Friday, May 7, 2010

OneSurfFly fundraiser

Saturday May 1:

The OneSurfFly fishing contest was held on the beach at Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria. Sponsored by The Artful Angler, the event drew over 50 fly fishers from around southern California. Contestants were given 3 hours to fly fish in the surf using one fly only.

The hardy leopard sharks, often foul-hooked, broke off many angler's fly early on, putting them out of the running. The common catch was surf perch, with the winners catch-and-releasing more than 15 in the time allotted.

The event raised $1650 for the Matilija Coalition, with the funds going directly to last week's spring steelhead surveys on the Ventura River.

Many thanks to Eric at the Artful Angler and long-time supporter Gary Bulla.