Author: Will Rice
Trout’s Fly fishing is proud to announce that we had dozens of photos submitted for our first CO SLAB contest. Our customers were asked to submit photographs that capture the spirit fishing in Colorado along with a description of the experience.
The hardest part of this contest was choosing the winner. It was tough. We had each shop employee review the entries and distilled it down to a short list of 14 images. We then asked for some outside help and requested input/judgement from a professional photographer who also edits a bomber fly fishing magazine. Our final list came down to two photos. And the winner is... drum roll please...
CO SLAB WINNER: Photo and words by Steve Tatarchuk - “The attached image was taken this past week here in Colorado. My friend Bryon had never caught nor seen a grayling before. Colorado offers several opportunities to catch these eager-to-eat fish, so away we went on our quest. I was casting a pair of dries including a sz 22 grey Griffith's Gnat and a sz 16 parachute Adams--flies found in nearly every dry fly box. To me, this photo represents the myriad of beautiful views, fish species, varied waters, and ways that anglers can gain new experiences fly fishing in our state. All fish were released without harm and are available to the next anglers who visit this lake, whether it be a parent and child, a couple, or just two friends getting out and enjoying the mountains and some good times."
GRAND PRIZE: The Ross F1 is one of the most technologically advanced fly reels to come out in decades. High quality materials and advanced manufacturing processes make the F1 the go-to fly reel for any angler looking for the perfect blend of technology and performance. The Sharkskin Series of Scientific Angler's fly lines provide the ultimate fishing experience. Sharkskin allows you to cast further with less effort and with less line tangling, the micro-texture surface traps air allowing the line to float higher on the water and the line has an estimated life twice that of traditional fly lines.
Because it was such a tight race and we really, really liked the second place photo we decided to create a "Runner Up" category. Drum roll again....
CO SLAB Runner Up: photo and words by Kevin Fricke - “This fish was caught by one of my first attempts at tying my own flies. It's a purple body Parachute Adams that worked great for me - Fujifilm XP10 point and shoot digital camera for my photo gear.”
Runner Up Prize: The Sharkskin Series of Scientific Angler's fly lines provide the ultimate fishing experience. Sharkskin allows you to cast further with less effort and with less line tangling, the micro-texture surface traps air allowing the line to float higher on the water and the line has an estimated life twice that of traditional fly lines.
Trout’s Fly Fishing would like congratulate each one of the anglers/photographers on their outstanding work! Check back in with us next month as we plan to take this photo contest international! To see some other submissions check out: