January 28, 2023

Farmington Angler Wins the Upper Andro 2–Fly Contest

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Pete Smith of Farmington, Maine won the trophy for the biggest trout caught during the annual Upper Andro 2-Fly Contest in Bethel held Saturday, September 15. Pete netted a 15” brook trout in the river near Gilead. Second place went to Jerry Miller of Marblehead, MA with a 14 1/8th inch brook trout and third place to Sean Libbey of Deerfield, MA who caught two 14” rainbow trout.

The award for the largest catch went to Dan Reader of Rochester, NH who caught six rainbows and a brook trout. Second place went to Todd Richard of Farmington, ME who caught five rainbows and a brown trout and third place went to Amy Grant-Trefethen of Mt. Vernon, Maine who caught 3 rainbows, a brook trout and a brown trout.

The Rocky Freda Turtle Water Trophy presented to the oarsman of the team who caught the most fish was shared between the teams from Schiavi Homes/Northern Lights, Scott Stone from Norway, ME as oarsman, and Skinny Moose Media’s Western Maine Drifters team rowed by Brian Reader of Cornish, ME.

Maineflyfish.com’s “Big ol’ Chub” trophy went to Stoo Mason of Bethel who caught a 15 ½ inch chub and a total of fifteen of these “mountain” trout.

Thirteen teams of two anglers and an oarsman fished the Upper Androscoggin River from Shelburne, NH to Rumford Center, Maine. The anglers were restricted to using only two flies to catch the biggest and the most trout for an eight hour time period from 6 am to 2 pm.

In Friday afternoon’s Northeast Drift Boat Championship, testing the rowing skills of the oarsmen over a ¼ mile course, first place honors went to Sam Lambert of Bath, ME, Second place to Kate Farnham of Bath, ME and third place to Scott Stone of Norway, Maine.

Awards were presented at the Bethel Inn Resort immediately following a drift boat parade up Bethel’s Main Street and around the Harvest fest on the town common. Along with trophies, winners received merchandise prizes from Sun Valley Sports, L.L. Bean, Kittery Trading Post, Patagonia, Setters Point Inc., and Cabela’s.

Anglers interested in participating in the 2013 Drift Boat Championships and 2-Fly Contest should contact the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance at fish@upperandro.com.

Photo by Mike Mayo

Photo by Mike Mayo

Photo by Mike Mayo

In addition, Terry Karkos of the Sun Journal has stories here and here and his video is embedded below.