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Fly Tyers Weekend 2018
Will be held
Saturday and Sunday
October 27th & 28th
It's FREE!

This year's event will be held right here at Little River Outfitters in Townsend. More than 40 of the southeast's best fly tyers will be on hand demonstrating everything from tiny midges to large saltwater patterns. This is going to be our premier event of the year.


We are going to have a 40ft x 80ft tent set up behind the Shop. There are heaters on reserve if the weather turns cool.

FREE FLY TYING DEMONSTRATIONS -
This is probably the largest fly tying event in the Southeast United States. There will be fly tyers, who donate their time and travel expenses, here for you to watch, talk to and learn from. You do not have to be a fly tyer to enjoy and learn from these folks. They are all excellent fly fishermen as well as fly tyers. You are likely to hear as many fishing stories as you are to see flies tied.

All you have to do is show up at Little River Outfitters in Townsend. The tyers will be demonstrating between 9 am and 5 pm, both Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th. This event is FREE, all day both days.

We are expecting more than 40 fly tyers. Many tie trout flies. Others tie warmwater flies. There will even be a saltwater fisherman or two demonstrating. Mike Kesslering will also be here with his extensive collection of flies.

FOOD -
Food will be available on site for purchase from the hard working ladies with Casting For Recovery. Money raised from their food sales will go to funding the life changing events they hold each year which help women who are battling or have survived breast cancer.

FLY TYERS WEEKEND HISTORY -
Fly Tyers Weekend was first held at and by Little River Outfitters in 2004 and again in 2005. A large heated tent was attached to the fly shop. Fly tyers demonstrated in the tent, in the shop and in the shop's two classrooms. The event was well attended, popular and grew every year. The cost was prohibitive. Back then, marketing was done with direct mail. That, along with renting the tent and other expenses, cost $5000 per event. Fly Tyers Weekend has always been a FREE event.

In 2013, Tremont Lodge and Resort owners asked Little River Outfitters to create events to be held at their lodge, in the 5,000 square foot conference center. Marketing is now done on the internet and be e-mail, at a low cost. The Shop and the lodge, brought back Fly Tyers Weekend in 2014. It was a huge success.

In 2018, Fly Tyers Weekend returns again. It is still FREE and will hopefully be better than ever!

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Fly Tyers Schedule at Fly Tyers Weekend 2017

The Fly Tyers and anglers below have donated their time and money to be here for your enjoyment.  They will be tying all weekend in shifts and you can spend two days with them for FREE.  That’s the way Fly Tyers Weekend works. 


Saturday November 4th, 9 am - 1 pm

Brandon Bailes
Bill Boyd Jr.
Bill Boyd Sr
Jim Brady
Mike Bryant
Ted Crona
Kieran Frye
Steve Gregg
Adam Harmon
Dan Jackman
Jimmy Jones
Laura Kennerly
Mike Kesselring (fly collection)
Tradd Little
Shawn Madison
Daniel Moss
Brown Osborne
Michael Wallace
Roy Weeks
Josh Williams
Rex Wilson

 
Saturday November 4th, 1 pm - 5 pm

Walter Babb
Herb Broegman
Glen "Catch" Coemier
Clayton Gist
Jack Gregory
Paul Gruver
David Harrell
Melissa Harrell
Gary Herber
Brandon Jackson
Bob Kern
Mike Kesselring (fly collection)
Tradd Little
Dave McBurnie
Allan McGee
Mary K. Resio
John Robbins
Mke Shuman
Brad Sprinkle

Sunday November 5th, 9 am - 1 pm

Walter Babb
Brandon Bailes
Jim Brady
Herb Broegman
Ted Crona
Kieran Frye
Paul Gruver
Adam Harmon
Gary Herber
Dan Jackman
Laura Kennerly
Mike Kesselring (fly collection)
Tradd Little
Dave McBurnie
Allen McGee
Josh Pfeiffer
John Robbins
Roy Weeks
Josh Williams

 

Sunday November 5th, 1 pm - 5 pm

Mike Bryant
Glen "Catch" Coemier
Clayton Gist
Jack Gregory
David Harrell
Melissa Harrell
Anthony Hipps
Jimmy Jones
Bob Kern
Mike Kesselring (fly collection)
Ken McClain
Mary K. Resio
Mike Shuman
Brad Sprinkle


You may see the photos and read the biography of each fly tyer by clicking the button below.

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