Many have looked in awe at the great Ausable River. Surrounded by the beautiful Adirondack foothills, the river is a gem for fly fishermen who seek solitude and some of the most challenging pocket water in the East. Born of the majestic Adirondack Mountains, the Ausable flows past the Olympic town of Lake Placid, and eventually empties into Lake Champlain. The river has two branches, the West and East branches that join at the town of Ausable Forks, forming the main stem of the river. The famed pocket water and rapids of the Ausable are home to some very feisty and big wild brown trout.
The Ausable River 2 Fly Challenge celebrates this big wild river and its great fly fishing. In 2000, fly fishermen formed the event with the purpose of bringing fly fishermen together to enjoy the river and to use the proceeds to protect the fishery for future generations of fly fishers.
The 2 Fly Competition is scheduled for Friday May 16th and Saturday May 17th. The event begins on Friday at noon with registration and an afternoon of fly fishing. On Friday evening, a fly-tyer's reception is held where anglers can share fishing stories and learn new fly tying skills and techniques from talents fly tying demos. New for this year is a fly casting competition at the reception! Saturday morning starts with check-in followed by a full day of fly fishing. The event finishes with a banquet, prizes, raffles, and a guest speaker.
Competitors have a few rules to follow:
- Fishing license and event registration required
- Fly angling only
- Only two flies allowed for use during the competition
- Catch and release fishing only
Registration in this event includes the following:
- 2 days of fishing competition
- Competitor Shirt
- Two-Fly Banquet
- Special collector's gift and more
As posted previously, last year's winners featured a few local anglers. This speaks to the depth of fly fishing expertise in the Southern Tier of NY! If interested in entering this event, please click here.