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Raincountry Flyfishers present one local's experience fishing for Golden Dorado

Posted: November 28, 2012 - 10:47am
George Elgee holds a Golden Dorado he hooked while fishing the freshwaters of Bolivia in October. Elgee will present a slideshow on his trip tonight beginning at 7 p.m. in the Elgee, Rehfeld and Mertz conference room located in Professional Plaza, 9309 Glacier Hwy, Suite B-200. The event is free and open to the public.   Courtesy of George Elgee
Courtesy of George Elgee
George Elgee holds a Golden Dorado he hooked while fishing the freshwaters of Bolivia in October. Elgee will present a slideshow on his trip tonight beginning at 7 p.m. in the Elgee, Rehfeld and Mertz conference room located in Professional Plaza, 9309 Glacier Hwy, Suite B-200. The event is free and open to the public.

The public is invited to a special presentation tonight on fly fishing for Golden Dorado (Salminus brasiliensis) in Bolivia by local fly fishing enthusiast George Elgee beginning at 7 p.m. in the Elgee, Rehfeld and Mertz conference room located in Professional Plaza, 9309 Glacier Hwy, Suite B-200.

Elgee, who made the trip in October, will show slides of his journey to remote areas in the Amazon jungle of Bolivia. Here, he and his brother wet-waded small rivers to catch Golden Dorado, Pacu and Yatorana — all local fish of the region. According to Raincountry Flyfishers President Tony Soltys, the journey included lots of rafting, poling and some forced marches through the jungle.

“This is high sport indeed and the essence of adventure travel and fly fishing,” Soltys wrote in an email. “It can be enjoyed on many levels — for the adventure, the culture and most certainly for the fly fishing.”

The Golden Dorado, Soltys said, is a freshwater fish with a bold look and a tenacious attitude; they are the type of fish that hits flies on the surface and will put up a mighty fight.

Between the bugs, the trekking and the fish, Elgee’s presentation will offer a glimpse into his adventure.

As always, Soltys said, the presentation is free and open to the public. He said newcomers are welcome and encouraged. For more information, email TSoltys@aol.com.

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