“On the Water” Saturday

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Christopher Aldrete with fishing guide Montana Matt
Christopher Aldrete with fishing guide Montana Matt

It began as a Friday night get together and fundraiser for Joey's Flyfishing Foundation, a non-profit organization geared around mentoring and ended up with a fly fishing tournament called “On the Water.” Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott joined them out on Piney Creek.

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The big fish marks the spot. That's what Joey Puettman (pitman) told me when I asked him how to find him and his twelve flyfishing teams Saturday. Just drive east and look for the big fish. After 20-some miles I was wondering if I was out on some kind of wild goose chase, but then there it was...a big fish on the side of the road.

Joey's Flyfishing Foundation introduces kids to the unique sport of flyfishing.

Saturday was Joey's Fall Fly, the first of its kind in the area, a charity flyfishing tournament. Twelve teams with 12 kids, 12 guides and 12 corporate sponsors hit the waters of Piney Creek, each vying for first place and the bragging rights that go with it. These kids earned their spots.

Four years in the planning, Joey says it's all about the mentoring, but then, it's all about the fish stories too.

What does it take to win a flyfishing tournament. It's all in the inches.

Christopher Aldrete has been with Joey's Foundation for the last six years. The determination and expertise with which he cast his line was pretty impressive. He's learned a lot while learning to flyfish.

Paul Dubas was one of the 12 guides helping the kids. He says flyfishing is better than paying for therapy.

“Montana Matt,” Matt Thompson from Billings was another fishing guide.

For Montana Matt, being “On the Water” is the best.

Top prize was a flyfishing reel valued at over $200.

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