Published on: April 29, 2019

Two fly challenge

Adironacks – For 20 years, the Ausable Two Fly Challenge has been a staple in the Wilmington-Lake Placid area.

Two decades of storytelling, yucks, great food, renew old friendships, and oh yeah, some fishing. The two fly challenge is set for May 16-18 on one of the best fly fishing locations in the nation – the Ausable River – and is hosted by the Whiteface Region Visitors Bureau. The Mirror Lake Inn is a brown trout level sponsor.

According to the organizers, the Ausable Two Fly Challenge was founded to celebrate the joy of fishing, spirit of sportsmanship, preservation of the Ausable River, and natural wonders of the Whiteface Region – This link opens in a new browser tab.

Rules for the catch-and-release tournament are simple: Anglers are allowed to bring two barb-less hook flies, of any combination or patterns. There are four competitive categories: junior, men, women and professional. Each fisherman can choose just two flies to use per day. They must pick the flies they will use at the beginning of the day. The event is expected to draw some 80 competitors.

Events include a welcome reception on Thursday night at the Wilmington Town Beach, a fly tyers reception and comedy night on Friday, and a fisherman’s banquet on Saturday evening.

According to the Whiteface Region website, the two fly challenge was a creation of John Lafferty in 2000 as a means of jump-starting the summer season prior to Memorial Day.

The two fly challenge occurs about five weeks prior to the Mirror Lake Inn’s Intro to Fly Fishing weekend – This link opens in a new browser tab, featuring area outdoorsmen Gary Marchuk, Ken Kalil, and our own Andrew Weibrecht. The Olympic silver and bronze medalist knows a thing or two (actually many things) about area waters, so this threesome will offer participants a very local Adirondack experience from June 21-23.

The fly fishing season commenced here on April 1, with many anglers having already been spotted on the Ausable River on River Road in Lake Placid, and just off Route 86 at Monument Falls near the River Road intersection.

(Text and images provided by Roost and Mirror Lake Inn)