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Mike Adaams 

Mike Adams – Johnson City, Tennessee

Mike Adams writes on his website, “From the age of 12, I knew the thing I wanted to do the most was to get people in the great outdoor.  The best way I could think to do it was to help them learn to catch fish.”

In 1997, Mike and his wife Vicki moved from Phoenix, AZ to the Johnson City Area to start a guide service. Mike has been guiding clients on the South Holston River and Caney Fork River in Middle Tennessee ever since.

He has developed some great fly patterns too.  They are tied by Holly Flies in Pennsylvania and sold to fly shops in the Southeast.  One pattern, Mike’s Magic Beetle is one of Little River Outfitter’s top selling Summer flies.  There are many more.

You will enjoy Mike and learn from him at Fly Tyers Weekend.  Mike always draws a big crowd to our shop in February, when he demonstrates his skills to our customers.  Mike also helps Mahoney’s Fly Shop in Johnson City when needed.  He’s an expert, any fly shop owner would want to have talking and assisting their customers. Mike is the real deal.

Walter Babb 

Walter Babb - Sweetwater, Tennessee

Walter Babb has been fly fishing the Southern Appalachian mountains for over 60 years.  He began his journey fishing with his father mostly in the Tellico River drainage.  Walter became a commercial fly tyer at a young age and still ties flies to sell.  He loves fly fishing for trout but has ventured into some warmwater fishing and Atlantic Salmon fishing as well.  He has traveled to the west and the northeast United States to fish.

Walter enjoys tying and fishing Southern Appalachian and Catskills flies.  He is known as a master nymph and wet fly fisherman.  And, we consider him a walking fly fishing encyclopedia.  He remembers even the most miniscule details about cane rod builders and fly tyers.

Walter began making bamboo rods about 10 years ago.  He makes his beautiful rods to sell and always has a waiting list of anxious customers.  Additionally, Walter has taught and still teaches beginner fly fishing classes as well as beginner, intermediate and advanced fly tying classes at Little River Outfitters.  He has been teaching here for over 15 years.


Brandon Bailes 
Brandon Bailes – Athens, Alabama

I live in the Tennessee Valley with my beautiful bride and 2 wild little boys and I'm surrounded by some great warmwater fisheries! I also frequent the Elk River tailwaters and the Sipsey River tailwaters, which is only an hour away from my home, to get my trout fix.
I am a hardcore streamer junkie and glass rod geek. I love fishing big articulated streamers in heavy flows with big rods and sinking lines but also get just as excited searching out plunge pools with a light wt rod and downsized streamers.

As far as work, by day I am an engineering technician for NASA and at night, when the wife and lil ones go to bed, I work filling orders for my small shop, Panther Branch bugs. I’m also a fly designer for Orvis and have two patterns available through them in 2016...the Bailes Out minnow and the Bailes Panther Branch hopper. I take great pride in designing and producing flies and love sharing tips and techniques with everyone.

Jeff Barrett 
Jeff Barrett - Nashville, Tennessee

Jeff Barrett is a guide in Middle Tennessee with numerous years of fly fishing experience. He caught the fly fishing bug while living in Pennsylvania and his love for the sport intensified after moving to Nashville in 1998.

He can be found chasing trout on the Caney Fork River and the Elk River here in middle Tennessee. Jeff is also a member of FFF, Trout Unlimited, served 3 years as president of Middle Tennessee Fly Fisher, and currently serves on the Southeastern Council - FFF Board of Directors.

He has tied flies at numerous club and fly fishing events around the southeast. Jeff enjoys tying soft hackles, midges, and streamers. He enjoys working with beginners as well as veterans of the sport.

Gene Barrington 
Gene Barrington – Cumming, Georgia

Fly Fishing 50 plus years, Fly Tying 40 plus years, Past president Atlanta Fly Fishing Club, Past president Southeastern Council IFFF, Life member IFFF, Member IFFF Fly Tying Group, Member Fly Tying Guild (UK), current Vice president Fly Tying Group Board of Governors. Fly Tying Lead, Project healing Waters-Atlanta and/or Cherokee Fly Fishing Museum Board of Directors.

Byron Begley 

Byron Begley – Townsend, Tennessee

Byron has been fly fishing and fly tying since 1962.  Byron, his wife Paula and Daniel Drake own Little River Outfitters.  He was the founding President of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

“I’ve been tying flies for over 50 years and I’m still not good at it, at least in my opinion. I know a lot of tyers who are much better.  In fact, I think I’m getting worse.  But, I do have a fly called a Knucklehead, you should see.  I’ll be tying those at Fly Tyers Weekend. This is the only fly I ever designed. I use it for smallmouth bass. Anglers also do well with this fly for largemouth bass, large bluegill, carp and even trout."  


See the tying instructions by CLICKING HERE.

Reid Benton 

Reid Benton - Madison, Alabama

Retired Navy Commander (30 years service) as Fixed-wing and Helicopter Pilot. Retired Program Manager for Lockheed Martin Corp on US Navy’s AEGIS program. 

Started fly fishing as a boy in Georgia, fishing for anything (mostly bluegills) then chasing freshwater and saltwater fish for the last 50 years in earnest and remains an avid trout fisherman.

I have fished most of the streams in the northeast, southeast and many in the west as well. Tying flies for the last 40 years. Fortunate enough to receive instruction from some of the great fly tiers in our country. 

I am the fly tying instructor for the Tennessee Valley Fly Fishing club in Huntsville, Alabama.  Demonstration Tier for the FFF Southeast and Southern section. Also Sow-Bug Roundup in Mountain Home, Ar.  Presently full time retired in Madison, Alabama and enjoying life.

Bill Boyd Jr. 

Bill Boyd Jr. - Dayton, Tennessee

Bill Boyd, Jr. a.k.a. “Nick” is a member of the Dubbing Teasers Fly Tying Team.  Nick has written product review articles for Fly Fish America Magazine and is a member of Trout Unlimited Appalachian Chapter.  He is also a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers. 

He ties a variety of Nymphs, Streamers, and Dry Fly patterns for Trout as well as assorted warm water species. 

His signature fly, the Tennessee Stonefly Nymph, has been showcased in Fly Tyer and Fly Fish America Magazines.  He also enjoys demonstrating the creation of a realistic spider pattern.  His diversity in tying flies is particularly popular with spectators at his demonstrations, and some have remarked;  “There is never a dull moment watching Bill demonstrate his skills.”  

Bill Boyd Sr. 

Bill Boyd Sr. - Dayton, Tennessee

Bill Boyd, Sr., a.k.a. “Knack”, is the elder member of the Dubbing Teasers Fly Tying Team.  Knack is a Member of Trout Unlimited Appalachian Chapter.  His signature fly, the “Hiwassee Streamer” has been showcased in Fly Fish America Magazine

He is also known for tying the “Toilet Tank Floater” , “Knack’s Mudbug” (Crawfish Pattern) and Striking Dragonfly Patterns.  He is interested in combining natural and synthetic materials to produce strike- triggering elements in his flies.  In addition to being known for his inventive fly tying techniques, Knack’s mechanical inventions are often conversation pieces. 

His “Natural Light Simulator,” that demonstrates how changing light actually produces color changes in nymphs under water, has been received with great interest and enthusiasm. 

Herb Broegmann 
Herb Broegmann- Mooresville, North Carolina

I retired and moved from up North to Gods country in the South. North Carolina.

I started to fly fish , tie flies and build my own Graphite fly rods after a very long hiatus up North.

I’ve learned from many talented fly fishers and tiers in our area and enjoy passing on what I learned to beginners of our sport.

Mike Bryant 

Mike Bryant - Townsend, Tennessee

Mike has been flyfishing and tying flies for the past fifteen years. He has been flyfishing for trout, smallmouth, largemouth, salmon, steelhead, tarpon and bonefish in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico
and Tennessee.

Mike has been tying flies for almost as long as he has been flyfishing. He has attended many fly tying classes from A.K. Best, Walter Babb, Dave Brandt, Dave Engle, Bob Clouser, Chris Helm, Mike Lawson, Wayne Luallen, Roger Lowe, Skip Morris, Jim Teeny, April Vokey and
Glenn Weisner.

Mike currently resides in Townsend, TN; and is currently serving as President of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Vice Chair of the Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited.

Buzz Buffington 
Buzz Buffington - Clinton, Tennessee

Buzz Buffington grew up in Southern Idaho and started fly fishing and fly tying as a teenager. He came east to study wildlife biology at Virginia Tech. in Blacksburg Va.

He worked in land and natural resource management for TVA, retiring in1994.

Buzz was a charter member of the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He developed their beginning fly tying course, leads river cleanups and volunteers in Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

Bob Clemenson 
Bob Clemenson – Dunwoody, Georgia

Bob has been tying flies for over thirty years. He has tied at the southeastern council, southern council, gulf coast council, and two international conclaves.

He ties flies for trout fishing in north Georgia.

Catch Cormier 
Catch Cormier – Boyce, Louisiana

Catch is president of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers and Cenla Kayak Anglers, and has served as president or officer of several clubs and organizations, including the IFFF Gulf Coast Council and CCA-Louisiana. For 15 years he's been the fly fishing columnist for Louisiana Sportsman magazine, and for 4 years a kayak fishing reporter for "Outdoors With Don Dubuc" weekly radio show. He also maintains the only website dedicated to Louisiana Fly Fishing (

As a young man, Catch earned his nickname as a successful bass tournament angler, but a fellow student at LSU graduate school reintroduced him to fly fishing and it became an immediate addiction. In 1988, he had his first kayak fishing experience. Later that year, he was asked to help form a fly fishing club in Baton Rouge. In 1996, he earned the FFF Casting Instructor badge. He's taught leisure classes on fly fishing and fly tying at LSU, and gives presentations across the country.

Catch will be tying a few of his favorite saltwater flies, some his own creation that have been featured in books and magazines. When not chasing redfish, bass or other species, he enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking and LSU sports.

Michael "Rocky" Cox 

Michael "Rocky" Cox - Seymour, Tennessee

OUPV Coast Guard Licensed Captain
Guiding professionally since 2001
Specializing in drift boat fly fishing on the tailwaters of the south.

"I was born and raised near Knoxville Tennessee. This allowed me to grow up with wonderful places to play right in my own back yard. Countless miles of mountain streams and large, cold tailwaters provided endless playgrounds. I never realized how much those years of playing in the water would influence my adult life."

Joe Craig 
Joe Craig – High Point, North Carolina

Joe is a self-taught fly tier for over 25 years. He specializes in CDC Sulphur patterns, midges, and terrestrials for trout. Joe’s patterns are especially deadly on tailwater and spring creek trout. Joe has served on the board of directors and as a fly tying instructor for the Nat Greene Fly Fishers (TU/IFFF affiliate) in Greensboro, NC.

Ted Crona 

Ted Crona - Scottsboro, Alabama

Ted is a retired metallurgical engineer and quality manager with 40 years of experience. He has 5 patents and is a former chairman of an ASTM committee.

He started fly fishing at the age of 55 and started tying flies immediately afterwards. Since then, Ted has become a proficient fly tier.

Fly Anglers On-Line featured one of Ted’s flies, the “Semper Fi”, as one of their lead stories in June, 2009. Ted resides in Scottsboro, AL, with his wife Libby, his lab, Ellie, where he continues to fish and tie and make fly plates of old classic wet flies.

Jack Cummings 
Jack Cummings - Huntersville, North Carolina

I’ve been an avid fly fisher for about 30 years and a run-of-the-mill fly fisher all my life. When I was a kid we used what worked… crickets on a long cane pole, spinning gear, live bait, M-80’s and cherry bombs, fly rods… it didn’t matter as long as it produced.

Later as a manufacturers rep that traveled I fly fished to keep me out of lounges and hotel rooms during the evening rise. This is when fly fishing became way more than just fishing to me.

I’ve been tying for most of that 30 years, especially when I lived in Michigan with its long, cold winters. Since I became part of a human migration, this time to a saner climate a dozen years ago or so I tie to teach, fill my fly boxes and to exercise my creative side.

I am past President and founding member of the Carolina Fly Fishing Club and currently the VP of Education.

I am also an iFFF Certified Casting Instructor since 2004 and enjoy the sport and art of fly casting and sharing that with those who want to learn more about it and other casting geeks (Like Gary Jones) who like to learn off each other.

Tom Dickerson 

Thomas “Tom” Dickerson – Chattanooga, TN

Tom Dickerson is a self-taught fly tyer, fly fisherman and avid outdoorsman. He is originally from Central Florida and his love of the mountains brought him to Chattanooga, TN.

Tom considers himself to be a modern fly tyer with a knack for creating classic flies with a new age twist. A few of his signature flies include a neon Copper John variation as well as unique streamers and minnows.

He has a passion for all things related to fly fishing and the importance of conservation. He is looking forward to becoming more active in the industry and is excited for future fishing adventures.

Roger Duckworth 
Roger Duckworth – Ooltewah, Tennessee

Roger has published several articles in; ‘Fly Tyer Magazine’ Autumn 2010 (Duck’s Yellow Post Emerger and Duck’s TwoFer), Spring 2011 (Sneaky Duck and Duck’s Sipper), as well as the ‘Global Fly Fisher Website’ March 2013 (Duck’s Extended Body) along with 10 YoutubeVideos ‘search’ Roger Duckworth or enter Duck's Extended Body Fly Tying Lesson 1. Making the fly body.

Roger started fly fishing with his Grandfather at age 12 (1959). He was lucky enough to have fished many of the States in the US (key streams: Green, Provo, Snake, Henry’s Fork, St Joe, Madison, Gibbon, Lamar, Yak, Kootanai, San Juan, Blue, Colorado, Williams, White, North Fork, Little Red, Nantahala, Taccoa (WV) Elk, Williams, Cherry, Cranberry, Shaver’s Fork, (TN) SoHo, Hiwassee, Tellico, Watauga , many lakes and streams in Canada, New Zealand (North Island), Germany, Yugoslavia (Pula Peninsula), Berry Islands.

Roger will be demon tying: BWO’s and Sulphers (nymphs, emergers, duns, spinners). He will also demo how to make extended body flies with “natural” style hackle.

Kieran Frye 
Kieran Frye - Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania

“Kieran has been tying flies since 1980. He enjoys teaching young and old alike. He has won numerous fly tying awards both here in the USA and abroad. His most notable is the 1994 Mustad Scandinavian Open Fly Tying Championships held in Oslo Norway. He resides in Mt. Pleasant Pa with his wife Kim and their black lab Max.”

Clayton Gist 

Clayton Gist - Knoxville, Tennessee

Clayton has been tying flies for several decades and has taught fly tying classes in multiple locations in the Denver, CO area as well as in Logan, UT.

Locally he has participated as an instructor in several Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) Fly Tying courses, TU Trout Summer Camp at Tremont in Smoky Mountain National Park, Wounded Warriors. Clayton has tied flies most of his 77 yrs. and has either lead or instructed in multiple programs such as; the Wounded Warriors fly tying, Project Healing Waters, Trout Unlimited Beginning Fly Tying, Introductory Fly Tying Class at Utah State University, as well as multiple fly tying classes in the Denver, CO area. .

He grew up in the intermountain west, knows and loves many western rivers. Presently he spends about 4 months a year on the San Juan River in Northern New Mexico.

Jack Gregory 

Jack Gregory – Walland, Tennessee

Jack Gregory’s grandfather moved his family from Cades Cove to Walland, Tennessee when Great Smoky Mountains National Park was formed.  His wife’s family lived in Cades Cove as well.  Jack held on to his ancestors love of the mountains and Jack became an accomplished hunter and fly fisherman at an early age.  He fly fished in the Smokies whenever he got the chance which was often throughout his younger days and he continues today.

He spent his vacations for years in Yellowstone National Park, for a month at a time, learning to fish the rivers there.  He has a keen sense of trout behavior and he can see fish better than anyone I know.  His primary targets here are large Smokies brown trout and smallmouth bass in the lowland rivers and lakes.  His saltwater adventures take him to Florida where he fly fishes for tarpon and redfish.  Other than wade fishing for trout in streams, his second love is catching permit in Belize. 

Jack is an excellent fly tyer.  He is the best fly fisherman I have ever fished with.  You will enjoy your time with Jack.


Paul Gruver 

Paul Gruver - Wake Forest, North Carolina

An avid fisherman since childhood, Paul began tying flies when he was about 10, but he didn't start fishing with them until many years later.  Today, he ties flies from a size 24 midge pupa for the tailwaters, to a size 2 Alaskabou for Alaskan salmon, and everything in between. 

Raised on the tradtional patterns espoused by Ray Bergman, though, his passion is for the traditional Catskill dries, classic wets, and the feather wing streamers that graced the fly boxes of fishermen in the 1950's and '60's.  Whatever he happens to be tying, though, Paul will always be happy to digress into his favorite Appalachian or Southern tailwater patterns.

Paul is a member of the IFFF Fly Tying Group.  He gives frequent fly tying demonstrations for various local organizations, and is often seen at regional fly fishing shows promoting youth fly tying, and membership in the IFFF.

Adam Harmon 

Adam Harman – Greensboro, North Carolina

My name is Adam Harman. I live in Winston-Salem, NC with my wife Erin and our two children Jonah and Olivia. I picked up fly fishing from my Dad when I was kid but didn’t really fall in love with it until I was about 25. I started tying a few years later, which would later blossom into a passion. I had been tying off and on for myself for several years until last year I decided to start selling commercially. In February, Blue Ridge Custom Flies was launched. After working all day and spending time with the family, I spend a lot of my evenings tying for other fly-fisherman all over the country or experimenting with new patterns. When I am not tying, I enjoy being with my wife and kids and fly-fishing in the mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. You can follow me or check my work out on Instagram @blueridgecustomflies and I am also featured on

Dave Harrell 
Dave Harrell – Clinton, Tennessee

Dave currently works as a Natural Resource Manager for Tennessee Valley Authority-with a background in wildlife/fisheries management and outdoor recreation. Dave began fly tying in 1994, after taking a beginning fly tying course at the Creel in Knoxville.

He has developed several of his own patterns. The Harrell's Sulfur Soft- Hackle was published in a Trout South newsletter with a feature on soft-hackle flies. Dave has a passion for instructing. He has conducted several fly tying demonstrations at TU chapter meetings.

Dave is a lead instructor in the Clinch River Trout Unlimited Chapter's annual beginners fly tying course. Likewise, co-instructing for fly tying classes for Project Healing Waters. Dave and his wife Melissa teach a fly fishing course for Roane State Community College.

Anthony Hipps

Photo by Bob Clouser


Anthony Hipps - Lexington, North Carolina

Anthony served as the FFF-SEC  President from 2009-2012.  In the past he has served the FFF-SEC on the board of directors, as show fly tying chairman, program show director and festival show chairman.  Anthony served on the FFF- Southeastern Council Board of Directors, taught many fly tying seminars and demonstrated fly tying at the FFF-SEC fly fishing festivals 1999-2012.  He has demonstrated fly tying at Troutfest and many other fly fishing shows. He is a professional speaker, tier and fly tying instructor. He has served as president, vice-president, fly tying instructor, Boy Scouts Merit Badge Coordinator and program chairman for his home fly fishing club, the Nat Greene Fly Fishers (TU/FFF affiliate) in Greensboro, NC.

Anthony has been nationally recognized for his spun deer-hair bass flies, smallmouth bass nymphs (the Hellcraw), saltwater streamers and especially his unique soft-bodied foam poppers, divers and sliders. In 2004 he was a featured fly tier on the Outdoor Life Network’s Fly Fish TV Magazine television program.  Fly Tyer Magazine has published five of Anthony’s articles on his unique flies, including the Hipps Soft-Bodied popper line of flies.   Anthony is proud to be a contributing author for Bob Clouser’s outstanding book, “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams”. 

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