Wyoming Rescue Mission looks forward to biggest Fishin’ for the Mission event yet

Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 5:16 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Rescue Mission will host its 9th Annual Fishin’ for the Mission Fly Fishing Tournament fundraising event beginning at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at Red Butte Ranch, 8550 S Bessemer Bend. Boats will head to their chosen spots on the river at 7 a.m., and the tournament will officially begin at 8 a.m. Lunch and entertainment will begin at noon, and boats are due back by 1 p.m. for awards and recognitions.

“I mean this Fishin’ for the Mission it’s amazing. We’ve been doing this for nine years, we’ve got upwards of ninety people that are gonna be including the guides out on the river fishing to restore the lives of those who struggle with homelessness in our community, and around the state,” said Wyoming Rescue Mission Executive Director Brad Hopkins.

A guide meet-&-greet dinner, Calcutta, and silent and live auctions, led by professional auctioneer Layne Weber, will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Keyhole Outdoor Living, 5700 W Poison Spider Rd.

“What a great time to enjoy our premier national resource by fly fishing the blue-ribbon waters of the North Platte to restore homeless lives,” said Hopkins.

Each fishing team consists of two anglers and a randomly assigned professional guide, courtesy of Wyoming Fly Fishing Guide Service, Ugly Bug Fly Shop/Crazy Rainbow Fly Fishing, Grey Reef Anglers, and Prairie Drifters. All proceeds will go toward sustaining the life-saving programs and services provided by Wyoming Rescue Mission.

“We are forever grateful for participants and sponsors making this amazing fly fishing tournament a much sought-after tournament, bringing opportunity to those in need,” said Hopkins.

The traveling Golden Trout Trophy will be awarded to the first-place team, with awards being presented to the top three teams with the largest fish. Other prizes will be awarded to the anglers who caught the smallest fish and the biggest sucker.

“If people are interested last minute, I think we can maybe finagle a couple of boats. We have a good chance of getting some late-comers in,” said Hopkins.

Teams that are interested in late registration should contact the Wyoming Rescue Mission at 307-265-3002 before Wednesday evening.

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