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September 18, 2014
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TroutoberFest beckons anglers and experts

Pat Cohen demonstrated stacking deer hair for a fly, and when that was done, he shaved it with a razor blade.



The Trout Legend sanctioned tournament was narrowly won by Bill Chioffiof Massachusetts whose five fish the first day secured him a commanding lead over 26 other anglers even though he was skunked the second day. Participants in these tournaments report that fishing with other competitors of high caliber helps them learn new techniques and hone their skills when fishing their home waters.
Evan Lavery, owner of The Beaverkill Angler, declared the event a success. “Flyfisher women on average make up only 10% of the people participating in the sport,” he said, “but we had 20 women here this weekend as workshop participants, instructors and competitors. We also were able to introduce 25 new men and women to flyfishing in our beginner’s classes.”