DAVE and Emily Whitlock will be guests of honor at the 23 Sowbug Roundup in Mountain Home next month.
The 3-day fly tying celebration is a must attend event on the national calendar with tyers coming from all over the USA.
This is the 23rd year that the North Arkansas Fly Fishers (NAFF) have put on the Sowbug Roundup. The first Sowbug had 20 tyers and 150 attendees. The 2019 Sowbug had over 140 fly tiers and over 1000 attendees.
The Sowbug is basically a fly tying show. The show floor is 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
One of the goals of the Sowbug is to encourage more people, especially young people, to become involved in fly fishing. That is why NAFF keeps the entrance fee at $10.00 per person for all three days and kids under 12 free. Every day there are 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 of every experience level. On Saturday there is hold a free drawing for kids for fly fishing gear.
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.