Fly-fishing Retreat

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May 8-11, 2019

Engage in the contemplative art of fly-fishing through a three-day retreat. Local river guides from Davidson River Outfitters will teach casting techniques, share local fly-fishing knowledge, and escort participants on a guided fishing trip to the Davidson River.

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Conference Staff

Kevin Howell, Davidson River Outfitters owner and head instructor
Growing up as the son of a nationally known fly tier and fisherman, Kevin was fortunate enough to have fished in 2 foreign countries and 38 of 50 states before heading off to college. Kevin earned a BS in Technology and a BS in Education from Appalachian State University. After college, Kevin returned to the area and took a teaching job so that he could have his summers free to fish. While nearing completion of his Masters in Engineering, Kevin left his teaching job so that he could design houses for a living and have even more time for fishing. In 1997, Kevin took a job as Manager of Davidson River Outfitters. He was also helping his father run Dwight and Don’s Custom Tackle. After his father passed away in 1998, Kevin took over the operation of Dwight and Don’s Custom Tackle while remaining the Manager of Davidson River Outfitters. In 2000 Kevin purchased Davidson River Outfitters and combined the operation of the two businesses. Kevin has been guiding the streams of Western north Carolina since the early eighties and knows most of the fish on a first name basis. While Trout fishing has a special place in his heart, Kevin spends the majority of the year fishing and guiding for Smallmouth Bass. Kevin has also put his vast knowledge of the sport into developing our school curriculum, and is also a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor. Kevin is also a nationally known fly tier and is currently the Fly-Tying Editor for Fly-Fishing the Mid Atlantic States. He has also had several of his original patterns published in various magazines as well as being produced by some of the national tying companies. When not guiding or tying flies, Kevin can be found off in the far corners of the world hosting a trip, or looking for the next great fishing location.

Chaplain

The Rev. Henry Hudson

Rates

Rates are per person
Double Occupancy (shared room): $510
Single Occupancy (private room): $610
Commuter (program, meals and facility fees): $340
Stay over the night of May 2: $80
Register by December 30, 2017 to save 10%.

Payment and Cancellations

Deposit: A $100 deposit, per person, is required at the time of registration. This nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit is deducted from the total fee. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Echeck.

Balance due: Payment in full is required beginning 30 days before the event start date, which is also the Balance Due date for those only paying the initial deposit when registering.

Cancellations: Cancellations and refunds are provided in a tiered system based on proximity to the event start date. Any cancellation made at least three weeks (21 days) before the event’s start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made 15-20 days before the event’s start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a 50% refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made 8-14 days before the event’s start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a 25% refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made within 7 days of the event’s start date are not eligible for a refund.

Registration and Discounts

For financial assistance, download the printable application below.

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For more information, please contact Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain Richmond Jones at rjones@kanuga.org or 828-692-9136 Ext. 2745.