Think you can hook a mess of trout?
At least 12 teams have signed up to compete in the second annual Gold Rush Fly Fishing Challenge on the picturesque waters of the Chestatee River. The event is sponsored by the Gold Rush Chapter of Trout Unlimited, based in Dahlonega.
The competition, which will allow two-person teams to match their skills against other teams, is scheduled from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Nov. 6-7. It will once again be held at Frog Hollow in Lumpkin County, one of the most popular trophy trout streams in the country.
Because of the success of last year's inaugural event, the Gold Rush chapter decided to expand this year's competition to two days. The opening day will feature the amateur qualifier, with the winning two-person team from the group of competitors moving on to take part in the Gold Rush Cup Challenge the following day. This amateur competition is not open to past or present professional fishing guides.
The professional competition will take place Sunday. The grand prize in this year's Gold Rush Cup Challenge is $1,500 plus two quality, custom-made fly rods. Team awards presented on both days will include first, second and third place recognition, as well as Best Angler Award for the most total inches caught by one individual. The competition will be conducted according to Gold Rush tournament committee rules and regulations.
Attendance is open to the public with fly casting, fly tying and rod building demonstrations being provided by Gold Rush Chapter members and sponsors. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. There will be no charge for attendance or parking.
A kickoff dinner will be held at the site of the tournament in Frog Hollow on the Friday night before the competition. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and there is no charge, but donations will be accepted to help offset the cost of the event. A participant captain's meeting also will be held at Frog Hollow the Friday evening prior to the tournament.
The tournament committee is still accepting sponsorships for the event, and event sponsors will receive a table and business hyperlink to and from the Gold Rush Cup Challenge website.
In the event of inclement weather that weekend, a rain date will be provided. Directions to the venue and other details can be found online at www.goldrushtu.org or www.froghollowflyfishing.com.
More details about the event are posted on the Gold Rush Chapter website.
Proceeds from this event will go to Trout Unlimited, a nonprofit organization that promotes, educates and informs the public about the joy of fly fishing and to conserve, protect and restore the coldwater fisheries and watersheds in North Georgia.