ASUMH Trout Nature Center to Induct Pat Smith into Trout Hall of Fame
The Fifth Annual Trout Nature Center Hall of Fame Banquet will take place on the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) campus on April 26. Actively involved in Fly Fishing since the 80’s, this year’s Trout Hall of Fame inductee, Pat Smith is a founding member of Damsel Fly Fishers and multi-time Woman of the Year honoree by the Federation of Fly Fishers-Southern Council (FFF-SOC). Smith has also received the Award of Excellence and President’s Award from the FFF-SOC. In addition, Smith is currently Secretary/Treasurer of Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery, Sowbug Roundup Co-Chair for Fly Tying, and a member of the Trout Nature Center Task Force. About Smith, past inductee, Steve Wilson says, “She’s all about trout! She is recognized both locally and nationally for her work in promoting trout and trout fishing. Pat is a perfect fit for the mission of the Trout Nature Center.”
The Trout Nature Center and the Trout Hall of Fame will be located at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center (The Sheid). The Center will house educational trout-related exhibits, which will be open to the general public, as well as to students. The banquet, which will feature live music by Fort Smith-based Cutthroat Trout and an auction, will serve as a fundraiser for the Center. The silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and induction ceremony.
Past inductees are Dave Whitlock, Jim Gaston, Dr. Robert Behnke, Joan Wulff, Forrest Wood, Steve N. Wilson, Elmo Hurst, and Tom Schumuecker.
The Trout Nature Center mission is to educate the public about all aspects of trout ecology and conservation. The purpose of the Center will be to enhance the joy of trout fishing and strengthen tourism and economic growth for the area. The Center, once completed, will serve all individuals interested in trout and their habitat, and will show the impact of minimum flow, hydrology, the history of the White River and why trout made their home here.
Tickets to the auction and Hall of Fame Banquet are $50/person and can be purchased by calling the Sheid at (870) 508-6280.