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Fly Fish Tennessee - I am a (FIVE time) Fly Casting Champion and I've taught at THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, Knoxville. I have fly fished all my life as fly fishing was the glue that bonded me with my dad, Dr. George Still. I made my first fly rod at age 12 and attended an advanced fly tying class with my dad at age 13. I have won a number of fishing contests while growing up. I simply want to provide the OPPORTUNITY for others to enjoy fly fishing by teaching students the sport. It is a terrific way to build lifelong relationships with multiple people. It is a sport that helps with the development of Patience, Kindness, and Gentleness and of course Self Control. I also like catching BIG FISH on BIG water!!! Call 865-696-9474 and tell me your background - I want to hear it.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

FIGHT OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER

Fly Fish Tennessee 

This 4LB Female Rainbow Trout took a dry fly with 5x tippet on a Double Haul cast - downstream!!!  Upon the hookset, the fish danced on the top of the water and (you know) you have a big one when you see the tail splashing.... took off  passing me while headed upstream and I netted her about 30 Yards away fighting current to catch up!!!  WHAT A GREAT FIGHT.

RELEASED OF COURSE  

Monday, September 12, 2016

FIGHT OF THE MONTH - AUGUST 2016

FIGHT OF THE MONTH 
What a fight!!!  These fish hit your flies without warning since you are fishing DOWN DEEP.  It is hard to believe you can catch such big fish on small flies..... size 18.  This fish wore me out!!! After going downstream and into some smoother water, I was able to net this MONSTER.  I had to give my arm a rest after fighting this one....!!!  

 SIZE 18 - about the size of the DATE on a PENNY 

19" Rainbow Trout

19" Rainbow Trout - 5x Tippet 
SIZE 18  FLY  - not much bigger then the DATE on a PENNY 

This 19" Rainbow Trout was "right where she was supposed to be" down deep in the fastest water in the stretch.  After taking my home-made size 18 fly, she jumped a number of times and took me WAY downstream to net her.   Fly Fish Tennessee 

Friday, July 15, 2016

ENROLLING NOW -- FOR NEXT CLASS - Knoxville TN


ENROLLING NOW - Get your name on the list - Bring a buddy 

KNOXVILLE  TN  

     DATES over 2 weeks   (Tues / Thurs)   then    (Tues / Wed / Thurs)  6:30 till 10 pm each night

       special Wednesday night is at 3 RiversAngler Fly Shop - Knoxville 

All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen – each night. 

(I will supply all equipment) 


CLASS INFORMATION HERE:

The instruction is a HANDS-ON class covering “Everything you NEED to know about fly fishing” – it is not everything there IS to know. I let the students know what is important and what is needed. It is a complete mind dump from me of all the aspects of fly fishing.

about 8 hours of classroom instruction plus 
about 4 hours of HANDS-ON casting lessons

PRICE is $199/student 

CLASSROOM TOPICS 
Students will be:
Knowledgeable -- enough to feel comfortable in any fly shop – know what you are looking at…

Confident and Productive (ability to catch fish) to be able to read the stream / know where and what direction (upstream or downstream) and make the right presentation with the particular fly – to catch fish.

Have the right temperament to handle “problems” like snags / lost flies / falling in / and still enjoy themselves

Topics that we cover:


GEAR

about 8 hours of classroom instruction 


We start at the reel and cover what you NEED to know about setup / drag / backing / line / how to rig etc..



We move to the fly rods – covering the variety of weights / What to buy / what to avoid 



We then cover lines – what you need to know about them and the different types 



We then review leaders / tippets – many money saving tips here 



We cover knots / loops / all hands-on 



We then cover flies



We cover Safety 



We discuss clothing / vests / walking sticks / gear in the vest / types of Waders… all aspects of gear 




Where to go / streams in the area / laws or special regulations / trout and bass 



HANDS-ON CASTING 




About   4 HOURS "HANDS - ON" casting – each student will be able to cast proficiently



Class is held at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club -- We have the classroom portion with white board, displays, gear, flies... everything you need to learn about the stream, safety, etc.  We cast every night in any weather because we cast on an INDOOR Tennis court and then end for the session.  This allows the students to build on what they have been learning over the sessions, so that by the end of the class, the student gets far more than JUST ONE DAY of lessons.  You can only learn so much casting in one day... your arm gets tired after 45 minutes... it works great doing the nightly sessions.   -- see the student comments below!!!  

I can supply a student their fly rod if needed – no equipment is required. Most do bring their own rod / reel with them if they have one, of course. We discuss what to buy to make the students an informed buyer as part of the class. 3 Rivers Angler fly shop has a lifetime warranty fly rod for about $160, if you need a great rod at a great price. If you have a rod / reel let me know about it and bring it with you each night.

All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen
 – each night. 

(I will supply all equipment) 

SPECIAL NIGHT -- DVD – supplemental learning  WEDNESDAY -- we will watch an instructional DVD to cover “on the steam” activity. We watch it in 3 Rivers Angler fly shop because Allen and Jeremy are gracious enough to allow us to have the shop all to ourselves. It is closed to the public. 

3 RiversAngler Fly shop 

5113 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone: 865.200.5271 

Toll-Free: 877.563.6424



PRICE is $199/student 


TO BOOK A SEAT -- EMAIL :   DrewStill@Gmail.com  


Drew Still

Fly Fishing Instructor

DrewStill@Gmail.com  

FIGHT OF THE MONTH - JULY 2016

21" Male Brown Trout 
FIGHT OF THE MONTH - JULY 2016 

This 21" Brown Trout hit my SIZE 18 midge.  Upon the hookup, I knew he was a big fish as he took off stripping my line UPSTREAM almost into my backing.  I kept him upstream from me by weaving back and forth and allowed me to use the current to get his head up, to net him.  Thanks to Derrick Douthat for the picture.  

20" Female Rainbow Trout -- Fly Fish Tennessee

FLY FISH TENNESSEE
20" Rainbow Trout 

This  20" Female Rainbow Trout was "right where she was supposed to be" -- down deep in the current... Hit my homemade size 18 Midge pattern.  WOW what a fight taking me way downstream to net her.  Once on the grass, she never moved... so tired.  Back into the water and after spending time with revival in the calm water... she was just fine.  Released of course.    

20" Male Rainbow Trout - Fly Fish Tennessee

Fly Fish Tennessee 
20" Rainbow Trout 

This  20" Male Rainbow Trout  Hit my homemade fly pattern size 18 midge down deep... stripped off line into my backing and after a great fight taking me way down stream... quick pictures and released of course.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

JOE FORE - FORMER STUDENT - STRIPER ON A FLY ROD

JOE FORE 25 LB STRIPER 
Joe Fore  (former student) with his "Fight of the Month" was throwing a 9 wt Full Sinking Line off a boat, below a local dam.  He caught many that evening.  He rigged for them using a 9wt Fly Rod and the matching sinking line to get a fast falling presentation.  By stripping it back SLOWLY after letting it GO DEEP... the presentation was too much for this striper.  GREAT JOB JOE. You are now a Fly Fishing Master.  

Monday, June 6, 2016

FORMER STUDENT -- Derrick Douthat - 20" BROWN TROUT

 Derrick Douthat  20" Brown Trout 
FLY FISH TENNESSEE

This 20" Brown Trouwas no match for this (former student) Derrick Douthat.  The fish was feeding on small dry flies "on top".  Derrick choose the right fly to match the hatching flies, made the proper presentation by casting a little up stream... and when the fly floated over the fish... bang.  What a fight... Jumping and thrashing the water... Great Job Derrick.!!!!   

Sunday, May 29, 2016

MAY 2016 STUDENTS - FINISHED CLASS WITH HONORS

FLY FISH TENNESSEE 
READY TO "HIT THE STREAM" 

Congratulations to the latest Fly FisherPeople!!! What a great class!!! 
Students:   
BACK ROW Left to Right - 
Rachel Watson, Imelda Joyce, Gary Watson
MIDDLE ROW Left to Right: 
Adam McCall, Mike Haluski, Andy McCall, Lee Martin
FRONT ROW Left to Right: 
Jason Smith, Ky Pohler, Brook Nash 

STUDENT COMMENTS:   

Gary said: No matter what your skill level, take this class.  I learned more than I thought I would... A GREAT CLASS   

Rachel said: An approachable teaching style... I feel like I can go out on my own and catch fish...This class has been great.   

Imelda said: Drew makes it understandable, easy to learn with hands-on participation.   

Mike said: Enjoyed the practical knowledge "demystifying" it... It is well worth the time and quite a bargain for what you get...

Brook said: Very informative, not intimidating teaching style... 

Ky said: The best $199 you can spend,,, Excellent Class.   

Jason said: Fantastic. Drew catered to everyone as needed... 

Lee said:  Drew makes you feel welcome...very knowledgeable...
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Andy said: Great class.. Enjoyed it, Learned a lot, plan on going... 













Monday, May 23, 2016

FIGHT OF THE MONTH - MAY 2016

Fly Fish Tennessee 
19" Rainbow Trout 
This 19" Rainbow Trout is my FIGHT OF THE MONTH....was "right where she was supposed to be" in the deep cut of the stretch we were fishing.  I made my adjustment to my indicator to reach her and caught her with my size #18 home made midge.  After a number of jumps and streaming my reel... released of course!!!  Get out there and Fly Fish Tennessee!!!!   

Thursday, May 19, 2016

FORMER STUDENT - Randy O'Neal -- FIRST of "MANY" FISH ON A FLY ROD

FLY FISHING TENNESSEE 


FORMER STUDENT

RANDY O'NEAL - making it look easy.  Randy chose his fly and setup the rig to be "deep enough to get down to the fish".... casting UPSTREAM and floating his # 18 nymph in the DEEPEST AND FASTEST CURRENT to hook up.  Once the strike... FISH ON --  good hook set and holding his rod at 11 O'clock... fighting it right into his net.... PICTURE PERFECT.   Great Job Randy.   ONE of many that day for him....   GET OUT THERE...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

CLASS IS FULL - MAY 2016


GET OUT THERE 



5 sessions over 2 weeks  
May 17, 19
Tuesday / Thursday 
then 
May 24, 25, 26
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 

6:30 PM -- about 10PM
at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club 
Knoxville, Tennessee 

The instruction is a HANDS-ON class covering “Everything you NEED to know about fly fishing” – it is not everything there IS to know. I let the students know what is important and what is needed. It is a complete mind dump from me of all the aspects of fly fishing.

About 8 hours of classroom instruction   plus 
About 4 hours of HANDS-ON casting lessons

All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen – each night. 
(I will supply all equipment)

PRICE is $199/student

SPECIAL NIGHT -- DVD – supplemental learning  WEDNESDAY May 25th   - we will watch an instructional DVD to cover “on the steam” activity. We watch this TEACHING DVD in 3 Rivers Angler fly shop because Allen and Jeremy are gracious enough to allow us to have the shop all to ourselves. The shop is closed to the public -- for our class only.

3 RiversAngler Fly shop 

5113 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone: 865.200.5271

Toll-Free: 877.563.6424 

Students will be:
Knowledgeable -- enough to feel comfortable in any fly shop – know what you are looking at…

Confident and Productive (ability to catch fish) to be able to read the stream / know where and what direction (upstream or downstream) and make the right presentation with the particular fly – to catch fish.

Have the right temperament to handle “problems” like snags / lost flies / falling in / and still enjoy themselves

Topics that we cover:


WE COVER ALL GEAR


about 8 hours of classroom instruction 

We start at the reel and cover what you NEED to know about setup / drag / backing / line / how to rig etc..

We move to the fly rods – covering the variety of weights / What to buy / what to avoid

We then cover lines – what you need to know about them and the different types

   We then review leaders / tippets – many money saving tips here

We cover knots / loops / all hands-on

We then cover flies – Types / Categories / Presentation

We cover Safety

 MORE GEAR -- We discuss clothing / vests / walking sticks / gear in the vest / types of Waders… all aspects of gear


Where to go / streams in the area / laws or special regulations / trout and bass

 WE COVER CASTING


About   4 HOURS HANDS - ON casting – each student will be able to cast proficiently



Class is held at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club -- in ANY weather because we cast on a Tennis court. We have a classroom section and then a casting lesson each night.

I can supply a student their fly rod if needed – no equipment is required. Most do bring their own rod / reel with them if they have one, of course. We discuss what to buy to make the students an informed buyer as part of the class. 3 Rivers Angler fly shop has a lifetime warranty fly rod for about $160, if you need a great rod at a great price. If you have a rod / reel let me know about it and bring it with you each night.

All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen – each night. 
(I will supply all equipment)
  

CLASS PRICE is $199/student

TO BOOK A SEAT -- EMAIL :  DrewStill@Gmail.com     


Drew Still

Fly Fishing Instructor


DrewStill@Gmail.com 


APRIL 2016 - FIGHT OF THE MONTH - BROWN

19 1/2" BROWN on a 5x #18 Midge  - FIGHT OF THE MONTH
RELEASED -- OF COURSE !!

RIGHT WERE SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE....5x #18

DRY FLY FISHING

DRY FLY FISHING - 5X TIPPET 

FORMER STUDENT - Jeremy Hobbs 
18 1/2" Rainbow - 5x Tippet on Midge #18  

Jeremy going downstream 100 yards to land this fish...
Beautiful Day on the water 



2016 SMALLMOUTH TIME IN TENNESSEE

STREAMER FISHING -- DOWN DEEP
SURPRISE !!  20" + CATFISH ON A FLYROD
SMOKY MOUNTAINS 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

MARCH 2016 STUDENTS HERE

CLASSROOM TIME  
Left to right Back: Steve Mirshak, Keith Morton, Joe Fore (alumni guest), Matthew Smith, Jeremy Hobbs (alumni guest), Randy O'Neal, Bill McConnell, Trevor McElhaney, Spence Newcombe and Berg Bach upfront.  
HANDS-ON CASTING TIME  

WHAT A GREAT CLASS!!!  This group had all levels of skills coming into this class. We had beginners and experienced fly fisherman all wanting to learn and grow in their knowledge.  All were very satisfied students....  

These students enjoyed about 10 hours of classroom time with about 4 hours of casting lessons and now are ready to be productive and safe on the water.  

Here are some of their comments:   

Trevor said: " Necessity for a beginner and great addition to a semi-beginner... really strips away a lot of noise from trying to learn online, etc... Really enjoyed it."

Randy said:  "Very informative... great job explaining the important things... I am glad I took this class.  It cleared up tons of things for me." 

Bill said: "This is a relaxed atmosphere, hands-on...be able to go without embarrassing myself".

Berg said: "Drew displays experience and knowledge... I thoroughly enjoyed this class."  

Matthew said:  "Get the knowledge here first, then work on your skill improvement.  I loved the class... just what I needed..."

Spence said:  "Take this class no matter what level you are... you will learn something.  I really enjoyed this class"  

Keith said:  "This class takes complex variables and breaks them down... it is a great class".  

Steve said: "I really enjoyed it... can't wait to get on the water".  


Hope to see you soon.... on the water!!!!   


    

Saturday, November 28, 2015

THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 2015


NOW THIS IS FLY FISHING AT ITS BEST 

20.5 " Rainbow Trout 

20" Rainbow Trout 

20" Rainbow Trout 

19" Rainbow Trout 


18.5 "Rainbow Trout 

18" Rainbow Trout 

 VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2015 




Saturday, November 21, 2015

ENROLLING NOW -- MARCH 2016 Class

Please contact me directly drewstill@gmail.com if you are interested in adding your name to the March 2016 class.  I only have a few more seats remaining.




GET OUT THERE 



5 sessions over 2 weeks 
March 1 & 3 
Tuesday / Thursday 
then 
March 8, 9, 10
Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 

6:30 PM -- about 10PM
at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club 

The instruction is a HANDS-ON class covering “Everything you NEED to know about fly fishing” – it is not everything there IS to know. I let the students know what is important and what is needed. It is a complete mind dump from me of all the aspects of fly fishing.

about 8 hours of classroom instruction plus 
about 4 hours of HANDS-ON casting lessons

All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen – each night. 
(I will supply all equipment)

PRICE is $199/student


Students will be:
Knowledgeable -- enough to feel comfortable in any fly shop – know what you are looking at…

Confident and Productive (ability to catch fish) to be able to read the stream / know where and what direction (upstream or downstream) and make the right presentation with the particular fly – to catch fish.

Have the right temperament to handle “problems” like snags / lost flies / falling in / and still enjoy themselves

Topics that we cover:


GEAR


about 8 hours of classroom instruction 

We start at the reel and cover what you NEED to know about setup / drag / backing / line / how to rig etc..

We move to the fly rods – covering the variety of weights / What to buy / what to avoid

We then cover lines – what you need to know about them and the different types

We then review leaders / tippets – many money saving tips here

We cover knots / loops / all hands-on

We then cover flies

We cover Safety

We discuss clothing / vests / walking sticks / gear in the vest / types of Waders… all aspects of gear


Where to go / streams in the area / laws or special regulations / trout and bass

CASTING


About   4 HOURS HANDS - ON casting – each student will be able to cast proficiently



Class is held at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club -- in ANY weather because we cast on a Tennis court. We have a classroom section and then a casting lesson each night.

I can supply a student their fly rod if needed – no equipment is required. Most do bring their own rod / reel with them if they have one, of course. We discuss what to buy to make the students an informed buyer as part of the class. 3 Rivers Angler fly shop has a lifetime warranty fly rod for about $160, if you need a great rod at a great price. If you have a rod / reel let me know about it and bring it with you each night.

All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen – each night. 
(I will supply all equipment)

SPECIAL NIGHT -- DVD – supplemental learning  WEDNESDAY March 9th  - we will watch an instructional DVD to cover “on the steam” activity. We watch this TEACHING DVD in 3 Rivers Angler fly shop because Allen and Jeremy are gracious enough to allow us to have the shop all to ourselves. The shop is closed to the public -- for our class only.

3 RiversAngler Fly shop 


5113 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919

Phone: 865.200.5271

Toll-Free: 877.563.6424



PRICE is $199/student

TO BOOK A SEAT -- EMAIL :  DrewStill@Gmail.com     


Drew Still

Fly Fishing Instructor

Monday, November 16, 2015

FIGHT OF THE MONTH - NOVEMBER 2015

FLY FISH TENNESSEE
FIGHT OF THE MONTH - This 18.5"Rainbow was down deep and in the fastest deepest water.... after a great fight taking me DOWNSTREAM to net her, a quick release.  Get out there!!!  

FORMER STUDENT - Jeremy Dobbs now in the 20" club

FORMER STUDENT 
20" Rainbow Trout - JEREMY DOBBS chose his fly (nymph) based on the conditions...rigged it according to the depth of the water and speed of the flow...made his cast upstream and while mending his line to make a GREAT PRESENTATION and then BANG!!!!  Big Fish on!!!  After a GREAT FIGHT keeping his rod high and at 11 o'clock, he make a the netting look easy.  Way to go Jeremy. After a few pictures, a quick release.   FLY FISH TENNESSEE  

Sunday, November 1, 2015

FIGHT OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2015

20" Rainbow Trout 
FIGHT OF THE MONTH - This 20" Male Rainbow Trout (hooked lower jaw) could not pass up my nymph - down deep.  Look at the red on this guy...  my trusty 5X Tippet did not fail me and after the quick picture, a quick release for him to be caught again.  Love the Fall Season, Start the season off right with a good selection of winter patterns.   

FORMER STUDENT - JOE FORE

Joe Fore 18" Rainbow Trout 
FORMER STUDENT - Joe Fore with his BIGGEST fish on a fly rod a beautiful
18" Rainbow... Stripping a streamer.  Joe chose his "go to" wolly bugger and put it in the deepest / fastest water for the BIG ONE.  After a great fight, taking him downstream to net her, a quick release followed.  GREAT JOB JOE.    

Sunday, September 13, 2015

BIG CARP ON A FLY -- stripping a streamer

FLY FISH TENNESSEE
This 20" CARP took me by surprise but since I use 4x OR STRONGER tippet when I strip streamers... I was prepared.  Nothing easy about fighting a Carp... wears you out!!!!   

FIGHT OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2015

FLY FISH TENNESSEE
SEPTEMBER -- FIGHT OF THE MONTH -- this 17.5 inch Brown Trout was all I could handle in the current. Fishing with my 5x Tippet off a dropper... size 18 midge.  Make sure you get down to the fish as she was "Right where she was supposed to be" in the deepest / fastest water.   After going DOWNSTREAM to net her in some calmer water... quick release.   

Monday, August 10, 2015

FORMER STUDENT -- Michael Stafford -- LANDING A BIG ONE !!!

MICHAEL STAFFORD 
Mike Stafford "making it look easy" landing his FIRST FISH ON A FLY ROD on a size 18 nymph that he chose from his fly box!!!  Using his light tippet did not matter for this angler... the fish was a good as caught the second it was hooked -- look at his great style, netting that fish.  What confidence.   GREAT JOB.  

Sunday, August 9, 2015

HOT AUGUST FISHING - 20 INCH BROWN

Fly Fish Tennessee
This 20" Brown Trout hit and the indicator was GONE!!!  Fish on.... reel screaming.... and after moving down stream to land her, a quick release,

18" Rainbow Trout 

18"Rainbow Trout 

18" Brown Trout 

18" Brown Trout 

Smoky Mountain Fishing

Smoky Mountain Fishing
Picture by Brent Bonar

Whopper with my son David

Whopper with my son David
Over 21 inches

Uncle Kenny on the Clinch

Uncle Kenny on the Clinch
The fishing is just part of his fun!!!