F3 Activities - What We Do:

1.    Organized gatherings.

 2.    Quarterly fly fishing trips/outings.

 3.    Casting lessons –   workshops taught by the fellows.

4.   Fly tying lessons and fly selection. 

What is F3? 

F3 stands for Fly Fishing Fellowship. We created this Christ-centered group to:  experience and share God’s love while in His creation, form life-changing relationships through Christian fellowship, build esprit de corps through gatherings, fishing trips and special events, and proactively reach out to engage others. 

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Upcoming Events: 

Saturday, March 9:  Fourth Annual Fly Fishing 101/201 at Duck Down Inn.  In partnership with the Richmond Orvis shop, this event will be an excellent opportunity to get your fly fishing gear out of the closet, dust off the cob webs, and tie into some of the rainbows and other southern lake fish that the owner has stocked in her lake!  The price for a day of fishing, which includes access to the pool house, is a mere $45!  You do not need waders, as we will fish from the shore.  You only need your fly rod and reel, and we will have loaner equipment for any newbies.  

New to the sport? We'll have fully rigged fly rods available for you to use, and it's hard to imagine a better opportunity to learn the basics of casting. In that great gray zone between novice and expert? There is nothing in the area even comparable to the Duck Down property!

This is an "open house" event— and the hours will be from 10:00 - 4:00. There’s a lovely pool house on the property where you can eat the lunch you bring.  The agenda is still being finalized, but it likely will be something as follows. You can, of course, fish on your own throughout the day. 

10:30 - 11:15  Fly casting demo 
11:15 - 12:00 Individual coaching sessions
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch - this is  "bring your own" 
12:30 - 1:00  Knot tying demo
1:00 - 1:45 Fly casting demo 
1:45 - 2:30  Individual coaching sessions

Please RSVP to David Skove at dskove@aol.com if you are coming and whether you need any equipment.  You will pay the $45 at Duck Down Inn the day of the event.

NEW FOR 2019: Saturday, March 16Fly Tying 101 at the Short Pump Orvis Store.    Connor Tapscott, who manages the Fly Fishing Department, will offer this free class on March 16th at the Short Pump Orvis store from 10:00 - 12:30.   Connor has space for 8 F3 students, and he will provide the vises, tools, and materials so that each student can learn to make one of the most essential flies on the planet ... and that is the Wooly Bugger, a "must have" fly that everyone should have in their fly box! Sign up for the class!

NEW FOR 2019Late March/ Early April “pop-up” shad fishing trip to the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg.  The date will be announced once we know when the shad are in the river.  This will be a short-notice, weekday trip and will involve wading in the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg’s Old Mill Park near the Route 1 bridge.  We will fish the rising tide, and you will need a 5 or 6 weight rod with sinking line (or a sinking tip) and some shad darts.  If you do not have any, shad darts are readily available at the Orvis shop.  

Saturday, April 6:  Escatawba Farms.  Dunlap Creek, which flows through Escatawba Farm, is a tremendous and spectacularly beautiful venue for a day of fishing for browns, rainbows, and brookies. Those of you who have fished it in the past know what a special place it is, and those who have never fished it are in for a real treat. This will be a bring-your-own lunch trip, and we plan to eat together at the stream side gazebo and fire pit. Should be a killer day that you absolutely do not want to miss.
Rod fee: $125 (paid at Escatawba on the day of the trip)
Signing Up: We’ll limit the number of attendees to 12 fly fishers, so let me know ASAP at dskove@aol.com if you want to come.

Saturday, October 5: Escatawba Farms, Encore.   This is "opening day" for the fall fishing season at Escatawba, and by that date the fish will not have seen a fly or a fly fisherman for four months.   Wrap you brain around that - not a fly for four long months.   Forget UVa or Va Tech football games - this should be an epic day on the water!  
Rod fee: $125 (paid at Escatawba on the day of the trip)
Signing Up: We’ll limit the number of attendees to 12 fly fishers, so let me know ASAP at dskove@aol.com if you want to come.

NEW FOR 2019: Saturday, November 16 at the Rose River Farm near Madison, VA.  Fly fishing for trout is great anywhere, but when you can do it in the majesty of the Rose River Valley you really have something special, looking out at Old Rag Mountain, Double Top Mountain and the National Forest while you fish for trout as President Hoover did 75 years ago. Dry fly and nymph fishing at its finest - this private stretch of the Rose River is cold, crystal clear, spring fed water that has a river rock base with very little sediment. The water is rich in the kind of natural trout food that supports a terrific number of rainbow and brook trout.  
Rod Fee: $95 (paid at the Rose River on the day of the trip)
Signing Up: We’ll limit the number of attendees to 8 fly fishers, so let me know ASAP at dskove@aol.com if you want to come. We have already pre-paid to reserve the entire stream solely for F3, so we do need a firm commitment.  

Want to learn more? Contact:  Craig or Dave for more info!