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the World's most extreme fly-fishing event!

The Cuttie-thon: a 26.5-mile fly-fishing event completed by daring anglers after they have waded and fished the entire route in one effort. It usually takes from 30-34 hours to complete, and this year it took my buddy Joe Larson and I just longer than 31.5 hours to complete. We started early on Aug. 21st, and ended in the afternoon on the 22nd. It was a tough course on a wild river with Snake River Cutties. We had wonderful assistance from my mother Tricia, father Tom and friends. Several dogs accompanied us during the event, including Ariell, Moriah, Meg and Tucker. The Cuttie-thon is a fund-raising event I've done for the last six years to raise money for Cutthroat restoration and to fund research to find a cure for diabetes. I am a type I diabetic, and my dad is a type II. I hope the images below are entertaining and give you a taste of what it's like to fish for two days straight! Special thanks to Sweetgrass Rods for letting Joe and I use some cane. Joe used a 7'9", 2 pc., five wt., hex rod, and I used a 7'6", 2 pc., 4/5wt., pent. rod. They were awesome!


Ariell and I wading up crick. Joe is a bit behind, likely casting to rising fish...



It took a while for fishing to warm up, but after about an hour, I caught
this little beauty of a Cuttie! Not a bad start.



A ways farther up-crick, and Ariell rests on a boulder. Joe continues up-crick...



"Ladies, my name is Joe, and I'm a man of cricks and mountains."



Joe hooked fast to a feisty Cuttie! Look at that Sweetgrass sway.



Nice, Joe!



And then it got dark:-( This is a strange part of the 'thon, where we are never really sure
of what's reality and imaginary. Good thing we're not scared of Grizzlies in the dark... with
a full moon... Maybe we should have been more concerned about Warewolves...



The next day I was a little confused. I really have no idea what I'm
doing here, but I'm sure I'm doing a good job. I know I'm real happy
to be casting Sweetgrass!



Maybe if I change my fly I'll have better luck...



Yes sir! A self portrait with my biggest landed fish of the Cuttie-thon. I lost others that were
HUGE. But, I think that's how it works. I caught this 16-inch specimen on a #16 Parachute Adams.

That fine fish was the last I was to catch during the event. It was a great finale to a tough event. Joe and I made 'er to the finish line and met our support crew there. It was nice to sip a coldie, and sit down for a while. Turned out, I landed 29 fish and Joe got 17 -- which is a personal best for him during the 'Thon. He has finished it three other times in the event's 6-year history. Yay Joe. Thanks for being there so I didn't have to whine about being tired and sore alone;-)


Joe: "Where are we?"
Zac: "I don't know. Finish line maybe. I do know I like beer and bamboo!"



My wonderful mother and me at the finish.



My wonderful pops and me at the finish.

Every year I wonder how I fished for such a long time. I'm not sure how excited I am about next, but it will be good -- as long as I'm fishing cane with good friends, family and dogs!

In Wild Waters,

Zac Sexton

The Meandering Boo Boy

www.cuttiethon.org












searching for rising trout
a little bamboo before Brown U
 

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