Artifice and Trickery: The Superfly and One-Fly Tournaments

“’Fly? I can’t tell you, other than it’s a streamer, or maybe a nymph or a dry fly, perhaps,’ intoned Tom McDermott of Denver, who winked and grinned yet nevertheless still refused to divulge the fly patterns he and partner Gary Christlieb were to use in during Saturday’s eight hours of competition.” Tom McDermott and Gary Christlieb took high team honors at the annual Superfly in Colorado last weekend; turns out they used a black woolly bugger. The top individual performance came from Mike Beatty, who used — believe it or not — a pale morning dun and a blue-winged olive. Dave Buchanan in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
Meanwhile in Wyoming, Peter Moyer showed that tradition has little place in a heated battle, choosing a San Juan Worm (which he trimmed into a midge on day two) to take the Jackson Hole One Fly. “In spite of his difficulties on Sunday, Moyer’s two-day total of 932 points lifted him over Dave Perkins of the NFWF Drifters for top amateur angler honors. Moyer’s bonanza also helped carry his team, The Boys, to the overall team title.” Michael Pearlman in the Jackson Hole News & Guide.

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