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Fly Tyers who will be participating at Fly Tyers Weekend 2017
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Jimmy Jones  
Jimmy Jones - Maryville, Tennessee

Jimmy is a novice, self-taught, fly tier from Maryville, TN.  He has been tying trout flies for fun and personal use since moving to East Tennessee in the mid ‘70s.  The flies that he does not leave in the trees on the sides of the streams in the GSMNP are typically shared with his family and friends.  He primarily fishes with his son and brother in the Tremont and Abrams Creek areas of the GSMNP.

Jimmy will demonstrate a couple of flies that use a variety of tying techniques and materials.  One will be his version of the “Yellow Never Sink Caddis.”  He selected this fly to tie because of its simple construction and because it is one of the most productive year-round flies where he and his son usually fish.

The second fly that he will be demonstrating is a fly he recently discovered while browsing for tying videos on-line.  The “Hatch-Master with Wally Wings” dry fly is an adult mayfly imitation with the tail, the extended body, and wings made from barred water foul flank feathers; and the thorax and legs are made from CDC puffs.

"I've seen these flies. They are definately Smoky Mountain trout catchers. That is the best looking Neversink Ive seen." Byron

Gary Jones 
Gary Jones - Sherrills Ford, North Carolina

Bob Kern
Bob Kern - Blairsville, Georgia

I have been tying for about thirty years I have tyed at several demonstration tying get together's, including SEFFF, IFFF in Livingston and some local events in N GA meets. I tie fishing flies nothing fancy but my favorite flies are Catskill style dry flies.
I'm a member of both T.U. , IFFF and the Fly Tyers group.

Flies in bins Kesselring
Mike Kesselring - Bryson City, North Carolina

Impressive Fly Collection to be Featured. 

Mike Kesselring, of Bryson City, NC, will present his extensive fly collection during the "Fly Tyer's Weekend" at Little River Outfitters in Townsend, Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5.

Mike has lived in Bryson City since 1975. His first fly fishing experiences were in 1966 at the age of 15. At the time, his father was stationed on the Pacific coast at a small Air Force Norad Station in Washington State on Cape Flattery inside the Makah Indian Reservation. Riding his bicycle to the nearby Wa'atch River, that emptied into the Pacific Ocean, Mike fished for steelhead and pacific salmon with some of the most beautiful salmon flies of the day. It was those flies that got him started collecting, but it would take a few years before it really took off.

Mike has been collecting flies for over 30 years now. He brags that he has "...never tied a single fly in his life, except to the end of a tippet." He also likes to brag that he has more flies than many fly shops. He estimates he now has 10,000 flies. His collection keeps growing because he picks up flies everywhere he travels, always picking up a few extra to add to his collection. One thing that fascinates him is how fly tying materials has changed over the decades, moving from nearly all natural materials to more and more artificial/synthetic products. And, how the same fly can have a dozen different names.

Because his collection grew so fast in the first few years, he fell behind cataloging where they came from and who the hand-tied flies were made by. He does keep them categorized by size, color, style and type. Every few months he takes up to two weeks merging new additions to his growing collection. Besides flies, his collection includes quite a number of fly boxes and books on flies. When laid out across three 8' tables, his collection makes an impressive sight that has to be seen to believe. Whatever you do, for goodness sake don't ask him about his rod and reel collection.

John Kiser  
John Kiser - Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

I have been tying flies for 9 years, I have also been tying with the Hill Top Fly Tyers In Hendersonville for 9 years and been tying at the NC fly Fishing Expo in Asheville NC I currently have flies in the Southern Appalachian Fly Fishing Museum in Bryson City NC .I have also tied for the WNC Hatchery In Pisgah Forest.

Tradd Little 
Tradd Little - Greenville, South Carolina

Tradd began tying flies in 2013 at the age of eleven when he received a Wapsi fly tying starter kit as a gift. He is self-taught and learned by studying fly tying books and watching fly tying videos. He can tie any traditional pattern and has also created numerous patterns of his own. Tradd ties everything from fully dressed salmon flies and large streamers down to tiny trout flies on hook sizes in the 20s. He loves all things related to bugs, feathers, fur, and fishing.

Tradd is on the Pro Teams for Partridge of Redditch, Dr. Slick Instruments for Anglers, Flymen Fishing Company, and Lagartun Premium Fly Tying Materials. He has been a featured fly tyer, demonstrator, or instructor at many fly fishing shows, retail stores, and clubs including the International Fly Tying Symposium, the Fly Fishing Show, the Sowbug Roundup, the IFFF Southern and Southeastern Council Fly Fishing Fairs, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo, Fly Tyers Weekend, Little River Outfitters, Cabelas, Orvis, and Trout Unlimited. He has also taught entomology and fly tying lessons at a local Children’s Museum and elementary school. You can see pictures of a sampling of his flies and pattern recipes at

Dave McBurnie  
Dave McBurnie - Denver, North Carolina

Born 1942, Pittsburgh Pa.  Graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck New Jersey in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and a Minor in Statistics.  Married to Jean for 47 years. Have two children Sherry and Scott. Also have two grandchildren Christian and Miles.
Worked for Continental Can/Crown Cork & Seal for forty-six years before retiring seven years ago. Started out as an inspector and ended up as World Wide Vice President of Quality Assurance / World Class Performance / Six Sigma. Spent twenty-five years with overseas venture startup group.
Developed a passion for fly-fishing and fly tying from my Dad when I was ten years old. I have been fly-fishing and fly tying for over sixty years. Started to tie and teach fly tying seriously seven years ago when I retired and moved to North Carolina.
I have had the privilege of learning fly-tying from Bob Clouser, Joe Humphreys, Dick Talleur, and Anthony Hipps.
As First Vice President of the Carolina Fly Fishing Club I have been active in teaching fly-tying to beginners and intermediate fly tiers. I have also demonstrated fly tying at International Federation Of Fly Fishers enclaves, Outdoor, Civic, Church, 4H and Boy Scout groups.
I am a member of the Carolina Fly Fishing Club, Trout Unlimited, International Federation Of Fly Fishers and the International Federation of Fishers Fly Tying Group.

My favorite fly is the Muddler Minnow but I enjoy tying all types of flies. I get great enjoyment in teaching a new beginner to tie a fly and seeing the end result.
I tied my first fully dressed salmon fly, a green highlander, fourteen years ago, which renewed my passion for fly tying. I treat fly tying as an art form. 

Ken McClain  

Ken McClain - Knoxville, Tennessee

Ken is a novice to the art of fly tying and fly fishing.  He is a veteran and active member of Project Healing Waters, and Clinch River Trout Unlimited.  He has attended the CRTU Beginner and Intermediate fly tying courses, and fly fishing workshops presented by skilled members of CRTU to cultivate his skills in both fly tying and fly fishing.

Ken regularly takes advantage of any opportunity to promote fly tying through demonstrations at Little River Outfitters or other events. He has taught fly tying skills and patterns to Trout Camp participants, and ties flies for Casting for Recovery participant gift boxes. Ken mostly ties flies for fishing the Clinch River, such as Pheasant Tails, Prince’s, Sulphur’s, and Midge’s. However, he enjoys the challenge of tying other patterns such as a Royal Coachman with Fan Wings, or experimenting with some of his own ideas

Jake Mullins  

Jake Mullins - Knoxville, Tennessee

Originally from Greeneville, TN, Jake began fly fishing at age 12. He possesses a degree in Geography from ETSU, as well as his USCG Captain License, and is a graduate from the Sweetwater Guide School.

Prior to working at Orvis, Jake guided for five years, including three seasons at Tikchik Narrows Lodge in Alaska, an Orvis-Endorsed Lodge. If Jake isn’t out fishing, he is probably in the woodshop working on his next project or brushing up on his piloting skills.

Captain Jon Oody with a carp  

Jon Oody - Lenoir City, Tennessee

Hello I am Capt. Jon Oody and am from lenoir city Tn. I who grew up fishing the Tennessee River and smokie mountains. I spent my early twenties in pagosa springs Colorado where I guided on the San Jaun and Rio Grande rivers. I moved back to Tennessee in 2012 and started my own guide service in 2016. If it swims within casting distance I pursue it.

Jon's guide service is Tennessee Valley Anglers.

Brown Osborne 

Brown Osborne - Moravian Falls, North Carolina

53 year veteran of Trout Unlimited, also been in FFF a while.  I only tie flies I fish with.  Joined TU March 21, 1964, joined FFF don’t know when.  Didn’t go to school opening day Trout season first grade.  I am 76 and still waving my fly rod around.  I try to, fish most every week.

Patricia Pezza  

Patricia Pezza - Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Born & raised in RI. Moved to Western North Carolina in Sept 2015, residence is in Maggie Valley, NC.

I have been tying since March 2017. I tie many different flies, dries, nymphs & poppers. I enjoy spending time at the vise because it is relaxing. I like to fish in quiet areas. I do volunteer work for the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians.

Josh Pfeiffer 

Josh Pfeiffer – Maryville, Tennessee

Josh grew up fishing the rivers and lakes in East Tennessee.  He started his guiding career at Blackberry Farm then ventured out on his own as an independent guide.  He spent much of his early guiding career in Great Smoky Mountains National Park targeting trout.

Later he added smallmouth bass to his list of options for clients.  He takes some smallie guests to Little River where they float in his raft.  More often than not, he floats clients down the lower tailwaters in our area in his drift boat.  Josh made a name for himself as a smallmouth bass guide.  Anglers travel here from long distances just to smallmouth fish with Josh.

His smallmouth patterns are deadly and when he opens his fly boxes you can see he spends a lot of time developing new flies that catch fish.

I have fished with Josh many times and learned from each experience.  We have had 100 fish days, twice this year.  Josh also teaches beginner fly fishing at Little River Outfitters.  He is a great guy who you will enjoy meeting and sharing his enthusiasm.


Mary K Resio - MKFlygirl  

Mary K. Resio – Lexington, South Carolina

Mary Katherine, a.k.a. MKflygirl, is fifteen years old and lives by the Saluda River and Lake Murray.  As a young girl, she watched her Grandfather Resio work at his fly desk for hours.  MKflygirl caught his passion and began learning his craft at the age of eleven.
As an avid nature lover, she spends most of her time hiking, fishing and tying.  She mainly fishes in the Yadkin Valley in NC.
MKflygirl hopes that her love of fly tying will inspire other kids and especially girls to try the art of fly tying.  She is constantly learning new ways to tie flies and loves to create her own unique designs.  Her favorite patterns are the Mylar Minnow and the Woolly Bugger with her own personal twists.  She has even presented her unique designs to Casting for Recovery.
She is a member of Trout Unlimited of the Saluda River.  She is also a proud supporter of Project Healing Waters and loves to donate her flies to this amazing organization.  This summer, she was chosen to participate in a Trout Unlimited Camp called Rivercourse. 

MKflygirl has attended many shows, but this is her first one as a demonstrator.

Charlie Roberts  

Charles Roberts - Hartselle, Alabama

I have been a fly-fisherman and fly-tyer for over 30 years. Previously, I supported my habit as a bass fisherman by tying jigs and spinner-baits for myself and for wholesale and retail bait shops around home in north Alabama. Once I began fly fishing I never looked back, and I still enjoy catching a trout on a fly I tied myself.

Ross Schweinforth 

Ross Schweinforth - Graysville, Tennessee

For many years Ross has tied flies, built custom fly rods, reconditioned old fly rods and reels, tied leaders, twisted furled leaders, created tools and aids to help improve flycasting, and generally relished being engaged in anything flyfishing.  His passion continues to be for extended solitary trips that include remote streams, smallmouth bass, mountains, trout, and his truck.

Ross is a Certified Casting Instructor with Fly Fishers International.  He served on the Southeastern Council Board of Directors of the former Federation of Fly Fishers from 2012 to 2017, and was appointed Casting Program Chair for the 2014 Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival.  He has presented a variety of workshops and taught numerous casting classes at flyfishing shows, outdoor festivals, and Trout Unlimited gatherings.  Ross has been actively involved with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing since 2010, and continues to serve as the Program Lead for the Chattanooga, Tennessee program which he started in 2013.  He is a U. S. Marine Corp/Vietnam veteran

For this show Ross will be demonstrating how to make furled leaders.

James Scott  

James Scott - Chattanooga, Tennessee

I'm a tier who participates in Project Healing Waters down in Chattanooga with Ross Schweinforth

Mike Shuman  

Mike Shuman - Mount Airy, North Carolina

I have been a fly fisher since 1964 and a tyer since 1969.  Basically self-taught for years at both endeavors until I found FFI and attended some events like this one.  Like many I tie what I fish and I fish what produces.  My primary emphasis has been smallmouth bass, but my recent move to North Carolina from Oklahoma has rekindled my interest in trout.  (There are 4 streams within 20 minutes of my new home; there were 4 in the whole state of OK.)

Before moving, I demonstrated at the FFI Southern Region events in Mountain Home AR and the Smallmouth Rendezvous in Tahlequah OK.  Teaching others basic skills is something I really enjoy, thus I taught the Beginning Fly Tyers class for the Oklahoma Chapter of Trout Unlimited/Tulsa Fly Fishers for 6 years.  At this event I’ll demonstrate and discuss some of the warm water flies that have worked for me in various parts of the country.  During my working lifetime I traveled extensively and fished in almost all the states at least once.  Some during longer assignments got worked over really well; some just a weekend jaunt over the border.

Brad Sprinkle 
Brad Sprinkle - Mars Hill, North Carolina

I have taught high school Drafting and Technology for the past sixteen years. Before that I received degrees in Tool Design and Manufacturing Engineering Technology.

This background has always driven me to want to know what things are made of and what materials could be successfully substituted for them. Also I’m somewhat of a pack rat when it comes to my fly tying bench.

The idea of ‘Trash Flies’ has developed from noticing all the stuff we throw away in society and wondering is it truly trash or just waiting for someone to say ‘that would make a cool _____?’

Bob Stephan  

Bob Stephan - Norris, Tennessee

I am a self taught tyer and have been tying for 20 years. I started fishing the small streams in the mountains and then on the Clinch. I enjoy fishing Western, NC and annual trips out West. I tie flys to fish, nothing fancy, for myself and friends. I am a life member of TU and volunteer with the GSMNP taking stream samples, CRTU activities and the Pi Beta Phi Elementary School in Gatlinburg,TN.

This is my first FTW and I look forward to the opportunity to learn from the many experienced tyers I have observed at past FTW.

Gary Troutman  

Cpt. Gary Troutman - Seymour, Tennessee

Fly fishing guide with Frontier Anglers TN and USCG licensed Captain. U.S. Navy and U.S. Army Veteran.

 I like to tie flies for my favorite two species, the Smallmouth Bass and Redbreast sunfish. I tie a lot of those flies with foam and rubber legs and use them to sight fish to large Smallies in the summer months on the local rivers. I often spend summer evenings wading smaller rivers with a 3 wt fly rod and handful of foam hopper patterns catching Redbreast sunfish and Bluegill  also. My other hobbies are kayaking and camping with my wife and two dogs.

Mike Wallace  
Mike Wallace - Bristol, Tennessee

I have been tying flies for around 30 years. I fish in the mountains of East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and the tail waters of the Holston and Watauga rivers. I tie many different types of flies, but I really enjoy tying flies that are at least 50 years old. I also enjoy fishing wet flies, and using them in tandem with dry flies. I tie a lot of flies for my friends, and I have some of them tying flies.

Biography:  I am a middle school teacher. I teach the eighth grade. I teach Science and math. I have a beautiful wife of 25 years.

Jeff Wilkins  

Jeff Wilkins - Summerfield, North Carolina

Rex Wilson Tying Flies  

Rex Wilson - Candler, North Carolina

Rex has been tying flies for a long time.  He is a very well-known and respected showman, fly tier, tying instructor and designer of Appalachian Mountain trout flies.  Rex has tied at various Federation of Fly Fisher events, conclaves and festivals.  He has taught his mountain tying techniques to many fellow fly tiers.

We are very happy to have Rex at this year’s Fly Tyers Weekend.

Steve Yates  
Steve Yates – Fayetteville, North Carolina

Steve is a North Carolina native. He is an avid fly fisherman and outdoorsman. He enjoys tying classic Southern Appalachian patterns as well as traditional Catskill patterns. He is well versed in the rich history of the Southern Appalachian region and honors the tradition of embellishing a good story. His articles have appeared in several national and regional magazines and newsletters. He regularly demonstrates fly tying at local and national events such as The Fly Fishing Show, Troutfest, WNC Expo, and Fly Tyers Weekend in Townsend.

Steve is a pro staff member for Dr Slick fly tying tools out of Bozeman MT.

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