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Classes

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A variety of both paid and free classes will be offered at this year’s 17th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival. Unless otherwise noted, all classes and lectures mentioned in the festival program are included in the admission fee. This includes all Family Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Classes (3FC). All Boy Scout Fly Fishing Merit Badge Classes are also provided free of charge to active and participating Boy Scouts.

 

Free Classes

Ladies-Only Beginner Fly Casting Classes by Kiki Galvin. This women-only class is suitable for novice and beginner fly anglers, and for children as young as 14. The instructor will cover basic casting techniques and everything a newbie needs to know to be successful on the stream. Not a novice but in need of a few pointers to get you back on track? Then this class is also for you. Kiki Galvin, owner of Ms.Guided Fly Fishing Services, is a longtime professional guide with 13 years of experience on the water leading her clients to fish. If you’re a lady angler looking for solid instruction in a non-threatening environment, this is the class for you. Lectures will be done in a group, and each student will receive individualized instruction.  Students should bring their own rods; rods can be provided with advance notice. The class will be held outside, so please dress accordingly. Students can meet their instructor at the Class Registration table near the main entrance. Class: 9:30-10:30 AM 3:00-4:00 PM Saturday & Sunday.

Family Fly Fishing Classes (3FC) by Paul Kearney. Want to give you child and the whole family a friendly and engaging introduction to fly fishing? This is it! Paul Kearney, head instructor for Trout Unlimited Tri-State Conservation and Fishing Camp, and some of his aides will offer group fly fishing classes suitable for families throughout the weekend. Students will learn the basics of fly fishing, fly casting, fishing etiquette, and tips like how to safely handle fish. All materials will be provided free of charge; families need to contact the instructor to ensure that enough materials are available. Students and their parents should meet at the TU Tri-State Conservation booth. Please register yourself and your kids by contacting Paul at wccanoe@gmail.com. Class: 11 AM and 2 PM Saturday & Sunday.

Boy Scout Merit Badge Classes. Do you have a Scout who needs his Fishing or Fly Fishing Merit Badge? The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), in collaboration with the VFFF and Take Me Fishing.org (http://takemefishing.org/), will offer the Merit Badge classes at no charge exclusively to active and participating Scouts. Students will rotate through a day-long program that exposes them to a variety of topics from casting to fly tying, all of which will be taught by BSA-certified instructors. The class is free, and Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to the festival. Please register for the class by contacting Pete Adams at PAdams@stratsight.com.

Free Fly Tying Instruction. Fly tying instructors from both the Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Belvoir Programs of Project Healing Waters will be on hand all weekend to introduce attendees to the art of fly tying. Both children and adults will have the opportunity to sit down at a fly tying bench and learn for themselves just how easy and entertaining fly tying can be. No experience is needed, and all materials and instruction will be provided free of charge through a collaboration between PWHFF volunteers, the VFFF, and Take Me Fishing.org (http://takemefishing.org/). This will be done throughout the course of the weekend.

 

Paid Casting Classes

Beginner Fly Casting Classes with Wanda Taylor. This co-ed class is for beginners with little to no experience fly fishing. Wanda Taylor, the country’s first female Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Master Casting Instructor and a Temple Fork Outfitters advisor, is known as much for her warm and comfortable disposition as she is for her outstanding casting ability. 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 be held outside but will meet by the registration table next to the admission gate. All classes will be held outside, so please dress accordingly. Limit 10 students per class. Class: 9:30-11:30 AM Saturday & Sunday.

Beginner Fly Casting Classes with Bob Clouser. This co-ed class is perfect for those just entering the sport, for more mature beginning casters, and for those with injuries that may have prevented them from fly casting in the past. Over the years acclaimed author and angler Bob Clouser has developed a non-traditional fly casting technique that uses an inverted loop, which improves accuracy and allows anglers to cast larger flies more easily. 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. The class will be held outside but will meet by the registration table next to the admission gate. All classes will be held outside, so please dress accordingly. Limit 10 students per class. Class: 1:00-3:00 PM Saturday & Sunday.

Advanced Casting Classes with Ed Jaworowski. 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 is currently working on 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 need to come prepared to do a great deal of casting after the lecture portion of the class. Students will meet at the class registration booth next to the admission counter. This class will continue outside, so please dress accordingly. Limit 10 students per class. Class: 10 AM-12:30 PM Saturday & Sunday.

Want to suggest a paid class you’d like to see that isn’t offered? We want to hear from you! Please contact us at director@vaflyfishingfestival.org.

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