Fly Fishing Fair

October 06, 2017 - October 07, 2017

FFF Southern Council Fly Fishing Fair

OCTOBER 6 & 7TH 2017

The move to the Vada Sheid Convention Center is going to give a whole new look and a more modern facility than the Showgrounds

The FFF has brought in the Fly Fishing Film Tour to follow the Live Auction from 6 to 7 pm. The Iron Fly Contest, bring your vice thread and tools, and you are given a material assortment, is also new and a fun event.

We are working up a great booth for the Fair, highlighting the highly acclaimed new line of Sage X rods, come along and test cast all the X rods we can assemble.

Both Chad Johnson and Steve Dally are doing tying classes while Chad and Gabe Levin will be giving fishing presentations. Gabe’s presentation on the Buffalo River Wilderness will include a preview of our new video on the Buffalo River.

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2017 Fair Programs are as follow:

Friday - 9am

Fishing the Spring River. The Spring River is a natural spring fed river in North Central Arkansas. Since there are no operating hydroelectric dams on the river there is no generation and it is a viable option when they generating on the White and Norfork. Mark has decades of experience on the Spring and will tell you where and how to fish this storied stream.
Instructor: Mark Crawford
Friday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM        Location: Trout Room         Cost: Free    No Class Limit

Basic Fly Tying Class. This class is geared to individuals that have never tied flies. The class lasts about three hours and you will be tying flies when you complete the course. All materials and tools are furnished. Instructor:    Ed Hakesly
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Location: Art Council Room           Cost: Free    Class Limit: 12

Friday - 10:00 AM

Targeting Large Browns on the Norfork. The Norfork is our Blue Ribbon Trout Stream and has more trophy trout per mile than any other stream in Arkansas. Dominic spends a lot of time guiding on the Norfork, his home water. Let him show you how and where to target the big browns.
Instructor: Dominic Zametto
Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM        Location: Yoga Room           Cost: Free    No Class Limit

Friday  11am  Bull Shoals Police Auxiliary serves lunch

Hoppers in the South. Big dry flies are effective for big trout and Chad is the master of hopper fishing. Now he is using them to target bass. Let Chad show you how, where and when to target big bass and trout with grasshopper patterns.
Instructor: Chad Johnson
Friday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM         Location: Trout Room           Cost: FREE           No Class limit

Friday - 1:00 PM

Iron Fly Contest – Round One - Anyone can participate. The contest will be limited to the first ten contestants each day. A table will be set up for the contest. First 10 people who sit down with their tying stuff get the 10 slots.  Each contestant must provide their own tools, vise and thread. The contest will start with the contestants selecting material and hooks to tie a fly. They will have only 20 minutes to tie their fly. Any materials selected must be used in their fly. No hoarding materials. All unused material must be returned. All flies will be judged each day and the two winners from both days will be in a Tie Off on Saturday at 2pm. The winner of the Tie Off will get to keep all the material donated by Wapsi.
Friday: 1:00 PM        Location: Main Room
Cost:  Free        Limit: First 10 to sign up

A Simple Approach to Rigging. John has a simple but effective approach that uses a minimum of tackle to rig for dry flies, wet flies, nymphs and streamers. You only need one size leader, three spools of tippet and two knots. Let John simplify your life.
Instructor: John Berry
Friday: 1:00 PM        Location: Trout Room           Cost:  Free        Limit: No Limit

Basic Fly Tying Class. This class is geared to individuals that have never tied flies. The class lasts about three hours and you will be tying flies when you complete the course. The class is limited to twelve students and all materials and tools are furnished. There is no charge.
Instructor:    Ed Hakesly
Friday 1:00 AM - 4:00 PM    Location: Art Council Room            Cost: Free    Class Limit: 12

Four Exercises That Will Improve Your Cast. This workshop will present four casting exercises that will, if practiced regularly, improve the caster’s skill level.  The rationale and purpose of each of these exercises will be presented followed by each participant practicing the exercise. This is a “hands on” workshop with the participants doing a good deal of casting. Intermediate to advanced, participants should be able to double haul. It is recommended that the participants bring a 6 to 8wt rod with appropriate highly visible floating line, leader and yarn; cap/hat, sunglasses/eye protection. This clinic is limited to 8 participants.
Instructor:  Chuck Easterling
Friday: 1:00 PM        Location: Lawn - meet at Registration    Cost:  Free        Limit: 8

Friday - 2:00 PM

Fishing Streamers is one of the most effective methods to target large trout particularly browns. Steve is a proponent of this technique. Let him explain the nuances of fishing streamers for large trout.
Instructor: Steve Dally
Friday: 2:00 PM    Location: Yoga Room
Cost: Free     Limit: No limit

Friday - 3:00 PM

Bluegill Diaries:  new bluegill program to correspond with their new book which will be available online only soon.
Instructors: Terry and Roxanne Wilson
Friday: 3:00 PM    Location: Trout Room    Cost: Free     Limit: No limit

Saturday 8:30 AM

Wayne E and Catherine Moore Youth Conclave with Jerry Jester and his crew. All activities will take place at the Norfork National Fish Hatchery. In the morning, there will be instruction in fly tying and identifying the flies. In the afternoon, the children will move to Dry Run Creek for some fly fishing for big trout! 
Registration is required. Open to children under the age of 16. If your child is under the age of 10, we require that an adult accompany the child to this activity. You are required to transport them. Each child must bring a hat, sun screen, and sunglasses.  Inclement weather could cause the schedule to change, so that fishing would happen in the morning and tying in the afternoon.  Class offered once.  Requirement: registration and permission slip signed by a parent or guardian prior to the outing. Permission slips available at the registration desk. Car-pooling is advised.  For liability reasons, parents — please make arrangements for your child to get to and be returned from Dry Run Creek. We do not assume responsibility. 
Saturday 8:30am – 4:30pm      Limit :10     Cost:  FREE       Location: Norfork National Fish Hatchery and Dry Run Creek

Saturday 9:00 AM

Boating Safety and Etiquette. With its constantly changing water conditions and sometimes crowded waterways the White and Norfork Rivers can be challenging. Jimmy “T” is a respected boat handler who can show you the safe and courteous way to navigate them.
Instructor: Jimmy “T” Traylor
Saturday: 9:00 AM    Location: Trout Room  Cost: Free     Limit: No limit

Basic Fly Tying Class. This class is geared to individuals that have never tied flies. The class lasts about three hours and you will be tying flies when you complete the course. The class is limited to twelve students and all materials and tools are furnished.
Instructor:    Ed Hakesly
Saturday  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Cost: Free
Class Limit: 12    Location: Art Council Room

Tying Streamers with Chad Johnson. Chad is recognized as one of the absolute best streamer tyers in the area. His flies consistently catch big trout and look good. This class is an opportunity to learn from one of our best tyers. Bring your vise and tools. Materials are provided. Preregistration is required.
Sat. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM          Location: Yoga Room       Cost: $40.00 Member/$50.00 Non Member      Class limit: 8

Saturday - 10:00 AM

Intermediate Fly Casting is a clinic designed for the intermediate fly caster that would like to improve his skills and learn to shoot line and double haul.
Instructor: Misako Ishimura
Saturday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Cost: Free            Class Limit: 12    Location: Lawn - Meet at Registration

Saturday - 10:30 AM

Nymphing Master Class. Learn the essentials of nymph fishing. You will learn drift and its relation to setting up your system and the importance of indicators, single and multi hook rigs, fishing at the correct depth in relation to depth and stream speed, reading water and much more.
Instructor: Davy Wotton
Saturday: 10:30 AM    Location: Trout Room  Cost: Free     Limit: No limit

Saturday - 11:00 AM

Bull Shoals Police Auxiliary begins serving lunch

Saturday 1:00 PM

Iron Fly Contest – Round Two – Anyone except the 2 winners from Round One can participate. The contest will be limited to the first ten contestants each day. A table will be set up for the contest.  First 10 people who sit down with their tying stuff get the 10 slots.  Each contestant must provide their own tools, vise and thread. The contest will start with the contestants selecting material and hooks to tie a fly. They will have only 20 minutes to tie their fly. Any materials selected must be used in their fly. No hoarding materials. All unused material must be returned. All flies will be judged each day and the two winners from both days will be in a Tie Off on Saturday at 2pm. The winner of the Tie Off will get to keep all the material donated by Wapsi.
Saturday 11:00 AM         Location: Main Room       Free        Limit: First 10 to sign up

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass. The smallmouth bass is pound for pound the best fighting freshwater fish and we are fortunate to be in an area with some spectacular smallmouth fishing. Duane Hada is a gifted guide and smallmouth angler. Let him share his knowledge with you.
Instructor: Duane Hada
Saturday: 1:00 PM    Location: Trout Room          Cost: Free     Limit: No limit

Basic Fly Tying Class. This class is geared to individuals that have never tied flies. The class lasts about three hours and you will be tying flies when you complete the course. The class is limited to twelve students and all materials and tools are furnished. There is no charge.
Instructor:    Ed Hakesly
Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM    Cost: Free          Class Limit: 12    Location: Art Council Room

Five Casts That Every Fly Caster Needs to Know. This workshop covers five casts (presentations) that will help make your time on the water more effective.  These casts will range from those that are useful in dry fly situations to casts that are helpful when fishing from a drift boat or flats skiff to casts that are helpful in handling adverse wind conditions.  This is a “hands on” workshop with the participants doing good bit of casting. Intermediate to advanced, participants should be able to double haul. Bring your favorite rod, reel, floating line and appropriate leader and yarn; cap/hat, sunglasses/eye protection.
Instructor: Chuck Easterling
Saturday: 1:00 PM    Cost:  Free
Location: Lawn - Meet at Registration    Class Limit: 8

Saturday - 2:00 PM

Iron Fly Contest – The Final Tie-off – The 2 winners from Friday’s first round and the 2 winners from the second round will meet in the finals.  Winner takes all the Wapsi material.
Saturday 2 pm – 3pm            Location: Main Room

Saturday - 2:30 PM

Fishing High Water. High water is a challenge to the best of us. Let an experienced angler show you the most effective methods to get your flies down in the water column for the best results.
Instructor: John Berry
Saturday: 2:30 PM    Location: Trout Room
Cost: Free     Limit: No limit



 

 

 

 

 

 
 






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