The youth fly fishing championship is a wonderful event to attend as the venues are the free flowing rivers and majestic lakes of the Rocky Mountains and the resort towns of Colorado. The Town of Vail is the location for the opening and closing ceremonies and host hotel. The host hotel is Evergreen Lodge where the event headquarters, competitor lodging, meals, transportation staging, team registration, captain’s meetings, beat draw, and posting of scores will occur. This will be a great place to meet and mingle with the international teams and to enjoy the festive atmosphere. The opening ceremony includes a flag parade of teams led through Vail along Gore Creek, by OktoberfestHelmut Fricker, then up the Lionshead Eagle Bahn Gondola to the top of Vail Mountain.  Here the official ceremony will occur  with welcome speeches and a presentation of the Birds of Prey. Youth teams will then enjoy an exhilarating ride on a vail_summer_zipline2zipline and return to Eagle’s Nest for the Welcome Dinner. Tickets to attend the Opening Ceremony are required and includes the ride up the gondola and the welcome dinner.  tickets Beaver Creek RodeoBeaver Creek Rodeo excursion for an evening of cowboys and BBQ.  The Beaver Creek Rodeo features the full line up of classic rodeo events – bareback & saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing and of course, bull riding! A conservation symposium on the topics of watershed conservation, invasive species, and fishery management will be provided to the attendees.  Speakers will be Trout Unlimited,  Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Eagle River Watershed Council at historic Camp Hale at Nova Guides. The closing ceremony is open to the public at Vail Mountain Plaza at the base of the Gondola One.  Watch as team and individual mvail_012pedals get awarded, while national anthems are played and nation’s flags are raised.  Cheer along side all the competitors as the medals VCD5918_Jack_Affleckand trophies are held high.  Closing speeches are stated and thank yous are made.  With the official closing completed, the awards banquet follows. The awards banquet follows the medal ceremony with teams boarding Gondola One for a ride up the mountain to Mid Vail for dinner and awards.  The awards handed out here are from our sponsors and go to teams and participants of the event.  Enjoy dinner and the setting sun as the championship closes with smiles, new friendships, and memories for a lifetime. Tickets to attend the awards banquet are required and includes the ride up the gondola and the awards dinner.  tickets

The rivers and lakes of Colorado are truly majestic. Rivers will vary from classic wide open streams, to long pools and deep holes, to excellent freestone rivers with prolific hatches. Spectacular canyon country offering not only outstanding fishing, but also an unforgettable setting. The lakes hold wild trout in settings from a deep, open reservoir surrounded by 13,000′ peaks to a high, alpine lake full of brook trout.  The only thing that rivals the beauty of these vistas are the trout you will encounter.

Fishing venues are divided into 5 sectors. Maps to the sectors and the land rules will be available.   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAccess will vary by sector based on private or managed property requirements.  Land owners, ranch owners, and government agencies have all joined together to provide the championship waters.  Parking and pedestrian traffic will be controlled so we do not disturb the water or competitor.  Bring a camera and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Colorado and watch true masters of the fly rod in action.

Competition Waters
Sector I – Eagle River Upper – near Wolcott on private water
Sector II – Eagle River Lower – near Wolcott on private water
Sector III – Colorado River – near Dotsero on private water –Colorado River Ranch
Sector IV – Sylvan Lake – near Eagle at Sylvan Lake State Park
Sector V – Dillon Reservoir – Town of Frisco at Frisco Bay Marina

Official Practice Waters
Eagle River – near Edwards – Jouflas Field
Colorado River – near Dotsero – Coyote River Ranch
Dillon Reservoir – Town of Frisco – Frisco Bay Marina – Pine Cove