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P.O. Box 505
Townsend, Tennessee 37882
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Little River Outfitters 2023-2024 Events Schedule

Little River Outfitters building and parking lot.


  • Saturday November 11 - Matt Dixon - 10am - 2pm

  • Saturday November 18 - Jonathan Yeager - 10am - 2pm

  • Saturday November 25 - Clayton Gist - 10am - 2pm
    • Clayton is the real “Most Interesting Man in the World”. He has traveled and fished throughout the world and the US. He’s one of the fly tying instructors for the Clinch River Chapter Trout Unlimited and he’s an expert at tying and fishing midges on tailwaters, especially the San Juan River in New Mexico.
  • Sunday November 26 - Kendall Mayers - 1pm - 3pm
    • Kendall grew up in Seymour fishing just about everywhere around here. He’s been guiding at Blackberry Farm for 5 years. When he’s not guiding, he’s fishing for carp and smallmouth on the Little Pigeon. Kendall will be tying a Village Idiot - a carp/smallmouth/everything fly he designed. He’ll also tie some Redfish patterns. Carp and Redfish are wildly similar so it’ll be a cool way to incorporate some saltwater flies.
  • Saturday December 2 - Walter Babb - 10am - 2 pm
    • Walter is a true East Tennessee fishing legend. Recently inducted into the Southern Appalachia’s Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Walter has fished the Smokies since he was a boy. Walter will be tying classic Smoky Mountain patterns and share stories about them.
  • Sunday December 3 - Townsend Christmas Parade - 2pm - 4pm
    • The Townsend Christmas Parade starts at the Townsend Visitor Center and ends at Nawger Knob.  US 321 will be CLOSED to car traffic for this period of time.  Expect delays.  You can bypass Townsend by taking the Foothills Parkway from Walland to Wears Valley.
  • Saturday December 9 - Bob Stephan - 10am - 2 pm​​​​​​
    • Bob is president of the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited and one of the instructors for their fly tying class. Bob has many years of experience fishing and tying flies. He’ll be tying his favorite tailwater flies.
  • Sunday December 10 - Rocky Cox - 1pm - 3pm
    • His mom calls him Michael. Everyone else calls him Rocky. He’ll be tying will tying terrestrials and cicadas. Rocky is a guide based in the Knoxville area and frequently guides on the Clinch and Holston and in addition the Cumberland and Caney Fork.
  • Saturday December 16 - Jack Gregory - 10am - 2 pm
    • Jack is one of the best Smokies fishermen there is.  He is a wealth of knowledge for all things fishing.  Jack will likely tie a variety of his favorite flies for catching trout in the mountains. 
  • Sunday December 17 - Project Healing Waters - 1pm - 3pm
    • PHWFF began in 2005 to serve wounded military service members returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. On this day, we’ll host men and women from PHWFF to get together and tie flies. Come on out and watch them tie their favorite flies.
      Oren Mead and his daughter Avery will be here tying BH Pheasant Tails, Sexy Walt's, Zebra Midges and Green Weenies.  
      LB Cummings will be tying streamers and other patterns to target bigger fish.
  • Saturday January 6 - Marty Staton - 10am - 2 pm
    • Marty guides on the San Juan River. A southern hybrid with roots in Texas and Tennessee. After cutting his teeth guiding in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, he moved west to the San Juan River where his father introduced him to the fly rod at an early age. Midges and baetis are must haves on tailwaters, so bring out the magnifying glass!
  • Sunday January 7 - Clayton Gist - 1pm - 3pm
    • Clayton makes an encore appearance to tie and talk about tying midges for our local tailwaters and the San Juan where he has fished and guided for many years. You won’t believe how anyone can tie and fish these small flies. But, you gotta have them for tailwaters!
  • Saturday January 13 - Jack Gregory - 10am - 2 pm
    • Jack’s back! Here’s your chance to pick up insider information on the trout in the Smokies. If you’ve been getting skunked, come out and watch Jack tie flies that work and learn how to fish them. Just don’t expect to hear where they work!
  • Sunday January 14 - Bob Stephan - 1pm - 3pm
    • If you want to see effective flies tied by an expert tyer make plans to come to the Shop to see Bob. Bob is president of the Clinch River Chapter Trout Unlimited and one of the instructors for their fly tying course.
  • Saturday January 20 - Steve & Tom Brown - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
  • Sunday January 21 - Rob Fightmaster - 1pm - 3pm
    • Rob is a local guide with extensive knowledge about fishing in the Smokies.  Come learn some new patterns and how to fish them.
  • Saturday January 27 - Bob Nanney & Rex Wilson - 10am - 2 pm
  • Sunday January 28 - Justin Pugh - 1pm - 3pm
    • Justin Pugh has guided for blackberry farm for three years. Streamers are his specialty, but he will be tying some go to Park flies.
  • Saturday February 3 - Bryan Begbie - 10am - 2pm
    •   Bryan Begbie runs the fishing program at Blackberry Farm.  He is a guide and fishes the Smokies, the tailwaters and even tries his hand at musky.  Bryan is going to be tying a selection of guide flies he uses around the area.
  • Sunday February 4 - David Knapp - 1pm - 3pm
    • David Knapp is a fly angler and fly fishing guide from Crossville, Tennessee. His favorite stream is Little River in the Smokies, but also enjoys fishing and guiding on the Tennessee tailwaters like the Clinch River and Caney Fork. At every opportunity, David also enjoys travelling out west to fly fish in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and beyond. Outside of the Smokies, his favorite destination is Yellowstone National Park. David has been tying flies for nearly 30 years, almost as long as he has been fly fishing. For this demo, David will be sharing some streamer patterns and techniques for the Smokies as well as for the shad kill on the Caney Fork. 
  • Saturday February 10 - Jayson Alexander - 10am - 2pm
    • Jayson is a local artist and angler.  We sell his stickers and his spinners. 
  • Sunday February 11 - Jimmy Jones - 1pm - 3pm
    • Jimmy is a self-taught fly tier from Maryville, TN. who primarily ties trout flies for fun and personal use. He has been tying flies since moving to East Tennessee in the mid ‘70s.
      At this year’s Little River Outfitters tying demonstration, Jimmy will tie a variety of trout flies for use in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including an improved version of the Neversink Caddis pattern that he created in 2019, a very successful version of the Bead Head Pheasant Tail Nymph, and a pink bead-head nymph pattern that he created in 2022. The pink bead-head nymph pattern was just recently named the “Pink Caroline-A”  by his 9-year old granddaughter, Caroline.
  • Saturday February 17 - Bill Boyd Jr & Jocelyn aka “Half’-Hitch” - 10am - 2pm
    • Bill will be tying the Two-Toned Stone, Tennessee Stonefly Nymph, Bread Pudding Beastie Dry Fly, and possibly some others.
      Jocelyn aka "Half-Hitch" will be tying the Rainbow Whip Finish Streamer, Mickey Finn Streamer, Space Bugger, Copper-Hopper, and Fire Booty Dragon.
  • Sunday February 18 - Mike Wallace - 1pm - 3pm
    • Mike is from Bristol Tennessee.  He has been tying flies for us that we sell at the Shop for several years.  We sell his Yellarhammers, Crow Fly, Trout Fin, and a few others.  Mike will be tying split wing flies and nymphs.  If you ask him he will probably share the secret of creating married wings.
  • Saturday February 24 - Ray Ball - 10am - 2pm
    • Ray is truly the definition of a local legend.  He has decades of knowledge of fishing in East Tennessee mountains.  Ray is a great fly tyer but an even better story teller.  When you come be ready to learn and laugh.
  • Sunday February 25 - Cody Fischer - 1pm - 3pm
    • Cody Fischer is the owner of Tellico Outfitters in Tellico Plains, TN.  He has owned and operated the fly shop and guide service for the last 5 years.  Before then, he spent his time fly fishing and guiding in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.  Cody enjoys tying a variety of patterns from traditional dry flies to saltwater patterns to euronymphing nymphs and streamers.  Cody will be showing us how to tie a jigged streamer and his favorite dry fly pattern.
  • Saturday March 2 - Walter Babb - 10am - 2pm
    • Walter is back to tie once again.  Walter Babb is an encyclopedia of fly tying and fly fishing.  Anytime you can spend time watching him tie and spread his wealth of knowledge is a gift.
  • Sunday March 3 - Chris Bean - 1pm - 3pm
    • Chris was born and raised in East Tennessee and cut his teeth fly fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park where he is now a full time guide.  His favorite thing to fish for is big brown trout in the Park.  Chris ties both as a hobby and a professional necessity.  The former finds him tying lots of streamers, some dries, and anything else that challenges him.  The latter finds him tying lots of nymphs and general "guide flies".
      Chris will be tying Tommy Lynch's Drunk & Disorderly as well as some nymphs and dry fly patterns.

These demonstrations are free. No reservation is necessary. All you have to do is show up at the Shop. This schedule could change due to unforeseeable circumstances, including weather conditions, sickness or other causes. Check the FISHING REPORT where any cancellations or changes will be posted or call 865-448-9459 if you have any questions.

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