2015 Florida Fly Fishing Expo

The latest fly fishing rods, reels, line, vises, clothing and other gear will be displayed and demonstrated at the 2015 Florida Fly Fishing Expo at the IGFA Museum and Conference Center in Dania Beach, Oct. 23-24.
Event organizers say that already more than 20 exhibitors have signed on for the two-day event to showcase the newest products from Temple Fork Outfitters, Simms, Nautilus, G. Loomis, Hardy, Hell’s Bay, Galvan,Wulff Fly Lines, Carbon Marine, EP Flies, Rainy’s Flies, and. Renzetti. Expo2015-Headliners-Poster

Displays will also include retailers and organizations such as Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, Osceola Outback Adventures, Strip and Feed Research, Ole Florida Fly Shop, Project Healing Waters, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Bass Pro Shops, Fly Shop of Miami, and Casting for Recovery.

This may be the single best opportunity for suppliers to meet and chat with the most avid fly fishing consumers and our exhibitors know this,” said Tom Gadacz, President of the Florida Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF).

“We’re excited for all those who will be part of the what may be the biggest and best Florida Fly Fishing Expo in the six-year history of this event.”

Gadacz said that in addition to the displays fly fishers from across the Southeastern U.S. are registering to attend a number of skill improvement workshops presented by well-known experts like Nick Curcione (TFO Advisory Staff), Rob Fordyce (TFO Advisory Staff), Chico Fernandez, Jon Cave, Andy Mill, Alex Lovett-Woodsum, Rich Keating, Joe Gonzalez, Pat Ford, Honson Lau, Cordell Baum, Bou Bosso, Pete Greenan, David Lambroughton, Jamie Allen, and Mark Benson.

They are among more than 25 fishing celebrities who will lead hands-on clinics, demonstrations and workshops for beginning through advanced fly casters, outdoor photography, fly fishing techniques, tying effective new fly patterns, fly casting distance and accuracy, and much more. The schedule will also include workshops for women only.

Cost to attend two-day, family-friendly expo, including all seminars and workshops, is just $25. There is no admission fee for those 16 and younger when accompanied by an adult.

For more information and to pre-register for the event go to WWW.IFFF-FLORIDA.ORG

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Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival Announces New Location

Big changes are afoot for the 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival (VFFF).

“I am very pleased to announce that the 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival will be held at The Meadow Events Park, just a few miles outside of Richmond, Virginia,” said Festival director Beau Beasley.

“The new location can accommodate our growing event. Even better, it will allow us to bring all of our vendors under roof, no longer subject to the vagaries of the weather. I enjoy being outside as much as the next fly angler,” continued Beasley, “but rough weather has—quite literally—dampened festival activities and attendance in the past. At our new location, weather will no longer be an issue.” VFFF_Logo_1c

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. Organizers have deliberately worked to draw new anglers (especially women and children) into the quiet sport and reengage those who may have started fly fishing years ago but gave the sport up for any number of reasons. 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.

“Never fear: We have plenty to entice the veteran angler. In addition, the festival will continue to reach out to a nontraditional audience—folks who may not be aware of how easy and enjoyable fly fishing really is,” said Beasley. “We are also committed to welcoming more women into the sport—and especially young families. Hey, I’ve got children of my own. So I’m all for getting kids to put down the cell phone, step away from the game system, and get outside.”

The festival has activities for the whole family!  Photo courtesy vaflyfishingfestival.org

The festival has activities for the whole family!
Photo courtesy vaflyfishingfestival.org

To learn more about the 2016 Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, visit http://www.vaflyfishingfestival.org.