Free Fly Tying Demonstrations at Little River Outfitters

by Jan 30, 2019

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 in 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 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm – Ken McClain and Sindy Boyles
KEN MCCLAIN – 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 Midges. 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

SINDY BOYLES – 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.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm – Rob Fightmaster and Jon Oody
ROB FIGHTMASTER – Rob is a local guide and fly fishing instructor. His guide service, Fightmaster Fly Fishing, specializes in flyfishing in the Smokies. Rob is a wealth of information on tying and fishing in our area.

JON OODY – 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 Juan and the 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

Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm – Will Davis and Tradd Little
WILL DAVIS – 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 realistic and euro nymphing flies and would love to share tips and tricks he has picked up along the way.

TRADD LITTLE – 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

Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm – Gary Troutman and Jim Parks
CAPTAIN GARY TROUTMAN – 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 a handful of foam hopper patterns catching Redbreast sunfish and Bluegill also. My other hobbies are kayaking and camping with my wife and two dogs.

JIM PARKS – As a native of Newport, I’ve been Fly fishing in the Smokies for 41 yrs. I learned how to “short-line”, “high-stick”, (whatever you want to call it) by the ole timer nymph fishermen, nearly all of which have passed away. Over the years, I’ve developed a highly effective fishing technique using adhesive indicators on the leader. Gary Troutman teaches this to his clients. I’ve written articles for magazines such as FlyFish America. And have been working on a book titled “Smoky Mountain Tails”. I’ll be tying 4 EASY TO TIE patterns that I learned over 30 years ago plus a previously unshared fly I invented in the mid-’80s. Even though the patterns are old, they still catch a lot of trout year round. In fact, I have caught at least 1 trout over 18” or more on each pattern in the past 3 yrs in the National Park. Bottom line: I’m not a great fly tier, but with these easy to tie patterns a fisherman doesn’t need to be and yet still able to catch many and big trout year round.

Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm – Steve Brown and Mike Wallace
STEVE BROWN – 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.

MIKE WALLAE – I have been tying flies for around 30 years. I fish in the mountains of East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and the tailwaters 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.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm – David Knapp and Travis Williams
DAVID KNAPP – David is a school teacher turned fly fishing guide who brings a passion for teaching into the outdoor classroom. David started Trout Zone Anglers back in 2014 with the goal of sharing his love of fly fishing with others. The streams of the Smokies are his home waters along with local tailwaters like the Clinch and Caney Fork. While brook trout run a very close second, David prefers targeting large brown trout more than anything and specializes in hunting big browns wherever they are found. When not chasing trout in the Smokies or on area tailwaters like the Caney Fork and Clinch Rivers, David also enjoys exploring the rugged Cumberland Plateau smallmouth bass streams. He has been tying flies for about as long as he has been fly fishing and has developed many of his own original patterns as well as special variations on many existing flies.

TRAVIS WILLIAMS – Travis has been fly fishing for many years and guiding since 2011. He was born and raised just outside the National Park and learned how to be successful in area waters from an early age. Travis now brings his guiding expertise to Trout Zone Anglers. While Travis enjoys fishing for just about anything, trout are his favorite and in particular, he enjoys chasing the large brown trout that call Smoky Mountain streams like Little River, Cataloochee, and the Oconaluftee home. Travis is an excellent fly tyer whose patterns consistently help clients put trout in the net. His own variations on many popular flies are deadly both in the Smokies and on other area waters.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm – Jimmy Jones and Josh Pfeiffer
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.

CAPTAIN JOSH PFEIFFER – 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.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 – 10 am – 2 pm – Steve Greg and Clayton Gist
STEVE GREGG – 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 deer hair bass bugs for smallmouth bass. Now I tie whatever suits by fancy. I also am lead tying instructor at the Orvis Sevierville Store.

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 2, 2019 – 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 in 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 a 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 a 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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