Thursday, March 3, 2016

Women’s Division Returns To Ausable Two-Fly Challenge

The 17th annual Ausable Two-Fly Challenge, a catch-and-release trout tournament, is taking place May 20-21 with a reintroduced a women’s division.

A portion of registrations will be donated to Casting for Recovery, which seeks to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a combination of education, support and fly fishing. Casting for Recovery’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.

The Two-Fly Challenge begins Friday, May 20, with a day of fishing followed by a Fly Tyer’s Reception where anglers can share the day’s experiences on the river while learning new fly tying skills, or taking part in the fly casting competition; the Seth Warden Duo will perform live music.

Rules for the catch-and-release tournament are as followed: Anglers are allowed to bring two barb-less hook flies, of any combination or patterns. Once the flies are lost or unusable, they’re out. Anglers must fish with a partner and each must record the total number of fish caught, the length of each fish and the cumulative number of inches. Only fish handled by the angler and successfully released will count as caught fish.

Saturday morning check-in is followed by another day of fishing on the Ausable River. The weekend concludes Saturday evening with a banquet, prizes, raffles and a presentation by a special guest speaker.

Registration is open to the public online here. For more information, contact the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau at 518-946-2255, or e-mail

Photo of man fly fishing on the Ausable River by John Warren.

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3 Responses

  1. Jay says:

    I wonder if these women competing are the same ones demanding to attend Ranger School and combat participation,make them compete in the same contest as the men.Maybe the women can fish at the hatchery to make it fair.

    • John Warren says:

      I’m guessing the only woman you know is your mother. Ask her to bring more reading down to your basement lair.

  2. Paula J Powers says:

    This is wonderful news! I hope I’m healthy enough to participate as I will be midway through my chemotherapy at that time. I started fly fishing on the Ausable about 12 years ago. I absolutely love it! I will keep in mind going forward.

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