This event will begin at 4 p.m. and include live bluegrass music, local craft beers from Catawba, Nantahala and Hi-Wire Brewing, some of the latest and greatest Orvis fly fishing gear and a line up of inspiring fly fishing films sure to get you fired up for the 2016 season.
Attendees can expect to sample the fruits of Asheville’s vibrant brewing scene while taking in live music and cheering on the Orvis Guide Olympics Finalists. Afterwards, join the migration down to the Asheville Community Theatre for a full line up of fly fishing films you won’t see any where else.
For more details we caught up with Orvis’ own Tyler Atkins.
BRO: Tell us a little bit about this year’s Down the Hatch Fest.
TA: We created this event to celebrate fly fishing and have a good time, all while raising money to support local watershed cleanups. Last year we raised $3,600 at the event to “Get the Tread Out” of the South Holston River and managed to remove over 300 tires from the bottom of the river. We want to beat those numbers this year, with all proceeds going to support a cleanup on the Watauga River in October.
BRO: Where and when is the event taking place?
TA: From 4-7 p.m. we will be at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, then at 7 p.m. we will head across the street to the Asheville Community Theatre where we will start the films at 7:30 p.m.
BRO: What sort of festivities will be going on before the film fest?
TA: Asheville Brewers Alliance is supplying beer from a bunch of local breweries, there will be live bluegrass music, and a couple food trucks will be onsite. In addition to Orvis, there will be other exhibitors from the outdoor industry and some regional artists showing off their latest and greatest. The Orvis Guide Olympics Finals will also taking place during the event and are always a blast to watch.
BRO: Is the event open to the public?
TA: Absolutely, and we hope to see a big turnout from Asheville. Seating at the theatre is limited to 350, so you should buy tickets early if you want to see the films. You can purchase online tickets here.
BRO: We hear there’s going to be live music. Who will be playing?
TA: The bluegrass tunes will be provided by Sav Sankaran and Friends.
For a preview of what’s in store check out these trailers for ‘Down the Hatch’ videos from year’s past.