The 12th annual Virginia Fly Fishing Festival will be held April 21-22, 2012. The festival is held each spring on the banks of the South River in Waynesboro, Virginia. The event features lectures and tips on where, when, and how to fly fish in Virginia and around the world. Other attractions includes wine-tasting, live music, and much more.
The South River flows through the center of Waynesboro and is home to several species of gamefish. In addition to smallmouth bass and bluegill, the urban stretch of the river hosts populations of rainbow and brown trout. The South River is one of only two urban trout fisheries in Virginia and is stocked periodically by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
During the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival, presenters use the South River to demonstrate everything from safe wading to nymph fishing. The setting allows anglers to take a class and then head straight to the river to practice new techniques. South River access points include easy walking distance from any of the bridge crossings in town or directly from the festival grounds.