WILMINGTON - The 15th Annual AuSable River 2 Fly Challenge will take place on May 16 and 17 here on the West Branch of the AuSable River.
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, visitors 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.
On Friday, visitors are invited to the Cloudspin Lounge at Whiteface Ski Center for entertainment by Saratoga Musicians the Seth Warden Duo, featuring music on the fiddle and banjo. There will also be live fly tieing demonstrations taking place all around the room. People are encouraged to learn some new techniques from the talented fly tiers 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 two-day event and are sure to have lots of tales to tell.
On Saturday, the fun continues with the 2 Fly Banquet. The public is again encouraged to attend; however people must reserve their 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. Hodgson will be bringing his homemade birch bark canoe and talking about how to make one.
For more information, to register for the event or to reserve a spot for the dinner, contact Michelle at 518-946?2255 or visit www.AusableFlyFishing.com.