You will notice that our sign reads “Fly Shop and Fly Fishing School”. That is what we are to the core. Schools are a fundamental part of our DNA. We have introduced thousands of people to fly fishing and fly tying over the past years.
This all started in the 1990’s when people in the Southeast United States wanted to learn to fly fish but they had to travel long distances to find a school that had a schedule large enough to meet their needs. Some fly shops offered a few classes each year in both fly fishing and fly tying but there were not enough who did to meet the needs of the people.
We decided to develop a professional school with a large schedule to train hundreds of people each year. Our store has a 600 square foot classroom just for that purpose. We hold beginner fly fishing classes from March through October. Then we start our fly tying classes from November through February. And during the Spring and Summer we offer Aquatic Entomology Classes taught by Dr. Brad Cook. The School closes in August then re-opens in September.
Developing a fly tying curriculum took time and learning on our part. We even designed our own textbooks with step by step instructions so you can go home and repeat what you learned during your class. We start with a beginner trout class, then an intermediate class and finally an advanced class to learn the hardest techniques. After finishing all three classes you can tie almost any fly for a trout just by looking at a photo. That is our goal. You can do just that.
Teaching Aquatic Entomology or the study of aquatic insects required that we find a biology professor who was willing to develop a class. We found Dr. Brad Cook at Tennessee Technological Institute in Cookeville, Tennessee. Brad's class is called Aquatic Entomology for Anglers. You will spend a half day in the classroom and a half day on the stream capturing insects and identifying them.
We have built a reputation over the years as a serious learning institute, not just a fly shop that holds a fly fishing or fly tying class.
Townsend is a great place to get away to and learn. A small resort community, on the Peaceful Side of the Smoky Mountains you will find accommodations to your liking and budget with several good restaurants in the area.
And don't forget the fly fishing. We have over eight hundred miles of trout streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is located just a couple of miles from our school. If you are accompanied by someone not taking our class, they can find shopping in nearby Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. The Smokies offers some fine hiking, wildlife watching, photography and sightseeing opportunities. And, this is one of the most beautiful spots in the world.
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