Fly Fishing Festival Attracts Crowds From All Over

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

Derek Drummond rode almost three hours Sunday morning with his dad and older brother Mark to come to Waynesboro.

"Because I want to go fishing," the four-year-old from Gloucester replied when asked why they made the trip.

"We just thought it would be a good day to come up and check out the fly fishing festival and see if we can catch some fish at the same time," explained Derek and Mark's father, Bart.

Now in its fourth year, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival has become quite an event. In addition to the Drummonds, organizers say they met guests throughout the weekend who had come from as far away as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

"Four years after we started this, we've now got people traveling three to four hours to come to Waynesboro to fish in our streams, to check out the Shenandoah Valley," said Len Poulin, the event's chairman.

"What that tells me is that Waynesboro is a great place to come to get into nature."

The festival is the only outdoor event of its kind in the state.

This was the first year Bart Drummond and his sons made the trip. But Dad says they’ll be back next year.

"There's not too many fly fishing opportunities or festivals in this area," he said. "I think it's great. I wish they had more of them."

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