Saturday, October 6th - Sunday, October 7thFall is just around the corner and the hot days of summer will soon be behind us. This means shorter days, colorful leaves, and FALL TROUT FISHING! As the days get cooler the insects and the fish start getting active, and to celebrate we are holding our First Annual TroutoberFest!
This two day event will feature fly tyers, instructional classes, presentations, new products, tackle appraisal, special deals, and FREE FOOD! It is also a chance to get together with other anglers and share you fish stories from the summer…or hit the rivers one more time in pursuit of "the one that got away"!
If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for a class, please contact us at (607) 498-5194
Some of the highlights so far include:Loren Williams - chosen as Fly Fishing Team USA's first fly tyer in 2005 and an angling member of the team since 2007, Loren is an experienced nymph and streamer fisherman as well as an accomplished spey caster who guides for steelhead and salmon on New York's Lake Ontario tributaries. Saturday, October 6th: 9:30am - 10:30am "Fly Fishing for Steelhead" presentation; 11:00am - Noon "Experiencing the World Through Fly Fishing" presentation; Afternoon Fly Tying Demonstration. Sunday, October 7th: 9:00am - Noon "Nymph Tricks" on the water nymphing class. $50/person, limited to 4 people. Call to sign up; Afternoon Fly Tying Demonstration.Detailed class and presentation description can be found by clicking here.
Dave Brandt - an award winning fly tyer and senior instructor at the Wulff Fly Fishing School who also teaches fly fishing coursed at SUNY Oneonta, Dave will be behind the vise whipping up some of the patterns you may have seen in the magazines or his DVD "Traditional Catskill Dry Flies". Dave will be tying from 10:00am-1:00pm on Sunday, and his presentation "After The Hook-Set: How To Play Your Fish" will start at 2:00pm
Tom Zemianek - our Orvis representative who ran our Memorial Day casting competition, benefiting Casting For Recovery, will be here with the new Helios H2 fly rods. This is one of the first chances for the general public to get a look at these highly anticipated rods, and Tom will have them all set up and ready to cast. H2 test casting will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, Orvis Fly Fishing 101 classes will also be held both days starting at 2:00pm. Tom will also be hosting a free cookout on Orvis's behalf on Saturday, October 6th from 11:00am - 1:00pm
John Shaner - our Hardy representative will be in the shop offering free cleaning and maintenance for your Hardy fly reels. John is a scholar of the sport and very knowledgeable about fly fishing's history and tradition. If you have an old bamboo rod or other fly fishing gear you would like to know a little more about, bring it in and John can look it over.Sunday, October 7th: 10:00am - 11:30am tackle appraisals; 1:00pm - 2:00pm Intermediate Fly Casting Course; 2:30 - ? Fly Tying Demonstration
Eric Reed - our Beulah and William Joseph representative has also taught the two handed casting classes we have held in the spring these past two years. Eric is back again to help you polish your switch and spey casting before the steelhead season really heats up. When Eric is not on the water, he will by tying tube flies and saltwater flies in the shop, and will also have a strong selection of Beulah and William Joseph products for you to check out. Sunday, October 7th: 1:30pm - 3:30pm Switch & Spey Casting Class, $25/person limited to 4 people. Call to sign up; Morning and afternoon Tube Fly and Saltwater Fly Tying Demonstration
TROUTOBERFEST Fly Tying Contest - send us your favorite interpretation of a Woolly Bugger and we will display it throughout the weekend as a part of our Fly Tying Contest. The winner will be chosen by people attending the event, and afterwards all flies will be donated to local Trout Unlimited Chapter. For full details click here Deadline for fly submissions is Friday, October 5th
Fly Tying Material Sale - 25% to 50% off all fly tying material except tools, Whiting products, and Daiichi hooks. Fur, feathers, dubbing, thread...it will all be on sale so you can stock up for the winter ahead!
Vern Burm - Vern Burm, owner of Custom Flies by Vern-O, will be with us tying soft hackles and steelhead flies. Vern has a passion for flymphs, soft hackles, and flowing steelhead flies as well as two handed casting. He has his own fly fishing blog "Custom Flies by Vern-O" and has written numerous articles for Hatches Fly Tying Magazine. So stop on by to see him in action! Vern will be tying from 10:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday, October 6th
Jonny King - Born and raised in Manhattan, Jonny is an accomplished Jazz musician, attorney, and fly tyer. He has been tying for over 30 years, and tying saltwater flies since 1990. Jonny is known for his innovative use of materials, and has been featured in many of the top fly fishing magazines. The Delaware River system is one of Jonny's favorite places to fish for trout, and he has developed a series of patterns to help fool some of those picky fish. Jonny will be tying from 10:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday, October 6th
ORVIS Fly Fishing 101 Classes - great for the beginner or people looking to get into the sport. It has been so popular for us the past two years that we wanted to make it a part of the event! Classes will be held Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th at 2:00pm. More details can be found here