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About Saint Clair Mapping


About Saint Clair Mapping
by Owner & founder, “Joe” Fred Turner

I am a retired professional engineer, self-taught illustrator and a cartographer wannabe. Although not necessarily influenced by my being born in close proximity to the Smoky Mountains, my nickname in infancy was “Smoky Joe.” The Joe part stuck.

My bride Dianne comprises the company’s very capable and cheerful staff.

My interest in small streams began in the 50s as a kid swimming, fishing and crawdad stalking in the diminutive Roberson Creek on the family farm in Saint Clair in Hawkins County, Tennessee. My first intimate knowledge of aquatic life was from observing and listening to the family's pet (no joke) raccoon feeding on said crustaceans.

Inspiration for creating SmokyStreams.com and our exclusive maps came from: 1) the recent decision by the Park Service to open up numerous Park native brook streams previously closed to fishing, 2) the lack of readily available detailed stream maps, 3) an interest in how streams were named and other historical information surrounding them, 4) a relatively recent introduction to fly fishing by my brother Al and 5) my underlying passion for the Smokies that grew out of childhood memories.

While growing up, my parents and five siblings got to escape the farm and heat for a week of camping in Chimneys Campground (now a picnic area) and later on at Cosby. This camping tradition continued into the '60s. It was on my last visit to the Cosby family campsite that I met Dianne, a really cute redhead from Nashville camping with her family just across the road. It was obvious from the family's head scratching that their tent, which was coincidentally the same model as ours, was either new or borrowed. At the urging of my brother-in-law, Chuck, I agreed we would offer to assist. In exchange for putting up her tent, Dianne has been putting up with me for over forty years now. I owe much to my beloved late mother for making the camping trips possible and my dear late father for allowing me to drive the family ’57 Chevy from Saint Clair to Nashville for weekends of courtin'.

During my early days at Eastman Chemical Company, then part of Eastman Kodak, I was interested in nature photography and active in the Camera Club. From our print shop Dianne ran in the ‘90s, I became to learn and enjoy computer graphic arts. Those influences, and my engineering background, made designing web sites and maps into yet more hobbies. Although I am a retired mechanical engineer, I became interested in civil engineering and mapping from working with a highway surveying crew during the summers.

Many times as a kid perched on boulders in the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River I was mesmerized by the small trout holding in the speedy current below. I’m thinking, “Man! How would you ever catch one of those? I mean the ‘floater’ is not going to stay in place long enough for anything to bite!” It was not until nearly fifty years later that I first caught a trout on a fly.

After a seven year hiatus in Nashville, Dianne and I returned to East Tennessee in 2007. In 2010 I caught my first native speckled trout… fittingly on Cosby Creek.

Enjoy your maps and your waters,
“Joe” Fred

*Trails IllustratedMap is a trademark of National Gepgraphic.