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Old 06-09-2010, 09:30 AM
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So i figure this may bring out some opinions, and while I agree with a lot of what people say about competitive fishing, I'm gonna tell the story anyways. I get a call and an invite to fish a flyfishing tournament in upper Wva. All expenses were paid for me, and all I had to do is be up there by 6 pm last thur. So I figured I get back from Mexico on Tuesday, no worries. On Wed night I realized that portions of the tourney would be flip mouche rules so i frantically tyed up some heavy stuff that would be in compliance with the rules, also I tyed the whole way up there too. The cabins were awesome, the food was great, views, wow Wva is also God's Country for sure. I had never fished in Wva nor in any tourney (flyfishing trout) The set up was kinda cool. there were 9-2 man teams, only 2 teams were non-pro (Mine and a buddies team) there would be 9 beats 2 3 hour sessions a day 2 days and you never re-fish the same beat you could score 7 fish total no more, you can not score a fish and keep going but once a fish was scored it can't be traded out. Day one am, fish the 6 flies they gave everyone, no more no less lose em your done, session 2 fish whatever however you want. Day 2 am Flips Mouche, pm pick 2 flies and thats all you get, lose em your done and you had to trade out and only could fish after your partner caught one and visa versa. I know a lot of rules and stuff but the different games was actually kinda fun. Hi stress for me and not why i or we fish. There were TV crews there from Fly Rod Cronicles and also from some local news outlets. After day one my partenr and I were in 3rd, after the first session of day 2 we were in first by 10 cm. I lost one of my 2 flies in the afternoon day on the 3rd cast, a monsterdrilled it showed himelf and was gone, my heart sank and I thought i just lost the tournamnet for us. Anyways we ended up doing well the last round by comaprison to the other teams. I tell ya it is nerve racking casting with a camera man in your back cast when you only have one fly left in the box and time is counting down. So in the end my partner and I took the whole darn thing, first place by over 60 cm, got a new sweet TFO 3 weight, net, shirts, hats, invites to next year, $ 500 bucks. I also got the big fish of the weekend and scored a backcountry water purifyer. Looking bakc it was very nerve racking and anxiety filled and not my thing really. That said I can't help but say that it was gratifying to prove to myself that I can fish I guess. Our sport for me anyways lends itself to isolationism, so it can be tough to know, for me anyways, if I am anygood. On the occasion i fish with buddies or vets through Healing Waters I want them to catch as much as me and the only competition is me against me with the fish mixed in there somewhere. I wasn't sure about talking about this because i do not want to come off as some comp guy trying to brag, cause i am not, I will say I fished on Sun night when i got home with my new 3 weight and I can't say I remeber a time recently where I felt the same appreciation for the ability to take my time relax and and play a pretty little wild brook to hand. That why i do this, but if any of you ever get a chance to fish a tourney, I would do it. If nothing else I learned some tips from some very good fisherman, and probably a few things about myself as well.


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Old 08-10-2010, 04:22 PM
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Congratulations! Sounds like a good time. I will have to look into flip mouche, not familiar with it....
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:26 PM
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Give a little more info about the place, creek, lodge name. Guessing it was up around Harrisonburg?
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:50 AM
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Sounds like a good time, and I have no issues with the competitive fly fishing stuff.

I competed several years ago in the OLN Fly FIshing masters series, it was a blast. I made it to the final round, and so did Mike Bone, Scott from the Creel, and Jim Curtis. We had a great time and met some great folks. The casting portion was pretty easy, and unstressful. However, once we cleared the masses in the casting competition and moved to fishing, the stress factor went up ten fold. It was a new and fun way to fish, with pressure on you while on the stream.

Glad you had a good time.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:10 AM
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I competed several years ago in the OLN Fly FIshing masters series, it was a blast. I made it to the final round, and so did Mike Bone, Scott from the Creel, and Jim Curtis.
Jim, what year was that? I remember hearing about that from my dad's friend Craig. I tried to look it up on the internet, but with the switch to Versus, there doesn't seem to be much information on the old OLN stuff.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:41 AM
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Jim, what year was that? I remember hearing about that from my dad's friend Craig. I tried to look it up on the internet, but with the switch to Versus, there doesn't seem to be much information on the old OLN stuff.
I think I was there in 2004 or 2005. I could be wrong, but think that is when we competed. I haven't tried to find it online, and you might find something about it on the Arkansas forums. John Wilson was there with us, and I think he had posted some pictures and stuff on his website.
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