A Celebration of Fly Fishing
March 26, 27, & 28
Demonstrations by 100+ Expert Tyers, Seminars, Tying & Casting Instruction
Drawings, & Auctions
The Sowbug Roundup is a three day fly tying and fly fishing show that is held every March in Mountain Home Arkansas. 2015 will be the 18th year that the North Arkansas Fly Fishers (NAFF) have put on the Sowbug Roundup. The first Sowbug had 20 tyers and 150 attendees. The 2014 Sowbug had over 100 fly tiers and over 1000 attendees.
The Sowbug is basically a fly tying show. The tyers come from all over the USA and there are usually two or three from overseas. The show floor us set up to facilitate access to the fly tyers. Attendees are very much encouraged to sit and talk to the tyer as he ties a fly. The tyers love to talk about fly tying, fly fishing, and how to tie a fly.
The full name of the show is the Sowbug Roundup, a Celebration of Fly Fishing.One of the goals of the Sowbug is to encourage more people, especially young people, to become involved in fly fishing. That is why we keep the entrance fee at $5.00 per person for all three days and kids under 12 free. Every day we have free introductory fly tying classes. Free fly casting lessons are available every day. The seminars (included in the entrance fee) are chosen to appeal to fly fishers or every experience level. On Saturday we hold a free drawing for kids for fly fishing gear.
The Sowbug Roundup is not a "vendor show" but we do have a nice selection of vendors selling fly fishing / fly tying products. ( no ginsu knives or insurance! ) The vendors come from all over the US. (The Sowbug has a waiting list for vendors).
Some of the names that you might recognize are Dave Whitlock, Davy Wotton, Duane Hada, and TFO rods.
The Sowbug Roundup is the North Arkansas Fly Fishers sole annual fund raising event. The income from the raffles and silent auctions allow NAFF to finance its environmental and philanthropic activities. NAFF allocates $10,000 every year for scholarships to students majoring in the fishery or environmentally related fields.
The 2015 Sowbug Roundup will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 26th to the 28th at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The show opens at 9:00 am and the admission is $5.00 for everything, for all three days. For up to date information check out the Sowbug Roundup web site.
Location - Baxter County Fairgrounds Mountain Home, Arkansas
Hours- 9 am to 4 pm Thusday, Friday, & Saturday
Admission - Adults $5.00 All 3 Days Children under 12 free with parent
for more information - http://www.northarkansasflyfisher.org/sowbug-roundup.html