Lake Athens Fly Fishing Festival

| April 23, 2019

Festivus For The Rest of Us

Athens Fly Fishing Festival & Challenge 2019

Johnny Martinez sums up the tournament he created this way, “I call the event a Festival because I am trying to make more than a tournament,  with demos, instruction, fly tying and casting instruction. We also hold a casting contest as well as being a benefit for Project Healing Waters.”

According to Martinez, the best way to get a feel for the culture of the event is to attend. So next year, put this event on your calendar, pack your rain gear and head for Lake Athens, Texas, and the LAFFF!

“NOTE – Note: This year we had 5 fly fishing clubs represented and all five places or won something.”

LAFFF 2019 Results.

Big Bass Challenge winners.

Boat division 

Biggest Bass 18.75 inches

Benson Fowler from the East Texas Fly Fishers 

Longest stringer

5 fish for 61.5 inches

Jeff Ziehm of the Dallas Fly Fishers 

Small craft/ kayak division

Biggest Bass 17 inches

Mike Dobson of the Lonestar Fly Fishers  of Tyler Tx.

Longest stringer 17 inches

Mike Dobson of Lonestar Fly Fishers of Tyler Tx.

Sunfish Challenge 

1st place

Benson Folwer – East Texas Fly Fishers 

2nd place

Cathy Case – Red River Fly Fisher 

3rd place

David Hudnell – Lonestar Fly Fishers 

Casting contest

(Modified version)

1st place  JD Lee – Dallas Fly Fishers 

2nd place  Regan Butts (independent)

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Category: East Texas, Tournaments and Contests

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