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  • Sarah Weeks has tied at many Free Tying Demonstrations over the years.
  • Byron Begley making poppers.
  • Dean Campbell tying for a group of folks.
  • Three legends in fly fishing, from left to right, Jack Gregory, Joe Humphreys and Walter Babb.
  • Jack Gregory tying in front of a group.
  • John Therman from Norris, Tennessee is a regular tyer at the shop.
  • Kevin Howell who owns Davidson River Outfitters, tying a few years ago.
  • Mike Bone, a guide in our area tying for some fans.
  • Dave Duffy ties as Powell Partridge, David Anderson, Dave Carson and Jim Gleaves look on.
  • Ray Ball tying for a group of spectators.
  • Ray Ball taking a break.
  • Tim Doyle has always been a regular fly tyer at the shop.
  • Wendy Boyd concentrates on the job at hand.

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Free Fly Tying Demonstrations at Little River Outfitters...a lasting tradition.

We have been holding Free Fly Tying Demonstrations at Little River Outfitters for almost 20 years. In fact, we hold lots of free events for our customers to enjoy. Our Free Fly Tying Demonstrations are held during the Winter on Saturdays. We may have one, two or three on any given day.

It gives people something to do when the weather is bad and fishing may be slow.

You don’t have to be a fly tyer to get a lot out of these Saturday events. You will be talking to expert anglers. You can ask questions and learn about fishing specific rivers or lakes.

These small events last for 4 hours, between 10 am and 2 pm. They are subject to be called off due to snow or ice storms. But, for the most part, they happen, as scheduled.

If you are coming, and bad weather is looming, check our fishing report to make sure the event has not been canceled.

Just show up at the shop, grab a fresh cup of coffee, warm up by the fireplace then sit down to enjoy and learn. It will certainly be worth your time and be beneficial to your fly fishing in the future.

Free Fly Tying Demonstration Schedule 2017

Saturday January 14, 2017- 10 am - 2 pm - Jack Gregory and Tradd Little

Jack is one of my closest friends. He grew up in Walland, just down the road from Townsend. He has spent most of his life, fly fishing the Smoky Mountains. He is known for catching big brown trout. What you may not know is, Jack has traveled all over America fly fishing, and has a passion and lots of experience, fishing for permit in Belize. He and I have traveled and fished together for 20 years. We do a lot of smallmouth bass fly fishing in this area too. We have also fished together in the Gulf, many times, fly fishing for tarpon and anything that swims in the ocean.

Tradd lives in Greenville, South Carolina. He is only 14 years old, but has already become well known to fly tyers in the Eastern United States. Watching Tradd tie flies is so much fun because he is an excellent fly tyer, he loves demonstrating to an audience, and he is an excellent angler as well. Visit his website by CLICKING HERE. You won't believe this site.

Saturday January 21, 2017 - 10 am - 2 pm - Gary Troutman and Dean Campbell

Gary is known to be an expert at warm water fly fishing. That is his passion. I can tell you for a fact, his fly creations work extremely well for any warmwater fish. I’ve tied them and I have used them. He gave me my first two Stealth Bombers and I’ve been hooked ever since. I always listen to him, intently, when he talks about fishing the streams and lakes in our area for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, white bass and other fishes.

Dean lives in Knoxville and grew up fly fishing in the Southern Appalachians. Dean has been a fly tying demonstrator for years, showing people his skills at our shop and at many FFF Conclaves and other events that feature fly tyers. He is known for his poppers. Dean developed his own methods of making them and adding color using pens and blending techniques. These days, Dean specializes on fly fishing for stripers on our area lakes and tailwaters, while also chasing redfish on the coast.  

Saturday January 28, 2017 - 10 am - 2 pm - Buzz Buffington and Dave Harrell

Both Buzz and Dave live in Clinton, Tennessee. I know, they both fish the Clinch River often. That river is their home water. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Clinch River. They are both very active members of the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. They have been heavily involved in fly fishing education, which is a high priority of that TU Chapter. They also work with Project Healing Waters and the Trout Camp held at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute for kids.

Sunday January 29, 2017 - 10 am - 2 pm - David Knapp

David Knapp has been fly fishing the waters of east Tennessee for over 20 years and tying for almost that long. Writing and photography is another interest of his and you can find out what David has been up to lately at David is currently guiding on area waters, specializing in fishing the streams of the Smokies and the Caney Fork tailwater. Additionally, David has travelled extensively out west and has adjusted many western flies and strategies to suit the dictates of our eastern streams.

When not guiding, you will usually find David either tying flies or out fishing somewhere close to his home on the Cumberland Plateau or in the Smokies.

David is also a fly fishing instructor, who teaches classes at our school, for beginners as well as our Nymphing Tactics Class.

Saturday February 4, 2017 - 10 am - 2 pm - Jimmy Jones

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

Saturday February 11, 2017 - Mike Adams

Mike Adams writes on his website, “From the age of 12, I knew the thing I wanted to do the most was to get people in the great outdoors.  The best way I could think to do it was to help them learn to catch fish.

”In 1997, Mike and his wife Vicki moved from Phoenix, AZ to the Johnson City Area to start a guide service. Mike has been guiding clients on the South Holston River and Caney Fork River in Middle Tennessee ever since.

He has developed some great fly patterns too.  They are tied by Holly Flies in Pennsylvania and sold to fly shops in the Southeast.  One pattern, Mike’s Magic Beetle is one of Little River Outfitter’s top selling Summer flies.  There are many more.

Saturday February 18, 2017 - 10 am - 2 pm - Josh Pfeiffer and Jon Oody

Josh lives in Maryville, Tennessee. He has been a professional guide and instructor for several years. Josh guides in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on our local tailwaters for trout and smallmouth bass. Josh has become keenly adept at catching smallmouth bass on a fly and his clients appreciate his ability. He also ties some beautiful and most importantly, productive smallmouth bass flies.

He guides wading trips as well as drifting clients down our local tailwaters in his drift boat or raft. Josh is an instructor and he teaches at our School. He teaches Beginner Fly Fishing  and our Nymphing Tactics Class. You may visit his website by CLICKING HERE

Jon Oody grew up in East Tennessee and started fly fishing when he was eleven years old. He primarily fly fished in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the backwaters of lakes in our area. After high school, he moved to Colorado and became a professional guide, learning everything about trout, pike and carp, that he could.

Jon moved back to Tennessee and started guiding on our local tailwaters. He became interested in conventional tackle again and also guides fishermen for stripers and warmwater species on the lakes. You can visit his website by CLICKING HERE.

Saturday February 25, 2017 - 10 am - 2 pm - Dan Munger and Brandon Bailes

Many of you know Dan Munger. He worked here with us for a while. Before that, he guided fly fishermen in Colorado and at Blackberry Farm. He worked for the National Park Service at Rocky Mountain National Park. Now, he is the marketing director at Guide Turbo, a company that, using digital technology and their own app, helps put guides and clients together.

Dan is an avid fly fishing angler. He specializes in almost all species, including trout of course. But he also targets musky, carp, stripers and saltwater species.

Dan is an enthusiastic young man with a great personality and a passion for fly fishing.

Brandon is an engineering technician for NASA and lives in Athens, Alabama. He is a self professed “hardcore streamer junkie” and a “glass rod geek”. He does it all though. I remember one year he tied at Fly Tyers Weekend, and spent his off time chasing brookies on Road Prong.

Brandon is a master at spinning deer hair and creating bass flies. I’ve never seen anything like what he ties, and they work. His huge articulated streamers are something to behold. I own a few and I hate to use them, they are so beautiful. He designs flies for Orvis, sold as Bailes Out Minnow and Bailes Panther Branch Hopper.

Brandon and Dan Munger are close friends and it will be great to see them together at this event.

Saturday March 4, 2017 - 10 am - 2 pm - Walter Babb

Walter Babb grew up, fly fishing the Southern Appalachian trout streams, and has traveled extensively to other states, to fish. His tenure as a fly fisherman dates back nearly 60 years. He is considered an expert on the subject of this sport, in our region. He spent many years tying flies to sell, when he was younger. He has been teaching fly tying and fly fishing at Little River Outfitters for nearly 20 years. We consider Walter a walking encyclopedia on fly fishing for trout, mainly due to his vast knowledge and very good memory. He is a very friendly and good man, who you will enjoy meeting and spending your time with this Saturday.

Today, Walter still teaches at the LRO school, but most of his time spent working, is devoted to his bamboo fly rod making business. He is a very well known maker, whose rods are sought after by many in America. Walter lives in Sweetwater, Tennessee.  

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