This past weekend was an exciting one here in Cherokee, North Carolina! 29 competitors from around the country gathered here for the 2nd time in the last few years for the Youth National Fly Fishing Championships. The lower Nantahala, upper Nantahala, Cherokee trophy water and the Cherokee general water were the venues used for the event. All the venues fished great! A lot of the competitors worried about the general water section of Raven Fork in Cherokee, but it put up some of the highest numbers of fish during the whole competition. The lower and the upper Nantahala fished great as usual, as well as the trophy section, although it did get tough in the later sessions. This was a competitor controlled event, which means each angler fishes two 2 hour sessions per day and judges another 2 anglers for their 2 hour session. This format allows competitors to watch other anglers work their beat and how they fish it, which is key when wanting to learn new things. Every angler is different when it comes to working and reading water. Over two days of competition, with 4 sessions per day, over 1,200 fish were caught! That’s an extremely high number of fish for 2 days! Also, six out of the top 10 competitors were River’s Edge Outfitters guides! We know what we are doing here at River’s Edge Outfitters and the fish are cooperating!
Here are the top 3 finishers and some stats from the competition
- Hunter Hoffler
- Andrew Brown
- Ricky Ozmar
Big Fish: 58 cm. (23 in.) caught by Hunter Enloe