10 Years of Summer Celebration at the AMFF

The 10th annual AMFF Fly Fishing Festival returns to beautiful Manchester, VT on August 12th this year from 10 am until 4 pm. This is our signature event of the summer- a growing event that showcases the joy of fly fishing with vendors, demonstrations, and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport. Come enjoy fly tying and casting demonstrations, food vendors and lessons. Try your hand at casting vintage rods, learn how to tie a saltwater fly, and mingle with likeminded people as you share the taste and joy of the great outdoors. Keep checking our event page for updates on vendors, guest fly fishing and fly tying instructors, performers, and much more.

FREE ADMISSION

Fly Tying and Casting Instruction

From beginner to expert, our tiers will have something for everyone. Enjoy casting lessons with local legend Paul Sinicki and a special fly casting demonstration on casting to trout with Patagonia and Scott Fly Rods pro, Rachel Finn at 11:30.

  • Kelly Bedford
  • Greg Brown
  • George Butts
  • Mike Hulvey
  • Rhey Plumley
  • Brian Price
  • Kevin Ramirez
  • Mike Rice
  • Chris Samson
  • Paul Sinicki
  • Bill Sylvester
  • Ryan Whitney

Festival Vendors

  • Andrew Thompson Art
  • Big Kev’s Guide Service
  • Blue Boot Farm
  • Casting For Recovery
  • Carlson Rod Company
  • Classic Fish Art
  • Dave Foley Sporting Books
  • Dave Morse Fine Art
  • Deerfield Fly Shop
  • Douglas Outdoors
  • Finn Utility
  • Gameskeeper's Bookshelf
  • Icy Palmer
  • JH Becker Rodworks
  • JP Ross Fly Rods
  • Keith Schonbrun
  • Larson Farm Gelato
  • Mad River Distillers
  • Mark Usyk
  • Moonlight Cookies
  • Outdoor Memories
  • Raven’s Den Steakhouse
  • Run Amok Maple
  • Samantha Aronson Art
  • Shacksbury Cider
  • Scott Fly Rods
  • Sunny Brook Nets
  • Taf Schaefer Design
  • The Classic Fly Fisherman
  • The Lemonistas
  • Trout Power
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Vermont Fish & Game
  • Why Knot Fishing

Do YOU Have What it Takes?

The Douglas Upstream is a perfectly packable rod for all of your ultralight adventures and the great folks at Douglas are giving one away to the winner of our fly casting accuracy competition. Cast, win, and make Vermont small streams your playground.

Food

Raven's Den Steakhouse

Raven's Den restaurant is a dream realized for ACF "Vermont-Chef-of-the-Year," Edward St.Onge. For more than 30 years, Certified Executive "Chef Ed" has honed his skills as a dynamic food stylist at several of Vermont's premiere restaurants and now brings his skills to the resort town of Manchester Center, Vermont.

At 1 p.m. Chef Edward St. Onge will be holding a demonstration on how to prepare shellfish and a variety of sauces to go with your seafood.

Mio Bistro Mobile

The popular Manchester area food truck owned by Leo Ledoux and Beverly Bee will make a stop at the AMFF's 10th annual Fly Fishing Festival. After trading in tables and chairs for the freedom of the open road, the pair specializes in putting together amazing locally sourced organic pizza and lunches including the Big MacLeo, a riff on the popular fast food sandwich with a similar name.

Live Music

Kelly Ravin

Kelly Ravin plays gritty rock and roll. Equally at home in backcountry bars & big city clubs, his skills as an instrumentalist are outshadowed only by his gifts as a songwriter. Raised in rural Maine and residing in Vermont, Ravin rose to prominence as a driving force behind Waylon Speed, an “underground outlaw dirt rock” band the Washington Post called “a cross between Metallica and the Lumineers, with an unnecessary dash of Prince showmanship.” Glide Magazine and Seven Days provided probably-better touchstones, comparing the band to My Morning Jacket, Waylon Jennings, and Motörhead. The band hit the road hard, sharing the stage with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, My Morning Jacket, Junior Brown & Futurebirds.

As members of Waylon Speed shifted focus to other endeavors, Ravin focused on his solo work. His music finds itself squarely in the rock and roll tradition, with early influence from acts like The Drive By Truckers and Steve Earle; and modern resonance with the alt-country resurgence led by Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell and others.


Vendor Signup

There is still time to represent your brand at our Fly Fishing Festival, registration closes July 28th.

Last year over 700 people attended our festival!

  • Every year more people hear about and attend the AMFF Fly Fishing Festival. Promote your business during peak visitation to Manchester, Vermont. Both the Manchester Sidewalk Sales and the last weekend of the Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow being held the same weekend bring a wealth of people to the area.

There’s something for everyone.

  • Between our diverse vendors, food demonstrations, or activities for both families and adults- no one leaves without a smile on their face.

So much to do!

  • Casting workshop, fly tying lessons, food, live music, meet with fly-fishing nonprofits, free equipment appraisals, kid activities, and much more!

Admission to the museum is free the entire day.

  • If you haven't seen our exhibitions yet, the fly fishing fishing festival is as good a time as any. Take in a little fly fishing history and enjoy a beautiful Vermont summer day.

With the Battenkill River right in our backyard, Manchester, Vermont is an epicenter of fly fishing.

  • Rich in history and fishing stories, it is the perfect place to gather and share your love of fly fishing and the great outdoors.
Contact Peter NardiniDownload our Vendor Sign-Up Form