How to Enjoy This Year’s Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

Have you always wanted to try fly fishing? Well, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is one of the best places to learn how! Some people think that the event is just for expert anglers, but the festival’s mission is actually to introduce beginners to the sport. By teaching newcomers proper etiquette and technique, the festival is also able to expose more people to conservation efforts and the appropriate fly fishing methods.

To learn more about the Shenandoah Valley area, download By the Side of the Road’s complimentary Vacation Guide! This convenient travel planner is full of suggestions on the best things to do and places to eat. Plus, it offers a list of exciting annual events, like the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, to help you pick the best time to visit.  

Activities at the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival

Fly Fishing Classes

More than a handful of different class sessions will be held during this year’s annual Virginia Fly Fishing Festival. The programs are designed for anglers of all skill levels—from beginners to experts. Anglers can attend additional casting classes inside to perfect their form.

Novice anglers can join in on free classes like the Beginner Casting class, Teen Fly Fishing class, and Free Fly Tying instruction. If you’re just starting out but looking to get more hands-on instruction, you should sign up for the paid Beginner Fly Casting class. Seasoned fly fishers can enhance their knowledge by attending the Selective Streamer Tactics class or the Advanced Nymph Fishing Tactics course.  

Wine Tastings

This exciting outdoor festival isn’t all about the fly fishing. Local wineries will be in attendance offering libations. Because the festival aims to promote a sincere appreciation for all outdoor activities, cultivating wine grapes is no exception! Select vineyards are invited each year to share their local products. Guests that are 21 and older will receive a commemorative glass to sample the offered wines.

Guest Speakers

Learn even more about fly fishing through the many lectures that take place over the three-day event. Beginners can attend talks addressing common topics like Understanding Fly Lines and Common Sense Fly Fishing. More experienced anglers will benefit from topics including Streamer Tactics for Bass & Trout and Fly Fishing New York’s Salmon River. Food and wine lovers will want to attend the Wine and Food Pairing talk or the Micro-Brew 101 discussion. For a full lineup of lectures, check the online schedule.

Stay at By the Side of the Road 

During the weekend-long Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, make sure you stay at the best lodging in the area, By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages! With a delicious breakfast delivered to your room in the morning, you’ll start each day off right. While staying at our inn, you can easily make the day trip to Doswell, Virginia to attend the festival. Upon your return, you can put your fly fishing skills to the test and take advantage of the fantastic fly fishing spots.

Make your trip even more special and add our special Virginia fly fishing package. This addition offers a $25 gift card to Mossy Creek Fly Fishing Shop, prepared breakfast-to-go on the fishing day, and more! Add this package on when you book a stay in one of our Manor House Suites. These historic rooms have been updated to include modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, and a complimentary movie selection.

Browse a complete catalog of our available rooms and suites and start planning your getaway to Harrisonburg, Virginia today!