Here are the details of the 2nd Annual Due South Classic! The tournament was a great success last year and we are looking forward to this year! All proceeds from the Due South Classic will benefit the Middle Fork Greenway, a project headed up by Blue Ridge Conservancy. The greenway will link Blowing Rock and Boone, running beside the Middle Fork of the New River which is currently hatchery supported trout waters. Our hope is to turn a portion of this water into Mountain Heritage or Delayed Harvest water.
If you are unfamiliar with the Due South Classic, it is a public access fly fishing tournament open to all skill levels and types of fly fishing. As long as the fishing adhears to the regulations of the water being fished, you can fish any flies, any way you want. Public access means that you are fishing waters open to the public, Due South cannot shut down those waters for the tournament so there is a good chance that you will be fishing around other non-tournament anglers. The purpose of the tournament is to raise awareness of how important our public access and public lands are. If you'd like to check out the video of the classic from last year, it's linked here.
Tournament weekend will take place Friday, March 8th and Saturday, March 9th. March 8th we will be holding a banquet style fundraiser. We decided to add the banquet portion of the event so that partipants, and volunteers can mingle but also we wanted to raise even more money for the Middle Fork Greenway. The location is still to be determined but we promise it will be worth attending! Right now we have raffle and auction items from Appalachian Furled Leader Company, Hardy, Hodgman, Syndicate and Aftco- just to name a few. Tickets will be on sale and will include 2 beer tickets or 2 raffle tickets. We will also be setting up a way for people to purchase raffle tickets and bid on items if they cannot attend the actual banquet.
The actual tournament will be held on March 9th. It is open to 20 particpants with teams of 2 or individuals. The registration will open January 11th at 9am and it will be $100/angler. We will have an item on the Due South online store that you can check out with. Highly encourage teams to register at the same time (buy 2 spots at once). We will need volunteers again this year. Each volunteer will be paired with 1 angler. There will also be an item on the Due South online store for volunteers to register. Volunteers do not need to have any fishing experience. We want this to include people of all skill levels. Each angler and volunteer will get lunch and an event t-shirt (design coming soon).
Rules are as follows:
-This is a fly fishing only tournament
-Contestants must sign waiver prior to competition day
-All state rules/regulations apply in addition to Due South Classic rules
-Any unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and will result in disqualification
-Severe weather conditions- Due South Outfitters Staff will determine if rivers are in “fishable” condition. If rivers are not “fishable”, tournament will be rescheduled at a later date. In case of an afternoon lighting storm, morning results will act as final results.
-Fishing hours will be set at tournament registration; lines are not allowed in the water prior to official starting time and must be removed immediately upon notification of end time, Anglers will be allowed two hours to fish assigned beat in morning and afternoon.
-Judges will keep official time.
-Fish must be released quickly and safely post catch. Dead fish/ fish unable to survive (as determined by judge) will result in loss of points
-Anglers must fish assigned beat, no private water fishing will be tolerated
-Beats will be on three sections of Delayed Harvest waters; Watauga River at the Valle Crucis Community Park, Watauga River at the Gorge Put In (Hwy 321), and New River at the Todd Island Park
-No snags, above the plate only
-Trout species only-no bait fish/chubs
-Contestants will provide their own equipment
-No scent products
-Streamers are allowed permitting they follow the single hook rule
-Anglers must choose 25 flies to fish with for duration of tournament, they must present their fly box to judge prior to fishing for approval, no fly refills at lunch/intermission, teams may share flies with each other
-Team Overall, Team 2nd, Team 3rd
-Individual Overall, Individual 2nd, Individual 3rd
-Individual Biggest Fish
Scoring is as follows:
-Each fish landed in the net is worth 2 points
-Each contestant will select 10 fish to measure during the day
-Fish are to be measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the relaxed tail
-All fish will be measured to the nearest 1/4”
-Each of the 10 fish measured will score points based on the following:
-Less than 12” + 2 points
12” + 4 points
13” + 6 points
14” + 8 points
15” + 10 points
16” + 12 points
18” + 14 points
20” + 16 points ….. etc
Bonus points on number of fish caught
0-25 + 5 points
26-35 + 10 points
36-45 + 15 points
46 - 55 + 20 points
56 - 65 + 25 points ….. etc