THERE is a great line up of classes as part of the entertainment for the Sowbug Roundup in Mountain Home next month.
Saturday is going to be a big day, you will have to choose between Chad Johnson’s Fishing Your Fly Class and Davy Wotton’s Simplified Rigging and Effective Casting at 9am. I’d like to do both.
Then at 2pm Steve is doing a presentation on “Small Bore Streamer Fishing” for all the White River residents not just trophies.
The Sowbug Roundup run from March 23 to 25 this year and if you haven’t attended one before here is the rundown from the North Arkansas Fly Fishers which host the event. Click here for more details
“The Sowbug Roundup is a three day fly tying and fly fishing show that is held in Mountain Home Arkansas.
This is the 20th year that the North Arkansas Fly Fishers (NAFF) have put on the Sowbug Roundup. The first Sowbug had 20 tyers and 150 attendees. The 2016 Sowbug had over 100 fly tiers and over 1000 attendees.
The Sowbug is basically a fly tying show. The tiers come from all over the USA and there are usually two or three from overseas. The show floor us set up to facilitate access to the fly tyers. Attendees are very much encouraged to sit and talk to the tyer as he ties a fly. The tiers love to talk about fly tying, fly fishing, and how to tie a fly.The full name of the show is the Sowbug Roundup, a Celebration of Fly Fishing.
One of the goals of the Sowbug is to encourage more people, especially young people, to become involved in fly fishing. That is why we keep the entrance fee at $5.00 per person for all three days and kids under 12 free.
Every day we have free introductory fly tying classes. Free fly casting lessons are available every day. The seminars (included in the entrance fee) are chosen to appeal to fly fishers or every experience level. On Saturday we hold a free drawing for kids for fly fishing gear.The Sowbug Roundup is not a “vendor show” but we do have a nice selection of vendors selling fly fishing / fly tying products.
The Sowbug Roundup is the North Arkansas Fly Fishers sole annual fund raising event. The income from the raffles and silent auctions allow NAFF to finance its environmental and philanthropic activities. NAFF allocates $10,000 every year for scholarships to students majoring in the fishery or environmentally related fields.