1991 One Fly Event History
Hurray for Hollywood
“A little rain isn’t going to hurt,” was sung by a chorus of guides at the 1991 event. While the rain did soak everyone’s gear and flooded boats, it did not dampen the spirits of team members.
Idaho’s South Fork of the Snake was a new venue in 1991. Many predicted record high scores would be recorded on this renowned fishery. What the South Fork proved was that fishing isn’t catching. It proved to be an extremely difficult river to approach with only one fly.
September of 1991 witnessed a couple of extraordinary finishes in two of America’s favorite pastimes; fishing and baseball. The Twins became the first team in Major League Baseball history to finish the season in first place after finishing last the previous season. The One Fly witnessed a come-from-behind performance of parallel epic proportions, when the Hollywood All-Stars, who finished in last place the previous year, found themselves in the winners circle. The All-Stars were lead by Skip Brittenham who also won the individual title using a size 14 Hairwing Adams, sometimes referred to as an Adams Wulff.
Teammate Art Annecharico caught the largest trout, a fat 22 3/4″ cutthroat with a Muddler Minnow. The Hollywood All-Stars supporting roles were played by Ken August and Heather Thomas as the team beat out Team Sage who finished in second place, repeating the second banana role they were reluctantly cast in years to come. This marked the first time a team won without having any professional angler as a member. Many an amateur angler team was given hope for the future!
The Adam’s Wulff turned out to be the quiet hero. In the excitement of the Hollywood team roaring to the front to snatch first place, the Adam’s Wulff got dwarfed. It was very much a part of the reason the Hollywood stars won. Saturday morning brought normal One Fly weather (rain and drizzle), but it was surprisingly warm. Master fly tier Scott Sanchez suggested to the All-Stars that the Brown Drakes would come out in spite of the bad weather. The best fly was a New Zealand creation of Jack Dennis, the Adam’s Wulff, made to imitate the Brown Drake. The secret was the Australian Opossum underfur, just the right color, and the white wing would show up under poor light conditions. Captain Skip Brittenham convinced the majority of the team to try the fly on the first day. Only Art Annecharico stuck with the Dry Muddler to catch the largest trout of the event. They continued to use the fly in the next day’s competition and piled up enough points to win. The Drakes came out as Scott had predicted, and the rest is history. This was the first time that any team swept the individual, largest-fish and top-team awards.