Southeast’s largest fly-fishing event returns to Ag Center

November 23, 2015

The 7th Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo is set for Dec. 4 and 5, 2015 at the WNC Agricultural Center. This two-day fly-fishing extravaganza provides anglers a forum to sharpen their skills and learn about the latest innovations in their sport. It’s become the Southeast’s largest event for fly-fishers, averaging more than 1,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.

The expo will feature local fly shops, conservation organizations, professional fly-fishing instructors and guides as well as fly tying demonstrations during the event.

This year’s featured speakers will be renowned fly fishing experts addressing the distinctive tactics for fly-fishing, from fresh to salt water strategies. Speakers include: Orvis’s Tom Rosenbauer, former U.S. Fly Fishing team’s George Daniel, renowned fly tyer and angler Michael Schmidt, Musky fly fishing expert Chris Willen, Davidson River Outfitter’s Kevin Howell, Asheville’s own Tenkara fishing expert John Miko and Trout Unlimited’s Damon Hearne. 

A 3,200 square-foot indoor casting pond will be available to participants to work with professional fly casting instructors to improve their casting skills. Hands on fly tying clinics will be available throughout the event for all attendees, sponsored by the Hilltop Fly Tyers. 

Hours for the 7th Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo will be Friday, Dec. 4 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 16 years of age and younger. Free Saturday admission with Friday ticket purchase.

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