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Outdoors notebook: Fly casters, tyers to test their accuracy

| Sunday, July 6, 2014, 8:24 p.m.

Fly fishermen can compete in a couple of contests, both of them set for Sept. 6 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds Sports and Outdoor Nationals show.

The second annual Pennsylvania fly casting championship will judge competitors on how far and how accurately they can cast. Contestants will cast simulated flies at 30-inch targets located between 20 and 65 feet from the “casting box.” Contestants will then move to the “distance” range where they will attempt to place their flies within a narrow 10-foot-wide lane as far as they can cast.

There will be expert and intermediate categories for adults and a youth category.

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The state fly tying championship, meanwhile, will offer competition in three divisions: youth, amateur and open.

Pre-qualification is required for each division. Entrants are required to submit three flies along with an application by Aug. 15. The top five contestants in each category will be selected to attend the show.

The top five contestants in each category will be required to tie three flies, two they have learned of in advance and a “mystery” fly.

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Donations help cause

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is lending support to the state's Hunters Sharing the Harvest program, to the tune of $20,000.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest takes deer donated by hunters and gives the meat, usually as 2-pound packs of ground meat, to food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations around the state.

Hunters pay all or most of the cost of having the donated deer butchered.

The commission's donation is meant to help offset that, executive director Matt Hough said.

There are an estimated 1.3 million people statewide who need food assistance, so the group's goal is to donate 100,000 pounds of venison a year, spokesman John Plowman said.

The group is getting closer to reaching its goal, he said, crediting the hunters who have embraced and supported the program all along.

“But there's never enough deer meat for all of the food banks around the state that ask for it,” Plowman said.

College tournament

A number of area colleges and universities are sending teams to FLW Outdoors College Fishing's northern conference bass tournament on the Chesapeake Bay.

The event is set for July 12. It is the second of three regular season stops for the conference. Teams will be fishing for a $2,000 top prize and, more importantly, a spot in the Northern Conference Invitational.

Winners there go the college national championship.

Competing on the Chesapeake Bay will be the La Roche team of Jonathan Coholich and Nicholas Yund, both of Pittsburgh; three Penn State teams, one made up of Anthony Kashiwsky of Aliquippa and Kevin Barber of Lancaster; a Slippery Rock team made up of Jeremy Randour of Washington and Billy Hines of Erie; and four teams from Mansfield and one from Shippensburg.

New role

The Game Commission has promoted one of its own.

Rich Palmer, formerly head of the agencies law enforcement staff as chief of the bureau of wildlife protection, was promoted to deputy director for field operations. Palmer, a commission employee since 1991, will coordinate the resources of the agency's six regions and monitor regional budget requests.

He also will supervise the Ross Leffler School of Conservation.

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

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