Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This Weekend: "Rumble In the Rhododendron"
Don't forget that this weekend is the first annual "Rumble in the Rhododendron" two man fly fishing tournament. The tourney, hosted by the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team in conjuntion with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, has a purse totaling $6,000 with the top winner bringing home a cool three grand.
Tournament features a one day fly casting tournament. Cast your own fly rod of anylength up to a 9’ 5wt rod, to various targets placed at realistic distances for a combinedteam score.The top twelve placing teams will advance to Sunday’s fly fishing portion of thetournament. In the first round of fishing on the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee, NC onthe new Trophy Catch and Release Section, both anglers on each team will catch andscore as many fish as possible from their beats in a three hour session. Each beat willhave an assigned judge who will measure and score fish.
The top 6 placing teams from the first fishing round will advance to the final round offishing where they will again catch and score as many fish as possible from their beat in athree hour session. Trout in the section of water include; Rainbow, Brook, Brown,Golden and Trophy!! A sure bet for a barn burner!This is strictly a catch and release tournament, all flies must have the barbs removed.Entry Fee is $150 per team.
If your team advances to the fishing rounds EACHfisherman must purchase and have in their possession a Catch & Release SpecialUse Fishing Permit ($20.00) “Good For 1 (one) Full Year From Date of Purchase” andpurchase and have in their possession a 1-day ($7.00) Tribal Fishing Permit. Each participant receives an event shirt and gifts from our sponsors. For more information and to pre-register visit www.rumbleintherhododendron.com orcontact the NC Fly Fishing Team at 828-497-0172.This event is organized by the NC Fly Fishing Team with assistance and support ofvarious federal, state, and local agencies.
This is a competition in the style of FIPS MOUCHE so the rules do not allow for strike indicatiors or split shot. FlyfishMagazine.com will be on hand to provide full coverage of the event with daily updates.