Appalachian Fly Fishing Festival Casts Its Line in Thomas, WV
November 7, 2023
/OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The first-ever Appalachian Fly Fishing Festival is set to celebrate fly fishing and the region’s beauty, bringing together enthusiasts and novices alike in a weekend full of activities, education, and community spirit.
The vibrant mountain town of Thomas, West Virginia, is gearing up to become the center of attraction for anglers and outdoor lovers as it welcomes the inaugural Appalachian Fly Fishing Festival from May 31 to June 2, 2024. Orchestrated by local fly fishing enthusiasts Tyler M Waldo and Robby McClung, the event is dedicated to showcasing the beauty of fly fishing, strengthening the community among fly fishing enthusiasts, and promoting conservation through education. Beyond uniting the fly fishing community, the festival encourages and welcomes newcomers of all ages to discover the sport.
Tyler M Waldo, a native of Upshur County and currently residing in Canaan Valley, has joined forces with Robby McClung, from Elkins, WV now living in Davis. Together, their shared enthusiasm for fly fishing and the natural beauty of West Virginia has sparked the creation of a festival that celebrates the region’s angling opportunities and its abundant natural resources.
The event kicks off on Friday with a meet and greet, followed by two days of free public access to fishing demonstrations, vendor exhibitions, food, and crafts. A special ticketed dinner on Saturday evening will feature guest speakers and a charity raffle.
Endorsements for the festival have come from reputable entities such as the Mountaineer Chapter of Trout Unlimited, P. Pendleton Chapter of Trout Unlimited, WVDEP Save Our Streams, Natives Fly Shop, The Mayfly Project, to name a few, with additional partners to be revealed.
“I’m excited to offer this opportunity to not only learn to fly fish but also to appreciate the resources where I live and love,” says Tyler Waldo. Robby McClung echoes this enthusiasm, saying, “I’m excited for a reason to fish, to share one of my passions with others, and hopefully to inspire new anglers.”
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