Ready to cast your line? Don’t miss the inaugural Appalachian Fly Fishing Festival in Thomas, WV

THOMAS — The inaugural Appalachian Fly Fishing Festival will celebrate fly fishing and the region’s beauty, bringing together enthusiasts and novices alike for a weekend full of free activities, education, and community spirit.

The vibrant mountain town of Thomas, West Virginia, is gearing up to be the center of attraction for anglers and outdoor lovers as it welcomes the Appalachian Fly Fishing Festival from May 31 to June 2, 2024.

The event is orchestrated by natives Tyler Waldo and Robby McClung. Their shared admiration for fly fishing and West Virginia’s natural beauty sparked the creation of the AFFF, a festival that looks to celebrate the region’s angling opportunities and abundant natural resources.

The festival kicks off Friday, May 31, with a meet and greet at Randolph’s in Thomas, followed by two days of free public access to casting clinics, fly tying demonstrations, vendor exhibits, great food, and crafts. A special ticketed fundraiser on Saturday evening will feature a collaborative dinner and raffle opportunities. Closing the festival will be a casting clinic geared toward beginners, followed by a kid’s Fly Fishing Rodeo on Sunday, June 2, on Thomas Lake above the spillway.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to not only offer the chance to learn how to fly fish but also to educate an appreciation for the resources where we live,” Waldo said.

McClung echoed this enthusiasm, saying, “I’m excited for a reason to fish, to share one of my passions with others, and hopefully to inspire new anglers.”

For more information about the Appalachian Fly Fishing Festival and details on how to participate or attend, please go to or contact Waldo at

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