishing along the banks of the river just downstream from the bridge and recently returned to my natal home after a 12-year absence. Older and wiser (I hope) and with two young sons of my own, I’m still drawn down to the river as it makes its course through downtown, then past the suburbs and beyond, where it eventually meets the Clinch River dropping down from the north and what was the Little “T” rolling in from the mountains to the south. I love driving along Neyland Drive and Cherokee Boulevard as doing so provides me the opportunity to ponder the river’s form from ancestral state to her role in today’s contemporary politics. Just above town, where legislators of old decided the Tennessee begins at the forks formed by the French Broad and the Holston, three rivers merge to become one. And if you time your upriver journey right, you might even catch glimpses of our collective past, assuming TVA’s generation schedule obliges.
Well, we've gone and done it. 3 Rivers Angler, Knoxville's new fly shop, is ready to throw open the doors to the public and expose all our wares. It hasn't been easy and mistakes have been made.
Nevertheless, we are pleased to announce that our Grand Opening Celebration will be Friday November 18th beginning at ten in the morning until seven in the evening.
Stop by, introduce yourself, and be sure to put your name in the hat for all the free goodies our manufacturers have sent us.
We're located at 5113 Kingston Pike, just west of the Gourmet Market. The store's normal hours will be from 10 to 6 Monday through Friday and 9 to 5 on Saturday.
Please do stop by and see us and give us a call if you have any questions: 865.200.5271.