The Iron Fly Tournament

The Iron Fly Tournament

The Iron Fly Tournament

Events at the American Museum of Fly Fishing start with fly tying classes for all levels, and conclude later in the day with a fun competition.

Events at the American Museum of Fly Fishing start with fly tying classes for all levels, and conclude later in the day with a fun competition.

The American Museum of Fly Fishing’s popular ‘Fit to be Tied’ fly tying classes and Iron Fly Tournament will return to the Museum grounds on Saturday, February 25. Classes begin at 2 p.m., when the best tiers in New England gather to pass their craft on to others at the annual event. For novices, fly tying professionals will take you through the basics of both the dry fly and the wet fly, and provide the tools so you can make your own. For seasoned fly tiers, there will be experts in different methods – from saltwater flies to deer hair flies for pike and bass – to give you the extra tips you need to tie a fly that catches the fish of a lifetime!

The AMFF staff will also have a craft table set up to teach children how to make clown flies, big, decorative flies made on coat hanger hooks that serve as a fun teaching tool for those who are taking their first steps into the sport.. The Iron Fly Tournament will be held from 6 to around 9:30 p.m. in partnership with Pig Farm Ink. This fun tournament is modeled after the popular television show, Iron Chef, where participants are given a mystery bag of ingredients to make some insanely creative flies. The twists and turns that take place during the tournament will be a thrill for experts and novices alike. Iron Fly is not about how great of a tier somebody is. It is a way to get together, have fun and show people that fly fishing is an exciting way to get outside. The American Museum of Fly Fishing will offer free pizza available courtesy of Christos’ and Over Easy ale from Otter Creek Brewing for those who are of age. To learn more, visit amff.org.

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the steward of the history, traditions and practices of the sport of fly-fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, studies and interprets artifacts, art and literature of the sport and offers exhibitions, programs, lectures and more. The Museum is located at 4070 Main Street in Manchester. Call 802-362-3300 for more information.

James Muggle of UVM ties a San Juan worm blindfolded as part of last year’s Iron Fly Tournament at the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

James Muggle of UVM ties a San Juan worm blindfolded as part of last year’s Iron Fly Tournament at the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

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