Words and Images from Ed Felker

Harpers Ferry Fly Fest

I went to the Harpers Ferry Fly Fest today and was excited to find such a neat event so close to home! The festival, held at the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, runs through tomorrow. So if you’re in the area, stop by and check out the vendors, casting instruction, seminars, fly tying demos, a fly fishing competition and more! Here are some of my photos from the day…

IMG_0024As involved as I’ve been in fly fishing it’s hard to believe that until today I have never crossed paths with fly fishing and tying icon Bob Clouser! It was a pleasure to meet him, and his seminar on casting weighted flies should come in handy in a couple weeks when I’m throwing Clouser Minnows at stripers and redfish.

IMG_0002There were two nice tents of vendors. Stop by and learn more about Project Healing Waters, talk to my friend William at Eastern Trophies Fly Fishing about a float trip, buy some flies or other gear or just chat with the guides who know more about fly fishing in this area than anyone!

IMG_0003Guide John Hayes (left) and fisheries biologist Pete Yarrington.

IMG_0005Brendan Young of the Shenandoah Riverkeeper keeps the cold beer flowing!

IMG_0006There were wine tastings from local wineries.

IMG_0010Bob Clouser shows some anglers how it’s done.

IMG_0023People gathered around for the free seminars running all day.

IMG_0040The live music was great!

IMG_0048The Shenandoah Riverkeeper.

IMG_0049Always nice to see Murray from Hunting Creek Outfitters. Murray set me up with my very first fly rod and gear back when I first started!

3 Responses

  1. You should warn people that it costs $12 a car or a person (I didn’t stay long enough to find out) to get in.

    October 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    • Dispatches from the Potomac

      It never occurred to me to “warn” people it costs money to get in. Every event like this I’ve ever been to cost money to enter, and I felt like I got a lot for the money. I actually joined as a member of Shenandoah Riverkeeper (normally $35 annually) for $20 and that came with all the beer you can drink. Plus personal attention at a great casting seminar from Bob Clouser himself, a chance to attend such similar seminars all day, all to the backdrop of quality live music. This is not my event, I knew nothing about it until I went, but I enjoyed it and wanted to let my friends know about it.

      October 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

  2. Looks like fun ( we are not fishermen), similar set-up to what we attended on Saturday ( A sled dog trade fair and seminars). And yes, we pay 10.00 per person to get in….and then we buy stuff! But we go every year, and the dogs love it!

    October 7, 2013 at 8:04 am

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