Fly Tying Schools | Davidson River Outfitters
Fly Tying Schools | Davidson River Outfitters

Fly Tying Instruction

The joy of tying flies is one that is shared by all the staff at Davidson River Outfitters, and teaching this craft is something we do not take lightly.  Commercial fly tying is what laid the foundation for our owner, Kevin, to pursue fly fishing as a career, and his family's fly patterns are still sought after today.  Fly tying classes at DRO are somewhat informal and light hearted.  There are many techniques and materials for creating flies, and we are open to all of them.  We offer classes for all skill levels, and personalized one on one instruction is available.  

Class sizes are limited to a max of eight students. All materials are included for each in person's session.

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Fly 101:  Intro to Fly Tying, 9:00am, $20 per person (Instructor J.E.B. Hall)

December 17th, 31st

February 4th, 18th

This class provides tyers with a good foundation for creating a variety of fly patterns for trout.  Students will learn how to use basic tools, understand thread and hook sizing, and how to create simple nymphs, streamers, and dry flies.  All materials and tools provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own tools as well.    


Fly 201:   Intermediate Fly Tying, pm, $20 per person (Instructor J.E.B. Hall)

January 8th

February 5th

February 19th

This intermediate class will cover more advanced techniques for fly tyers that are looking to create more dynamic flies.  Dubbing loops, articulated streamers, UV adhesives, and synthetic materials are just some of the techniques that will be covered.  All materials and tools are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own tools as well.

Specialty Classes $20 per person [Six Student Maximum]

Tying Flies for the Great Smoky Mountains- 9:00 am (Instructor-Kevin Howell)

-January 27th

-February 17th


Tying Tenkara Flies- 1:00pm (Instructor-Landon Lipke)

-January 28th


Articulated Flies and Gamechangers- 1:00pm(Instructor-Landon Lipke)

-January 14th


Musky Flies- 1:00pm(Instructor-Landon Lipke)

-Feb 11th


European Nymphing- 9:00am(Instructor-Rob Lilley)

-January 14th


Saltwater Fly Patterns- 9:00am(Instructor- J.E.B. Hall)

-January 15th


Ladies Fly Tying 101- 9:00am(Instructor- Debbie Gillespie

-January 21st


Dry Flies - 9:00am (Instructor- J.E.B. Hall)

-January 22nd


Midges- 9:00am(Instructor- Rob Lilley

-January 28th


Tactical Trout Flies- 9:00 am(Instructor- Jason Marquardt

-January 29th


Foam Flies- 9:00 (Instructor- Jason Marquardt)

-Feb 12th


Soft Hackles and Emergers- 9:00 (Instructor- J.E.B. Hall)

-Feb 25th


Smallmouth Flies- 9:00am (Instructor- J.E.B. Hall)

-Feb 26th


Kids Holiday Fly Tying- 9:00am(2hrs $10)

December 23rd


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All classes include all materials needed and the use of DRO's vises and tying tools. However, participants are more than welcome to bring their own vises and tools.

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Our area has hundreds of miles of streams and rivers to explore, giving DRO's guides a large canvas on which to create your fishing adventure. Whether you are looking for a two-hour introduction to fly fishing for trout or a full-day float trip in the hunt for Musky, we've got the perfect guided fishing experience for you.

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Located in Pisgah Forest, N.C., with the legendary Davidson River right out our back door, DRO carries a full line of fly fishing gear and apparel, as well as a wide range of fly tying materials and tools. Advice is always free, and we love pointing anglers in the right direction.

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