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  • Sarah Weeks has tied at many Free Tying Demonstrations over the years.
  • Byron Begley making poppers.
  • Dean Campbell tying for a group of folks.
  • Three legends in fly fishing, from left to right, Jack Gregory, Joe Humphreys and Walter Babb.
  • Jack Gregory tying in front of a group.
  • John Therman from Norris, Tennessee is a regular tyer at the shop.
  • Kevin Howell who owns Davidson River Outfitters, tying a few years ago.
  • Mike Bone, a guide in our area tying for some fans.
  • Dave Duffy ties as Powell Partridge, David Anderson, Dave Carson and Jim Gleaves look on.
  • Ray Ball tying for a group of spectators.
  • Ray Ball taking a break.
  • Tim Doyle has always been a regular fly tyer at the shop.
  • Wendy Boyd concentrates on the job at hand.

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Free Fly Tying Demonstrations at Little River Outfitters...a lasting tradition.

We have been holding Free Fly Tying Demonstrations at Little River Outfitters for almost 20 years. In fact, we hold lots of free events for our customers to enjoy. Our Free Fly Tying Demonstrations are held during the Winter on Saturdays. We may have one, two or three on any given day.

It gives people something to do when the weather is bad and fishing may be slow.

You don’t have to be a fly tyer to get a lot out of these Saturday events. You will be talking to expert anglers. You can ask questions and learn about fishing specific rivers or lakes.

These small events last for 4 hours, between 10 am and 2 pm. They are subject to be called off due to snow or ice storms. But, for the most part, they happen, as scheduled.

If you are coming, and bad weather is looming, check our fishing report to make sure the event has not been canceled.

Just show up at the shop, grab a fresh cup of coffee, warm up by the fireplace then sit down to enjoy and learn. It will certainly be worth your time and be beneficial to your fly fishing in the future.

Free Fly Tying Demonstration Schedule 2016

Saturday January 9, 2016 - 10 am - 2 pm - Dave Harrell and Buzz Buffington

Both Buzz and Dave live in Clinton, Tennessee. I know, they both fish the Clinch River often. That river is their home water. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Clinch River. They are both very active members of the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. They have been heavily involved in fly fishing education, which is a high priority of that TU Chapter. They also work with Project Healing Waters and the Trout Camp held at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute for kids.

Saturday January 16, 2016 - 10 am - 2 pm - Jack Gregory and Rex Wilson

Jack is one of my closest friends. He grew up in Walland, just down the road from Townsend. He has spent most of his life, fly fishing the Smoky Mountains. He is known for catching big brown trout. What you may not know is, Jack has traveled all over America fly fishing, and has a passion and lots of experience, fishing for permit in Belize. He and I have traveled and fished together for 20 years. We do a lot of smallmouth bass fly fishing in this area too. We have also fished together in the Gulf, many times, fly fishing for tarpon and anything that swims in the ocean.

Rex Wilson comes from Candler, North Carolina. He ties beautiful Southern Appalachian trout flies. In fact, decades ago, he was a contract fly tyer, supplying flies to stores in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. When Rex demonstrates at fly fishing events, his table is always packed with fishermen watching him and listening to his trout fly fishing tactics which he is always willing to share.

If you combined Jack and Rex’s days on the stream, the number would be astounding.

Saturday January 23, 2016 - 10 am - 2 pm - Gary Troutman and David Perry

Gary is known to be an expert at warm water fly fishing. That is his passion. I can tell you for a fact, his fly creations work extremely well for any warmwater fish. I’ve tied them and I have used them. He gave me my first two Stealth Bombers and I’ve been hooked ever since. I always listen to him, intently, when he talks about fishing the streams and lakes in our area for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, white bass and other fishes.

David Perry is a professional guide living and working in Middle Tennessee. His company is called Southeastern Fly. We've know David for many years. He guides on the Caney Fork and Elk Rivers and other lowland rivers in his home area, drifting his clients in a Hyde drift boat. His focus is primarily on trout, but he has also expanded his species to musky. David ties awesome streamers for big fish, and smaller trout flies. You will enjoy David and learn about new rivers in Middle Tennessee, places you may want to fish some day.

Roger Lowe was planning to tie on this day but had to cancel for personal reasons.

Saturday January 30, 2016 - 10 am - 2 pm - Walter Babb

Walter Babb will be tying on Saturday January 30th. He is another friend of mine, and we have traveled together, fly fishing in the East. He is another man, who is a legend, in Southern Appalachian fly fishing circles. I seldom meet a serious Smokies fly fisherman who has not at least heard of Walter. Walter teaches trout fly tying classes and beginner fly fishing classes at Little River Outfitters, and has since the early 90’s. Walter donates flies to fundraisers for Trout Unlimited and they always bring several hundred dollars at auction.

Those who love bamboo rods, know of Walter, or may be lucky enough to own one of his hand-made fly rods. He makes them in his shop in Sweetwater, Tennessee.

Saturday February 6, 2016 - 10 am - 2 pm - Rocky Cox and Mike Adams

These are two guys you don’t want to miss. They are both professional fly fishing guides with a long history in the business.

Rocky (Michael) works mostly on the Clinch and Holston Rivers in Tennessee and the Cumberland River in Kentucky below Wolf Creek Dam. He floats clients down these rivers in a drift boat, enjoying the beautiful scenery and catching trout on the fly. Rocky is one of our featured guides who works with us in many ways. We send clients to him, and get great reports back from our customers. You will enjoy meeting Rocky and watching him tie his favorite trout patterns, designed for our tailwaters.

Mike Adams is a longtime friend. We always recommend Mike when customers want to fish in upper East Tennessee on the South Holston and Watauga. He drifts customers down other rivers too, going as far as the Caney Fork to find good flows. Some of Mike’s own fly patterns are sold across America, sold to dealers by Holly Flies in Pennsylvania. We sell his flies. Mike’s Magic Beetle is a killer Smoky Mountain pattern. He has been guiding many years, and is a wealth of knowledge. We always enjoy his fly tying demonstrations, not only because we learn from his experiences, but also because he has a great sense of humor.  

Saturday February 13, 2016 - To Be Announced

Saturday February 20, 2016 - 10 am - 2 pm - Tradd Little and Dan Moneymaker

You will enjoy your day at Little River Outfitters today with Tradd Little and Dan Moneymaker.

Tradd lives in Greenville, South Carolina. He is only 13 years old, but has already become well known to fly tyers in the Eastern United States. Watching Tradd tie flies is so much fun because he is an excellent fly tyer, he loves demonstrating to an audience, and he is an excellent angler as well.

Tradd’s first fly tying demonstration was actually here at our shop. Word spread. He was sought after to demonstrate at Fly Fishing Federation conclaves, The Sowbug Roundup in Mountain Home, Arkansas, Fly Tyers Weekend and large fly fishing shows held in Asheville, NC and the big one in New Jersey.

Dan Moneymaker is a very popular fly tying demonstrator and instructor. We met Dan first as a customer. But, now he is so well thought of in many other ways, especially, giving back to the community and supporting disabled veterans. He is very involved in Project Healing Waters. As a strong focused member of the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, where teaching and helping others is high on the organization’s mission, Dan fit right in.

Dan is a fly fisherman and fly tyer with a big heart, and the desire to strengthen his involvement with those who want to learn and need support. That is how we know Dan and we are proud to know him. You will be too.   

Saturday February 27, 2016 - 10 am - 2 pm - Bill Boyd Sr. and Bill Boyd Jr.

This father and son fly tying demonstration team have entertained fly fishermen for years at fly fishing events. They demonstrate at our shop every year and have for many. They are attractions at fly fishing shows and Fly Tyers Weekend. Not only do they fly fish and tie flies, the Boyd's are some of the most enthusiastic people in our sport.

They both have Doctorate degrees. Bill Jr. is a psychologist, with a private practice. Bill Sr. has his PhD in music. He writes for symphony orchestras. What a talented couple of guys.

They have shared a passion for fly fishing, like no other father and son we know. They have both been fly fishing most of their lives. They fly fish for trout and warmwater species. Bill and Bill live in Dayton, Tennessee. Bill Jr.’s wife Wendy, is an avid fly fisherman. So, the Boyds are back. We can’t wait.

By the way, they are both excellent fly tyers.

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Fly Tying Classes at Little River Outfitters