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Pa. Fly Tying Championship tops outdoor show

| Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

If you've got mad fly-tying skills you want to show off, or you want to just see what great flies really look like, be sure to check out the Pennsylvania State Fly Tying Championship.

The year's competition will be held Feb. 9 at the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, scheduled for the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. There will be three divisions: youth, amateur and open.

Five contestants will be picked for each. They'll have to tie three flies — two they'll know the identity of in advance, one a mystery fly — at the show.

The top three finishers in each category get trophies, with the open winner also getting at least $100.

To enter, submit an application and three flies for pre-judging. Entries can be sent to: CVTU Fly Tying Contest, PO Box 520, Carlisle, PA 17013. For more, visit http://cvtu.homestead.com/ or www.easternsportshow.com/.

Youth fly fishing

The Forbes Trail Chapter of Trout Unlimited is taking applications for its youth conservation and fly fishing program. Boys and girls ages 12 to 16 will learn to tie flies and fly fish, learn about stream ecology and trout behavior, and go on several field trips, including one to Erie to fish for steelhead.

Meetings start Jan. 24 at the Loyalhanna Watershed Association office in Ligonier and will run monthly through November. Each participant will get a youth membership in Trout Unlimited. Fly tying and fly fishing equipment will be provided for the duration of the program.

Cost is $20. Enrollment is limited to 15. For information, contact Drew Banas at 724-238-3290 or visit www.forbestrailtu.org.

Property protected

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy added five acres to its Bennett Branch Forest in Elk County.

The conservancy acquired more than 6,200 acres of land in Elk and Clearfield counties in 2008. About 4,800 acres became part of Moshannon State Forest. The other 1,400 became the Bennett Branch Forest, near Benezette.

The new acreage provides access for public hunting, fishing and low-impact recreation, conservancy officials said.

Big winner

A Bucks County man came home from a hunting trip a wealthy man. Roger Custer of Levittown went deer hunting this past season, taking along with him a Powerball ticket. When he got home, he had his wife look it over.

That's when he realized he'd been carrying a fortune around in his wallet the woods. He took the winnings in cash, getting $33,134,526.18.

Bob Frye is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at bfrye@tribweb.com or via Twitter @bobfryeoutdoors.

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