Bob Ainsley and Dan Baughman were among the biggest winners at the 12th annual One Fly fishing event Oct. 9.
A total of 119 anglers took part in the event that was centered at Follys End Campground in Girard, and 154 people attended the post-event picnic.
Ainsley caught the most fish on a single fly — seven — to win the championship of the free-entry event, which allows anglers one fly and four hours to catch and record as many fish as possible. It’s ostensibly a steelhead tournament, but brown trout were worth double points — two points per every quarter inch instead of one point — and all other species counted one-quarter point per inch.
Ainsley also teamed with Gene Greco to claim the team title. They won fly boxes and flies donated by Greg Senyo of Steelhead Alley Outfitters.
Ainsley’s overall prize was a 1935 bamboo fly rod, restored by event founder and organizer Jack Gripp.
Baughman was runner-up in the overall division, winning a new bamboo rod, and teamed with Shawn Bernecky to finish second among teams. He also caught the day’s biggest fish, a 29 1/2-inch steelhead.
Rocco Frisco, the top youth angler, won a complete fishing ensemble. Jolene Booth won the female division and a pewter plate from Wendell August Forge.
Gripp, 59, a U.S. Army disabled veteran who has fished the Lake Erie tributaries for decades, started the event as a small competition between friends. It’s grown every year since, thanks largely to social media and a growing corps of volunteers.
“A special thanks has to go out to Skip and Debi Hughes, who handled the preparing and serving of the food at the picnic,” Gripp said. “And thanks to all who attended and donated to this event.”
The organizers made a special presentation of a restored 1954 bamboo fly rod to Jerry White, the individual who in the opinion of the members was the most deserving for his actions on the board.
Anglers also heard from Senyo, who offered his support for the goals of the event: catch and release fishing and public access of Erie waters. Senyo donated a certificate for a day’s guided spring fishing trip for a man and a child.
Attendees donated $305 for the Fruitbaskets for Land Owners program that the Gem City Fly Tiers oversee.
A drawing let attendees in on donated items, too, including a custom fishing rod donated by Laurel Ridge Rods; a custom rod from Mile Creek Custom Rods; and a fishing charter donated by A Day Away Fishing Adventures. More than 50 door prizes, most donated, were given away.
Watch for details on the 2011 event on the Lake Erie watershed discussion board at www.fisherie.com.
Partial list of winners
1. Bob Ainsley
2. Dan Baughman
1. Rocco Frisco
1. Jolene Booth
1. Bob Ainsley and Gene Greco
2. Shawn Bernecky and Dan Baughman
- Biggest fish: Dan Baughman, 291/2 inches