Basaltís two gold-medal trout streams will get the recognition many anglers feel they deserve this weekend when the town hosts the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships.
Organizers of the event expect as many as 70 competitors for the competition, which will determine who advances to the World Fly Fishing Championship in the Czech Republic in 2014.
There will be full days of competition on Friday and Saturday and a half-day contest Sunday.
Basalt established itself as a host for the national championships last year when it hosted a regional competition, according to Bret Bishop, a former competitor and organizer for Fly Fishing Team USA. The town applied for the national championships and was awarded the event for the first time.
"Basalt has everything you look for as far as quality of water," Bishop said. That includes an equal distribution of fish, he said, and water that is "challenging" for top anglers.
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