This years “Two Fly” event was the most profitable yet raising over $13,000 for the McKenzie River Trust. The event is not possible without the generous and priceless donation of the guides photographed above. These guys give up their day, to give back to the river.
From right to left: Troy Leady, Chris Daughters, Clay Holloway, Matt Ramsey, Ty Holloway, Kyle Smith, Kyle Duke, Justin Helm and Lou Verdugo, Matt Oneil(not in photo).
Guides filled plastic bins with water in order to measure fish. Matt Ramsey suggested this method last year and it worked really well. Fish are really mellow in the water filled bin, they go from net to bin, you pin them down briefly for the shot and then over the side they go with very little handling.
We mixed it up this year making the tournament “dry fly only”. Without a doubt there were a few less fish caught, and the overall inch totals were down a touch, but participants enjoyed the change for the most part. The change accomplished its intention with guides spread out over the entire course of the McKenzie, and one boat even floated down into the Willamette.
Justin Helm with Team Holloway
It was a spectacular fall day on the river. The Two Fly will be held the first Saturday in October each year. If you would like to participate please add your name to the McKenzie River Trusts’ mailing list here: https://www.mckenzieriver.org
Additional sponsors were:
Friday night Pizza at The Caddis Fly – Thanks to Mazzi from Hideaway for bringing his portable wood fired oven.
Clay Holloway with Team Shipman – 3rd Place finish
Matt Ramsey with Dick Matteri and Laura Parrish – 2nd Place Finish
Ty Holloway(baby Kaya) with Bob Mosqueda and Shoshana Cohen – First Place
Saturday evening at Ninkasi – Thanks so much to Ninkasi for their continued sponsorship of this event.
Thanks so much to all those who participated. Your support of McKenzie River Trust is good for fish, our local drinking water and much much more.