The fifth Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo is set for December 6 and 7 at the WNC Agricultural Center. This two-day fly-fishing extravaganza provides anglers a forum to sharpen their skills and learn about the latest innovations in their sport. It’s become the Southeast’s largest event for fly-fishers, averaging more than 1,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.

The expo will feature local fly shops, angling organizations and fly-fishing art, while companies such as Simms, Orvis, Scientific Anglers, Fishpond, Nautilus Reels, Montana Fly Company and Sage will showcase the newest gear for 2014.

This year’s featured speakers will be regional experts addressing the distinctive tactics for fishing in this area, from trout fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains to casting for redfish in the Low Country to angling for musky in the Southeast.

The Southeastern Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is sponsoring the 3,200 square-foot indoor casting pond. Certified casting instructors will instruct attendees of all skill levels on technical casts and guide them through the course. There will also be fly-tying demonstrations and instruction from area certified FFF fly-tying experts.

Hours for the 5th Annual WNC Fly Fishing Expo will be Friday, Dec. 6 from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 15 years of age and younger.

For more information, visit www.wncflyfishingexpo.com.

Logo courtesy International Federation of Fly Fishers

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