Colvin Matheson casts on the Big Wood River during the Big Wood Single Fly event Sunday.
Dave Perkins and Justin Petty tallied 90 total points to claim first place in the first-ever Big Wood Single Fly title in Sun Valley, Idaho, over the weekend. Perkins also won the Biggest Trout award, notching an 18-inch rainbow to claim that top prize.
More importantly, the event raised $14,000 for TU's work in the Big Wood River drainage of south-central Idaho.
Stoney Burke and Patsy Ishiyama teamed up for 66 total points to grab the second-place prize, and "Team River Rats" grabbed third with a total of 63 points. John Ashton of Team River Rats caught 12 trout during the one-day event to claim the Most Trout award, and Terry Hyman earned the distinction of "Biggest Loser"--he lost his fly (and anglers are only allowed to use a single fly the entire day) at 10:30 a.m. and was out of the competition, leaving teammate Colvin Matheson to soldier on alone.
Rick Buckley of the Sun Valley Outfitters team was awarded the "Bird Dog Award" for going swimming for his fly in shorts and swim goggles--twice.
Matheson chasing trout on the Big Wood.
In all, eight teams of two--each accompanied by an attendant to record results--hit the river Sunday morning after paying an entry fee of $1,000 per team. A silent auction conducted after the awards ceremony Sunday night helped raise the remainder of the money for Big Wood River projects and restoration efforts.
"We're very grateful to all who competed and helped us raise money to make the Big Wood an even better fishery," said Mark Davidson, director of the Idaho Water Project based in Hailey, Idaho. "The event was a huge success, and we're looking forward to an even bigger event next summer."