Fly anglers from across the country will celebrate the 11th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing Festival on April 16-17, 2011. Held on the banks of the South River in Waynesboro, the Virginia Fly Fishing Festival is the largest outdoor fly fishing event in the country that offers on-stream instruction. Only here can you learn all the latest techniques from the experts and then walk right over to the river and try them for yourself. The festival features small-group casting classes with fly fishing and fly tying experts from across the Mid-Atlantic. Members of the Federation of Fly Fishers will help children catch native brook trout from an on-site Children 's Catch and Release Tout Pool and then release them into the South River (with the help of their parents). Members of the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders Club, the largest FFF Club in Virginia, will also provide paid spey casting classes and offer basic fly tying tips to beginners.

The highlight of the weekend is the Festival Foundation Dinner sponsored by Dominion, at which the festival committee presents the 2011 Virginia Fly Angler of the Year Award. Visit the website for ticket information and other details. This year 's festival sponsors include: Temple Fork Outfitters, Dominion, Subaru, Orvis, Hanover Fly Fishers, Augusta Health, DuPont Community Credit Union, Eastern Fly Fishing, the City of Waynesboro, Montana Fly Company, Blue Ridge Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Virginia Sportsman, Appomattox River Company, The Georgetowner, Mid-Valley Press, Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders, and Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc. There will be raffles, live music and fun for the entire family from beginner to expert angler. Daily admission to the festival is $15 per person, and the festival runs from 9 AM to5 PM on Saturday and Sunday. For more information about the festival, visit www.vaflyfishingfestival.org.