The America Cup

Sponsors 2012

Town of Vail - Eagle County - Colorado USA

Internationally known for its incomparable world-class skiing and riding, the Vail Valley additionally offers an exciting nightlife, unique shops, gourmet dining and nonstop outdoor adventure, summer or winter.

Vail, Colorado is like nothing on earth. For summer adventures, few places can match Vail. Coordinate your unforgettable trip with Vail signature events, adventures, attractions, or simply find the best condo, hotel, townhouse, or breathtaking view in the Rockies. Vail has the look of a Tyrolean village, and is visited regularly by almost as many Europeans as Americans. This gives its restaurants, hotels, and shops a continental air.

The Town of Vail is the host and headquarters for The America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament.

Maui Jim

Maui JimAwards Banquet Keynote Speaker - Andy Mills

Maui Jim, Inc., has provided famed alpine U.S. Ski Team Racer and two-time Olympian, Andy Mill, to be the keynote speaker at The America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament Awards Banquet, in Vail, CO., September 23, 2012.

"Andy Mill will be a terrific ambassador for Maui Jim because his expertise encompasses so many sports that our enthusiasts enjoy," said Linda Glassel, vice president of marketing for Maui Jim. "Skiers appreciate our glasses because of the superior glare reduction that allows them to better see the variations on the slopes. Fishermen put on our glasses to better see through the water. Andy epitomizes the best of skiing and fishing. We're looking forward to working with him."

Andy MillMill was primarily a downhiller, and was the best in the US in that event from 1974-81. He also skied the World Cup circuit from 1974-81 with seven top 10 finishes, all in downhill or combined. He then began a career in the
ski industry, working as a ski racing commentator on television, and with a syndicated show that is shown in many of the major US ski areas, called "Ski with Andy Mill."

Andy MillMill later took up tarpon fishing. He won five Gold Cup tarpon tournaments; and won the Triple Crown of tarpon fishing, winning the Gold Cup, Hawley, and Golden Fly events. Mill is the author of, A Passion for Tarpon, a book
that has been described as the most technical and up-to-date book about how to catch giant tarpon with a fly rod. It is a master class in fishing, with no short cuts; and features first-hand collected knowledge by Mill a on
the development of flies and tackle, fishing techniques, tarpon research, conservation and more.

The America Cup Fly Fishing Tournament appreciates the support that Andy Mills and Maui Jim are providing to the event and to the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing soldiers.

2012 Awards Banquet tickets available by clicking here

Thank you for Maui Jim for providing sun glasses to the PHWFF soldiers.

Vail Valley AnglersVail Valley Anglers has joined The America Cup in support of Project Healing Waters day and the competition. The official fly shop will be hosting Kevin Compton of Performance Flies, a master tier, in house events and returning team champions Michael Drinan (Ireland), Thomas Drinan (Ireland), Marek Walczek (Poland) , Sandro Soldarini (Italy), and Todd Oishi (Canada) have planned a visit, come by and meet these top anglers. Vail Valley Anglers has also donated to the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing soldier's day to help cover the housing and meal costs of the soldiers. The Cup thanks Vail Valley Anglers for their generosity. | 970-926-0900

Welcome to the new Vail Valley Anglers located in Edwards, Colorado.  We are now open in the old Gorsuch Outfitters location and offering the very finest in equipment and guide service once again.  We have a seasoned, experienced staff as well as the knowledge to assist you with your adventures around the globe or on the local waters near the shop.  We look forward to reconnecting with you the next time you visit the Vail Valley.  Give us a call to make you float or wade fishing reservation this Fall or to just catch up on some fish stories and see the latest innovations in the fly fishing world. See you soon...   John Cochran - GM

NOVA GUIDES HAS BEEN VAIL'S PREMIER OUTDOOR RECREATION COMPANY FOR OVER 20 YEARS, serving the Vail Valley and surrounding areas. Nova Guides will be providing the tranportation for the PHWFF day and competition days to all venues. Lunch will also be catered from McAllister's Grill at the Nova Guides lodge at Camp Hale. We thank Nova Guides for supporting The Cup!

Open all year! Our summer activities include white water rafting, fishing, mountain bike tours, Jeep tours, Hummer tours, guided ATV tours, ATV rentals and paintball. For winter fun try our guided snowmobile tours, snowmobile rentals, snowcoach tours or dogsledding.

Check out our NEW lodge and cabin rentals! 719.486.2656

Tred Barta |

Tred Barta has been a dear friend of The America Cup and has helped raise awareness and funds for the event and the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing soldiers day. Please follow Tred blogging on his latest adventures at See Tred at the tournament registration and draw.

Greys born to fishThere's no doubt about it. Great anglers use great tackle. And we have the best of both world's here at Greys.

Our experts, like Nick Hart, John Bailey, Rebecca Thorpe, John Horsey, Chris Ogborne and Henry Gilbey to name but a few, are demanding anglers, and any of the Greys equipment they use is thoroughly tested. We love glowing reviews and winning awards (and we do get quite a few) but it's the fact that Greys is the gear of choice for so many top flight anglers that pleases us most.

These men and women cannot afford their gear to let them down and that's why we are proud they choose Greys. Great design. Great materials. Great build quality. Great prices. Lifetime guarantees. Their backing is as good an endorsement as you can get in game fishing.

Greys 'Born to Fish' - websiteHardy Fly Rods

For well over a century, Hardy has been renowned as the manufacturer of the finest game fishing tackle in the world - the name is synonymous with quality and excellence. Such reputations are not acquired easily, but it has never faltered throughout the Company's long history.

All over the globe, there are people who love to fish and in the universal language of the sport, one name reigns supreme - that of Hardy.

Hardy Fly Rods - website

Ross Reels

Ross is recognized as the leading fly reel manufacturer in the United States. We are also a premier manufacturer of high quality fly rods, complete fly fishing outfits, reel outfits, rod cases, fishing pliers and other outdoor related products. Our commitment to quality, innovation and customer support shows in every product we make!


Throughout our 60 year history, Scientific Anglers has consistently set the standard in premier fly-fishing. From inventing the contemporary floating fly line more than 50 years ago to our specialty core construction and patented AST and Sharkskin technologies we continue to transform and modernize the sport.  Our angling scientists and design team work in partnership with fly-fishing legends to develop cutting-edge technologies and ultimate fly line designs to boost your fly-fishing experience to the extreme. Whether you are just beginning or an experienced angler our equipment is designed to give you optimum performance with every cast.

William JosephWILLIAM JOSEPH - We began by making gear that would strap directly to our packs, allowing us access to some of the most remote “Honey Holes” the West has to offer. It didn’t matter where we went, some die hard Angler with similar ambitions would use a couple of twenty dollar bills to help pry gear out of our hands.
Initially our product line was small, however our aspirations were large causing the line to grow with each passing month. Those months have now turned into years and William Joseph has far surpassed our wildest expectations. However, no matter what has happened, we have stayed true to our original vision of providing guys like ourselves with the best gear money can buy.

The fact is we are a product-driven company. Always have been, always will be. We have, what some might call an insatiable desire to make the lightest, strongest, best performing gear on the planet. We don’t care about fu-fu colors and fashionable accents, if it isn’t technically superior and purposeful we leave it off. We are constantly in search of new and better materials, and when it’s all brought to life through our designs and ideas the result is a better experience for you on the river.

 Visit the William Joseph website to see their products and offerings.

Fly Fishing Outfitters

Fly Fishing Outfitters has also donated to the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing soldier's day to help cover the housing and meal costs of the soldiers. The Cup thanks Fly Fishing Outfitters for their generosity. | 970-476-FISH (3474)

Since 1992 Fly Fishing Outfitters has been serving the Vail Valley.  We are a locally owned and operated, year round, Orvis endorsed guide service and retail location in Avon (next to Agave).  We are the only Orvis endorsed guide service in the Vail Valley and the two time winner of the Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year. Our passion is connecting people with nature through fly fishing. We provide every client with a top notch experience whether they are a first time fisherman or have been fishing for years we will match them with a professional guide and guarantee a safe and fun day on the river.

Minturn Anglers

Minturn Anglers has also donated to the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing soldier's day to help cover the housing and meal costs of the soldiers. The Cup thanks Minturn Anglers for their generosity. | 970-827-9500

Let one of our skilled fly fishing guides take you to one of our many rivers, small mountain streams, spring fed ponds or high alpine lakes on foot or by boat. We go above and beyond to ensure you invaluable instruction, a fun and exciting experience, and a lasting memory for years to come. Please check out all of our Guided Trips.

Author Beth Groundwater spent time researching this book
with John Knight during the 2009 America Cup.


Wicked Eddies is the second book in the RM Outdoor Adventures series. Deadly Currents is the first book in this series centering around The Arkansas River and Salida, CO.

"Fly fishing is dangerous? River ranger Mandy Tanner had no idea until days before a huge tournament in Salida, Colorado. True, the Arkansas River can be a man-eater, but the rapids weren’t responsible for driving a hatchet into the neck of would-be competitor Howie Abbott―a secretive man who may have been cheating. While casting about for suspects, Mandy seeks clues from Abbott’s family members, including her best friend, bartender Cynthia Abbott. But when Cynthia becomes the prime suspect, Mandy realizes she’s wading into deeper, more hazardous waters than ever."

I've listed you and your wife in the Acknowledgments:
"I want to thank those who selflessly shared their expertise with me so this book could be as authentic as possible. ... John Knight, Director of The America Cup fly fishing tournament held every fall in Colorado, graciously let me tromp alongside rivers with him for a day and pepper him with questions while he judged the 2009 tournament. His wife Jodi also was helpful in providing behind-the-scenes details about how such tournaments are run. The characters John and Carol Squire in the book were developed to honor this hard-working and dedicated couple. ..."

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EVTUIn Colorado, water is a more precious commodity than almost any other natural resource. Since 1969, Colorado Trout Unlimited has been the state’s leading advocate in conserving, protecting and restoring Colorado’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited supports The America Cup and their drive to educate local and visiting anglers of the dangers of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS). As the result of the emerging threat posed to our fisheries by various ANS such as New Zealand mud snails, the whirling disease parasite Myxobolus cerebralis, and Didymo (filamentous algae), many anglers, guides, outfitters, lodge, and fly shop owners have raised concerns regarding the proper care of angling equipment to to help prevent the spread of these nasty aquatic hitchhikers.

Learn how to clean your gear properly here.

DOWThe America Cup is proud to be working closely with the Colorado Division of Wildlife for our event venues. Protecting our water and promoting Colorado resources is critical to future generations.

Thank you to Bill, Craig and Brian!

Fishing in Colorado means opportunity & a chance to catch some 35 species of both warm- and cold-water fish. You can fish for the famed rainbow trout in a cool Rocky Mountain stream or troll for walleye on a sunny plains reservoir. And Colorado offers everything in between, too.

There are 6,000 miles of streams and more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs to choose from. Colorado's 168 miles of Gold Medal streams provide outstanding angling opportunities for large trout. These waters are managed to ensure populations of big fish.

Buy a License Steam Flows  
Species Identification Hot Spots  
Master Angler Program Resources and Tips Colorado Division of Wildlife fishing regulations

iGuidePro™ brings professional planning and advice to anglers of all abilities who want to maximize each trip to the water.
The pros know best! Let our guides show you the tricks of the trade. With their expertise at your fingertips, you’ll enjoy the ultimate guided fishing experience! Try something new! Using our simple interface, you’ll be on your way to finding a fresh spot to share with friends. Get out and explore an unfamiliar area, with the secrets of an old pro!

Majestic Fine Wines, a family owned and operated wine company, touts an Award Winning international portfolio of wineries and estates located in premier growing regions of California, Chile, Italy, France and Australia. These wineries, personally developed by Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Bankee, produce luxury wines with a focus on growing native varieties that are truly representative of local terrior.

Thank you for providing the wine selections for the Team Welcome Gift Bags.

TAC 2011

AmmaLa Rods will be included in the winner's award packages.
Thank you to Ammala Louangketh for the continued generousity.


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Trout Legend

TroutLegend Competitive FF Cooperative
"Competitive fly fishing in the United States is on the rise

Nu Cast premium fishing tools. Thank you for all the support for The America Cup - Vail 2012!

All Cup competitors are entitled to a 15% discount on entire orders (except tungsten products). Please send an email to Kevin Compton at to receive your coupon code. Performance Flies wishes the best to all the international competitors traveling to Vail for the 2012 Cup.
Contact or 216-458-2625 to place an order.

"Thank you to Performance Flies for this great "Cup" offering!"
Whether it's the lure of Adventure Ridge activities, breathtaking mountain diningmountain biking, or exploring alpine meadows with wildflowers, your notion of summer fun reaches new peaks once our Gondola lands you at the top of Vail Mountain.

VAIL Like nothing on earth.™

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