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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.
Fly 101: Intro to Fly Tying, 8:30 to 12:30pm, $20 per person (Instructor J.E.B. Hall)
December 11, 2021
January 8, 2022
January 22, 2022
February 12, 2022
February 26, 2022
Our intro class will give beginning fly tyers 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, 8:30am to 12:30pm, $20 per person (Instructor J.E.B. Hall)
February 13, 2022
February 27, 2022
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.
Tying Flies for the Great Smoky Mountains, 8:30am to 12pm, $20 - Friday, February 18, 2022 (Instructor Kevin Howell)
Tying Tenkara Flies, 8:30am to 12pm, $20 - Saturday, February 19, 2022 (Instructor Landon Lipke)
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.