Baltimore, Maryland (PressExposure) September 20, 2013 -- The Chub One Fly Fishing tournament was initially conceived and organized last year by Great Feathers staff as a fund raiser event for MDTU (Maryland Trout Unlimited) and also to help clean up our Gunpowder River. The basic rules of the tournament are: within a two hour period, you have ONE fly to catch all the Chubs (trout and other serious game fish do not count) and safely return them to the waters. You also have a refuse bag to "drag" with you and pick up any refuse on the Gunpowder as you fish it.
The Great Feathers second annual One Fly Chub Tournament went without a hitch. Last year's event was conducted during one of the year's worst downpour which shortened the event but did not stop the contestants. Beautiful sunny weather was with us on the Gunpowder River near Sparks Maryland. 36 contestants arrived with friends, families and plenty of children. The tournament started promptly at 2:00 PM.
This year's winner was a tie between Mike Raghan and Jeff Brennan. They each caught 24 chubs. A $200 gift certificate was awarded along with a "classic" trophy. The Great Feathers gift certificate is good towards the purchase of any fly tying material or fly fishing gear. The proceeds from the entrance fees were donated to MDTU.
"The event has grown bigger this year and we feel that it is a success for the fly fishing industry," said Mike Watriss, fly shop owner. Mike also mentioned "one of the contestants brought back the biggest piece of junk from the river - a truck tire and I plan to use it for my garden or maybe a swing."
This year's crowd brought families and friends to celebrate the event with drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs straight from the gill manned by Mike Watriss. Unfortunately, the blue grass band had to bow out this year again to attend a fiddler's convention.
The Fly Shop:
Fly shops have long been recognized as places the fisherman collect, share stories, tie flies and, of course, embellish the one that got away. Aside from having a place to buy all of the gear necessary for fly fishing, the shop has become a respite to discuss all nuances of the sport with the men and women who truly embrace the sport, the traditions and that passion for it that can not necessarily be put into words. Trading fly patterns, refining techniques, casting new rods, creating the wish list and reminiscing about the day and fish you will never forget are daily fare. This is what makes the fly shop unique and it is what we try to preserve at Great Feathers.