The Upper Andro Two Fly Contest and Northeast Drift Boat Championship are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20 in conjunction with Bethel’s Annual Harvest Fest. The competitions raise funds for the Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Contestants may use only two flies during the event, which starts at 6:00 am on Saturday. Teams may launch from public launch sites from the Shelburne Dam in New Hampshire to Rumford Center. Maine. The contest concludes at 3:00 pm.
The Two Fly contest will test the skills of anglers to fly fish for the most and the largest of the three trout species, brown, rainbow and brook found in the Upper Androscoggin River from the New Hampshire border to Rumford Center. A fly is defined as made from natural or synthetic materials tied to a single pointed hook. No tandems or treble hooks are allowed. Teams of three including two anglers and an oarsman must fish from a drift boat. All fish must be released live. The contest is limited to 20 teams.
Trophies and fishing gear prizes will be awarded at 4 pm at The Bethel Inn Resort. A special trophy provided by Maineflyfish.com goes to the angler who catches the largest Chub. The Rocky Freda Memorial Trophy will be presented to the oarsman whose boat caught the greatest number of fish.
The Sixth Annual Northeast Drift Boat Championship will be held Friday, September 19 at 3 pm. Designed as a spectator event, the competition will test oarsmen’s skills at navigating a course and rowing speed. Each drift boat must carry at least one angler, who must remain standing throughout the timed race. The launch will be from Bethel Outdoor Adventures on Route 2 and the finish line is at Davis Park in Bethel-a distance of a quarter mile. Last year’s winners, Luke Gray of Locke Mountain Guide Service and Kate Farnham of the Fish ‘n Chicks are returning to defend their co-titles.
Official contest rules and a registration form are available on line at http://bethelinn.com/site/twofly.
Brad Jerome 207-824-2175 ext 456
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