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So Fly Fest- May 6-9, 2021

We are so excited to bring back the So Fly Fest!  Voted runner up in the best Fly-Fishing Event category in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, this is a great festival that focuses on fly-fishing, fellowship, and fabulous food!  This event also supports Project Healing Waters.  We have an online auction site that will go live for bidding on April 30th at midnight.  Please contact Kate if you have an item you wish to donate to the auction.

See below for the schedule of events.  If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact Kate Loeffler at kate@gristmillsquare.com.  Thank you!

Schedule of Events :

Thursday, May 6
Check-In day

Dine around area restaurants.  Reservations suggested. 


Friday, May 7
All Day Self-Guided and Guided Fishing (see below for locations and guide list)

7:30am - Self-Guided Fishing at Cascade Gorge (Omni Homestead)
9:00am – Guided Float and Fish with Wesley Hodges – 8 hour trip along the Jackson River with lunch - 2 spots left!
10:00am - Fly-Tying: Intro to Critter Changers
1:00pm - Self-Guided Fishing at Cascades Gorge (Omni Homestead)
4:00pm – Fly-Casting Clinic with Justin Fishbach at Gristmill

5:30pm  - Cider Tasting with Troddenvale Cider at Gristmill

 

Saturday, May 8
All Day Self-Guided and Guided Fishing (see below for locations and guide list)

6:15am-Sunrise Yoga with Terry
7:30am -Self-Guided Fishing at Cascades Gorge (Omni Homestead)
8:00am-Special Guided Fly-Fishing excursion at "Big Trout" (upper Jackson)
 - SOLD OUT
8:00am-Fly-Casting Clinic with Justin Fishbach at Gristmill
9:00am – 
Guided Hike (Poor Farm to Hidden Valley) and optional self-guided Fly-Fishing
9:00am – Guided Float and Fish with Wesley Hodges – 8 hour trip along the Jackson River with lunch - 2 spots left!!
10:00am-Fly-Casting Instruction/Bag Lunch/Fly-Fishing at Fort Lewis Lodge - SOLD OUT
1:00pm - Self-Guided Fishing at Cascades Gorge (Omni Homestead)
2:00pm – Wine Tasting/Food Pairing at Rock Roadhouse Winery
4:00pm -Fly Tying: Intro to Foam Cicadas
8:00pm-Fireside Chat “Ryes and Good-Byes” farewell evening featuring a tasting of Catoctin Creek Rye Whiskeys


Sunday, May 9
All Day Self-Guided and Guided Fishing (see below for locations and guide list)

 

Other:


  •         Fly -Fishing supplies/retail at Gristmill Square, including Dirty Dozen On the Fly
  •         Bacova Beer Company
  •         Shopping 
  •         Spa Services at Warm Spirit Spa

 

Guided Fishing (contact each for pricing and availability):
Justin Fischbach - 540-280-3815
Jason Woods - 540-839-5935
Wesley Hodges - 910-578-5424
Kyle Chanitz - 540-598-6208
Josh Williams - www.deaddriftva.com

 

Self-Guided Fishing: 

The Cascades Gorge at the Omni Homestead - click here to sign up - fee applies

Some of the best Virginia fly fishing is offered on the beautiful private waters of the Cascades Stream. Anglers will experience a renowned trout fishing through some of the area’s most scenic landscape. Catch and release only and fly fishing is preferred.

 $50 per angler or $80 for two

  •         4 anglers per half day (daylight to 12:30 or 1:00 to dusk)
  •         Special So Fly Fest sections of the Cascades to fish
  •         Stream will be stocked the week before
  •         First come/first served on choice of section
  •         Reserved section at the end of the stream for guide use only

 

Escatawba Farms - 540-962-6487 or www.escatawba.com - fee applies

Escatawba is a carefully manicured, well-maintained fly-fishing haven with an abundance of heavy rainbow, brook, and brown trout.  Located 32

miles south of Warm Springs, this is a wonderful all-day excursion.  Book this trip and let the Waterwheel pack a picnic lunch for you to take on

your trip.  Call them directly or book online.


Hidden Valley Recreation Area
 - free


Back Creek/Blowing Springs - free

Tomahawk Ranch - fee applies

 

Transportation Services:

Get to and from these activities or your dinner reservations by calling the following transportation providers:

B&L Mountain Safe - 540-968-3335
Don Brady - 540-255-4046
Rolf Brunner - 540-960-1275