Come Hell Or High Water April 14th 2012- West Branch Angler Resort

News, Press Release — By on April 4, 2012 1:56 pm


Hancock, NY, — “Come Hell or High Water” in it’s 3rd year is an annual fly fishing festival and film
tour hosted at West Branch Angler. The idea is to bring new people into the sport, celebrate the Catskills,
the beginning of spring and a new fly fishing season. We have been working closely with the major fly
fishing manufacturers and local business’s to bring something for everyone. The expo is free to the public
and an event you won’t want to miss. This is years efforts will benefit Project Healing Water, Friends of
the Upper Delaware River (FUDR) and Trout Unlimited.

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The Fly Fishing Film Tour April 14th 7:00pm

In just it’s 6th year, The Fly Fishing Film Tour has become the fishing entertainment event of the year. The Film Tour will be seen in well over 80 cities in 2012 and will showcase some of the best independent outdoor film makers. The goal of the Fly Fishing Film Tour is to energize the industry and inspire film makers to create new cutting edge films to both entertain and educate outdoor enthusiasts. Tickets are $8.95 in advance and $10.95 at the door.
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FLY GAMES

Brand new to Hell or High Water this year are the 1st annual “Fly Games”. The Fly Games are a series of events which will pin competitors against each other in games of skill.

The Scientific Angler & Winston BIIIx Fly High Jump: The fly high jump will have a bar that looks like the high jump. Contestants will stand on a line and attempt to cast over the bar. If they make the cast the qualify for the next round. Each round the cast will be longer and the bar set higher.

The Sack Fly Biathlon: The Olympic Biathlon is a combination of skiing and shooting. The Fly Biathlon will be a combination of sack race and fly casting. 3 stations will be setup each with a bulls eye target in the grass. Each constant will get into a sack hop to the station and attempt 3 casts. The best of the 3 casts will be scored for each station as well as extra points for speed.

The Super Fly Relay: The track and field event involves a team of runners running a section of track then hanging off the baton to the next runners. The Fly Relay is a strait track that can be run as a team of 4 or as one person. The team or individual will have 4 rods. The 1st rod cast will be an 9ft 8wt. After the cast is made the second member will run the distance of the cast with the remaining 3 rods. At the end of that cast the second team member will make a cast with a 9ft 7wt rod. and continue until the last cast is made with a 9ft 5wt. The total distance will be scored as well as bonus points for top speed.

The RIO Gold Sage One Marathon: RIO, together with a number of key fly shops, has created the 2012 RIO Gold Distance Challenge “Marathon”. Casters will have 5 attempts to cast as far as possible winner takes all

Full Event Schedule

Saturday April -14

08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
• John Miller, Delaware River Mayflies
Building: River Run Restaurant at West Branch Angler
Room: Presentation Room at River Run Restauant

08:57 AM – 10:00 PM
•Fly Fishing 101 (Fly Shop 9 – 10): West Branch Angler is proud to be part of a new program that is bringing thousands to the sport of fly fishing. Fly Fishing 101 is an introduction into fly fishing. The class is designed for new anglers of all ages. Space is limited so please pre-register once the class is full we will no longer be accepting new applicants. No experience or gear is required and the class is free of charge.

08:58 AM – 12:30 PM
•Free Hardy Reel Cleaning (Fly Shop 9 – 12:30): John Shaner of Hardy USA and resident Hardy expert will be set up at the fly shop with a work-bench where he can clean and lubricate any Hardy reel brought to him. He will also give out a free bottle of Hardy lubricant to each angler who brings in a Hardy reel. John will also be able to describe the history of each reel and answer any questions regarding the history of Hardy rods and reels.

•Book Signing “Fly Fishing Guide to Upper Delaware” ( Fly Shop 9 – 12:30 ): The trout that inhabit the Upper Delaware River are large, wild, and highly selective, with fighting skills so legendary that many well-traveled anglers consider them to be among the most athletic in the world. Fly-Fishing Guide to the Upper Delaware River provides detailed information about the 3 tailwater branches that constitute this vast and complex river system–the West Branch, the East Branch, and the Main Stem–with maps to exact fishing locations. Paul Weamer has just released his 2nd edition of his popular “Fly Fishing Guide to Upper Delaware”. Paul will be available during the event to sign his new book.

08:59 AM – 05:00 PM
•Test Float Outcast Ponton Boats (Fly Shop Signup 9 – 5): At Outcast, they believe access is everything. Any angler can choose to fish from the bank, but wouldn’t you rather be in the game than on the sidelines? When you purchase one of thier float tubes or boats, you get worry-free access so you can concentrate on fishing. We will have a short 1 mile track where you can test out a new boats how they were meant to be…. on the river.

•The Art of Jim Levison ( Restaurant 9 – 5:00 ): Jim will have art on display for purchase during the event.

•Wildlife Artist Cole Johnson ( Restaurant 9 – 5:00 ): Cole Johnson is an award-winning, nationally acclaimed wildlife artist depicting the spiritual beauty of North American wildlife in meticulous detail using the
medium of graphite and pencil.

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
• Loren Williams, Fly Fishing in Spite of HER
Building: River Run Restaurant at West Branch Angler
Room: Presentation Room at River Run Restauant

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
• Steve Silverio, “Bombers, The Aerial Kings of The Salmon Dry Fly”
Building: River Run Restaurant at West Branch Angler
Room: Presentation Room at River Run Restauant

10:58 AM – 01:00 PM
•Lunch at River Run Restaurant 11am – 1pm

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
•Fly Fishing 101: West Branch Angler is proud to be part of a new program that is bringing thousands to the sport of fly fishing. Fly Fishing 101 is an introduction into fly fishing. The class is designed for new anglers of all ages. Space is limited so please pre-register once the class is full we will no longer be accepting new applicants. No experience or gear is required and the class is free of charge.

• Paul Weamer, Weamer’s Truform Mayflies
Building: River Run Restaurant at West Branch Angler
Room: Presentation Room at River Run Restauant

11:59 AM – 03:00 PM
•FLY GAMES: RIO Gold Sage One Marathon ( Restaurant 12 – 3:00 ): RIO, together with a number of key fly shops, has created the 2012 RIO Gold Distance Challenge “Marathon”. Casters will have 5 attempts to cast as far as possible winner takes all. All rods in this event will be the brand new Sage One.

•FLY GAMES: Hardy Zenith Super Fly Relay ( Restaurant 12 – 3:00 ):
The track and field event involves a team of runners running a section of track then hanging off the baton to the next runners. The Fly Relay is a strait track that can be run as a team of 4 or as one person. The team or individual will have 4 rods. The 1st rod cast will be an 9ft 8wt. After the cast is made the second member will run the distance of the cast with the remaining 3 rods. At the end of that cast the second team member will make a cast with a 9ft 7wt rod. and continue until the last cast is made with a 9ft 5wt. The total distance will be scored as well as bonus points for top speed.

•FLY GAMES: Scott A4 Sack Fly Biathlon: ( Restaurant 12 – 3:00 ): The Olympic Biathlon is a combination of skiing and shooting. The Fly Biathlon will be a combination of sack race and fly casting. 3 stations will be setup each with a bulls eye target in the grass. Each constant will get into a sack hop to the station and attempt 3 casts. The best of the 3 casts will be scored for each station as well as extra points for speed.

•FLY GAMES: The SA & Winston BIIIx Fly High Jump ( Restaurant 12 – 3:00 ): The fly high jump will have a bar that looks like the high jump. Contestants will stand on a line and attempt to cast over the bar. If they make the cast the qualify for the next round. Each round the cast will be longer and the bar set higher.

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
• John Miller, CDC Guide Flies
Building: River Run Restaurant at West Branch Angler
Room: Presentation Room at River Run Restauant

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
• John Shaner, Soft Hackle Wet Flies
Building: River Run Restaurant at West Branch Angler
Room: Presentation Room at River Run Restauant

02:00 PM – 03:00 PM
• Jim Levison, Fly Fishing and Photography, How To Take Better Photos of Your Fishing Adventures
Building: River Run Restaurant at West Branch Angler
Room: Presentation Room at River Run Restauant

03:00 PM – 04:00 PM
• Rick Kustich, Spey and Switch Casting Techniques For Steelhead and Delaware Trout.
Building: West Branch Delaware River
Room: Home Pool In Front of Pavillion

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
• Daniel R Morgan, Project Healing Waters
Building: River Run Restaurant at West Branch Angler
Room: Presentation Room at River Run Restauant

05:00 PM – 05:30 PM
• Arthur Salomon, Access and Fishing the Neversink River
Building: River Run Restaurant at West Branch Angler
Room: Presentation Room at River Run Restauant

07:00 PM – 10:00 PM
•Fly Fishing Film Tour FT3: The Fly Fishing Film Tour: In just it’s 6th year, The Fly Fishing Film Tour has become the fishing entertainment event of the year. The Film Tour will be seen in well over 80 cities in 2012 and will showcase some of the best independent outdoor film makers. The goal of the Fly Fishing Film Tour is to energize the industry and inspire film makers to create new cutting edge films to both entertain and educate outdoor enthusiasts. Tickets are $8.95 in advance and $10.95 at the door.



Sunday April -15

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM
•Fly Fishing 201: West Branch Angler is proud to be part of a new program that is bringing thousands to the sport of fly fishing. Fly Fishing 102 is the next step in becoming a proficent angler. Fly Fishing 101 is required as well as registration

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