Inaugural Thunder Valley Fly & Wine Expo this weekend

George Thwaites • May 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Raising money for the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is always a good thing.

Doing it while enjoying fly fishing lore and fine wine makes a good thing better.

The inaugural Thunder Valley Fly & Wine begins tonight with a $50-per-plate dinner with fly fishing celebrities Jeffrey Cardenas, Bob Clouser, Blane Chocklett and Beau Beasley at the Bruton Smith Building at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The gates open at 9 a.m. for Saturday’s big Fly & Wine Expo at Bristol Motor Speedway’s Hospitality Village. A full day’s activities are in store, including casting clinics and competitions, fly tying demonstrations and various angling lectures by an impressive assemblage of angling luminaries in addition to Friday’s dinner guests.

One of my personal favorites: Walt Cary, who will be tying The World’s Greatest Poppers (and they are!)

Cost is $10 per ticket. A bundle ticket — which also includes entry to the wine garden — is $30.

Guide Mike Adams of Mahoney’s Sportsman’s Paradise, who’ll be putting on a fly tying exhibition at 5 p.m. Saturday, has been fly fishing the South Holston tailwater this week.

“The river has kind of had it’s ups and downs, but it’s still fishing relatively well,” Adams said. “One day it’s wonderful and the next day you’re just wondering.”

To read about Adams' recommended fly patterns as well as tips for area bass anglers, see The Fishing Report in the May 3 edition of the Kingsport Times-News

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