Free Fly Tying Demonstrations and Special Interest Programs

Little River Outfitters is a fly tying shop.  You will notice that as soon as you walk into the store.  The walls are covered with materials and tools.  We have probably the largest selection you have seen. 

Due to that fact, we know a lot of people who tie flies.  Many started here in our classes.  And others have been tying flies for decades.  Some of our customers are experts at tying trout, bass, salmon and saltwater flies.  We have many customers who make poppers.  Fly tying is an important part of the culture at Little River Outfitters.

Fourteen years ago we started holding free fly tying demonstrations during the winter months.  Back then it was about the only way we could get customers into the store when the fishing in the Smokies was slow.  That tradition has continued. 

Not only does it give customers something to do on a cold winter day, there is a whole lot of information shared by these talented fly tyers who come here to demonstrate their skills.

Our Fly Tying Demonstrations don’t cost a thing.  You don’t have to make a reservation, just show up.  The coffee is free and there is plenty of room to sit down and watch.  Ask questions and you will get answers.  Most of our demonstrations are held on Saturdays starting at 10:00 am and running through 2:00 pm.  We usually have two fly tyers each Saturday. 

Free Fly Tying Demonstrations start in November and except for a brief break during the holidays they continue through February.  The tyers in the photos at the left are some of our regular tyers.  There are others too. 

So, here is something to look forward to during the winter months.  Come on over, relax and enjoy yourself.  You will learn from these fine people.

2013 Schedule (So Far)

November 2013

Saturday 2nd – Walter Babb Free Fly Tying Demonstration - Trout Flies – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday 9th – Hugh Hartsell Free Fly Tying Demonstration - Trout Flies - 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday 16th – Rex Wilson Free Fly Tying Demonstration - Trout Flies - 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and

John Ross Book Signing - John's new book, "Trout Unlimited's Guide To America's 100 Best Trout Streams" will be for sale. All profits will go to the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Meet John - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Saturday 30th - Bill Boyd Sr. and Bill Boyd Jr. - Free Fly Tying Demonstration - 10 am - 2 pm.

December 2013

Saturday December 7th - Rob Fightmaster - Meet the guide and fly tying demonstration - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. and

Tradd Little - Tradd is an 11 year old fly tyer. His skills are unbelievable for his age. Meet Tradd and Free Fly Tying Demonstration 10 am - 2 pm.

Saturday 14th – Dean Campbell - Warmwater Flies and Phil Brandt Warm, Salt or Trout Flies - 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Saturday 21st - Clayton Gist - Trout Flies - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

January 2014

Saturday 4th – John Thurman Free Fly Tying Demonstration - Trout Flies - 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and

Josh Pfieffer - Meet the Guide - Free Fly Tying Demonstration - Smallmouth Bass Flies - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Saturday January 11th - Meet Frank Bryant, owner of Chota Outdoor Gear. Frank will be here from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and

Mike Bone - Meet the Guide and Free Fly Tying Demonstration 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Saturday 18th - Tim Ivey Free Fly Tying Demonstration - Warmwater Flies and

Mike Bryant - President of Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Fly Tying Demonstration - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Saturday 25th - Buzz Buffington Free Fly Tying Demonstration - Trout Flies - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. and

Kent Edmonds - Inventor of the Stealth Bomber fly. Free Fly Tying Demo and Casting Clinic all day starting at 10 am, and

Sarah Weeks - Sarah will be here to meet you and talk about Friends of the Smokies. She is the Director of Development for Friends. She will be here between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

February 2014

Saturday 1st - Michael (Rocky) Cox - Meet the Guide and Free Fly Tying Demonstration - Trout Flies - 10 am - 2 pm.

Saturday 1st - Alex Quick - Meet the Guide and Free Fly Tying Demonstration - 10 am - 2 pm.

Saturday 8th - Mike Adams - Meet the Guide and Free Fly Tying Demonstration - Trout Flies - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Saturday 15th - David Perry - Meet the Guide and Free Fly Tying Demonstration - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Saturday 22nd - Roger Lowe - Meet the Guide and Free Fly Tying Demonstration - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

About the Tyers

Walter Babb has been fly fishing in the mountains for 50 years. He teaches fly tying and beginner fly fishing class here at the shop. He is also a professional bamboo rod maker.

Brian Courtney is a pastor in Philadelphia, Tennessee. He is an avid fly fisherman and teaches fly tying classes at Little River Outfitters.

Roger Lowe is a professional guide from Waynesville, North Carolina.

Tim Doyle is a professional guide from here in Blount County. He has been fly fishing in the mountains all his life.

Hugh Hartsell is a professional guide working in the Smokies and area tailwaters.

John Thurman is an aquatic biologist and fly fisherman/upland bird hunter.

Sarah Weeks is the Director of Development at Friends of the Smokies. She is an avid angler and Trout Unlimited volunteer. She is also active in Casting For Recovery. She serves on the Executive Committee of Troutfest and on the Marketing Committee.

Rex Wilson lives in Canton, North Carolina and has fly fished in the Mountains most of his life. He is an excellent Smokies fly tyer.

Buzz Buffington is a retired wildlife biologist and full time fisherman. He fly fishes more than anyone we know.

Jack Gregory grew up in Walland, Tennessee and has fished the Smokies most of his life. He has also spent a lot of time in Yellowstone and loves fly fishing in saltwater. Jack serves on the Executive Committee of Troutfest.

Ray Ball grew up in the Smokies and has fly fished and tied Smokies patterns all of his life. Ray is an excellent trout angler with a great sense of humor.

Bill Boyd Jr, Bill Boyd Sr. and Wendy Williams are known as the Dubbing Teasers. They perform at fly fishing shows and other venues. They are talented fly tyers but also entertaining to the audience.

Mike Bone is a partner in Clinch River Outfitters, a guide service that has been in existance for years. He and the guides specialize in fishing tailwaters from drift boats. They are all excellent guides.

Tim Ivey lives in Georgia. He is a professional fly tyer and demonstrates his skills at several fly fishing shows every year.

Mike Adams is a professional fly fishing guide working mainly on the South Holston and Watauga Rivers.

Dean grew up in North Carolina fishing in the Smokies. He enjoys catching saltwater fish and landlocked stripers. His specialty is making foam poppers and flies for large gamefish using his own techniques that he developed. Dean is also an excellent fly tying instructor and has taught as well as demonstrated his skills in the Southeast United States. He was awarded Fly Tyer of the Year by the Southeast Council of the Fly Fishing Federation.

This is not a complete list of people who tie here at the shop.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE 2013 SCHEDULE

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