20th ANNUAL EVENT: MAY 16-18TH, 2019

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Twenty years of fishing, storytelling, and raising money to preserve the West Branch of the Ausable River! To mark the 20th Anniversary, they're adding new items to the event: an extra day, expected larger fish, expanded fishing hours, a live auction, and well-known comedian Louis Ramey!

The Ausable River Two-Fly Challenge was founded to celebrate the joy of fishing, the spirit of sportsmanship, stocking of the West Br. AuSable River, and natural wonders of the Whiteface Region. 

Four Divisions to Choose From
  • Junior Division:
Kids 15 or younger, who are not required to have a fishing license in NYS, parent or legal guardian must be present with the child at all times, both on and off the water
  • Women's Division:
  • Men's Division:
  • Competitive Division:
For pro fisherman or anyone who has won the Ausable River 2 Fly within the past five years

Included in Your Registration
  • Special collectors glass
  • 20th-anniversary shirt
  • All weekend activities listed below

Thursday night
  • New welcome party at the Wilmington Town Beach featuring a bonfire, food trucks, beer vendors, and “campfire” music by Ausable Branch. 

Friday night 
  • Fly Tyers Reception where you will meet fly tyers and learn the tricks of the trade.
  • New Comedy Night to relax after a day of fishing and listen to the fun stories by well-known Comedian Louis Ramey. 

Saturday night
  • Two Fly banquet complete with full dinner, awards, prizes, raffles, and a new live auction!
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Comedy Friday Night

Louis Ramey is a sharp-witted humorist who thrives on performing standup, connecting with people and making them think.  He has been honing his craft for years and stars weekly on Nickelodeon's – The Nick @ Nite Road Crew. 
You’ve seen him on Comedy Central’s – Premium Blend, Comedy Central’s “USO Tour”, Comedy Central’s World Comedy Tour”, and on his own half-hour special, “Comedy Central Presents:  Louis Ramey”.
Louis has performed on many television shows in the USA, Canada, and Hong Kong:  ABC’s “The View”, “20 Most Awesomely Bad Songs of 2004” – VH1, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”(Season II), “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” – Comedy Central, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno – NBC, “Last Call with Carson Daly” – NBC, “It’s Showtime at the   Apollo”.
Louis has performed in the Top Comedy Festivals including the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, wherein 1999 Louis was voted Best New Artist.

Wilmington Dam Renovations 2018

Expanded Gate size & retainer wall replaced

The project started in Spring 2018 and is mostly finished except for some landscaping.  The chute more than doubled in size to let more water through to better flush the lake sediment out so the river can stay more balanced as it deposits its sand along the way.  

Also, the retainer wall on the river right  was lowered and encapsulated with a new much larger footing to prevent erosion under the footing.

Overall the contractor did a great job doing the necessary repairs.  

The dam will be different and time will tell how the fishing will remain good down below it.

Tri-Lakes Trout Unlimited

Attached are 4 photos of the work to remove the Quarry Dam on the Ausable River.
Due to some equipment breakage, the thumb, and a track coming off the rollers, there was a delay,
but we broke through and the water level dropped around 1.5 feet, with an expectation of possibly another foot to go.
There is now a riffle above the dam and boulders showing that were once under water. Dimples were seen above the dam and newly created riffles and trout are happy.
A welder will be in tomorrow morning to fix the thumb, and we commence to kick some dam ass again!

I'll have more update photos tomorrow before I head home tomorrow evening.

Ron Urban, Chairman
NY Trout Unlimited

The project started 8/8/18