With a rod he designed and built himself, Mike McFarland handily won the 2012 Hardy Cup with casts measuring 104’ 4” and 106’ 2, surpassing even last year’s results. Rick Miller and Takatoshi Kumakiri came in second and third, respectively. The annual Hardy Cup, held the first weekend in August, includes demonstrations, workshops, and a traditional marketplace as well.
Read more in the attached press release.
August 5, 2012
Livingston Manor, NY
2nd Annual Hardy Cup. A Second year of excitement with cane rods.
Seventy five contestants competed at the second annual Hardy Cup Cane Rod Casting Championship. Over the two day contest aficionados and enthusiasts gathered to cheer on their favorite caster and/or their favorite rod. Many custom rods were designed and built specifically for the contest which includes both distance and accuracy casting in a three-cast format.
Each year the contest is held at the Castskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum on the first weekend of August. The event includes workshops, instruction and a marketplace for traditional equipment enthusiasts. On the Saturday night there is a traditional pig roast and buffet that passes well into the night with lively discussions of all aspects of cane rod casting and fishing with cane.
The winner this year is Mike McFarland from Tyrone, PA. Mike is a master rod maker and worked with Chris Bogart to design a cane rod specific for the Hardy Cup. With two casts of 104’ 4” and 106’ 2” Mike bested the result of last year’s competition and all comers this year.
Here is a list of the top three finishers and their prizes:
First place: Mike McFarland. Tyrone, PA. Total score 210’ 6”. Winner of a Hardy Cane rod of his choice.
Second place: Rick Miller. Roscoe, NY. Total score 199’ 4”. Winner of a Hardy Perfect reel of his choice.
Third place: Takatoshi Kumakiri. Kent, OH. Total score 193’ 8”. Winner of a Hardy St. George Reel of his choice.
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