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2 Fly X-Stream Casting Competition

HERE FISHY FISHY

Do you have what it takes to be the Costa 2 Fly X-Stream Champion? Both professional and amateur anglers are welcome.

*NEW FORMAT FOR 2019*

Saturday, June 8

Qualifier – 7am
Semi-Final – 2pm

Competition will be head-to-head in various fly fishing events including a combination distance and accuracy challenge that will test the best of the best. Be one of the top fifteen (15) men’s qualifiers or top five (5) women’s qualifiers and move on to Semi-Finals, with crowds watching and cast again while trying to control your nerves.

Once the top seven (7) men and top three (3) women have been crowned, throw casting out the window as it will be time to test angling skills on the waters of the Vail Valley during the Sunday Costa Fishing Final which will include winners from our Catch Wars and Fly Tying competitions.

MASSIVE PRIZE ALERT! The top male and female angler in the Sunday Fishing Final will each win a fully loaded Flycraft Mountain Fishing SUP Profish Package + a YETI Panga 50 + $1,000 in prize money! Sign up for 2 Fly X-Stream for your chance at a spot in the Final!

Times
Saturday, June 8

Qualifier – 7am

Semi-Final – 2pm


Sunday, June 9

COSTA FISHING FINALS – 8am

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Friday, June 7 at 6pm

COMPETITION fORMAT:
  • Angler Eligibility: 2 Fly X-Stream is open to all anglers twelve (12) and up. Competitors under the age of 18 must register with a parent or legal guardian. Competitors must be able to attend all scheduled events. Anglers will be required to provide all their own equipment, including flies, and must have a valid 2019 Colorado fishing license. Anglers must abide by all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations during their participation in the 2 Fly X-Stream, including, but not limited to, all applicable fishing laws and regulations. 2 Fly X-Stream anglers agree to be bound by these Official Rules (including rules for Casting and Fishing), and all decisions of Organizers.

QUALIFIER RULES (Accuracy and Distance):

  • Equipment: Only 9-foot, 5-weight, standard production, rods (no custom rods) can be used during the casting portions of the competition. All rods will be inspected. Reel, line, leader, and fly will be provided for you. Please remove your reel from your rod before the competition. Provided leaders will be between 5 and 9 feet long. The “fly” used will either be yarn with no hook or hook-less fly pattern of Organizer’s choice and will be provided by the Organizers or appointed judge. A lost fly can be replaced with approval from the Organizers or appointed judge.
  • Angler Participation: There will be a Men’s Division as well as a Women’s Division. The men will be competing for a spot among the fifteen (15) who will continue to the semi-finals. The women will have a slightly different casting location and will be competing for a spot among the five (5) women who will continue to the semifinals. Top 15 Men & Top 5 Women All Receive Costa Sunglasses and Costa Hats! 
  • Selection: Casting competition anglers registered before 12 Midnight on Wednesday will be picked at random and must adhere to the start position he/she is given. There will be no weighted placement of casters, simply random assignment.  As long as there is still availability, any angler registering after 12 Midnight on Wednesday will still be able to participate, but will not be randomly assigned a casting spot.  Rather, those anglers will be placed in any remaining open casting slots. The Women’s Division will cast first.
  • Accuracy: Accuracy targets will be placed at varying distances on dry land. The course may be altered just prior to the event, but will remain set once the first caster has begun.  There will be three targets for accuracy.  Each angler will attempt three casts at each target.  Each accuracy target will have only one ring.  Each achieved target results in one hundred (100) points.  When the fly lands within and/or on the edge of any ring, it is considered an achieved target.  The first place the fly hits the ground will be judged, not bounced, shifted and/or moved casts.  If any cast touches land on a forward cast, known as a “tick”, that attempt it will result in an immediate score or forfeiture of that cast.  Anglers can bail out to the back and regroup as long as time permits (see timing below).  The total number of achieved targets will be multiplied by three (3).  There is a possibility of two thousand seven hundred (2700) points in the accuracy casting.
  • Distance: The distance cast will be judged on actual distance within a casting lane. Anglers will have three (3) distance casts and they all count toward the overall score.  A cast will be forfeited if any portion of the fly line, leader, or the fly itself lands on or outside the casting lane.  If any cast touches land on a forward cast, known as a “tick”, whether inadvertent or not, it will result in a score.  Forfeiture of a distance cast occurs if the fly touches land on a forward cast and is removed before accurate scoring can take place.  Distance will be measured in full foot increments and rounded to the nearest (down or up) whole foot.  Only casts longer than fifty (50) feet will be counted.  Again, all three casts count! The three distance casts will be added together and multiplied by three (3).  This number will then be added to the total from the accuracy portion.  Example, 3 casts are as follows:  67, 75, 92 = 234 * 3 = 702.
  • Bonus: As long as time permits (see timing below), anglers will have one (1) distance cast, also known as a huck, and it will count toward the overall score. Fly line, leader, and/or the fly itself can land outside the casting lane.  If any forward cast touches land, known as a “tick”, whether inadvertent or not, it will result in a score. Forfeiture occurs if the fly touches land on a forward cast and is removed before accurate scoring can take place. Distance will be measured in full foot increments and rounded to the nearest (down or up) whole foot. Only huck casts longer than fifty (50) feet will be counted. Only one huck counts! The huck will be multiplied by three (3).  This number will then be added to the total from the accuracy and distance portions. Example: 103 feet * 3 = 309!
  • Timing & Total Score: Each angler will have one (1) minute to prepare (strip out line) once he/she has stepped into the casting box. Anglers may not finish the practice round by casting at target Number 1.  Anglers must then place the fly back in his/her hand.  Judge will clear the clock and the angler will then have two and a half (2 ½) minutes to complete the three casts at all three accuracy targets and all three casts for distance.  When time expires, the caster will be considered finished with the course and the score achieved when the clock expires will be considered final.  There is no “time-out” for any reason, except for outside interference as determined by the Organizers and/or appointed judge. In the event there is a tie for fifteenth (15th) place for the men and fifth (5th) place for the women, the angler with the longer huck moves on to the semi-finals.
  • Longest Huck: The Longest Huck Competition during the Costa 2 Fly X-Stream Qualifier will be head-to-head with no gender differential. Exact details TBD, but Organizers will have a prize available from a Mountain Games fly fishing sponsor for the angler who can cast the farthest distance. Let it rip one time for all the marbles!

SEMIFINAL RULES (Accuracy Only):

  • Equipment: Only 9-foot, 5-weight, standard production, rods (no custom rods) can be used during the casting portions of the competition. All rods will be inspected at registration. Reel, line, leader, and fly will be provided for you. Please remove your reel from your rod before the competition. Provided leaders will be between 5 and 9 feet long. The “fly” used will either be yarn with no hook or hook-less fly pattern of Organizer’s choice and will be provided by the Organizers or an appointed judge.  A lost fly can be replaced with approval from the Organizers or an appointed judge.
  • Angler Participation: There will be a Men’s Division as well as a Women’s Division. The men will be competing for a spot amongst the seven (7) who will continue to the finals. The women will be competing for a spot amongst the three (3) who will continue to the finals.
  • Selection: For both divisions, anglers making it to the semi-final round of the casting competition will compete in reverse standing order. For example, the angler who had the lowest score, but still moved to the semi-final round, would cast first. The angler with the best score coming out of the qualifier round will cast last. In the event there is a tie within the top casters, higher position will be determined by the longer huck coming from the qualifying round. The Women’s Division will cast first off the bridge.
  • Accuracy: Accuracy targets will be placed at varying distances both in the water and on dry land. The course may be altered depending on water conditions, but will remain set once the first caster in each division has begun.  There will be five targets for accuracy.  Each angler will attempt three casts at each target.  Each achieved target results in one (1) point.  When the fly lands within and/or on the edge of a ring, it is considered an achieved target.  The first place the fly hits the water or ground will be judged, not drifted and/or moved casts.  If a cast inadvertently touches land or water on a forward cast, known as a “tick”, it will result in a score or forfeiture of that cast.  Anglers can bail out to the back and regroup so long as time permits (see timing below).  There is a possibility of fifteen (15) points in the accuracy casting.
  • Bonus: So long as time permits (see timing below), anglers will have one (1) accuracy cast, also known as the money shot, and it will count for two points toward the overall score. Only one shot for all the money!
  • Timing & Total Score: Each angler will have one (1) minute to prepare (strip out line) once he/she has stepped into the casting box. Anglers may not finish the practice round by casting at target Number 1.  Anglers must then place the fly back in his/her hand.  Judge will clear the clock and the angler will then have will then have two and a half (2 ½) minutes to complete the three casts at all five accuracy targets.  When time expires, the caster will be considered finished with the course and the score achieved when the clock expires will be considered final.  There is no “time-out” for any reason, except for outside interference as determined by the Organizers and/or appointed judge.  If all accuracy targets are achieved and the bonus target is achieved, there is a possibility of seventeen (17) points in the semi-final round.
  • In the Men’s Division, in the event there is a tie for seventh (7th) place, qualifying round scores will determine which angler moves on to the finals.  In the Women’s Division, in the event there is a tie for third (3rd) place, qualifying round scores will determine which angler moves on to the finals.  In the event there is a tie for any position within the semifinal round of those moving on to the finals, the qualifying round scores will determine which position each angler has going into the finals.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Rules

PRICE

REGISTRATION LAUNCH // February 6 – April 5, 2019
$50

EARLY BIRD // April 6 – May 27, 2019
$55

EVENT PRICING // May 28 – June 9, 2019
$65


PAYOUT

Top seven (7) men and top three (3) women advance to the  Fishing Finals on Sunday, June 9.

MASSIVE PRIZE ALERT! The top male and female angler in the Sunday Fishing Final will each win a fully loaded Flycraft Mountain Fishing SUP Profish Package + a YETI Panga 50 + $1,000 in prize money! Sign up for 2 Fly X-Stream for your chance at a spot in the Final!

Price & Prizes
Qualifiers:

Vail Rugby Fields


Semi-Finals:

Gear Town (International Bridge)


Sunday Costa Fishing Finals:

Undisclosed Off-Site Location