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19th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

Jan 12, 2019 to Jan 13, 2019
Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA
Paid Specialty Classes

Paid Specialty Classes are sold on a first come first serve basis. Once purchased, these classes are not refundable, but we will make every effort to exchange them for other classes.

Some of our specialty classes are offered on Friday, others are held over the course of the festival weekend. Please be certain of the class you are purchasing. 

Please dress accordingly if your class is outside, and bring your own fly rod and reel if taking a casting course.  

If a class is sold out, please contact us by e-mail to put you on the wait list. 

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$35.00

Includes wine tasting for those 21 and over with valid ID



$20.00

Includes wine tasting for those 21 and over with valid ID



$20.00

Includes wine tasting for those 21 and over with valid ID



Join Aquatic Biologist Peter Stitcher for an interactive and in-depth class on entomology for today’s fly angler, and learn how to “Match the Hatch” in two minutes or less!  In this all-level class, the participant will learn how to sample the water and identify at a glance each of the major trout foods and the fly patterns that match them.  Just as the trout follow and feed on aquatic insects throughout their life cycle, so the participant will learn to identify the family of insect and life-cycles that are active and being targeted by trout. You’ll learn how to anticipate where their food--and thus the trout--will be heading next, and be ready to greet them with the next hot pattern. By the conclusion of this class, students will be able to quickly identify what trout are eating and match nearly every hatch in nearly every situation.  

This two-hour long class will be held both Saturday and Sunday from 1-3 PM on the festival grounds. Participating students will receive a coupon for a complimentary micro-brew from Steam Bell Brewery (which can be enjoyed during class), as well as 10 trout flies allowing the participants to follow each hatch as they are discussed. Students must have ID checked prior to entering the class, in compliance with VABC law.    

The class cost is $40. Maximum seating is 50 students. This class does not include admission to the festival



$475.00

This specialty course is designed specifically for experienced fly casters wishing to take their casting and instructing abilities to an advanced level. The class will run from 8:00 AM until 5:30 PM on Friday January 11th, 2019, which is the day before the festival opens.

The class room portion of the course will begin in the festival hotel conference room at The Fairfield Inn & Suites located at 11625 Lakeridge Parkway Ashland, VA 23005 on Friday morning. There will be a break from 12-1:30 for lunch, and the casting portion of the course will be held on the festival grounds in front of the State Farm Bureau Building located at 13191 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, VA 23047.

Please dress accordingly for the casting portion of this class as it will be held outside REGARDLESS of the weather.

Student who complete the course will get a certificate of achievement, and will receive a complimentary weekend pass to the festival.Students will also receive a personalized autographed copy of the instructor's latest book.     

Once purchased, the course is refundable, but only with 30 days written notification prior to the class. There will be no refunds with less than 30 days written notification. Should the course sell out, we will be glad to put you on a waiting waiting list baring any changes or additions to the class.

Students who wish to receive the course outline, or communicate with the instructor may send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.    

 

 



$175.00

The core of the Freestone First Aid course is first aid in the wilderness/remote environment focusing on:

        Quick Patient Assessment

       Life Threats

       Common Medical Emergencies

       Environmental Emergencies

       Critical Thinking Skills, and

       Hands-On Skills.

This course is designed specifically for fly fishing outfitters and guides as well as for individuals who want confidence in their first aid skills and who may have limited access to reasonable or delayed emergency response. Students will also receive CPR training and an American Heart Association Adult CPR Certification, pending a positive completion of the course.

The course will be taught by Mike Tayloe, Nationally Registered Paramedic and owner of Finns West, from 8 AM-5:30 PM Friday, January 11th, 2019, which is the day before the festival officially opens. The class will be held at the Meadow Event Park at the Farm Bureau Building 13191 Dawn Blvd, Doswell,VA. (class room TBA). Practical labs include moving patients on and off boats/skiffs; thus, students need to wear appropriate clothing since much of this class will be held outdoors.

Once purchased there will be no refunds with less than 30 days’ written notification. Should the course sell out, we will be glad to put you on a waiting list barring any changes or additions to the class. Students who wish to receive the course outline or communicate with the instructor may send an email to Fishutopia@comcast.net.    

The class cost is $175, which includes complimentary admission to the festival on Saturday. Minimum 8 students; maximum 14 students.  



$150.00

This specialty course taught by author and guide Matt Supinski is designed specifically for fly anglers who wish to advance their knowledge of fishing rivers characterized by dams, or those generally referred to as tailwaters. Tailwaters have environments suitable for trout all year long, because water released from dams and/or similar impoundments is much colder than traditional freestone streams. Supinki garnered the research for this class fishing tailwaters extensively throughout the United States, and particularly the famed trout streams of Pennsylvania with his mentor, fly angling legend Charlie Fox. Supinki has also fished across many of the British Isles and also in Europe. His course will cover a wide variety of topics, including:

 

       How to best to enter the river and why

       Appropriate fly selection

       Gear needs

       Techniques for identifying large brown trout lies, and

       How to land browns when hooked

 

The class will run from 1 PM-5:30 PM on Friday, January 11th, 2019, which is the day before the festival opens. The classroom portion of the course will begin in the festival hotel conference room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites ( 11625 Lakeridge Parkway Ashland, VA). At 3:30 PM, the students and instructor will move on to the festival grounds in front the Farm Bureau Building at the Meadow Event Park 13191 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, VA..The last portion of the class will cover various casting technique that complement the material covered in class. Please dress accordingly for the casting portion of this class, as it will be held outside REGARDLESS of the weather.

Once purchased there will be no refunds with less than 30 days’ written notification. Should the course sell out, we will be glad to put you on a waiting list barring any changes or additions to the class. Students who wish to receive the course outline or communicate with the instructor may send an email to Fishutopia@comcast.net.    

The class cost is $175, which includes complimentary admission to the festival on Saturday. Minimum 4 students; maximum 10 students. Students also receive a personalized autographed copy of the instructor's latest book Atlantic Salmon-Brown Trout Nexus.     



The lecture portion of the class is done in a group; each student will receive individualized instruction from Dusty who is known for his gentle manner of teaching. Students should bring their own rods; rods can be provided with advance notice if needed. The class will meet and be held in Casting Area A and is co-ed. All classes will be held inside. 

 



Those who have been fly casting for years but long to take their skills to the next level should check out this class. Ed has written widely on casting and recently completed a casting video with his mentor and close friend Lefty Kreh. He can help experienced anglers learn the techniques that will enable them to gain greater line speed and distance in a variety of settings. Students will also learn how to more effectively cast into wind and cast large wind-resistant flies. Proper foot and arm control will be addressed.  Students will meet their instructor at Casting Area A. All classes will be held inside and students are NOT required to bring their own rods. 

 



Streamer fishing isn't just about casting a wooly bugger down and across and stripping like the devil. In fact this class will teach you that it’s no different than nymphing, where anglers need to constantly adjust weight and depth where their pattern is being fished. Selective Streamer Tactics looks at both floating and sinking line strategies, pattern designs, and the retrieves needed to match prevailing conditions. This class is specifically designed to make you a well-rounded angler, with the ability to handle any streamer scenario. Meet at the Shenandoah River classroom. 

 



This class is designed with the express purpose of teaching the student techniques and skills needed to become an effective nymph angler. Nymph fishing is commonly used when anglers don’t see any surface action even though fish (especially trout) are feeding. Jason Randall, author of books and articles in numerous national publications, is an acknowledged nymphing expert. In this class Randall will teach students how to avoid nymphing pitfalls and what to do to greatly increase nymphing success. The lecture portion of this class is open to the public and will take place in the Shenandoah River Lecture Area. Students who have paid for the application portion of the course will receive 90 minutes of additional instruction in Casting Area A. Students who register for this class must bring their own fly rod and reel outfit with them for the casting portion of the class. Only 10 spots are available.     

 


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Meadow Event Park
13191 Dawn Boulevard
Doswell, VA, 23047

Jan 12, 2019 to Jan 13, 2019
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Event Summary

The 19th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia, on January 12-13, 2019, 9AM - 5PM.  Come Join Us!

Tickets $20 (Kids Free)

Class Schedule

Advanced Fly Casting Skills and Understanding with Mac Brown - Friday (8:00 AM - 5:30 PM)

Beginner Fly Casting Classes with Dusty Wissmath - Saturday (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)

Beginner Fly Casting Classes with Dusty Wissmath - Sunday (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM) 

Advanced Fly Casting Class with Ed Jaworokwski - Saturday (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM) 

Advanced Fly Casting Class with Ed Jaworokwski - Sunday (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM)

Advanced Nymph Fishing Tactics with Jason Randall - Saturday (12:00 AM - 1:30 PM)

Advanced Nymph Fishing Tactics with Jason Randall - Sunday (12:00 AM  -1:30 PM)

Selective Streamer Tactics with George Daniel - Saturday (9:30 AM - 11:00 AM)

Selective Streamer Tactics with George Daniel - Sunday (9:30 PM - 11:00 AM)

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Welcome!

The Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is the largest event of its kind in the country and attracts fly anglers from across the United States and the Mid-Atlantic in particular. Nowhere else can anglers learn about the quiet sport in such a beginner-friendly environment. Our unique event combines fine wine tasting, microbrewery beer, and everything you ever wanted to know about fly fishing but were afraid to ask.

The mission of the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival is to introduce as many people to the sport of fly fishing as possible, and to raise the level of awareness to the many pressing conservation issues facing Virginia. We do this believing that people, who are connected to the outdoors in their recreational activities, are more inclined to protect the natural resources they enjoy.

Bring your family, relax, take a casting class, and pick up a new sport that the entire family can enjoy.

The 19th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia, on January 12-13, 2019.

The festival — the largest event of its kind in the country, drawing fly anglers from as far away as New York and Georgia — appeals to anglers of all ages and stages.

Festival attendees listen to lectures from various experts and practice hands-on skills at the two-day, family-friendly event. Several wineries from throughout the Old Dominion provide free wine tastings for those 21 and older.

Last year’s festival enjoyed record turnout, and the event was flooded with children.

Those who have enjoyed the outdoor festival environment for years can rest easy: Although the new facility will enable all vendors to be under roof, the events center is surrounded by extensive grounds suitable for outdoor classes and wine tastings.