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‘Fly-one’ on for Trout Unlimited this weekend

Olive wooly bugger

Olive wooly bugger

CHARLEMONT — How many trout can you catch with just one type of fly? Last year, it was Brian Lynch and his “Olive Wooly Bugger” that won Trout Unlimited’s “One Fly Contest,” catching 30 trout in the Deerfield River.

This year’s One Fly Contest takes place Saturday and Sunday, with registration at the Deerfield River Boatworks, behind the Charlemont Post Office on Route 2.

The event is a major fundraiser for Trout Unlimited. Registration takes place from 7 a.m. to noon.

Bring your own fishing gear, fish in any section of the Deerfield River, solo or with a partner. All catches must be released back into the river in good health.

“Most fly fishermen use barb-less hooks and keep them in the river,” said organizer James Gariepy.

Last year, about 60 fishermen joined in the two-day event.

The cost, to benefit the organization, is $30 per fisher.

All entries are due back at the Boatworks by 6 p.m. Sunday.

“Awards, drinks and food will be served with some great fish stories,” says Gariepy. Awards will be given for most fish caught: by one person, by one team, by senior (age 65 and over), by junior (age 15 and younger). Also there is an award for the biggest fish. Gariepy says Tropical Storm Irene washed some larger-sized trout over the Harriman dam into the Massachusetts stretch of the river.

For directions and other information, call 413-337-4224.

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