San Juan River Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament raises $69K

The Daily Times staff
Anglers fly-fish on Sept. 4 at the Quality Waters of the San Juan River near Navajo Dam.

FARMINGTON — The 23rd annual San Juan River Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament attracted nearly 50 anglers to the Quality Waters below Navajo Dam on Aug. 19 and 20 and raised more than $69,000 for the Four Corners Home for Children.

The competition began in the 1990s and has since raised more than $1 million for the home, which is a Navajo Ministries program, according to a press release from the nonprofit.

The competition includes recognition for the largest and smallest fish, top guide, most fish and first-, second- and third-place teams.

The largest fish was caught by Joe Banik, who caught a 22-inch fish. The smallest fish, which was 5.5 inches long, was caught by Randall Jeffrey.

The first-place team, known as Midge Masters 2, included Leland Harty and Ignacio Martinez.

The second-place team was Eye Guys, consisting of Bo Herrera and Herman Martinez.

The third-place team was Moss Gatherers, made up of Doug Ahlgrim and Wes Ahlgrim.

The top guide was Al DeAnda.

Leland Harty caught the most fish that were at least 12 inches. He caught 37 fish.

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