Inaugural Upper C Fall Classic hosted by Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited |

Inaugural Upper C Fall Classic hosted by Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited

If You Go

What: Upper C Fall Classic fishing tournament

When: Kickoff party 5:30 p.m. Friday. The tournament is all day Saturday. Saturday’s party is 3-6 p.m.

Where: Friday’s party is at Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards. Saturday’s party is at Eagle town park.

Cost: To fish it’s $250 per angler. The party is free

Information: To enter call Brian Bloess at 970-306-9424. For information go to Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited’s Facebook page.

EAGLE COUNTY — The local Trout Unlimited chapter is hosting what may be the world’s most relaxed fundraiser.

It’s the inaugural Upper C Fall Classic and you get to float the Upper Colorado River in someone else’s boat, drink beer and fish.

Plus, you get to feel good about it because Trout Unlimited is a river conservation group with a mission “to protect, conserve and restore Colorado’s cold water fisheries and their watersheds.”

And, it’s the only fly-fishing tournament fundraiser that provides guides and lets you fish from a boat, said Brian Bloess with Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited.

While this is their first Upper C Fall Classic, it’s all part of Trout Unlimited’s fifth annual Grasshopper Festival, the annual fall fundraiser.

There’s a kick-off party is at 5:30 p.m. today at Crazy Mountain Brewery in Edwards for guides and participants. They’ll draw for launch times and which stretch of the river you want to fish.

You have two options: from Pumphouse to Radium or State Bridge to Two Bridges.

There will be two winners from Saturday’s fishing tournament.

The boat that catches the most fish, and

The boat catching the three largest fish.

“It’s catch-and-release, of course, so anglers will be measuring and weighing their fish in the boat and submitting photos,” Bloess said.

The winning boat receives $1,000.

The awards will be presented at Saturday’s party, which takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Eagle Town Park, where you can also take part in casting clinics and all sorts of other instructional stuff.

Also, if you don’t feel like improving your skills, then you can listen to music by the Turntable Review and swap fishing stories with your buddies.

Bloess said there’s a silent auction and they’re giving a bunch of stuff away.

The kids have their own activities.

All the money raised stays in Eagle County, Bloess said.

Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited is a conservation group that promotes and works for cold, clean, fishable water, riparian and habitat improvements, and native fish stocking.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and

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