State Fly Tying Champions Announced At Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show

The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited, Bass Pro Shops of Harrisburg, Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide magazine and the Fish and Boat Commission sponsored the Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Championship held on February 11 at the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.

           Thirteen contestants in three categories competed for money trophies and prizes in the annual event to crown the best fly tyers in Pennsylvania.
            In the Open Division the winners are: 1st Place - Andy Fresch, Summerhill; 2nd Place - Ken Moser, Severna Park, MD: 3rd Place - John Shosh, Hamburg.
            The Amateur Division winners are: 1st Place - Matthew Edinger, Sharon Hill; 2nd Place -- Mike Marino, Souderton; and 3rd Place -- Elliott DeFrancesco, Wilburton.
            The Youth Division winners are: 1st Place - Gaeron Friedrichs, Milford; 2nd Place          Bobby Faust, Dalmatia.
            The contestants at the final event were the top tiers selected from entries previously submitted.  In order to qualify the entrants had to submit three flies from a list of flies for each category.
            At the event each finalist was required to tie three flies over a two hour time period.  The finalists knew ahead of time, two of the flies that were to be tied and a third “mystery fly” was announced to them at the event. 
            The championship will be held again at the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show and applications, information and details will be posted at the Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited or Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show websites as they become available.


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