|Date||September 09-14, 2014|
THE AMERICA CUP FLY FISHING TOURNAMENT
The America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament is a catch and release, fly-fishing tournament with International, U.S., Men's, Women's, Youth and Adaptive anglers competing on the best trout waters in Colorado. 5 person teams compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and The Cup. The tournament is organized and operated to promote U.S. and international competition in the sport of fly fishing and to provide program and monetary support to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, whose mission is to assist in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. In past years we have hosted international teams from Poland, Ireland, Hungary, Japan, Canada, and Australia as well as US teams including USA Youth Fly Fishing Team, Colorado Youth Team, Team North Carolina, Team Wyoming, Team Stonefly and Team USA, to name a few. This is the largest Fips-Mouche style fly fishing tournament in the United States with up to 80 Anglers competing for 3 days.
The America Cup is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes competitive, amateur fly fishing at the national and international levels and to provide programmatic and monetary support to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (ProjectHealingWaters.org ). Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is dedicated to the crucial work of physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled, active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing outings and fly tying education. We are proud and honored to partner with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing to support this incredibly important work for our veterans and men and women in uniform.
This year’s tournament will be preceded by a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing 'Soldier's Day' that will be hosted through an ongoing partnership between The America Cup and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. It will offer soldiers an opportunity to get out on the water with America Cup competitors, and other supporters of The America Cup. September 10, 2014 at historic Camp Hale. Each soldier and supporter will be joined by a top competitor for a day of learning and fishing on river and lake. Nova Guides will be providing lodging, food, and transportation for the event at their Camp Hale property ,where the 10th Mtn Division trained for WWII.
In addition to this, The America Cup will provide volunteer support for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing programs in Colorado and will make a financial donation to support ongoing Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing programs in Colorado.
The America Cup will be held in the Colorado mountain town of Vail, CO. Known for its access to all the great outdoor recreational activities that Colorado has to offer, Vail provides an ideal location to showcase competitive fly fishing to the world. Situated among some of the highest peaks and most pristine rivers in Colorado, Vail also offers great accessibility from the nearby I-70 highway that grants access to Denver, only 100 miles away. The America Cup is proud to be working with Vail, as the town is a great ambassador to the international stage of competitors that travel here for the event. It has a truly unique aesthetic that promotes the rich traditions of the American west and a comforting local appreciation for sportsmen of all types. Vail has made a strong commitment to The America Cup for 2014, providing ideal locations for all ceremonies and gatherings, and dedicated event promotion to help bring participants to the area. 2014 promises to be a banner year as The America Cup builds upon its previous success and offers more opportunities for enthusiasts of all levels to participate with some of the best Fly Fishermen in the world!
“It’s an exciting time in fly fishing! Team USA in encouraged by the level of generosity the sport
is receiving from new partnerships such as the Town of Vail, Hardy/Grey and many in the industry.”
Anthony Naranja - Captain - Fly Fishing Team USA
“Our youth TEAM USA members were quite impressed with the challenges and the quality of the competition. It certainly was an impressive opportunity for them to compete against fly anglers of all ages from all over the world. The caliber of the anglers who compete in the America Cup makes it one of the finest competitions available to competitive fly fishing enthusiasts.”
John Ford - President, US Youth Fly Fishing Team
“The America Cup was a terrific event and great step forward for competitive fly fishing in the United States. You guys worked as hard as we could ask for in running the event – thanks! I still receive contacts from people who participated, volunteered, and watched during the competitions.”
Jim Hickey - WorldCast Anglers
"An opportunity to participate along side some of the world's most elite fly fisherman is an experience no one should miss. These are the true masters of the sport and everyone involved will have the chance to interact with these fine gentlemen. My hopes are that this event will spotlight the nature of competitive fly fishing and how community involvement can create a spectacular international fly fishing tournament, that reoccurs every year. "
John Knight - The America Cup