06-20-2004, 11:39 AM
I have not seen the OLN Fly Fishing Masters show on TV but I helped Judge the competition yesterday. The first half of the Rocky Mountain regionals were held in Longmont CO yesterday. We had 40 teams compete in distance and accuracy casting events. The 8 top teams will go to the fishing event next week near Steamboat and the winners compete in the national competition. I saw some great casting. Chris Korich had three casts of 99, 94, and 95 feet. That is with a standard 9' 5 weight rod and a 90' line. For the accuracy event they hit targets out to 70' the size of a dog bowl. I hope flyfishing does not go the way of the Bass Masters but it was pretty cool to see these guys cast.