By Patrick Straub EBS Fishing Columnist
Fly fishing is often an act of loneliness: a fisherman throws a rod in the hope of catching a fish. But there are times when sport demands, if not demands, it becomes more social. One of these cases is fast approaching.
Fly Fishers International has been an organized voice for fly fishers around the world since 1964. It is one of the oldest fly fishing organizations and advocacy groups. Its mission is to preserve the legacy of fly fishing for all fish in all waters by committing to conservation, education and the creation of a sense of community.
In November, actively participate in this community by participating in their Virtual Expo 2021. With a variety of workshops, seminars, demonstrations, film festivals, auctions, exhibitors and more, the Virtual Expo 2021 allows fishermen from all over the world to come together in the comfort of their own living room.
“Similar to fly fishing lounges, there will be vendors, breakout rooms, social gatherings and fun activities,” adds Patrick H. Berry, President and CEO of Fly Fishers International. “People can immerse themselves in fly fishing without worrying about the health and safety concerns of being in a crowded spectacle.”
“The virtual exhibit is the highlight of our year,” says Berry. “But our commitment to our mission extends far beyond the Virtual Expo. This is reflected in the culture of mentoring and teaching found in 17 area councils and over 260 clubs around the world.
Fly Fishers International often hosts local, in-person castings, fly tying and fishing lessons. In addition, FFI is also dedicated to local and international conservation efforts.
“No matter where an avid fly fishing enthusiast might be on their journey to enjoy the sport they love, FFI has the people and resources to support them while working to protect the places they fish.” , said Berry.
In addition to the virtual exhibit, Fly Fishers International recently launched an online learning center. This industry-leading learning center provides the premier fly fishing education repository found anywhere online. This exciting project offers a dynamic way to learn all aspects of fly fishing, including casting, rigging, conservation and fly fishing techniques.
“We are thrilled with the online learning center,” Berry said. “Anyone can become a better fly fisherman by taking advantage of what the FFI Learning Center has to offer. “
To learn more about the Fly Fishers International Learning Center, visit the Fly Fishers International website at https://www.flyfishersinternational.org/Virtual-Expo.
Patrick Straub has fished on five continents. He is the author of six books, including “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing” and has been writing the Eddy Line for nine years. He was one of Montana’s biggest outfitters, but nowadays he only guides anglers who value quality over quantity.