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Tying flies and having fun in Basalt

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Competitors in the 3rd annual Iron Fly Competiton get to work tying flies Jan. 25 at Riverside Grill in Basalt.
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The Roaring Fork Fly Fishing Club and Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted the third annual Iron Fly Competition on Jan. 25 at Riverside Grill in Basalt.

The competition attracted 20 youth between ages 7 and 13 from Aspen to New Castle. That was double the number from 2016.

The adult competition drew 14 anglers, fly-fishing guides and enthusiasts.

Iron Fly is a fly-tying event combined with friendly competition. Competitors are provided with secret and unusual materials that must be used in each fly. New this year, adults tied a wooly bugger blindfolded. The only rule is to have fun.

The winner in the adult division was Andrew Soliday with Bret Beauchamp in second and Harry Portland in third.

In the youth division, Drake H. was the winner with Gracie C. in second and Gavin G. in third.

The contest was made possible through the help of numerous sponsors, including several restaurants and other businesses in Basalt.

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