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Mike Arnold  

Mike Arnold - Burlington, Kentucky

Started fly-fishing journey in 1981 by joining Buckeye United Fly Fishers in Cincinnati, OH. Helped BUFF outgrow it’s meeting place and talked them into helping me start Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers, Inc in 1987. I’m still with NKFF and currently acting as their Treasurer and Education Director.
Started tying flies in 1982, started teaching others to tie in 1984. Turned over all fly-tying instruction to a 16-year old Aaron McDaniel in 2004 and now assist Aaron with our annual free fly-tying classes in February & March of each year.  In 1991, Fred Stevenson asked if I would be his Membership-VP for the newly founded SouthEastern Council of the FFF. I served eleven years in that position, another four years in the Communication-VP position and another seven years in the Education-VP position before I retired from FFFSEC Board of Directors in 2013. 
I am not nor have I ever been a purist fly fisher … some say I am the devil’s advocate when it comes to conventional fly- fishing. I fly-fish for any and every species of fish in the water from bluegill to bass to carp, trout to salmon to char, redfish to snook to tarpon and anything in between or on the outside edges. My fly-tying reflects this unabashedly free-lance position … so I tie flies for persnickety trout to harder-to-catch carp to muskie and pike and many salt-water fish. And if anyone doesn’t like it … I don’t really care.

Robert Ayres  

Robert Ayres - Jacksonville, Illinois

I started fly tying because my son was interested. I have only been tying for a short period, but find myself tying almost every evening as it has brought me a great deal of serenity.

Walter Babb  

Walter Babb - Sweetwater, Tennessee

Walter Babb has been fly fishing the Southern Appalachian mountains for over 60 years.  He began his journey fishing with his father mostly in the Tellico River drainage.  Walter became a commercial fly tyer at a young age and still ties flies to sell.  He loves fly fishing for trout but has ventured into some warmwater fishing and Atlantic Salmon fishing as well.  He has traveled to the west and the northeast United States to fish.

Walter enjoys tying and fishing Southern Appalachian and Catskills flies.  He is known as a master nymph and wet fly fisherman.  And, we consider him a walking fly fishing encyclopedia.  He remembers even the most miniscule details about cane rod builders and fly tyers.

Walter began making bamboo rods about 10 years ago.  He makes his beautiful rods to sell and always has a waiting list of anxious customers.  Additionally, Walter has taught and still teaches beginner fly fishing classes as well as beginner, intermediate and advanced fly tying classes at Little River Outfitters.  He has been teaching here for over 15 years.


Jeff Barrett 

Jeff Barrett – Franklin, Tennessee

Jeff Barrett is a guide in Middle Tennessee with numerous years of fly fishing experience.  He caught the fly fishing bug while living in Pennsylvania and his love for the sport intensified after moving to Nashville.  Jeff is also a member of Trout Unlimited, and the Fly Fishers International   He served 3 years as president of Middle Tennessee Fly Fisher.  Jeff has tied flies at numbers club events, Little River Outfitters, and Troutfest.

Jeff enjoys tying soft hackles, midges, and streamers.  He enjoys working with beginners as well as veterans of the sport.

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Reid Benton 

Reid Benton – Madison, Alabama

Retired Navy Commander (30 years service) as a Fixed-Wing and Helicopter pilot. Retired program manager for Lockheed Martin Corp on US Navy's AEGIS program.

Started fly fishing as a boy in Georgia, fishing for anything (mostly bluegills) then chasing freshwater and saltwater fish for the last 50 years in earnest and remains an avid trout fisherman.

I have fished most of the streams in the northeast, southeast and many in the west as well. Tying flies for the last 40 years. Fortunate enough to receive instruction from some of the great fly tiers in our country. I am the fly tying instructor for the Tennessee Valley Fly Fishing Club in Huntsville, Alabama. Demonstration Tier for the FFF Southeast and Southern section. Also Sow Bug Roundup in Mountain Home, AR.

Presently full time retired in Madison, Alabama and enjoying life.

Bill Boyd Jr. 

Bill Boyd Jr. - Dayton, Tennessee

Bill Boyd, Jr. a.k.a. “Nick” is a member of the Dubbing Teasers Fly Tying Team.  Nick has written product review articles for Fly Fish America Magazine and is a member of Trout Unlimited Appalachian Chapter.  He is also a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers. 

He ties a variety of Nymphs, Streamers, and Dry Fly patterns for Trout as well as assorted warm water species. 

His signature fly, the Tennessee Stonefly Nymph, has been showcased in Fly Tyer and Fly Fish America Magazines.  He also enjoys demonstrating the creation of a realistic spider pattern.  His diversity in tying flies is particularly popular with spectators at his demonstrations, and some have remarked;  “There is never a dull moment watching Bill demonstrate his skills.”  

Bill Boyd Sr. 

Bill Boyd Sr. - Dayton, Tennessee

Bill Boyd, Sr., a.k.a. “Knack”, is the elder member of the Dubbing Teasers Fly Tying Team.  Knack is a Member of Trout Unlimited Appalachian Chapter.  His signature fly, the “Hiwassee Streamer” has been showcased in Fly Fish America Magazine

He is also known for tying the “Toilet Tank Floater” , “Knack’s Mudbug” (Crawfish Pattern) and Striking Dragonfly Patterns.  He is interested in combining natural and synthetic materials to produce strike- triggering elements in his flies.  In addition to being known for his inventive fly tying techniques, Knack’s mechanical inventions are often conversation pieces. 

His “Natural Light Simulator,” that demonstrates how changing light actually produces color changes in nymphs under water, has been received with great interest and enthusiasm. 

Sindy Boyles 

Sindy Boyles - Clinton, Tennessee

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2014. My "celebration" of my last chemo treatment was a beginner fly tying class. I had always thought of flies as an art form and thought it might help the neuropathy the chemo caused in my hands. Through that class with Melissa and Dave Harrell's help, I became a participant and now staff member of Casting for Recovery East Tennessee. I love to fish, but my passion is tying flies.. 

Jim Brady with a smallmouth bass  

Jim Brady - Greensboro, NC

Jim Brady is a life-long fly fisherman, fly tyer and rod builder.  He has fished throughout New England, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska since 1964.  He managed to complete his graduate work at Penn State University in spite of locally excellent spring creek fishing.

He moved to North Carolina in 1988 and added largemouth bass, striped bass, false albacore, American shad and hickory shad to his resume.  If it will eat a fly, he’ll chase it.

He has taught fly tying for many years and is an active member of the Nat Greene Flyfishers in Greensboro, NC.

Herb Broegmann 
Herb Broegmann- Mooresville, North Carolina

I retired and moved from up North to Gods country in the South. North Carolina.

I started to fly fish , tie flies and build my own Graphite fly rods after a very long hiatus up North.

I’ve learned from many talented fly fishers and tiers in our area and enjoy passing on what I learned to beginners of our sport.

Steve Brown  

Steve Brown - Knoxville, Tennessee

Steve Brown had been tying flies for nearly 20 years for the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, where he has served as president and secretary at various times, and has also served as state Council Chair and National Leadership Council representative.

His specialty seems to be soft hackled flies, although he will try almost any fly.

Catch Coemier  

Glen "Catch" Coemier - Boyce, Louisiana

Catch resides in his native Louisiana with his lovely wife and their two dogs. He loves chasing fresh and saltwater species on nearby waters, and venturing  for trout, snook, tarpon,  and smallmouth.   When not on the water,  he enjoys hiking, cooking, organic gardening,  and LSU sports.

Some 32 years ago, Catch made the conversion from bass angler to hard-core flyfisher.  A few years later, he discovered kayak fishing and has been mostly paddling for fish ever since. For 18 years he's been the fly fishing columnist for Louisiana Sportsman magazine, and for several years was kayak fishing reporter for "Outdoors With Don Dubuc" weekly radio show. He maintains the only website dedicated to Louisiana fly fishing (  He’s an FFI Certified Casting Instructor, and has taught leisure classes on fly fishing and fly tying at LSU.  He's currently president of Kisatchie Fly Fishers, and has served as president or officer for CCA-Louisiana, FFI Gulf Coast Council and many others.

Catch will be tying a few of his favorite flies, some his own creation that have been featured in books and magazines.

Ted Crona 

Ted Crona - Scottsboro, Alabama

Ted is a retired metallurgical engineer from Scottsboro, Alabama.  He has recently published a book entitled “Ted’s Flies” and had a feature article in the 40th anniversary issue of “Fly Tyer” as well as several articles in the “Tying Times”.

He is a member of Fly Fishers International, Tennessee Valley Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited. Although he specializes in old 1800’s classic flies, he also has created many other flies.

He also supports Casting for Recovery and Project Healing Waters.

Jack Cummings 

Jack Cummings - Charlotte, North Carolina

I’ve been an avid fly fisher for about 30 years and a run-of-the-mill fly fisher all my life. When I was a kid we used what worked… crickets on a long cane pole, spinning gear, live bait, M-80’s and cherry bombs, fly rods… it didn’t matter as long as it produced.  Later as a manufacturers rep that traveled I fly fished to keep me out of lounges and hotel rooms during the evening rise. This is when fly fishing became way more than just fishing to me.

I’ve been tying for most of that 30 years, especially when I lived in Michigan with its long, cold winters. Since I became part of a human migration, this time to a saner climate a dozen years ago or so I tie to teach, fill my fly boxes and to exercise my creative side.

I am past President and founding member of the Carolina Fly Fishing Club and currently the VP of Education.  I am also an iFFF Certified Casting Instructor since 2004 and enjoy the sport and art of fly casting and sharing that with those who want to learn more about it and other casting geeks (Like Gary Jones) who like to learn off each other.

Will Davis with trout  

Will Davis - Alcoa, Tennessee

Will first started tying flies in February of 2017 after one of his friends showed him some flies he tied. He attended Smoky Mountain Trout Camp during the summer of 2017 and watching the demonstrations at camp boosted his interest in the practice.

He loves to tie anything from classic catskills to modern realistics and euro nymphing flies, and would love to share tips and tricks he has picked up along the way.

Kieran Frye 
Kieran Frye - Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania

“Kieran has been tying flies since 1980. He enjoys teaching young and old alike. He has won numerous fly tying awards both here in the USA and abroad. His most notable is the 1994 Mustad Scandinavian Open Fly Tying Championships held in Oslo Norway. He resides in Mt. Pleasant Pa with his wife Kim and their black lab Max.”

Clayton Gist 

Clayton Gist - Knoxville, Tennessee

Clayton has been tying flies for several decades and has taught fly tying classes in multiple locations in the Denver, CO area as well as in Logan, UT.

Locally he has participated as an instructor in several Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) Fly Tying courses, TU Trout Summer Camp at Tremont in Smoky Mountain National Park, Wounded Warriors. Clayton has tied flies most of his 77 yrs. and has either lead or instructed in multiple programs such as; the Wounded Warriors fly tying, Project Healing Waters, Trout Unlimited Beginning Fly Tying, Introductory Fly Tying Class at Utah State University, as well as multiple fly tying classes in the Denver, CO area. .

He grew up in the intermountain west, knows and loves many western rivers. Presently he spends about 4 months a year on the San Juan River in Northern New Mexico.

Steve Gregg  

Steve Gregg - Talbott, Tennessee

Being a born and raised East Tennessean I am a self-taught tyer.  Learning largely through trial and error.  Though my passion is the Smoky mountains and the old trout patterns, I began my tying hobby learning to spin deerhair bass bugs for smallmouth bass.  Now I tie whatever suits by fancy.  I also am lead tying instructor at the Orvis Sevierville Store.

I am married and have a daughter and 2 granddaughters that I one day hope to be able to teach to tie and fly fish.  Their mother has gone fly fishing with me for years and I cherish those father/daughter fishing trips.

Jack Gregory 

Jack Gregory – Walland, Tennessee

Jack Gregory’s grandfather moved his family from Cades Cove to Walland, Tennessee when Great Smoky Mountains National Park was formed.  His wife’s family lived in Cades Cove as well.  Jack held on to his ancestors love of the mountains and Jack became an accomplished hunter and fly fisherman at an early age.  He fly fished in the Smokies whenever he got the chance which was often throughout his younger days and he continues today.

He spent his vacations for years in Yellowstone National Park, for a month at a time, learning to fish the rivers there.  He has a keen sense of trout behavior and he can see fish better than anyone I know.  His primary targets here are large Smokies brown trout and smallmouth bass in the lowland rivers and lakes.  His saltwater adventures take him to Florida where he fly fishes for tarpon and redfish.  Other than wade fishing for trout in streams, his second love is catching permit in Belize. 

Jack is an excellent fly tyer.  He is the best fly fisherman I have ever fished with.  You will enjoy your time with Jack.


Paul Gruver 

Paul Gruver - Wake Forest, North Carolina

An avid fisherman since childhood, Paul began tying flies when he was about 10, but he didn't start fishing with them until many years later.  Today, he ties flies from a size 24 midge pupa for the tailwaters, to a size 2 Alaskabou for Alaskan salmon, and everything in between. 

Raised on the tradtional patterns espoused by Ray Bergman, though, his passion is for the traditional Catskill dries, classic wets, and the feather wing streamers that graced the fly boxes of fishermen in the 1950's and '60's.  Whatever he happens to be tying, though, Paul will always be happy to digress into his favorite Appalachian or Southern tailwater patterns.

Paul is a member of the IFFF Fly Tying Group.  He gives frequent fly tying demonstrations for various local organizations, and is often seen at regional fly fishing shows promoting youth fly tying, and membership in the IFFF.

Dave Harrell 
Dave Harrell – Clinton, Tennessee

Dave currently works as a Natural Resource Manager for Tennessee Valley Authority-with a background in wildlife/fisheries management and outdoor recreation. Dave began fly tying in 1994, after taking a beginning fly tying course at the Creel in Knoxville.

He has developed several of his own patterns. The Harrell's Sulfur Soft- Hackle was published in a Trout South newsletter with a feature on soft-hackle flies. Dave has a passion for instructing. He has conducted several fly tying demonstrations at TU chapter meetings.

Dave is a lead instructor in the Clinch River Trout Unlimited Chapter's annual beginners fly tying course. Likewise, co-instructing for fly tying classes for Project Healing Waters. Dave and his wife Melissa teach a fly fishing course for Roane State Community College.

Anthony Hipps

Photo by Bob Clouser


Anthony Hipps - Lexington, North Carolina

Anthony served as the FFF-SEC  President from 2009-2012.  In the past he has served the FFF-SEC on the board of directors, as show fly tying chairman, program show director and festival show chairman.  Anthony served on the FFF- Southeastern Council Board of Directors, taught many fly tying seminars and demonstrated fly tying at the FFF-SEC fly fishing festivals 1999-2012.  He has demonstrated fly tying at Troutfest and many other fly fishing shows. He is a professional speaker, tier and fly tying instructor. He has served as president, vice-president, fly tying instructor, Boy Scouts Merit Badge Coordinator and program chairman for his home fly fishing club, the Nat Greene Fly Fishers (TU/FFF affiliate) in Greensboro, NC.

Anthony has been nationally recognized for his spun deer-hair bass flies, smallmouth bass nymphs (the Hellcraw), saltwater streamers and especially his unique soft-bodied foam poppers, divers and sliders. In 2004 he was a featured fly tier on the Outdoor Life Network’s Fly Fish TV Magazine television program.  Fly Tyer Magazine has published five of Anthony’s articles on his unique flies, including the Hipps Soft-Bodied popper line of flies.   Anthony is proud to be a contributing author for Bob Clouser’s outstanding book, “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams”. 

Brandon Jackson


Brandon Jackson - Bug Tussle, Alabama

Brandon owns and operates Riverside Fly Shop in Bug Tussle, Alabama. Since the shop opened in 2005 he has spent many hours tying to fill the shop box, as well as teaching tying lessons for customers.

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