Sarah Somers Anglers compete at the annual Tie One On Fly Fishing Tournament at Spring Valley State Park on Saturday.

Sarah Somers
Anglers compete at the annual Tie One On Fly Fishing Tournament at Spring Valley State Park on Saturday.

Saturday provided ideal weather for Spring Valley State Park’s annual Tie One On Fly Fishing Tournament.

Starting at 9 a.m., participants entered the tournament with one single fly to fish with for three hours. Each of the ten anglers brought a second identical fly to be added to a collection to be given out later as a prize.

Ben Johnson, park ranger of Spring Valley State Park, said trout fishing was beginning to pick up, so it was an ideal time for this type of tournament. He knew most of the fly fishermen by name, as they had were regular participants of this event. Johnson sounded the ending sirens at noon, and everyone made their way to shore. Ray Gutierrez took first place with a total of 13 fish caught, and Matt Stewart took second with eight fish. There were nearly 50 trout caught in the three hours of the tournament. Johnson cooked brats and hotdogs for everyone after and handed out prizes.

The weather and the changing fall colors in Spring Valley State Park made for a picturesque day, not to mention a successful day of fishing. This tournament will return next year.

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