Plan ahead: Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival

Now in its 16th year, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival is the only event of its kind in the country and combines all aspects fly fishing and fly tying in a family-friendly, hands-on, stress-free environment. The festival covers everything from fly fishing for salmon in Alaska to chasing humble bluegill in family farm ponds to landing stripers on the Chesapeake Bay.

16-03 Fishing actionKnow nothing about fly fishing? No problem! We’ve gathered the nation’s best fly anglers, instructors, authors, fly tyers, and guides in one place — and they’re eager to teach you everything you need to know to enjoy the quiet sport.

We want to teach your kids about fly fishing, too. Children 16 and younger are free with a paying adult, and we offer free fly-tying classes to children and adults throughout the day. A fly fishing merit badge program is also available for free to uniformed Boy Scouts.

Major sponsors of our 2016 festival include TakeMeFishing.org, Orvis, Temple Fork Outfitters, The International Federation of Fly Fishers, Green Top, Harman’s North Fork Cabins, SweetWater Brewery, and Wild River Outfitters of Virginia Beach. New this year, attendees will be able to test kayaks and paddleboards in our live demo tank so they can try before they buy.

Head for the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, April 9–10, at Meadow Event Park, north of Richmond. Numerous Virginia vintners, specialty food vendors (can you say “crab cakes”?), and live music will also be available. Admission is only $20 per person and includes free wine tasting for those 21 and older.

Outdoor enthusiasts from New York to Georgia will be at the show. Come experience the joy and discover the peace that only fly fishing can bring you.

For more information, visit vaflyfishingfestival.org.

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