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Home of the musky
The Tennessee Senate has passed a proclamation declaring McMinnville as Home of the Southern Musky. Thomas B. Vaughn, left, makes the presentation to Mayor Jimmy Haley. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Move over Nursery Capital of the World. McMinnville was recently honored by the Tennessee Senate as the “Home of the Southern Musky.”
A musky is a species of large, long, torpedo-shaped fish that are one of the hardest fresh-water fish to catch. The musky is the largest member of the pike family. They have an enormous mouth that is filled with long, pointed teeth. The Collins River is ideal for large musky.
Thomas B. Vaughn presented a plaque to the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen during Tuesday night’s meeting. The plaque, from state Sen. Janice Bowling, declares McMinnville as “Home of the Southern Musky.”
“She sends her regrets she can’t be here tonight because they are in session,” said Vaughn. “She has asked me to be here to represent her in presenting a Senate proclamation.”
The proclamation states:
“Whereas the muskellunge, the fish commonly known as the musky, is needed for the waterways of the Cumberland Plateau, including the Collins River and its tributaries and
“Whereas the waters of the Collins River and its tributaries in Warren County provide an ideal natural hatchery for musky, and
“Whereas the Collins River is a premiere destination for musky fly fishing and has gained the reputation for being the southernmost trophy musky fishery in the country drawing anglers from across North America and
“Whereas the inaugural Musky Fly Fishing World Championship was held in Warren County in 2012 drew anglers from 17 states and attracted sponsorships from Orvis Scientific Anglers and TFO (Temple Fork Outfitters) Fly Rods and
“Whereas the Musky Fly Fishing World Championship, also referred to as the Southern Classic, was featured in numerous magazines, including “This is Fly,” “Southern Culture on the Fly,” and “Musky Hunter” and will be featured in an upcoming issue of “American Angler” and
“Whereas two books “The 25 Best Places to Fly Fish for Musky” and the forthcoming “The 25 Best Placed to Fly Fish in the South” include chapters devoted to the Collins River in Warren County and an episode of the Outdoor Channel’s fly fish TV showcase “Musky Fly Fishing” on the Collins River and
“Whereas in July of this year (2014) the legislative bodies of the city of McMinnville and Warren County both adopted proclamations recognizing McMinnville, Warren County Tennessee, as the home of the Southern Musky.
“Therefore, I, Ron Ramsey, Speaker of the Senate for the 108 General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, at the request of and in conjunction with Senator Janice Bowling, do hereby proclaim that we join with the city of McMinnville and Warren County in honoring McMinnville in Warren County as the Home of the Southern Musky.”
McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley accepted the presentation.