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Photo of Duke Davis with a Yellow Eyed Rockfish caught aboard the Hot Ruddered Bum at Healing Towers in Alaska.


Q: Sporting and other events have been cancelled in surrounding states. How are you able to operate this year?

A: Each individual state is following its own set of health guidelines in coordination with its own health department and the Centers for Disease Control. Currently Virginia is in Phase 3 of its pandemic reopening plan, in which the Virginia Fly & Wine is able to operate safely with reduced occupancy, social distancing, and other safety measures in place in accordance with state guidelines.

Q: Will I be required to wear a mask?

A: Yes. All festival staff, instructors, vendors, and attendees are required to wear masks in accordance with state health mandates unless eating or drinking.

Q: Are there any exceptions to the mask mandate?

A: No. According to Virginia Governor Northam’s mandate, all are required to wear masks except when eating or drinking.

Q: I have a health condition that prevents me from wearing a mask. May I come without a mask?

A: Sadly, no. If you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, we respectfully request that you forego our 2021 event and pencil us in for next year. We will miss you, but because the Virginia Fly & Wine is not considered an “essential business” like a grocery store, we are not permitted to grant access to members of the public who cannot wear masks because of health concerns. (Clearly the people who determine what is “essential” are not anglers!) This is a state directive, and we are obligated to follow it. No person without a mask shall be permitted to enter the festival, and all attendees must wear masks while at the festival.

Q: What other steps are you taking to keep folks safe?

A: To ensure our festival vendors and attendees remain healthy and safe, you will notice that:

  • our aisles are wider this year.
  • we have eliminated speaker areas to ensure social distancing.
  • we are limiting admission, and once we reach maximum capacity, attendees will be admitted as available.
  • we have multiple sanitation stations set up for attendees–with disinfectant that is in compliance with CDC standards and non-toxic, because we want you back next year, too!

Q: In the past the Virginia Fly & Wine has offered free classes as well paid specialty classes. Will you offer these again?

A: Yes! Our classrooms are larger and our paid classes are scaled back to ensure social distancing. All classes are offered on a first come, first served basis. All casting classes will be held outside regardless of the weather.

Q: Will you continue to offer complimentary wine tastings?

A: Yes. Patrons 21 years of age and older may enjoy limited tastings of wine and spirits. The tasting process will look different: All items used for tastings will be disposable. For a complete description of this year’s wine and spirit tastings, please see the winery section of the website.

Q: Will you continue to offer your signature curated foods?

A: Yes. A limited number of specialty food vendors will be onsite with items for purchase. All vendors will have been cleared for compliance by the Virginia Department of Health.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: Yes.  Your dog must be leashed, and you are required to clean up behind your fur baby and keep him or her under control at all times.

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