Vail Tournament Kicks Off With Public Casting Competition
The America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament kicks off next week in Vail Sept. 10-15 with more than 80 world-class anglers vying for gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as The Cup. This catch and release, fly-fishing tournament brings five-person teams in the Men’s, Women’s, Youth and Adaptive categories to some of the best trout waters in Colorado. The tournament is headquartered in Vail, but will take place on water throughout Summit and Eagle Counties.
“This is the largest Fips-Mouche style fly fishing tournament in the United States,” said John Knight, organizer of the America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament. “We are excited to welcome such a world-class line up of teams this year. Participating this year is the only American to ever win the World Fly Fishing Championships as well as a team from the Czech Republic.” Fips-Mouche is the fly fishing arm of the International Anglers Federation, which governs the sport and tournaments.

More than a dozen teams from the U.S. are expected to participate with international teams from Poland, Ireland, Hungary, Canada and Australia also making the trek to Vail for the tournament. The competition will be held on Dillion Reservoir, the Upper and Lower Blue River, Sylvan Lake State Park and the Colorado River at the Colorado River Ranch.

Each five-person team competes at five different venues over the five-day tournament. Each team gets three hours on each waterway to catch as many fish as possible. The winner of the America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament are determined by a team score that is made up by the number and size of fish caught throughout the tournament.

Public Casting Competition
The America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. with a public casting competition in Vail Village at the International Bridge. Five targets will be set up and participants have three chances to cast into each target. Participants will be awarded one point for hitting a target with up to 15 points total. Participants much bring their own rod – all weights, lines and leaders are allowed. The winner of the casting competition will receive $100.  

The tournament is organized and operated to promote U.S. and international competition in the sport of fly fishing and to provide program and monetary support to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, whose mission is to assist in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. 

For more information on the America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament, please visit www.theamericacup.com.


John Knight, Event Organizer, (970) 376-5703, jknight@theamericacup.com
or Kristin Yantis, MYPR, (970) 949-7919, kyantis@myprco.com
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