OUT: U.S. anglers hook wins in Canada, Frisco
American anglers won the gold medal at the Canadian Fly Fishing Championship in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada, while two other U.S. teams topped the standings at an international tournament in Frisco.
Team captain Anthony Naranja of Grand Junction said the Canada tournament included three lakes and the upper and lower Diable River.
The river lived up to its name, providing “some of the most difficult wading the team has ever faced,” Naranja said. “Our team fished with efficiency and aggressive wading and we got out to an early lead to hold off the Canadian team.”
The Canadians wound up in second in the team standings and won two individual gold and silver medals.
U.S. team members were Naranja; Lance Egan of Sandy, Utah; Pete Erickson, Boise, Idaho; George Daniel, State College, Pa.; and Norman Maktima, Walla Walla, Wash.
Because this was a Canadian national event, the Americans could not participate in the individual standings.
American anglers swept the top six places and eight of the top 10 at America Cup International Fly Fishing tournament Sept. 8-12 in Frisco. They also took first and second in the team standings.
Competing teams included Poland, Ireland, Australia, Japan and Hungary. Venues included the Colorado, Blue and Arkansas rivers and Ten Mile Creek.