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Fly Fisher Wins Bass Tournament

Fly Fisher Wins Bass Tournament

Ryan Williams (right) and his partner Logan McDaniel used only flies to win the 178-boat Wild West Trail Lake Shasta Team Tournament on January 2.

You’ve heard about a fish out of water? How about a fly fisher out of his element? Ryan Williams used only a fly rod to compete in the Wild West Bass Trail (WWBT) Lake Shasta Team Tournament on January 2, 2021, alongside his partner Logan McDaniel who used conventional casting tackle. Their team won the tournament with a total prize of $8,390 including money for the biggest fish.

It’s the first time a fly rod has been used to win a major bass tournament—the pair competed against 178 other boats.

“What a complete honor. I am still in shock this really happened,” Williams wrote on his Instagram account @_ryancwilliams. “This victory is one...

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