Fly-Fishing Festival

The 13th annual AMFF Fly-Fishing Festival returns to beautiful Manchester, Vermont, on August 8th 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, try your hand at casting vintage rods, learn how to tie a saltwater fly, and mingle with like-minded people as you share the 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

Can't make it on August 10th?

Consider supporting AMFF by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win a YETI cooler, an original George Van Hook painting, Costa sunglasses, a VestPak Parabolic Rod by Deerfield Fly Rods, Mud Dog saltwater flies, and much more. All proceeds to benefit AMFF. You do not need to be present to win.

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Schedule of Events

Join us throughout the day for a wide array of activities, including presentations, competitions, and demonstrations. From beginner to seasoned angler, our experts will have something for everyone.

  • 11:00 am–11:30 pm: Native Fish Coalition presentation: “Brook Trout: Biology, History, Lore, Fishing, and Conservation" by Bob Mallard.
  • 11:30 am–12:15 pm: Casting Demo with Pete Kutzer by the pond
  • 12:30 pm–1:15 pm: Fly Tying Competition in Fly Tiers Tent
  • 1:00 pm: Billinghurst Reel Exhibit Curator Remarks with Jim Schottenham in the Museum Gallery
  • 1:30 pm–2:00 pm: Story time with AMFF Ambassadors in Fly Tiers Tent
  • 2:00 pm–3:00 pm: Casting Competition hosted by Orvis
  • 3:00 pm: Raffle Drawing at Admissions Tent

Happening all day:

  • Free tackle appraisals by Bob Selb at the Classic Fly Fisherman booth
  • Casting instruction by the pond with Paul Sinicki
  • Author Steve Woit will be on hand to sign copies of his book, Fly Fishing Treasures
  • Plein Air Demonstrations with George Van Hook and Harley Bartlett will take place on the grounds.
  • Learn more about artist and writer John Atherton and his wife Maxine, or purchase books by and about this iconic angling couple, at the Atherton booth.

Pete Kutzer

Fly Tiers

Visit our tiers tent any time during the day to learn from some of the best.

  • Kelly Bedford
  • Scott Biron
  • Greg Brown
  • George Butts
  • Mark Dysinger
  • Barry Mayer
  • Bill Newcomb
  • Rhey Plumley
  • Mike Rice
  • Nick Santolucito
  • Paul Sinicki
  • Rich Strolis
  • Bill Sylvester

Festival Vendors

Browse goods from fly fishing vendors, authors, and local Vermont companies or chat with a representative from a non-profit organization.

  • Abe Herbaugh Pipes
  • Harley Bartlett
  • Brad Burns Fly Fishing
  • Carlson Rod Company
  • Casting for Recovery
  • Classic Fish Art
  • The Classic Fly Fisherman
  • Bruce Concors – Film Producer
  • Dave Morse Fine Art
  • David Foley Sporting Books
  • Gene Bahr's Wildlife Creations
  • Green Mountain National Forest Service
  • Matt Grobert
  • JH Becker Rodworks
  • Jordan-Mills Rod Company
  • Luther Hall
  • Miramichi Salmon Association
  • Native Fish Coalition
  • Orvis
  • Samantha Aronson Art
  • Scott Fly Rods
  • Silver Trout
  • Stony Creek Rods
  • Stream and Brook Fly Fishing
  • Sunny Brook Nets
  • T.S. Alving & Associates
  • Taf Schaefer Designs
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Trout Unlimited Youth Leadership Council
  • Mike Valla
  • George Van Hook
  • Steve Woit
  • Vermont Fish & Wildlife
  • VT Trout Camp & Broadside International

Casting Competition

2:00 P.M.

Test your skills against your fellow anglers! Sponsored by Orvis.


Food Vendors

In addition to the AMFF burger and hot dog stand, these vendors will be on hand to satisfy all your cravings.

In need of a caffeine fix or something to satisfy your sweet tooth? Look no further than the Better Buzz Mobile Espresso Bar!


Live Music

Enjoy the sounds of Chris and Neil Acoustic Duo as you stroll the festival grounds!


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Support from our sponsors has made the Fly Fishing Festival our most popular event.