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2021 Virginia Fly Fishing Festival Class Descriptions Paid/Free

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

Class room sizes have been significantly increased to ensure social distancing.

Paid Classes

Advanced Fly Casting/ Understanding Advanced Techniques with Mac Brown (Limit 7)

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. This class has limited seating to ensure social distancing, and once purchased no refunds will be offered.

Classes held Friday: 8:00AM-5:30PM. Check availability by clicking here.     

NEW CLASS! Master’s Class: Fishing Tailwaters (Limit 12)

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. Students will meet at the Specialty Instruction Lecture Area. This class has limited seating to ensure social distancing, and once purchased no refunds will be offered.  Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival.

Class held: 10:00-11:50 PM Saturday & Sunday: Check availability by clicking here.  

Bourbon & Bass Bugs with Lauren Riggleman and Gabe Beverly (Limit 16)

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 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. This class has limited seating to ensure social distancing, and once purchased no refunds will be offered. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival. Student must have alcohol ID bracelet to attend.

Class held: 12:30-1:50 PM Saturday Only: Check availability by clicking here.  

Beginner Fly Casting Classes with Dusty Wissmath (Limit 10)

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 the Casting Area. All classes will be held inside. This class has limited seating to ensure social distancing, and once purchased no refunds will be offered.

Class held: 1:00-2:30 PM Saturday & Sunday. Check availability by clicking here.  

Advanced Nymph Fishing with George Daniel (Limit 10)

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. The author of multiple books and articles in numerous national publications, is an acknowledge nymphing expert. In this class Daniel 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 the Casting Area. Please print out your receipt and bring it to the festival. This class has limited seating to ensure social distancing, and once purchased no refunds will be offered. Students who register for this class must bring their own rod and reel outfit with them for the casting portion of the class.

Class held: 10:00-12:30 PM Saturday & Sunday. Check availability by clicking here.  

Intermediate to Advanced Casting Classes with Mac Brown (Limit 10)

Taught by Master Certified Casting Instructor Mac Brown, this class is for those who have been fly casting for years but long to take their skills to the next level. Mac has written widely on fly casting and guides more than 200 days a year. He can help even the most 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 learn line management skills.  Students who register for this class must bring their own rod and reel outfit Students will meet their instructor at the Casting Area. All classes will be held inside. This class has limited seating to ensure social distancing, and once purchased no refunds will be offered

Class held: 2:45-4:15 PM Saturday & Sunday. Check availability by clicking here.  

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