The Daily Sentinel's Dave Buchanan writes about the upcoming National Fly Fishing Championships in Colorado where 70 anglers will vie for a spot on the US Fly Fishing Team. Pictured above is North Carolina native and Fly Fishing Team USA member Josh Stephens.
The venues for the early rounds include the Big Thompson and Cache La Poudre rivers and Dowdy and Parvin lakes, both of which are north of Fort Collins. The actual fishing competition will take place Oct. 3-5.
The individual anglers won’t know which area they fish until a blind draw is conducted one week before the event.
Competing in the national championship, which is being billed as the largest fly-fishing competition in the U.S., will be the 15 members of the current U.S. Fly Fishing Team, five-person regional teams from around the country and national teams from Ireland, Great Britain and Canada.
Here is a quick run down of the folks who qualified for the event at the Southeast Regional:
SOUTHEASTERN (AUGUST 18-19, '07 CHEROKEE, NC)
Lee, Chris © - Sylva, NC
Bean, Keith - Maryville, TN
Hamann, Dejon - Buffalo, NY
Harman, Ryan - Hot Springs, NC
Seitz, Heather - Allison Park, PA
Shuler, Eugene © - Bryson City, NC
Childress, Wayne - Altavista, VA
Dumitru, Marius-Adrian - New Westminster, BC/Canada
Parrott, Stephen - Evergreen, CO
Rogers, Alan - Cherokee, NC