by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

A new event joins FIBArk this year: fly fishing.

While not a traditional part of the FIBArk Whitewater Festival, the FIBArk Fly events will be a chance for anglers to get in on FIBArk fun and to win several prizes.

Colin Medved of The Next Eddy fly shop, which is co-sponsoring the event with Salida Fly, said the idea was to get people excited about fly fishing.

A lot of anglers leave town during FIBArk, he said, but he hoped to get about 30 competitors for the event.

Competitions will be held to determine accuracy and distance in casting, with a preliminary event set for 7 a.m. Saturday at the Salida High School athletic field.

Originally the second round was to be casting from boats in the Salida Whitewater Park, but since the water has risen so dramatically, that plan has been scrapped in favor of a casting obstacle course near Salida SteamPlant at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The finals in the competition will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Triple J Ranch, 9215 CR 165, where competitors will catch fish in a timed derby for the best and most fish.

A combination of points will determine placement.

The grand prize for the contest is a Douglas Sky fly rod valued at $700 and a Galvin Torque T-5 reel valued at $385.

Second prize is an Echo EPR fly rod valued at $500.

Third prize is a fly box with a selection of Fulling Mill flies valued at $200.

Medved said he hopes to show that fly fishing is a fun event and a way people can get outdoors and have a good time as well as build the fishing community.

For more information about the event or to register, visit fibark.com. FIBArk Fly is listed under river events.

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