4th Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo set for Nov. 3-4, 2012
This year will have more exhibits and expert fly fishing instruction!
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The 4th Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo kicks off on Nov. 3 at the WNC Agricultural Center. Western North Carolina is blessed with altitude, clean streams, wild trout and consequently, an abundance of people who love to fly fish. The WNC Fly Fishing Expo is a two-day fly fishing extravaganza providing anglers a forum to learn the very latest news and innovations in their sport.
“This event appeals to fly fishers of all levels,” said expo organizer Frank Smith. “Whether you are an advanced angler looking for the latest gear, or a beginner who is ready to get the waders wet, there is something for everyone at this show. And we have brought in a new group of experts who will host a variety of fly fishing related programs.”
Over the years there has been no shortage of things to see and do at the WNC Fly Fishing Expo, and this year will be no different. The lineup for the 4th Annual event features even more exhibits and speakers than previous years. For those who want to learn more about fly fishing, a distinguished roster of experts will hold programs and presentations throughout the weekend (visit www.wncflyfishingexpo.com for more information.)
Kelly Galloup is this year’s celebrity presenter. Kelly claimed notoriety with his two books, Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and Cripples and Spinners, and has numerous DVD’s on tying and fishing. He has countless nationally recognized fly patterns that are sold world wide. He is also a rod and line designer for St Croix rods and Scientific Anglers. Kelly has been published in nearly every major fly fishing periodical in the country and is one of the Editors a large for Fly Fisherman magazine. He is also hosts Fly Fish TV with Kelly Galloup.
Other presenters include; Advocate Tim Landis, an instrumental figure in protecting wild fish on the South Holston River; Professional fly fishing guide, Randy Ratliff will be demonstrating Tenkara style fishing. Professional fly fishing guide and filmmaker, Ryan Dunn, a pro at sight-fishing for carp will share his expertise and Professional outdoor photographer, Trent Sizemore will give a presentation to help you with your outdoor photography. Pair these top notch programs with fly tying and casting demonstrations from expert instructors, and attendees have the opportunity to learn just about everything there is to know about fly fishing.
Nationally known manufacturers such as Orvis, Sage, Simms, Winston, Scientific Anglers and Fishpond will showcase the newest gear. Area fishing lodges and guide outfitters will give advice about where to fish; organizations dedicated to protecting trout waters and habitat will discuss current issues and initiatives; and fly shops from all over WNC will have every piece of gear imaginable for sale.
The show opens on Saturday at 9 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m., then continues on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and free for children under 15.
Saturday features a local beer tasting with Asheville’s own Highland Brewing Company. The tasting lasts from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Moe’s BBQ will be on site for lunch for the event, cooking up barbeque for hungry expo attendees.