Virginia Fly fishing Festival
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From our humble beginnings in the spring of 1999, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival has grown to the largest event of its kind in the Old Dominion. We routinely draw attendees and vendors from as far away as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. We even have lodge owners and guides who come from as far away as Montana and Alaska to be a part of the festival.
This one-of-a-kind event builds relationships between anglers, pro-environment groups, and small businesses, all with the goal of promoting conservation in and around the state. The festival was originally funded in its entirety by Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc., an organization committed to supporting business growth in the area of Waynesboro. Since the South River is one of the only urban trout fisheries in the state, the thought of a fly fishing festival held on its banks made perfectly good sense. Thus the VFFF was born to draw attention to the needs of the South River and to introduce sportsmen to all that Waynesboro and its environs had to offer them.
After funding the event for two years entirely on its own, Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc. invited other businesses to join them in sponsoring the event in the hope that the festival would in time become self-sustaining. We are now proud to have a host of sponsors who have joined our team and we ask that you support their business in turn.
After expenses are paid from the festival a portion of the net proceeds goes the support of stream repair work on the South River, a waterway that has been damaged by industrial pollution in times past. The remainder of net proceeds are used to promote the following year’s festival. As far as we know, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is the only event of its kind in the country.
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