THE STREAMER LOVEFEST is our Celebration of Big Flies, Big Rods and Big Fish: particularly big brown trout.
Devotees of streamer fishing and Streamer tying 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.
After a two year hiatus cause by Covid, the Streamer Lovefest returns to the calendar, on January 28, 2023. Kickoff to this free event is at 6.30 pm.
Streamer Lovefest ’23 will be honoring White River and global fly fishing icon Dave Whitlock.
Once again we have assembling some of the best and most entertaining streamer talent in the country. The 2022 bill included from the Godfather of Modern Streamer Fishing Kelly Galloup, returning for the fifth time; Swedish Sagen Andreas Andersson makes his long awaited debut and RIO Flies designer Brita Fordice joins the crew.
Our own designers and guides Chad Johnson (Montana Fly Co.), Alex Lafkas (Catch Flies) and Steve Dally (Rainy’s Flies) will be tying, alongside streamer video impresarios Brian Wise and Missouri guide and buddy Jeff Trigg.
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.
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, from KT’s BBQ.
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 product as prizes. 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.