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Fly Fishing Festival Teaches Fishers of All Skill Levels

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Nationally recognized casting instructors are at the festival to give some firsthand casting advice - whether it be for beginners or experts. Nationally recognized casting instructors are at the festival to give some firsthand casting advice - whether it be for beginners or experts.

Organizers are expecting more than 2,000 people to come out to the annual Fly Fishing Festival in Waynesboro. They say it's an event for everybody - whether you're a fly-fishing expert or you've never put fake bait on a hook.

Pete Robertson spent time at the festival learning how to fly-cast - a skill he hopes to soon teach himself - as a certified casting instructor. As a volunteer for Project Healing Waters and a Vietnam veteran, Robertson says it's important he have something to offer to young veterans returning to America.

"I think they need to have somebody in there for them because when the Vietnam veterans came home really, we just came home to nothing," he said.

Robertson says fly fishing is a great hobby for veterans because it calms the mind.

But at Saturday's casting session - there was no river in sight. Robertson's casting instructor says it's better to learn the basics on land first.

"It's kind of like taking a tennis lesson where you learn how to hold the racket, where you learn the movements that are involved and you may not be playing a game, a tennis game while you're doing that," said fly casting instructor Bob Stouffer.

Nationally recognized casting instructors are at the festival to give some firsthand casting advice - whether it be for beginners or experts.

"Everything you can imagine from how to fish for brook trout like we have in the Shenandoah National Park to how to fish for salmon in Canada or stripers on the Chesapeake Bay," said Beau Beasley, event organizer.

Robertson says he can't wait to master the skill - and he hopes he's not the only one that benefits.

"I have quite a lot of respect passion for the young veterans that are coming back and have injuries and i think they need to have something in there for them," he said.

The event continues till 5 p.m. Sunday.

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