So what is the Lovefest?
THE STREAMER Lovefest is our Celebration of Big Flies, Big Rods and Big Fish: particularly big brown trout.
Every year devotees of streamer fishing come to Cotter from all over the US at the end of January, looking for White River brown trout, and the chance to hang out with some of the best in the game. The Lovefest will held from 6.30 pm January 27, 2018.
Once again we have assembled some of the best and most entertaining streamer talent in the country. The 2018 bill includes from the Godfather of Modern Streamer Fishing Kelly Galloup, returning for the third time; fellow Michigan icon Russ Maddin; Angler’s Choice Flies’ Michael Schmidt who has done much to fuel the explosion in streamer design.
Our own designers and guides Chad Johnson (Umpqua Feather Merchants), Alex Lafkas (Catch Flies) and Steve Dally (Rainy’s Flies) will be tying, alongside video guru Brian Wise and Missouri guide and buddy Jeff Trigg. Coming from futher afield are blogger and guide Dave Hosler, and streamer designer Allen “Socks” Broyhill.
Newcomers to the tying roster this year are our great friend and Dally’s guide Jason Loyd, Canadian tier Nick Groves who has been spreading the big fly gospel across the border after 3 trips to the Lovefest; and Chicago based guide and fly designer Austin Adduci. CHECK OUT ALL THE TYER BIOS HERE
Our regional Farbank brands team will be set up with their trailer full of the latest and greatest for you to test for their Sage RIO and Redington Demo Day from 9 til 5 on the 27th. They will be having giveaways, casting the newest sticks from Sage and Redington (not just streamer rods) and conducting rod tuneups with a huge full range of RIO lines on reels. Bring along your rod and find the best RIO line to suit your cast, your fishing tasks and your favorite rod
The real fun starts at 6.30 pm when doors open: This is no stuffy tying demonstration: interaction between tyers and attendees is encouraged. The one fly per shift rule means tyers , aren’t stuck behind the vise, are spending plenty of time mingling with the crowd and answering questions, trading yarns and generally having fun.
This year’s food is going to be a delicious pork filled Gumbo and Rice from KT’s BBQ in Gasville: plenty of spicy warmth with mucho pulled pork and homemade andouille sausage, just right for a winter’s events. Rob Williams from Shawnee-Supreme Boats in Midway gets huge kudos from us, not only building the boats we fish out of but sponsoring the evening’s dining.
Every fly tied goes into a serious streamer fly box, this year from Montana Fly Co, which is the main prize in the raffle. Yeti have been huge in donating some awesome coolers as prizes for the past 3 years, and a huge part in us raising over $2000 for river conservation. Our other vendors normally offer up some other serious contributions for the raffle.
As well we probably have the best schwag bags of any show in the country that make it worth arriving early. Around the first 100 through the door will get bags, then we normally set some aside for random drawing during the evening.
In conjunction with the event, we also have a very popular series of classes and events during January, for some quality learning.
January 20: Chad Johnson Streamer Fishing Class $250. Class Full
January 27 am: Kelly Galloup Tying Class $50. Class Full
January 27 pm: Mike Schmidt. Class Full.