Wading is an inexpensive, productive, and refreshing way to fish, and, if you are so inclined, it also can be competitive. If you’re interested in learning more about the competitive aspect, check out the National Association of Professional River Anglers (NAPRA).
And don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself a “professional.” That’s really not necessary.
The organization’s tournament trails include Elite and its original pro-am, the Dayton Fishing League. Events are staged on streams in Ohio.
“We have independent groups in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and even saltwater flats fishing in Florida,” said CEO Pete Ziehler.
NAPRA also sponsors kids events, helps with river cleanups, honors military veterans, and plays host to a national invitation treaty, the Wade War, in September.