Vail, Colo. – Apr. 9, 2010 – Think your fly skills are better than the rest? Registration for the Teva Mountain Games Costa 2-Fly X-Stream fishing competition to be held on Sat., Jun. 5 – Sun., Jun. 6, in Vail is now open to the first 80 anglers interested in vying for the $1,000 grand prize.
As in years past, the fly fishing competitors will begin with a qualifying round of accuracy casting competition on land, where the top 20 male and top five female casters will advance to the semi-qualifier held at Gore Creek in Vail. These 25 anglers will cast into a variety of targets to accumulate the highest score and the top eight male and top two females will then advance to the final on-water fishing round on Sunday. Anglers will have the choice to utilize two fly patterns during the event to be held at a nearby river, announced the morning of the competition and chosen based on conditions.
The angler with the most total points, based on fish count and size, will win the grand prize of $1,000. Second and third place prizes will also be given, along with an award for the catch and release of the largest fish; with a total fishing prize purse of $2,250. All podium winners will receive a Ross Reel and the top ten finalists will score Costa sunglasses and other Costa gear.
The entry fee is $35 per person, and is open to the first 80 anglers to register. This event has sold out quickly in previous years well in advance of the event.
“Each year, the competition for this event gets more and more stiff,” said Chas MacDonald, president of Costa. “These are some of the best fly anglers in the world demonstrating the art and skill of the sport.”
Costa Del Mar 2 Fly X-Stream Fishing Competition
Saturday, Jun. 5 7 a.m.
Fly Fishing Qualifier Mountain Plaza/Vista Bahn Lawn
Each of the 80 registered fly anglers will attempt on-land casts at targets for accuracy and judged distance with the top performers moving on to the semi-qualifiers.
Saturday, Jun. 5 2 p.m.
Fly Fishing Semi-Qualifier Gore Creek/International Bridge Whitewater Park
The semi-qualifier contestants will move to Gore Creek, near the International Bride and cast into various targets hanging over the water or on the river banks. The top eight male and two female casters will move on to the Costa 2 Fly X-Stream on-water fishing finals.
Sunday, Jun. 6 8 a.m.
Fly Fishing Finals Location TBA
The Finals will consist of a timed float trip on a yet-to-be-named river with two competitors per boat, five boats total. Anglers will be able to use two fly patterns and winners will be awarded based on quantity or size of their catch. The location will be determined based on river conditions and announced the morning of the competition.
As the leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses, Costa offers superior lens technology, unparalleled fit and durability, and a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects on all of its products. Still handcrafted today in Florida, Costa creates what has been referred to as the highest quality, best performing sunglasses on the planet for outdoor enthusiasts.
For Costa, conservation is all about sustainable fishing. Many fisheries that should be vibrant and healthy are all but devoid of native fish because they have fallen victim to poor fishing practices, unregulated development, lack of watershed protection or all of the above. Costa works with partners around the world to help increase awareness and influence policy so that both the fish and fishermen of tomorrow will have healthy waters to enjoy. Costa encourages others to help in any way they can.
For more information, contact 1-800-447-3700 or visit the company’s Web site at www.costadelmar.com, or join in the conversation on Facebook at www.facebook.com/costadelmar.com or Twitter @CostaSunglasses.
About Teva Mountain Games
The Teva Mountain Games are the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sport, lifestyle and music featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world. The environmentally-friendly adventure sporting event hosts approximately 2,000 adventure athletes, along with an estimated 40,000 spectators. Athletes converge on Vail’s mountains and rivers to compete in eight sports and 24 disciplines for over $100,000 in prize money. Events include kayaking, rafting, mountain biking, road cycling, World Cup Bouldering, amateur climbing, fly-fishing, trail and road running and stand up paddling. Additional events at the Teva Mountain Games include: a film series, a photography competition, an interactive expo area, DockDog canine competitions; free concerts and parties. The Teva Mountain Games are a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information, visit www.tevamountaingames.com.