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Lindsey Vonn Competes in Fly Fishing Event at GoPro Mountain Games

Vonn at the GoPro Mountain Games last weekend.

During the GoPro Mountain Games held last weekend in Vail, professional skier Lindsey Vonn tried her luck at a new sport when she entered the 2 Fly X-Stream fly fishing competition. Using a Redington Vapen Red five-weight rod, she showed off her skills in the accuracy casting part of the event.

Redington had a set-up of gear at the Games that was available for attendees to test out.

“During the games, the 2 Fly X-Stream happens on Saturday morning with a preliminary casting competition based on accuracy and distance. From there, the top casters for both men and women head to the semi-finals and cast off a bridge to targets set up there,” said Kara Armano from Backbone Media. Armano was a 2011 2 Fly X-Stream finalist. “Then six men and two women that score highest make it to the finals on Sunday. At that point, each angler gets to choose two fly patterns and a total of six flies to catch as many fish as possible. The angler who catches the most fish wins and there is also a prize for the biggest fish.”

While Vonn didn’t take home a prize, Armano said her presence helped to break down some of the gender barriers that still exist within the sport.

“Having such a high-profile athlete participate in the GoPro Games alone is very cool, but the fact that she chose to spend her time learning to cast and giving it a go at the accuracy targets, shows people in the action sports world and larger outdoor industry that fly fishing can be a part of anyone’s activities,” Armano said. “The fact that she’s a well-recognized female is also great for the sport of fly fishing because there is no competitive advantage for one gender over another. I think she showed that well in her ability to pick up the Redington Vapen Red and give it a go with minimal instruction.”

Although the official count has not yet been reported, she said the number of attendees from the four-day-long GoPro Mountain Games was estimated to be about 53,000. Check out the video of Vonn practicing her casting below:

Image by Rick Lohre

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