Fit to be Tied2:00-5:00 p.m.

The best tiers from around New England gather at the American Museum of Fly Fishing to pass their craft on to others at our annual Fit to be Tied event. For novices, we will have fly tying professionals take you through the basics of both the dry fly and the wet fly, and provide you with the tools to make your own. For seasoned fly tiers, we will have experts in different methods - from saltwater flies to deer hair flies for pike and bass - give you the extra tips you need to tie the fly that catches the fish of a lifetime.

This event is family friendly and the AMFF staff will also have a craft table set up to teach children how to make clown flies. These big decorative flies made on coat hanger “hooks” serve as a fun teaching tool.

Your Fly Tying Guides: 
  • Paul Sinicki
  • Kelly Bedford
  • Bill Newcomb
  • Kevin Ramirez
  • Brian Price
  • Mike Hulvey
  • Barry Mayer
  • Chris Samson
  • Bill Sylvester

The Iron Fly Tournament at the American Museum of Fly Fishing6:00-9:30 pm

What is the Iron Fly? This fly tying sensation, currently sweeping the nation follows the format of the Food Channel’s Iron Chef, where participants are given a mystery bag of ingredients to make some insanely creative flies. Get ready for fun twists and turns like tying a San Juan Worm blindfolded! This event is held in partnership with Pig Farm Ink and is open to experienced tiers and novices alike who want to prove that their vise has the spice. Otter Creek Brewing Company has generously donated some of their classic Over Easy ale for those who are of age to enjoy.

Winners of the Iron Fly tournament will take home plenty of bragging rights and prizes contributed by our friends at Mud Dog Flies, Scientific Anglers, and many others.

Consider a stay at the Taconic Hotel

Located just steps from the American Museum of Fly Fishing in picturesque Manchester Village, the Taconic Hotel offers couples, families and wedding parties a free-spirited take on a New England escape that is quintessential Vermont with a fresh twist. Please be sure to click the link below to access a special discounted rate of $149 for Saturday night (February 25) courtesy of our friends at the Taconic.

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Check out the photos from last year's tournament:

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