Get fly fishing and fly tying tips at Blount County Library

Fly Tying is a craft all its own, and the end result is actually very visually attractive…to humans…and, with luck, it’ll be enticing to a fish.

Using wire and thread, a fly tyer tediously attaches bits of feather (all colors, sizes and shapes) and nymph flies, larva, pupa, adult midges and many other possible items to a fish hook.

There are hundreds of patterns for fly fishing for all types of fish—trout, salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and other fish.

On Thursday, July 10, Roger Lowe, fishing guide for Lowe’s Guide Service for twenty years and fly tyer for 35 years, will present a program, “Fly Fishing History and Fly Tying” at the Blount County Public Library on Thursday, July 10, at 7 p.m.

Lowe will discuss the history of fly fishing and will talk about and demonstrate various fly patterns that he uses for fishing and in his guide service.

Lowe is author of a book, Roger Lowe’s Fly Pattern Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains, and fly fishing guide in Waynesville, NC. According to his web site, , “Lowe spent his childhood summers camping and fishing with his father and grandfather in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He learned about insects indigenous to local streams and the trout’s feeding habits.

“Roger developed his own technique for tying effective imitator patterns and became a master at catching the wild and wary mountain Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout.”

Free and open to the public, the program is at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

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