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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 2020

Saturday January 4, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - Walter Babb & Brian Courtney

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.

BRIAN COURTNEY - Brian Courtney is a name you might not know but most everyone has fished flies he has tied. Brian ties our Green Weenie and Barbie Bug flies along with a few others. We estimated how many Green Weenies he had tied for us and it was thousands of dozens of flies. Brian is a great tyer and instructor. He is our other fly tying class instructor.

Saturday January 11, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - Steve Brown & Tom Brown

STEVE BROWN - Steve has 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.


Saturday January 18, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - Tic Smith and Joe Lock

TIC SMITH - I have been guiding on the Hiwassee River for 25 years. I got my start working with Hiwassee Outfitters and then went to work with Southeastern Anglers in 2000 upon it's inception. I started fly fishing as a kid and began tying in high school. I received my FFF Certified Casting Insructor status in 2002. I moved from Chattanooga to Knoxville 6 years ago so I could be closer to Little River Outfitters. I have enjoyed fishing the tailwaters in Knoxville and the streams of the Smokies but the Hiwassee will always be my "home" river.

I primarily tie flies for work so that is what I will be doing during this demonstration. We fish a lot of dries on the Hiwassee and the Isonychia is my favorite hatch of the year. I will be sharing some of my patterns for these as well as the use of CDC on several different patterns that  have been successful for me over the years. Most all of the patterns I use are simple so that I can tie them quickly. There are a few that take a little extra time but still are not difficult.

The exciting thing to me about fly fishing and tying is that you never stop learning. There are so many different ways to create a fly that will catch a trout. Sometimes, a little variation in a proven pattern can bring even more success. As a guide I am always trying new innovations to make my flies a little different. That is what I will be sharing during this demo.

JOE LOCK - I started tying flies when I was 12 years old back on the farm in Michigan. I managed to scrape together $14 (a lot of money for a kid in the mid-1960's) and bought some hooks and other materials from The Rangeley Fly Shop in Rangeley, Maine. I fashioned a vise from a deer antler that I read about in a Field and Stream Magazine. I am primarily a self taught fly tier and some of my methods are my own and are kind of unorthodox, but they work for me. My flies are not always pretty, but they catch fish. I have fly fished in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Montana, and Florida. I moved to Florida in 1989 and taught High School English and special education and coached the wrestling team. I also wrote a few magazine articles on bird dog training and managed to publish three books; i.e., one on teaching methods, a collection of original poetry, and a children's book. While in Florida all those years, I concentrated on fly fishing in salt water, primarily in Sarasota Bay.

The lovely Anna and I moved to Townsend, Tennessee three years ago. I have learned the high stick nymph method of fishing in the Park streams and now I almost exclusively tie and fish with weighted nymphs. Along with fishing and fly tying, I enjoy playing and teaching the 5-string banjo.

Saturday January 25, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - Will Davis and Jimmy Jones

WILL DAVIS - Will got into fly tying and fishing a few years ago after attending Trout Camp in the Smokies and is an avid euro nympher. He loves to tie tactical/euro nymphing flies, but also enjoys traditional dry flies. One of his favorites is the Stimulator or any Catskill style dry.

Will loves to come up with new patterns and loves to change existing ones to fit his needs for fishing.

JIMMY JONES - Jimmy is a self-taught fly tier from Maryville, TN. who has been tying trout flies for fun and personal use since moving to East Tennessee in the mid ‘70s. The flies that he ties are typically shared with his family, friends, and those who have watched him tie during organized demonstration events. He primarily uses the flies he ties to fish for wild trout with members of his family in the Tremont, West Prong, and Abrams Creek areas of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

Jimmy has demonstrated a variety of tying techniques and materials during demonstration events at the Little River Outfitters and during recent Fly Tier’s Weekend expos. At this year’s Little River Outfitters tying demonstration, Jimmy will tie a variety of trout flies including an improved version of his Neversink Caddis pattern.

Saturday February 1, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - Mike Wallace and Tim Ivey

MIKE WALLACE - 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.


Saturday February 8, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - Bill Boyd Jr and Bill Boyd Sr.

BILL BOYD JR - 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., 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.

Saturday February 15, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - Jon Oody and Matt Dixon

JON OODY - Hello I am Capt. Jon Oody and am from Lenoir City Tn. I who grew up fishing the Tennessee River and Smoky 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

MATT DIXON - “Gosh - after reading all of the bios of the amazing Fly tyers I’m working beside I can only say that -I’m not a guide, nothing special. Just an average guy who enjoys more than an average amount of time behind the reel and vise . “-Matt

When Matt can’t be found landscaping around west Knoxville Matt can be found usually in Knoxville hucking streamers for bass. A skateboarder in his 20s-turned fly fisherman in his 30s - To say Matt spends a bit more time than the average bear at the vise would be an understatement . “ It helps me sleep ....and catch fish!”He’d say with a grin .

Matt as an unadulterated passion for tying articulated streamers . He is familiar with the Clinch ,Hiawassee and the French Broad tailwaters. As well as a few DH seasons at Tellico, and just about as much time as possible on Fort Loudon, Melton Hill targeting warm water species with an 8wt.

Saturday February 22, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - John Chambers and Mark Longmire

JOHN CHAMBERS - John is our resident Euro Nymphing "expert". He teaches our Euro Nymphing Class. John will be tying heavy nymphs.

MARK LONGMIRE - Mark is one of the owners of Syndicate Fly Rods. He specializes in Euro Nymphing techniques. He has fly fished all around the world.

Saturday February 29, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - Melissa and Dave Harrell and Clayton Gist

MELISSA and DAVE HARRELL - 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.

CLAYTON GIST - 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.

Saturday March 7, 2020 - 10 am - 2 pm - Jack Gregory and Walter Babb

JACK GREGORY - 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.

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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