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21st Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

Jan 15, 2022 to Jan 16, 2022
Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA
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Paid Specialty Classes

While we advise customers to purchase their tickets in advance, (especially specialty class which tend to sell out) you are able to purchase tickets at the door the weekend of the festival. Children 16 and under are free with a paying adult, this rule applies no matter how many children are in your family.   

A variety of both paid and free classes will be offered at this year’s 21st 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. 

Tickets

$30.00

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 taught by full time guide, author & FFI Certified Master Casting Instructor Mac Brown 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.

 

This class includes a weekend pass to the festival.



NEW CLASS! Master’s Class: Fishing Tailwaters (Limit 16) Tailwater fisheries provide anglers with a dependable four-season fishery that affords anglers with consistent flows, clear water, large populations of trout, and reliable hatches. Learn the tactics and techniques to successfully master these year-round waters. A detailed discussion on dams, tailwater benefits, entomology, matching the hatch, fly selection, rigging rods, reading the water, presentation and much more are included in this class. While this is a class designed for more experienced anglers, new fly anglers would also benefit. All materials for the course will be provided, and no fly casting is involved. This class has limited seating, and once purchased no refunds will be offered.

Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.

Class held: 11:00 AM-12:50 PM Saturday & 12:30-2:25 PM Sunday in the Specialty Lecture Room. This class is held indoors.

This class does does not include admission.



New Class :So you’ve fished a few times? Maybe more than a few times but you’re still not sure what to do on the water without a guide or more experienced friend? No worries: Jen Ripple’s got you covered. Editor-in-chief of Dun magazine, Ripple has fished all over the world and brings tremendous experience to class. This specialty, guided-conversation class will help you learn to maximize your fishing options, gain independence by learning how to adjust your own rig, and select the right pattern. Ripple will also cover the differences in leaders and tippets, nylon versus fluorocarbon, and how to make those adjustments to be more efficient on the water. Students will cover gear and how to use it, whether fishing alone or in a group setting. This class is targeted toward new anglers; nevertheless, Ripple’s extensive experience in a variety of fresh and saltwater settings means that even advanced anglers will take away new information.

 

 This women-only class is suitable for both fresh and saltwater anglers. Seating is limited to 14 female students, ages 16 and over. All materials for the course will be provided, and no fly casting is involved. This class has limited seating, and once purchased, no refunds will be offered. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.

 

 This class does not include admission to the festival but does include all teaching materials and a complimentary one-year new membership subscription to Trout Unlimited.   

Class held: 11:00-12:30 PM Saturday & Sunday.



NEW CLASS! Tying your own flies is very rewarding—and lots of fun! The question is, Where do you start? What kind of vise do you need? What materials should you use? If you’re looking for answers to questions like these, look no further: We’ve got answers.

Jim Bensinger, Program Lead for Project Healing Waters at Marine Corps Base Quantico and Norvise National Fly Tying Pro-Staffer, will lead our 2022 beginner fly tying class. A demonstration tyer at events across the country, Bensinger has taught fly tying to many hundreds of students and excels at helping fly tyers develop competence at the vise.

This class covers all the basics, including thread selection, tools needed, setting up your vise, and other tying considerations and techniques. Tyers may bring their own vises and tools; however, class sponsor Norvise will provide vises and materials.

The class has limited seating; once purchased, no refunds will be offered. Please print out your receipt and bring it with you to the festival. This class does not include admission to the festival.

Only 12 spots are available. Class held: 9:30-10:50 AM Saturday & Sunday



Did you know that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon? 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 Captain Simon Valencia, co-owner of Current Culture Fly Shop, 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 Only. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival. Student must have alcohol ID bracelet to attend. 

 

This class does not include admission to the festival.

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New Class: Join author and nationally recognized fly fishing expert Tom Rosenbauer for this new class. If anglers consistently make one mistake, its believing that their favorite fly will work everywhere, and under all conditions. This is simply not the case, and Rosenbauer will explain why. Students will delve into common myths and mistakes and will learn how to assess their hatch strategy correctly. Let Tom teach you all his tricks of the trade so you spend more time fishing and less time wasted digging through your fly box. Designed for more experienced anglers, new fly anglers will also benefit from this class. All materials for the course will be provided, and no fly casting is involved.

This class has limited seating and once purchased, no refunds will be offered. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.

 

This specialty class will be held both Saturday and Sunday from 9:30-10:50 AM on the festival grounds. 

Maximum seating is 14 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. Wanda Taylor is the first FFI Master Certified Casting Instructor in the world, and has also operated as a guide for many years. Wanda is known for her southern charm and for making all her students feel comfortable with their casting abilities. 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 the Casting Area. All classes will be held inside.

This class has limited capacity, and once purchased, no refunds will be offered. Please print out your receipt and bring it with you to the festival.

 

The class will meet and be held in Casting Area A. All classes will be held inside. Limited to 8

Class held: 9:30-11:00 AM 1:00-2:30 Saturday & Sunday

This class does not include admission.

 



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 well known guide and Master Certified Casting Instructor Mac Brown , students who take this course will learn more about line control, accuracy, double hauling, and gaining greater distance. While students will be taught in a group setting, each student will also get one on one instruction. This class is designed to push each student's ability to the next level. Again, this class is NOT for a beginner but designed to take the individual angler to the next level of their casting abilities. Mac is particularly good at helping students improve their accuracy. Students must bring their own rod and reel outfits to the class. The class will meet and be held in Casting Area A. All classes will be held inside. Limited to 10Class held: 2:15-4:15 PM 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 action even though fish (especially trout) are feeding. Full time guide and author Mac Brown is an acknowledge nymphing expert. In this class Mac will teach students how to avoid nymphing pit falls and what to do to greatly increase your nymphing success.

This class has limited seating, and once purchased, no refunds will be giving. Students will meet Mac 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. Only 10 spots are available.

Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival. 

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

This class does not include admission. 



 New Class Join author and nationally recognized fly fishing expert Tom Rosenbauer for this new class offering. Knowing where the fish are and aren’t is the key to a successful day on the water. Many anglers see a rising fish and immediately jump to the conclusion that this is where they should place their first cast. Rosenbauer explains why this may not be the case. Students will go over basic dos and don’ts on their approach and be instructed on how to gauge what is going on in a particular body of water before making their first cast. They will learn to understand current movements as well as the effects of structure like rocks, logjams, and even shade on fishing.  Designed for more experienced anglers, new fly anglers will also benefit from this class. All materials for the course will be provided, and no fly casting is involved.

This class does not include admission and has limited seating. Once purchased, no refunds will be offered.

 

Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.

 



NEW CLASS!  Captain Gary Dubiel National Pro-Staff Member for Temple Fork Outfitters has designed this class especially for saltwater anglers who are pursuing very large Redfish. 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 Redfish. While this class specializes in tactics for landing very large Redfish, excellent information on other species like stripers and speckled trout will also 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.

Due to limited seating, no refunds for this class will be offered. This class does not include admission.   



NEW CLASS  With more than 40 years of experience, longtime guide Gary Edwards takes students far beyond the how, when, and where of salmon and steelhead fishing in the tributaries of Lake Ontario. Topics covered include hands-on learning with maps, tackle configurations, pattern selection, proper wading, drawings for water flows, and how to land your fish properly. The small class setting allows the content to be as detailed as those attending would prefer. All materials for the course will be provided, and no fly casting is involved. This class has limited seating and once purchased, no refunds will be offered. 

Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.

This class does not include admission.  

Limited to 14. Class held: 3-4:30 PM Saturday & 2:35-4:00 Sunday.      



$75.00

NEW CLASS! Wet flies provide anglers with a plethora of options for targeting a variety of species subsurface. Wet flies can be fished all year long, so having them in your arsenal gives you a distinct advantage. Some fly tiers often struggle with the techniques and materials used to make wet fliesthis class addresses those concerns. The class is best suited to tiers with some experience, and a desire to take their grow skills. Students will cover the various parts that make up wet flies, proportions, tying considerations, and techniques while creating them. Jim Bensinger is known for his ability to instruct students of varying of skills and topics—but he excels at teaching fly tying. Tiers may bring their own vises and tools; however, class sponsor Norvise will provide vises and materials. We look forward to seeing you there ready to learn this intermediate fly-tying skill

 

The class has limited seating; once purchased, no refunds will be offered. Please print out your receipt and bring it with you to the festival. This class does not include admission to the festival.

 

 Limited to 14. Class held: 11-12:20 PM Sunday Only. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.      


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When & Where
Jan 15, 2022 to Jan 16, 2022
Meadow Event Park
13191 Dawn Boulevard
Doswell, VA 23047
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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 21sth Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia, on January 15-16, 2022.

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.

General Terms
All items are non-refundable, all sales are final.