The nation’s best fly anglers will be returning to Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Redford and Malone, June 1–4, 2016 for the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships, and organizers are looking for volunteers to assist anglers over the three-day catch-and-release competition.
“The event relies on volunteers to record the size and species of every fish caught, and is a great opportunity for avid fishermen to learn from these top anglers and share local ‘intel’, too,” said Ken Crane, event and volunteer organizer. “Anglers will be fishing on the Ausable, Saranac and Salmon Rivers while wading, and Mirror Lake and Lake Colby from boats. No experience is required.”
For those who have never seen a Fly Fishing Competition before, there will be 12 anglers separated by 200 meters spread across roughly two miles of stream or in a boat with full access to the lake. That location is their “beat” and the angler may only fish in this section. This is designed to reduce crowding between competitors and recreational anglers.
Sessions will run 9 am – 12 pm and 3 pm – 6 pm Thursday and Friday, June 3rd and 4th. One session will take place 9 am – 12 pm on Saturday, June 4th followed by the closing ceremony that night from 6 pm – 10 pm. Lunches are provided each day. Volunteers may help for 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 sessions as their schedule permits.
Volunteers will receive an event hat, t-shirt and pin along with a chance to win gear from event supporters like Sage, Umpqua and RIO. In addition, volunteers are invited to the awards ceremony and dinner Saturday evening.
For more information on the event and volunteer opportunities click here, or contact Ken Crane at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 725-7392.
For more information on Fly Fishing Team USA, click here.