Bruce Wankel, of Virginia Creeper Fly Shop (Abingdon, VA), will present information about year-round destination fly fishing opportunities in southwest VA and northeast TN. This will include the nearby trout waters of our mountains and tailwaters; smallmouth bass rivers and lakes and a little time spent on his fly fishing tactics for hybrids and stripers.
Bruce will bring his gear and tackle and fly boxes -- a great chance to learn how he rigs up and which seasonal fly patterns he turns to for the various species we fish for during the year.
Should be a great presentation, for all skill levels.
About the speaker:
Bruce Wankel is in his 20th year with his fly fishing businesses. Both the fly shop and his guide service are based out of his 2-story log home in the historic town of Abingdon, in southwest Virginia. His retail business is the Virginia Creeper Fly Shop, a full service fly fishing specialty store. Bruce also owns Trestle & Tailrace Fly Fishing, Inc., a professional fly fishing guide and instruction service with 2 professional guides on staff.
Most of Bruce’s guiding time is spent on the nationally known Holston and Watauga tailwaters in nearby northeast Tennessee. Wankel also spends time in the spring and early summer up in the high country trout streams of southwest Virginia and northeast TN. He also guides on several smallmouth bass waters in the summer and chases hybrids and stripers from January through April.