Wilmington, N.Y. — Founded to celebrate the joy of fishing, spirit of sportsmanship, and preservation of a world-class fly fishery, the 17th annual Ausable Two-Fly Challenge welcomes fly fishermen from across the country May 20-21.
Back by popular demand, the 2016 Challenge has reintroduced a women’s division this year. A portion of registrations will be donated to Casting for Recovery, which seeks to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Casting for Recovery’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.
Rules for the catch-and-release tournament are simple: Anglers are allowed to bring two barb-less hook flies, of any combination or patterns. Once the flies are lost or unusable, he or she is out. Anglers must fish with a partner and each must record the total number of fish caught, the length of each fish and the cumulative number of inches. Only fish handled by the angler and successfully released will count as caught fish.
The Two-Fly Challenge begins Friday, May 20, with a day of fishing followed by a Fly Tyer’s Reception that night where anglers can share the day’s experiences on the river while learning new skills from talented tyers. The ever-popular fly casting competition will be a part of the evening's festivities, and the Seth Warden Duo will perform live music.
Saturday morning check-in is followed by another exciting day of fishing on the beautiful Ausable River. The weekend finishes up on Saturday evening with a banquet complete with prizes, raffles and a presentation by a special guest speaker.
Registration is open to the public, online at http://www.active.com/wilmington-ny/fishing/tournaments/ausable-river-two-fly-challenge-2016. For more information, contact the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau at 518-946-2255, or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.