Project Healing Waters


2016 1ONE Fly Challenge (But now planning for 2020)

As in "one", "single", and "lone" fly! The challenge is to catch fish using one and only one fly all the challenge/contest period. Not another fly of the same pattern, or a different size; just one lone fly. If you loose the fly, put it in a tree, an 18"er breaks it off, you snap it off due to a wind knot, snag an underwater branch, or what ever other reason (and we expect some real good ones!), the challenge is over.

Naturally you can fish another fly if your patience wears thin, but then the "catching" will not be part of the challenge. Or, you can change back to your "pre-picked" lone fly and be back in the challenge.

Click here for the Online Registration Form.

Questions? Make a reservation?
Please contact Scott Feltrinelli
at or call 585.694.9328
Organized by the Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited


June 11, 2016, 830am to 2pm, followed by "Hot Dog Picnic"


Special Trout Regulation Parking Lot, Wallace-West Creek Road:


'Cause you and a friend like a fishing challenge

How much?

Only $10 per person, which covers the picnic costs, trophies, etc.


Click here for the Online Registration Form.

Past Winners and Runners up

1999 - Mike Zak, Brian Pitre
2000 - Rained out
2001 - Mike Zak, Brian Pitre
2002 - Max Hillring, Brian Pitre
2003 - Jean Chaintreuil, Mark Weider, Max Hillring
2004 - Brian Pitre, Dave Eveland
2005 - Dave Eveland, Jean Chaintreuil
2006 - John Brincka, Dave Eveland
2007 - 2014 No 1ONE Fly Challenge
2015 - Kyle Bush, Dave Eveland

Left photo: Winner Kyle Bust (r) and Dave Eveland, runner-up
Right photo: Group fishing the Cohocton River 1ONE Fly Challenge on June 13, 2015

2016 - John Abiuso, Dave Eveland

2016 1ONE Fly Winner John Abiuso (r) and Dave Eveland, runner-up



  1. Angler will furnish their own fly-fishing equipment.
  2. Type of fly rod, fly reel, and fly line is left to the judgment of the individual.
  3. The use of fly floatant, lead weight, strike indicators, leaders, or other accessories will be at the discretion of the participant.
  4. No real or artificial fish attractants, such as scents, are allowed.

The lONE Fly

  1. Any conventional fly pattern (dry, wet, nymph, streamer, etc.) may be used as long as it is no larger than size #8 and is 3X or shorter in length.
  2. No lead-headed jigs or molded head jigs, Clouser Minnows, or flies with dumbbell lead eyes are allowed.
  3. All flies must be on a single barbless hook, or a hook with the barb pushed down.
  4. Angler will chose the particular fly they will use at registration.
  5. Repairs of the 1ONE fly may only be done with the use of glue or other adhesive. Any re-tying of the fly with thread or fly tying materials is prohibited. Broken hooks may be honed or filed to a usable sharpness via any sharpening tool.
  6. Only a single fly is allowed on an angler's leader. No fly droppers or fly strike indicators are allowed.

Fishing Procedure

  1. Federal and state rules and regulations governing the waters to be fished will be strictly observed.
  2. Only trout species will be counted in the challenge. No whitefish will be counted.
  3. Fishing hours are from 2pm to 6pm, local time. Confirm time of day at registration.
  4. Fishing must be done with a designated partner, determined by random draw at registration. Anglers decide where to fish should be a joint decision, or alternatively, the time should be split ½ and ½.
  5. With the permission of the angler who has the fish on the line, assistance in landing any fish to be scored is allowed.
  6. If the angler's 1ONE fly becomes caught in brush or in a snag, it may be recovered and reattached to the leader and the angler may continue fishing in the challenge.
  7. Scoring ends for the angler when his official 1ONE fly becomes irretrievably lost or changed. The angler may continue to fish for the remainder of the day, but no fish caught after the change will count in the scoring.


  1. To be counted in the score, the release of a caught trout must be witnessed by the fishing partner. Each of these trout will have a value of 2 points.
  2. Each trout caught may be measured and the measurement recorded.
  3. Measurement and handling of the trout should be as quickly as possible. Any trout that measures ½ inch or greater is rounded to the next full inch. Each measured trout will also have a value of 2 points.
  4. 25 points will be awarded to an angler that keeps his 1ONE fly.
  5. A penalty will be assessed for any fish killed or unable to survive. Each of these fish will be measured and the scored value of that trout will be subtracted from the angler's score.


Less than 12" 2 points
12" 2 points + 10 points
13" 2 points + 20 points
14" 2 points + 30 points
15" 2 points + 40 points
16" 2 points + 60 points
17" 2 points + 80 points
18" 2 points + 100 points
19" 2 points + 125 points
20" 2 points + 150 points
21" 2 points + 175 points
22" 2 points + 200 points
Add 50 points per inch for trout over 22 inches

Bonus: If total number of trout landed is between:
10 – 19 Add 50 bonus points
20 – 29 Add 100 bonus points
30 + Add 150 bonus points