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20th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

Jan 11, 2020 to Jan 12, 2020
Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA
Paid Specialty Classes

A variety of both paid and free classes will be offered at this year’s 20th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival. Unless otherwise noted, all classes and lectures mentioned in the festival program are included in the admission fee. All casting classes are held inside. This includes all Child/Parent Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Classes. All Boy Scout Fly Fishing Merit Badge Classes are also provided free of charge to active and participating Boy Scouts.

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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



$475.00

This co-ed class is for students with significant experience in fly fishing and is not for inexperienced fly anglers. The class will be offered in two parts, the lecture portion will be held at the conference room at Fairfield Inn and Suites in Ashland, Virginia. The casting portion will be held on the festival grounds at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia. Students will go over multiple aspects of casting from line speed, and distance to loops and aerial mends. This course will cover all the basic knowledge, skills and abilities required to pass the Fly Fishers International Certified & Master Certified Casting Course. Students will get a certificate of achievement from the instructor, as well as a copy of his latest book. Students who take this class are also given a weekend pass to the festival. Please note this is not a FFI Certification Class. Limited to 10.  Classes held FRIDAY: 8:00AM-5:30PM.



NEW CLASS!  Being at the right location with the right fly really won’t matter if it’s not presented correctly. Save yourself a great deal of time and frustration and learn from Mac Brown’s decades of guiding experience. Brown spends hundreds of days a year fishing for trout in the Smoky Mountain National Parks, and other rivers throughout North Carolina. His techniques for  rigging leaders correctly help anglers, especially trout anglers who are often fishing in tight conditions, create the right set up to present their patterns in various conditions. From casting tiny patterns in areas with heavy brush, to floating large patterns several yards, Brown can give you the inside scoop to catch more fish, by having the right set up. This small class allows students one on one time to get answers to their questions. No need to bring a rod, this course doesn’t require casting. It does require a desire to get beyond simply purchasing the latest gimmick leader off the fly shop self.  This class is specifically designed to make you a well-rounded angler, with the ability to handle various stream conditions.  Meet at the Specialty Lecture Area (Limit 8)

Class held: 10:00-10:50AM Saturday & Sunday.



NEW CLASS! Teens ages 12 and over will learn the basic techniques and skills of fly tying. No prior knowledge or fly tying experience is expected or required. Thirteen-year-old fly tying wunderkind Braden Miller, a junior pro-staffer for Norvise, Temple Fork Outfitters, and a host of other industry leaders, will teach this course and will provide everything students need to be successful. Parents are welcome to sit in the class with their teen should they choose to do so. Students will meet at the Norvise Booth and then proceed to the classroom. Only 6 spots are available. Class held: 10-11AM Saturday & Sunday. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival. 



NEW CLASS!  Adults will learn the basic techniques and skills of fly tying. No prior knowledge or fly tying experience is expected or required. Expert fly tyer Tim O’Neil, owner of Norvise, will teach this course and will provide everything students need to be successful. Students will meet at the Norvise Booth and then proceed to the classroom.  Only 6 spots are available. Limited to 6. Class held: 12-1PM Saturday & Sunday. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.      



NEW CLASS!  Did you know that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon? Sponsored by Dine, Wine & Stein, our unique, two-part course is designed for adults 21 and over interested in how distilled spirits (and bourbon in particular) are made. The first part of this class is taught by Scottish-trained Lauren Riggleman, assistant distiller and general manager of Silverback Distillery. Students will learn about distilled spirits and taste five Virginia bourbons during her lecture. The second part of this class is taught by Gabe Beverly, fly fishing manager for Green Top, who will discuss five bass bugs that Mid-Atlantic anglers find eminently effective. At the end of the class, students will take home these same patterns to “test” on their local waters. All materials for the course will be provided. Students will meet at the Specialty Instruction Lecture Area. Only 20 spots are available. Class held: 12:30-1:50PM Saturday & Sunday. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival. Student must have alcohol ID bracelet to attend. 



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 2-3:50 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 $50. Maximum seating is 50 students. This class does not include admission to the festival.



This co-ed class is for beginners with little to no experience in fly fishing. Dusty is a long time casting instructor and guide and operates the Dusty Wissmath School of Fly Fishing. Dusty is known for his warm and comfortable disposition and for his ability to connect with students. Students will learn all the basic mechanics of fly casting. The lecture portion of the class is done in a group; each student will receive individualized instruction. 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. All classes will be held inside. Limited to 8

Class held: 1:00-2:30PM Saturday & Sunday

 



NEW CLASS! This co-ed class is designed for fly anglers who have mastered the basics of fly casting but need help getting their casting skills to the next level. Taught by Master Certified Casting Instructor Wanda Taylor, students who take this course will learn more about line control, accuracy, double hauling, and gaining greater distance. Beyond the basics but intimidated by an advanced casting class? This course is for you! Students should bring their own rods. The class will meet and be held in Casting Area A. All classes will be held inside. Limited to 10Class held: 9:30-11AM Saturday & Sunday.

 



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 actionecen though fish (especially trout) are feeding. Jason Randall, author of books and articles in numerous national publications, is an acknowledge nymphing expert. In this class Randall will teach students how to avoid nymphing pit falls and what to do to greatly increase your 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 rod and reel outfit with them for the casting portion of the class. General admission to the festival is included in this class fee. Only 10 spots are available. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival. 

Class held: 11:15-12:45PM Saturday & Sunday.



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. Limited to 10

Class held: 2:45-4:15PM Saturday & Sunday.



NEW CLASS! This class is designed especially for anglers who are pursuing larger and aggressive fish, which are not easily brought to hand. Species like musky, pike, mature brown trout, redfish, and even mature smallmouth bass all respond and feed differently than their smaller counterparts. Learn from longtime guide and author Blane Chocklett what you should and should not do when pursuing apex predators. While this class doesn’t include casting, fly line management and fish-fighting techniques, as well as pattern selection will be covered.

This specialty class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the same course, or a course at the same cost the following year.

 



NEW CLASS! This class is designed especially for saltwater anglers who are pursuing three of the most common saltwater species in the Mid-Atlantic. Learn where to look for these fish and what patterns to use to entice them to strike. Find out why current, wind, and even the moon cycles have an effect on these prime fly fishing targets. Learn the correct ways to fish dropoffs, shorelines, and oyster beds, and what patterns and techniques are the most effective. While this class doesn’t include casting, fly line management and fish-fighting techniques will be covered.  Each student will also receive a complimentary Pop-N-Cork fly personally designed by Captain Gary Dubiel specifically for these species..

This specialty class does not include admission to the festival for the day of the class. Should the class sell out and you wish to be placed on a “wait list” send an e-mail to Fishutopia@comcast.net.

To receive a refund a student must make the request in writing 30 days prior to the festival. Students who cancel in less than 30 days can receive credit for the same course, or a course at the same cost the following year.


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Meadow Event Park
13191 Dawn Boulevard
Doswell, VA 23047

Jan 11, 2020 to Jan 12, 2020
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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 20th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia, on January 11-12, 2020.

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.

Refund Policy
No refunds.