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22nd Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

Jan 14, 2023 to Jan 15, 2023
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 22nd 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

$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 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.



$150.00

New Women's Fly Fishing Symposiums: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: this two day symposium has you covered.

Our Beyond the Cast Symposium will be offering a variety of intermediate to advanced classes for those female fly anglers that want to take their skills to the next level. The entire event is held in doors, and runs concurrently with the VA Fly Fishing & Wine Festival. Some topics covered may include:

Wader selection and safe wading practices
Advanced mountain trout tactics
How to interact with wildlife (taught by VA Wildlife Resources Officers)
Ask An Expert Anything (taught by Tom Rosenbauer)
Being a savvy shopper (think sling packs, fly boxes, selecting fly fishing outfits and other items)
Staying safe in the outdoors
Medical Considerations in the outdoors
Meet some female industry leaders panel discussion
 

This women-only class is suitable for both fresh and saltwater anglers and will have multiple national and regional instructors and special guests through out the weekend. Seating is limited to 50 female students, ages 16 and over. One of the main goals of this symposium is to empower women to become more independent anglers, and to help build a sense of community.  

All materials for the course will be provided, and no fly casting is involved. 

This class does include admission for the weekend of the festival and includes lunch on Saturday.  All teaching materials are provided and a complimentary one-year new membership subscription to Trout Unlimited is also included.  

Registration begins at 7:30 AM on the festival grounds. 

Class held: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM on Saturday 9:00 AM-1:00 on Sunday.

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



NEW CLASS! Join author and nationally recognized fly fishing expert Tom Rosenbauer for this new class. If anglers consistently make one mistake, it believes 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.

 

Class held: 9:20 AM-11:50 PM Saturday & 11:00-12:25 PM Sunday.  Check for class location once on festival grounds. This class is held indoors.

This class does does not include admission.



NEW CLASS!  Join author and veteran guide Ian Rutter as he explains the ins and outs fishing for trout and other species who often require a different approach. Larger species who act as predators to survive have been observed by Ian over the course of thousands of days on the river and in the field, and his observations are relayed in this course. Rutter demonstrates to anglers the dos and don'ts of what it takes to b successful on stream as well as when and how you should change your approach. If you're seeking an edge to this year's fishing season, or simply want to consider a different approach to landing more, or lager fish.... this might be just the class you're looking for.            

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!  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. No rods or casting is required for this specialized classroom clinic, but be sure to bring a notebook!

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



$95.00

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

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

This class does does not include admission.


Class held: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM Saturday Only This class is held indoors.

 

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Beginners Fly Tying 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 2023 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



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.

 



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. 



$75.00

NEW CLASS !   Are you a saltwater fly angler who creates your own patterns? Still need a few pointers? Then you need Allen Rupp from Fly On The Water. Rupp will teach "Advanced Saltwater Fly Tying Techniques" at our 2023 festival. The objective of Rupp's class is to move fly tyers from average to advanced. Students will leave knowing the proper techniques for tailing, collars, dumbbell eyes, stick-on eyes, bead chain, mono eyes, and so much more. Learning how to properly tie your own flies is gratifying; reinforcing them so they are durable and can withstand strike after strike saves money and earns bragging rights. Please note that this is not a beginner fly tying class. This class is designed for intermediate fly tyers who hope to take their skills to the next level

Students must bring their own fly-tying vise, scissors, bodkin, bobbin, and mono nippers. All hooks and other materials will be provided.

Special Note***  This class DOES INCLUDE admission to the festival.

 

 

 Limited to 12. Class held: 2:30 -4:30 PM Sunday Only. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.      


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Jan 14, 2023 to Jan 15, 2023
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 22nd Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia, on January 14-15, 2023.

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.