Fly Tying Classes
The normal evolution of the fly-fisher is to learn how to tie your own flies at some point. You may take up fly tying to save money, create unique patterns, or to achieve a higher quality fly. Regardless of your reason for taking up fly tying, the key to success is to first gain a solid understanding of the fundamental principles and techniques. At that point, you will have a good foundation on which to build.
Our staff has longstanding expertise in fly tying and fly design. Our instructors have over one hundred years of combined fly tying experience. Anchored by Kevin Howell, fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants, and Walker Parrott, Fly Designer for Montana Fly Company, our fly tying staff is the largest and best in the Southeast.
Introduction to Fly Tying with J.E.B. Hall, $30.00 per person
January 2, 9, 16, 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm or one day Saturday class, January 14 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Davidson River Outfitter's Fly Tying 101 course is designed to teach beginning fly tyers the basic techniques needed to create almost all commonly used fly patterns. Students will learn fly proportions and profiles, how to properly use fly tying tools, and how to select hooks and materials. The course will focus on learning classic trout fly patterns that work well on any trout stream. Each fly pattern will introduce a new material, and/or tying technique, thus building the students skill level throughout the course.
Intermediate Fly Tying with J.E.B. Hall, $30.00 per person
February 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Davidson River Outfitter's Fly Tying 201 course is for fly tyers who are looking to discover new materials, techniques, and fly patterns to broaden their repertoire. Students will learn advanced dubbing techniques, how to create complex streamer patterns, how to apply UV adhesives, and more. Fly patterns will include technical tailwater trout patterns, euro sytle nymphs, foam terrestrials, as well as bass and saltwater creations. This course is for fly tyers with some experience, and is not recmmended for the beginning tyer.
Tying Tenkara Flies with Landon Lipke, $20.00 per person
January 28, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Learn to tie traditional Tenkara style flies with Landon Lipke, our Tenkara expert. DRO will supply vises, tools and all materials needed.
Tying Midges with Landon Lipke, $20.00 per person
February 4, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
This class will focus on size 16 and smaller flies that are commonly used in the surrounding tailwaters and Davidson River. DRO will supply vises, tools and all materials.
Tying Southern Appalachian Patterns with Kevin Howell, $20.00 per person
March 3, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
This class will focus on tying the mountain classics from Yallar Hammers, to Thunderheads, and Sheepflies. All of the flies you know and love. DRO will supply vises, tools and all materials needed.
The following are fly tying demonstrations on site at our shop, and are free to all who attend:
CDC Flies with JEB Hall
January 13, 2017 9 am to 11 am
These highly functional and versatile feathers are becoming more and more prevalent in tying. Great for wings, soft hackles and no hackle patterns. DRO will supply vises, tools and all materials needed.
Articulated Flies with Landon Lipke
January 20, 2017 9 am to 11 am
Learn to tie flies that swim and come to life in the water. DRO will supply vises, tools and all materials needed.
Poppers/Divers with Kevin Howell
February 10, 2017 9 am to 11am
Learn to tie poppers for fresh and saltwater including painting and finishing. DRO will supply vises, tools and all materials needed.
Streamers with JEB Hall
February 24, 2017 9 am to 11 am
Learn to tie streamers for Trout and Bass. This class will make use of a lot of synthetic material. DRO will supply vises, tools and all materials needed.
Open Tying Nights at Catawba Brewing Company
Join JEB Hall on Tuesdays in January and February at the Catawba Brewing Company on Asheville's South Slope. Jeb will be tying flies and helping all interested people get started in the art of fly tying.
Open Tying Nights at Ecusta Brewing Company
Join the DRO staff for fly tying and fellowship every Wednesday at the Ecusta Brewing Company located in Pisgah Forest (two doors down from our shop.)