06 Apr Call for Volunteers & Boats for U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships
Lake Placid, NY – The nation’s best fly anglers will be returning to Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake, Redford and Malone, NY June 1st – 4th, 2016 for the U.S. National Fly Fishing Championships, and organizers are looking for volunteers to assist anglers over the 3 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 other than a love of the outdoors!”
For those who have never seen a Fly Fishing Competition before, there will be 12 anglers separated by 200 meters spread across roughly 2 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 ensures no crowding between competitors and the recreational anglers.
Sessions will run 9am – 12pm and 3pm – 6pm Thursday – Friday June 3rd and 4th. One session will take place 9am – 12pm on Saturday, June 4th followed by the closing ceremony that night from 6pm – 10pm. 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 some of the amazing gear from event supporters like Sage, Umpqua and RIO. In addition, volunteers are invited to the awards ceremony and dinner Saturday evening to culminate the great event.
Fly Fishing Team USA (“FFTUSA”) wishes to extend its gratitude to the Ausable River Two Fly Shop in Wilmington for their support of this event. The mission of FFTUSA is to educate and train men and women in the sport of competitive fly fishing on both national and international levels and to promote, and educate its members in, the conservation of our fisheries, lakes, rivers and streams. For more information on FFTUSA please visit http://www.flyfishingteamusa.com