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Mountain Home, AR

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2024 Sowbug Roundup

Celebrating the

Elegant Wet Fly

2023 Sowbug - Day 1

The 2024 Sowbug
Celebrating The Elegant Wet Fly

21st - March 23rd of 2024

9:00am to 4:00pm

Baxter County Fairgrounds

Mountain Home, AR

$10.00 for all three days. Adults with kids under 12 admitted free

All things fly tying and fly fishing brought to you by:
The North Arkansas Fly Fishers

Davy Wotton Brown Trout

Sowbug Roundup Guest of Honor

Davy Wotton

Davy is one of the world’s foremost experts on the arts and science of fly fishing the traditional wet fly. Which makes him a perfect choice for the Guest of Honor at a the next Sowbug Roundup, which will have a focus on the “Elegant Wet Fly”.

Davy caught his first fish in the early 1950’s and that started him on a life-long pursuit of fly-fishing perfection. This included everything from recreational fishing, professional fishing, fly tying materials manufacturer, industry consultant, conservation leader, fly tying expert, TV personality, guide, speaker, author, and teacher. Davy has been inducted into the Fly-Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians Hall of Fame – a well-deserved honor. Above all, Davy cherishes the friendships he has developed through decades of fly fishing and fly tying.

Through all these experiences and relationships, Davy has developed a wealth of fly-fishing and fly-tying knowledge that he uses to teach others how to improve their fly-fishing skills.

Davy will be in the featured tyer area, he will do a couple of presentations on the art and science of wet fly fishing, and "compete" in a wet-fly tie off "against" Tim Flagler. The best part - Davy will be around the floor for some good conversation.

This annual show in Mountain Home, AR is centered in one of the greatest fly-fishing areas of the world. The White and Norfork Rivers provide a backdrop for anglers visiting the show. 


The show boasts 150 expert fly tyers, over 20 vendors, every day new auctions and raffles, free seminars, free fly-tying classes and free casting lessons. The entry fee is only $10 for all three days AND if an adult is accompanied by a child, they are admitted free. One of the goals of the Sowbug is to encourage people of all ages to enjoy fly fishing. We even have a special free raffle, just for kids, where everyone wins!


The Sowbug Roundup is the work of dozens of members of the North Arkansas Fly Fishers. It is the sole fundraiser of the club and provides the finances for conservation, education and philanthropic activities.  The first $10,000 of the show’s proceeds goes toward scholarships for students majoring in conservation and/or fisheries careers.


This is the year to get away and to participate in one of the BEST fly-fishing shows in the country.  Join the attendees from all 50 states and several countries and immerse yourself in fly fishing and fly tying for all three days. See you at Sowbug, it’s time well spent.


Future Sowbug Roundup Dates Are:

2024 - March 21st - 23rd

2025 - March 27th - 29th

2026 - March 26th - 28th

2027 - March 25th - 27th

2028 - March 23rd - 25th