Superfly winners repeat 2008 title

Gene Hart of Gunnison enjoys an early breakfast along the Gunnison River shortly before Saturday’s 2012 Superfly contest. Hart eventually took Top Rod honors in the contest, catching 83 inches of trout.

Even at skeletal flows, there was enough water in the Gunnison River over the weekend to hold the Gunnison Angling Society’s annual Superfly Contest, won this year by the team of Mindy Sturm of Crested Butte and Gene Hart of Gunnison.

This was the duo’s second win — the first was in 2008 — this time with a combined credit of 155 inches of trout.

Rules stipulated anglers could catch up to six trout, fairly hooked in the mouth. Each team was accompanied with an official monitor/guide, who measured each fish.

Sturm and Hart said the low water made fishing difficult.

“With the low water and the clarity, spooking the fish was the biggest thing,” said Hart, who took overall Top Rod honors with a total of 82 inches of trout. “Once you got them hooked up, the easy part was done. They’d work you from one rock to the next.”

Sturm, who finished fifth overall with 73 inches of trout in only five fish, said many competitors lost both their allotted flies because of the low water, and several times she found her leader abraded after being rubbed on the exposed rocks.

Anglers were limited to two flies, which had to be identified prior to the contest.

“The low water made the big boulders close to shore even bigger,” said Sturm, who added all of their fish were caught on public waters. “I had some really nice fish but just couldn’t get them to the net.”

Sturm and Hart began with a size 16 Zebra midge and went to size 20 Hart’s Emerger when the midday hatch began.

“Everyone thought they had to use streamers to get the big fish, but it’s proper fly selection that does it all,” Hart said. “I didn’t do anything different than what I normally do.”


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