Our 17th annual AMFF Fly-Fishing Festival will take place on the museum grounds in beautiful Manchester, Vermont, on Saturday, August 10, from 10 am until 4 pm, rain or shine. This is our signature event of the summer, featuring a unique collection of vendors, including painters, appraisers, industry artisans and professionals, and other angling-related nonprofits. Come enjoy fly tying and casting demonstrations, try your hand at casting vintage rods, learn how to tie a fly, and mingle with like-minded people as you share the joy of the great outdoors.

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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: Casting competition hosted by Orvis (Youth Division new this year!)
12:00 pm: AMFF Ambassador Steve Ramirez on fly fishing and mental health
2:00 pm: AMFF Ambassador Rachel Finn discusses After You’ve Gone
3:00 pm: Raffle drawing at admissions tent

Happening all day:

Vendors and nonprofits
Free tackle appraisals with Bob Selb, Fred Kretchman, and Carmine Lisella
Casting the Classics
Local food and beverage trucks
Cast Scott Rods with AMFF Ambassador Rachel Finn
Free fly-tying demonstrations
Book signings with Steve Ramirez and Steve Woit
Children’s activities
Live music
Free museum admission

Festival Vendors

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

  • Annie Margarita Art
  • Antique Angler
  • Mark Beck
  • Big Kevin's Guide Service
  • Black Bass Antiques
  • Callahan & Co Booksellers
  • Carlson Rod Company
  • Peter Castagnetti
  • Casting for Recovery
  • Classic Fly Fisherman
  • Costa
  • Dan Daniels—watercolor artist
  • Dave Morse Fine Art
  • Far Hills Fish
  • The Forged Fly
  • John French
  • Gamekeepers Bookshelf
  • Luther Hall
  • JH Becker Rodworks
  • Jordan Mills Rod Co.
  • Kretchman Rods
  • David Lehmann
  • Milo Fish
  • Miss Mayfly Waders
  • Robert Moran Jr.
  • Native Fish Coalition
  • Pentalux Rods
  • Project Healing Waters
  • Steve Ramirez—author
  • Samantha Aronson Art
  • Scott Fly Rods
  • Sporting ASL
  • Stormtree Studio/Stephen DiCerbo
  • T.S. Alving & Associates, Inc.
  • Taf Schaefer Design
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Randy Tustison
  • Vermont Fish & Wildlife
  • Vermont Trout Camp & Broadside International
  • VK Steelworks
  • Steve Woit, author of Fly Fishing Treasures

Fly Tyers

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

  • Scott Biron
  • George Butts
  • Mark Dysinger
  • Bill Newcomb
  • Mike Rice
  • Paul Sinicki
  • Mike Stewart
  • Rich Strolis
  • Lisa Weiner

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Casting Competition

2:00 P.M.

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

Food Vendors

This veteran-owned brewery based in Bennington, Vermont, will be on hand with some of their specialty beers from 12-4.

The good folks at Cut the Pie Pizza Co. will bring their wood-fired pizza to the festival this year.

Enjoy classic Southern staples—including brisket, pulled pork, St Louis-style ribs, and a southern fried chicken sandwich—courtesy of this Rutland, Vermont, food truck favorite.

Formerly known as Better Buzz Mobile Espresso, these coffee aficionados will satisfy all your caffeine cravings.

Makers of barrel-aged gin and whiskey, Stonecutter Spirits will be here with samples of their award-winning creations.

Smugglers’ Notch Distillery has been making award-winning spirits since its founding in 2006. Sample some of their best bourbons, gins, rum, rye, vodkas, and liqueurs.

The folks at Sexy Llama Roasters are once again bringing their mobile espresso bar offerings of single-origin, high quality, ethical caffeinated goodness to the festival

Live Music

Shannon Roy brings her unique mix of music to the festival, covering songs and artists ranging from the 60s to present day hits, as well as a few originals for good measure.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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

Event Sponsors

Raffle Sponsors