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2024 Sowbug Roundup


Celebrating the

Elegant Wet Fly

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2023 Sowbug - Day 1


The 2024 Sowbug
Celebrating The Elegant Wet Fly

March 
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


Davyb Wotton & Vise
Classic March Brown


Sowbug Roundup Special Event


Davy Wotton - Tim Flagler Tie-Off


they will be tying the


Classic March Brown

Traditional Wet Wing Fly


Friday, March 22nd, 2024 at 4:00pm in the Seminar Room

Tim Flagler Tying

Getting the Younger Generation Involved!

The Sowbug Roundup Youth Program


- Any adult bringing a kid to the Sowbug gets in free!

- Free fly tying classes for kids!
In the Entry Hall 

- A special youth raffle - no cost - all kids win a prize!

- Dry Run Creek - a totally unique Under 16 fishery!

Nothing better than tying tying their own fly, then going 
over to Dry Run Creek and catch a fish with that fly!

Tim Flagler Camera

2024 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.

Tim Flagler Camera

2024 Sowbug Roundup Special Guest

Tim Flagler


Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although he produces video programs over a wide range of topics, his specialty is fly fishing. Tim is a well-known fly tying instructor. His YouTube videos are some of the best in the business and his YouTube channel, practicalpatterns.com Link to Tim's YouTube Channel currently has over 112,000 subscribers and 36 million views. Almost every week he produces a new fly tying or “how to” video which appear not only on his YouTube channel but on Midcurrent and the Orvis News fly fishing blog as well. They’re also featured on Trout Unlimited’s national website and in the Orvis Learning Center. In addition, he has a regular column “Beginner’s Masterclass with Tim Flagler” in Fly Tyer magazine, which selected Tim as their “Fly Tyer of the Year” in their Winter 2022 issue. Many of Tim’s tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.


Tim’s a fixture at the Fly Fishing Shows - giving presentations, teaching classes and often as a Featured Tier. He enjoys guiding year round for South Branch Outfitters (formerly Shannon’s Fly & Tackle)in Califon, NJ. and hosts annual trips to Patagonia in the spring and to the Kootenai River in MT in the summer. He’ll be hosting trips to Iceland starting in the fall of 2024 or 2025.


Sowbug Roundup Hotel Special Rates

Several area hotels have announced a special Sowbug Roundup nightly rates. YOU MUST CONTACT the hotels directly at the phone numbers below to get these rates:

 

Ramada Inn – 870-277-1790

Single - $65; Double - $70

 

Quality Inn & Suites – 870-424-9000

$97.00 until 1/15/2024

 

Mountain Home Inn – 870-425-6001

Single - $45; Double - $50

 

Super 8 – 870-451-8998

Single - $55; Double - $60

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.


HOLD the DATES

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