Sponsored by the North Arkansas Fly Fishers.
Demonstrations by 100+ Expert Tyers, Seminars, Tying & Casting Instruction
Drawings, & Auctions
The Sowbug Roundup is a three day fly tying and fly fishing show that is held in
Mountain Home Arkansas.
This is the 22nd year that the North Arkansas Fly Fishers (NAFF) have put on the Sowbug Roundup.
The first Sowbug had 20 tyers and 150 attendees. The 2014 Sowbug had over 100 fly tiers and over 1000 attendees.
The Sowbug is basically a fly tying show. The tiers come from all over the USA and there are
usually two or three from overseas. The show floor us set up to facilitate access to the fly tyers.
Attendees are very much encouraged to sit and talk to the tyer as he ties a fly. The tiers love to
talk about fly tying, fly fishing, and how to tie a fly.
The full name of the show is the Sowbug Roundup, a Celebration of Fly Fishing. One of the goals of the
Sowbug is to encourage more people, especially young people, to become involved in fly fishing. That is
why we keep the entrance fee at $5.00 per person for all three days and kids under 12 free. Every day we
have free introductory fly tying classes. Free fly casting lessons are available every day. The seminars
(included in the entrance fee) are chosen to appeal to fly fishers or every experience level. On Saturday
we hold a free drawing for kids for fly fishing gear.
The Sowbug Roundup is not a "vendor show" but we do have a nice selection of vendors selling fly fishing / fly
tying products. ( no ginsu knives or insurance! ) The vendors come from all over the US.
(The Sowbug has a waiting list for vendors).
Some of the names that you might recognize are Dave Whitlock, Davy Wotton, Duane Hada, and TFO rods.
The Sowbug Roundup is the North Arkansas Fly Fishers sole annual fund raising event.
The income from the raffles and silent auctions allow NAFF to finance its environmental
and philanthropic activities. NAFF allocates $10,000 every year for scholarships to students
majoring in the fishery or environmentally related fields.