Local waters on Friday morning were filled with 55 competitive — some might say slightly crazy — fishermen from all over the country who braved light snow and freezing temperatures during the debut of the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championship in Basalt.
There is no prize money to be had for the top competitors, but they will earn bragging rights and a coveted spot on Fly Fishing Team USA. Six of those team members will go on to compete in next year’s world championships in the Czech Republic.
Welcome to the competitive fly casting circuit.
The USA team was established in 1989, and only two prior nationals have been held in Colorado, both of them in Boulder. After hosting a regional competition in the spring of 2012, the Basalt Chamber of Commerce put in a bid and won the right to host this year’s final event.
The quality and variety of the fishing venues, a central location and the high level of organization were all contributing factors to Basalt’s successful bid, said Bret Bishop, head of the leadership committee for Fly Fishing Team USA.
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by: bobbin on 10/7/2013 1:53:00 PM Nothing like applying a bunch of unneeded fishing pressure to our resources.
We ought to ban stuff like this.