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Townsend, Tennessee 37882
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Little River Outfitters School of Fly Fishing - Townsend, Tennessee

Young man fly casting.


Aquatic Entomology Students in the stream.

Casting instructor with a student.

Instructor and young student with his first trout on a fly.

Instructor and student in a fly tying class.

Dr. Cook with Entomology Class students.


 

Our Fly Fishing School is located in Townsend, Tennessee.  We have been teaching fly fishing and fly tying classes since 1996.  Teaching is in our DNA.  The words, “Fly Shop & Fly Fishing School” are part of our logo.  Those words are displayed on the pole sign in front of our store.  They appear on every page, of this website.  The words describe what we do.  We even have a dedicated classroom in our building.  We are serious about our school, and our fly shop.  Our school and store has been family owned since 1994.  We strive to keep tuition low, so more people can afford to participate.

We will hold beginner fly fishing, aquatic entomology and fly tying classes over 40 days this year.  That does not include private or group instruction, which is a significant number.

FREE BEGINNER FLY FISHING 101

This is a free 2-hour introductory class, developed by Orvis, and taught by us. In this short class, you will learn to tie a couple of essential knots, learn about tackle and get some fundamental instruction in casting.  Learn more…


BEGINNER FLY FISHING 2-DAY CLASSES - $125 PER DAY

You don’t have to take both days.  Some people take the day 1 class, then start fishing.  Others take both days.  We provide all equipment needed both days, and lunch is on us.

Day 1 is held in our classroom and on the casting lawn at Little River Outfitters.  There you will learn about tackle, flies, tying knots, reading the water and casting.  This is an all-day school usually held on Saturdays.

Day 2 is held on streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Your instructors will be by your side, showing you how to cast and present flies to trout.  You will learn to control your fly line and land a fish.  This class is usually held on Sundays, following a Day 1 Class.  2-Day Beginner Fly Fishing is the most popular class at our school.  Learn more…


PRIVATE AND GROUP INSTRUCTION BEGINNER FLY FISHING – STARTING AT $250 PER DAY

Private Instruction is perfect for those who may not be able to work with our class schedule.  Basically, we condense our 2-day school, into one day.  Your morning will be spent in the classroom and on the casting lawn with an instructor.  After lunch, you will go to a trout stream in the Great Smoky Mountains for on-stream instruction.  One instructor will teach 1 to 3 students.  If your group has more than 3 students, we will arrange for a second instructor.  We provide all equipment and lunch.  Learn more…


AQUATIC ENTOMOLOGY FOR ANGLERS $100

This class has been taught by Dr. Brad Cook at our school for several years.  Brad is Professor of Biology at Tennessee Tech University.  His specialty is and passion are aquatic insects and fly fishing.  This class is held in a classroom setting during the morning.  There you will learn about aquatic insects.  After lunch, you and Brad will go to a stream in the Smoky Mountains, where we have a collection permit, and collect specimens, in the stream, using seines and nets. There, you will identify the insects.  Learn more…


BEGINNER FLY TYING FOR TROUT - $85

This class is taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.  Walter has been teaching this class 18 years.  You begin this all day class by learning about tools and techniques.  Then, you will tie your first fly, a Green Weenie.  You will watch an instructor do it twice, then tie three yourself, under their supervision.  We have step by step manuals to help you along.  They are yours to keep.  Throughout the day, you will tie 5 different flies, about 3 of each pattern.  All equipment and materials are provided. Lunch is on us.  Learn more…


INTERMEDIATE FLY TYING FOR TROUT - $75

This fly tying class takes you one step further, to being a more competent fly tyer.  You will learn to tie flies using more advanced techniques.  This is an all-day class.  All equipment and materials will be provided.  Of course, lunch is on us.  Learn more…


ADVANCED TROUT FLY TYING - $75

Here you will learn the most advanced techniques, and tie more complicated flies.  Once you reach this pinnacle, you should be able to tie any fly, or have the ability to do so.  As in all of our fly tying classes, equipment, tools, materials and lunch are provided.  Learn more…


NYMPHING TACTICS - $125

This is a new class, designed to make you a better fly fisherman.  This class is taught by Bill Bolinger, Rob Fightmaster and David Knapp.  The first half of the day will be spent learning all about nymph fishing in our classroom and on our casting lawn, learning to make specialty casts.  You will learn about rigging your tackle.  After lunch, you will be on a stream in the Smoky Mountains, learning more and using what you learned so far, on the water.  Learn more…


Our instructors are, Walter Babb, Bill Bolinger, Dr. Brad Cook, Brian Courtney, Rob Fightmaster, Anthony Hipps, Chuck Kline, David Knapp, Dan Munger, Josh Pfeiffer and John Thurman.  Dan Munger is Director of the School.

If you are interested in learning to fly fish, tie flies or furthering your knowledge about this sport, learn from the pros at Little River Outfitters, Fly Shop and Fly Fishing School.

Attend our school in Townsend, Tennessee, a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The Townsend entrance is two miles from our facility. This is a resort town, with accommodations to fit anyone’s budget. 

We have campgrounds, motels, rental cabins, large rental homes, bed and breakfasts, lodges and many restaurants at your service. We have the services, stores and outdoor recreation, nearby, you would want while attending our school. 

This valley is populated by approximately 2,000 people. We are located 45 minutes from Knoxville, 25 minutes from Pigeon Forge and 35 minutes from Gatlinburg.  You will be 25 minutes from the Knoxville airport, which also has facilities and services for your personal airplane.  Car rental companies are located near the airport. Our school is located 12 miles from Blackberry Farm.

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. Or, they can go fishing in the Park.

The Smokies offers some fine hiking, wildlife watching, photography and sightseeing opportunities. And, this is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. You can read more about each class on this website. You can also check our schedule and find a time that fits your schedule. Call us at 865-448-9459 to reserve your space in one of our classes. You will be glad you did. You will have the time of your life learning about this facinating sport. 

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