Wilmington The 15th Annual AuSable River 2 Fly Challenge will take place on May 16 and 17 on the West Branch of the AuSable River in Wilmington. This event is held annually to celebrate the joy of fishing, the spirit of sportsmanship, and to help with the preservation of the AuSable River.
Although a true fisherman’s dream come true, you don’t have to be a fisherman to participate in the weekend events. The public is welcome to take part in much of the weekend even if they choose not to fish in the competition. These events include the Friday night Fly Tyers Reception and the Saturday night Banquet.
Friday evening the 16, join us in the Cloudspin Lounge at Whiteface Ski Center where you will be entertained by Saratoga Musicians the “Seth Warden Duo.” As they grab your ears attention with fun fiddle and banjo music, guests’ eyes will be focused on the Live Fly Tying demonstrations taking place all around the room. Learn some new techniques from our talented fly tyers or just marvel at the realistic designs they can create. All this and “fish stories” too as the men and women will have just completed day one of a 2 day event and are sure to have lots of tales to tell. But the fun won’t be over then.
Saturday, the fun continues with the 2 Fly Banquet. The public is again encouraged to attend, however you must reserve your space ahead of time for this night. At the banquet, the winners of the competition will receive their prizes and “bragging rights” will be honored. There will also be loads of raffle and auction items up for the bidding and a special presentation by local Retired Forest Ranger Gary Hodgson. Gary will be bringing his homemade Birch Bark Canoe with him and talking about how to make one yourself. If you have never met Gary or heard any of his stories before, you won’t want to miss this. For more information, to register for the event or to reserve a spot for the dinner, contact Michelle at 946-2255 or visit www.AusableFlyFishing.com