BRISTOL, Tenn. — Giants of the fly fishing world have joined forces with Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities to further the mission of helping children in the region.
Set to wet a line and sample the vine May 3-4, the Thunder Valley Fly and Wine Experience combines fly fishing and a showcase of Appalachian vineyards in a two-day event featuring an invitational tournament, dinner with some of the sport’s top names, a lunch and an expo.
The weekend kicks off Friday with a fly fishing invitational on the South Holston River capped with a dinner and auction that evening featuring of the sport's leading celebrities, including Lefty Kreh, Jeffrey Cardenas, Bob Clouser and Blane Chocklett. Cost to attend the dinner/auction is $50 per person.
Saturday’s activities include the Thunder Valley Fly and Wine Expo in the hospitality area at Bristol Motor Speedway 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Vendors from throughout the region will be on hand with an assortment of items ranging from the latest fly gear to artwork spotlighting the sport. Casting clinics with Kreh and Cardenas, fly-tying workshops with Clouser and Chocklett, seminars, casting competitions, a Fly 101 Clinic for children and other events are scheduled.
The day concludes in the third-floor banquet room of the Bruton Smith Building with a viewing of the movie “Where the Yellowstone Goes.” Cost is $10 for the Expo or guests may purchase a combination ticket for both the Expo and the Wine Garden for $30.
“Flys, Lies and Other Fishtales,” a private, catered lunch with Kreh, Cardenas, Clouser and Chocklett, takes place Saturday from noon to 1:30 at Bristol Dragway. The anglers will entertain their lunch companions with plenty of stories and guests likely will get a few tips on how they might improve their skills – or at least how to brag about them. Guests also receive an autographed photo, a commemorative shirt, entrance to the Expo and Wine Garden.
Available only to the first 25 guests to register, cost for the lunch is $100 per person.
Throughout the weekend, vineyards from Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina will be on hand with a variety of wines available for sampling and purchase.
Persons wishing to take part in the Thunder Valley Fly and Wine Experience may register at http://bristol.speedwaycharities.org/events/thunder_valley_fly_and_wine/.