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BREVARD, N.C. (Jan. 15) – Call it casting for a cause, the 2008 Pisgah Fly Masters tournament is much more than a fly-fishing competition.

Proceeds from the inaugural event, to be held March 29-30 on the Davidson River under a special use permit by the U.S. Forest Service, will benefit classroom construction at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.

“Conservation is the real winner,” said organizer and primary sponsor Kevin Howell of Davidson River Outfitters. “The competition will be fun and it will raise awareness and funding for education about coldwater fisheries.”

The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is a N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission visitor and learning facility located near Brevard. The planned classroom will be used for educational programs including aquatic habitats, fly fishing and fly tying.

The Pisgah Fly Masters tournament will consist of casting for distance and accuracy on Saturday at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. On Sunday, the top 10 finishers will move to on-stream competition at Davidson River Outfitters’ private access portion of the Davidson River. First place will take home a Sage 8-foot, six-inch Z Axis rod, Lamson Velocity reel with Rio fly line – and bragging rights.

The Feb. 15 entry deadline for the tournament is fast approaching. Competition is limited to the first 125 entrants, with a $50 registration fee. For more information, contact Emilie Johnson at (828) 877-4423.
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