Team USA in the Jackson Hole One Fly

October 2, 2009 by Caroline Leave a reply »

Photo courtesy of Neal Henderson with Reaction Photo

Photo courtesy of Neal Henderson of Reaction Photo.

Alex Maher and Brian Hartley of Live Water Properties rounded out a team of exceptional anglers to form TEAM USA in the 24th Annual Jackson Hole One Fly competition. Maher posted a lofty score during “Saturday’s competition with numerous quality cutthroat between 15-18” – his secret weapon was a small black terrestrial which was deadly in the braiding side-channels. Hartley was assigned the often overlooked whitewater section from West Table to Sheep Gulch.  Given the low pressure system that had moved in and the ominous cloud cover, he opted to fish sub-surface with a clouser minnow variation. He was en route to a quality day with an 18” cutty and numerous smaller fish on the board when the pressure from a synched split shot weight allowed just enough stress in the line for the heavy fly to pop and disappear into the churning whitewater below.

Team USA took 3rd place in the competition, narrowly outside the gold metal spot (just 7 measly points separated first place from third!!)..There is always next year.

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