The 8th Annual Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival kicks off this weekend in Midway, Utah. Join Allen Fly Fishing and Streem Outdoors for the free event that invites anglers of all skill levels to participate in clinics and demonstrations from local and industry experts.
Classes will be held both on and off the water. Participants can also check out the more than 70 vendors, and try out “the full spectrum of fly rod types available on the market today….” Once you’ve selected your weapon, head over to the Scientific Anglers booth on Saturday the 12th for its “Bring Your Own Rod” fly-line demo. SA is spooling up 50 of their best fly lines to help you decide which ones best suit your needs.
Finally, Utah’s Brian Bingham & the Backyard Revival is providing live music. And the International Dutch Oven Society is serving up free food. Music and meals will run Friday evening only, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.