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f05a7164-f1aa-4b25-8db3-59b876451786On March 23rd, 2016, veterans from the Knoxville, TN Program were treated to a beautiful spring day of fishing on Hesse Creek at picturesque Blackberry Farm in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Highlights from the day included the stunning scenery, tremendous fishery offered on Hesse Creek, and the great bonds forged between guides and participants during their time on the water.

“Some of the Country’s greatest fishing is right here in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. It was quite an experience to fly fish at the exclusive Blackberry Farm where the scenic views alone will have you grabbing for you camera. The veterans enjoyed fly fishing with an expert guide along the Hesse Creek. When they weren’t fishing they were able to relax and enjoy the camaraderie with other veterans.” – Robert Bogus III (USMC), Assistant Program Lead Knoxville, TN.

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Blackberry Farm offers countless activities and adventures to fulfill your every desire. Pamper your mind and body at our Wellhouse. Enjoy our Orvis-endorsed fly fishing while surrounded by the pristine tranquility of Hesse Creek. Find yourself on a relaxing nature hike. Freewheel down mountain byways and down country roads on a custom co-motion bike. Read more on their website: http://www.blackberryfarm.com

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Special thanks go to Blackberry Farm for their great hospitality, Alex Quick, Josh Callihan, and all the guides for inviting us out for a priceless experience for our veterans.

“What a way to start out the spring fishing!” – Robert Bogus III (USMC)

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Photo courtesy of Blackberry Farm