Mountaineer to host Fly Fishing Festival

— The Mountaineer is excited to host the First Annual Adirondack Fly Fishing Festival on Saturday, July 13.

The Adirondacks are home to some of the nation’s best fly fishing, and this festival will give anglers of all abilities the chance to hone their skills and demo new equipment on our beautiful local waters. Free ECHO rod demos, free casting clinics led by local guide Ken Kalil, and local fly tier demonstrations will take place all day at The Mountaineer from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. No registration is required for the free demos and clinics - just show up ready to have a good time!

Those looking for more in-depth instruction can register for the all-day Fly Fishing School led by local guide and Federal of Fly Fishers Casting Instructor Stan Oliva. Stan will cover the basics of equipment, fly selection and fishing knots. Half of the day will be spent in the classroom and half will be spent outside practicing casting techniques, including the overhead cast, false cast and roll cast. Pre-registration is required for the Fly Fishing School. The price for this full-day of instruction is $100. More detailed registration information is available at mountaineer.com/fly-fishing-festival.

The Festival will cap off with a fly fishing film and reception at the Keene Arts Playhouse, located on Route 73 in Keene (between Stewart’s and Town Hall). Don’t miss the screening of “SOULFISH 2,” by Mikey Wier, a Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador. Tickets are $10 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Au Sable and Boquet River Associations. Refreshments will be provided. There will also be a raffle of gear provided by our sponsors, including Patagonia, The Drake, Loon Outdoors, ECHO, Cortland, Ex Officio and Chota.

For more information, contact Vinny McClelland (vinny@mountaineer.com) or Holly Blanchard (holly@mountaineer.com).

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