First and foremost, thank you to everyone who participated in the virtual version of our #TroutsOptOutside2020 River Cleanup. Over 30 entries were hashtagged with #TroutsOptOutside2020 from public accounts. All said and done, an awful lot of trash was collected and our home rivers and rivers across the country are better for everyone's Black Friday weekend efforts.
Additionally, we'd like to thank Scott Fly Rods, Simms Fishing Products, Umpqua Feather Merchants, and Airflo USA for their generous donations. With their help, we were able to put together some terrific prize packs for a good cause. Mother Nature. Without further adieu, check out the winners of #TroutsOptOutside2020!
FIRST PLACE - Michael Leaves
Michael was a one-man river cleanup machine over the long weekend. There were a lot of great cleanup efforts across the country for #TroutsOptOutside2020, but Michael cleaned the Big Thompson, Clear Creek, and Boulder Creek over the course of three days. Hats off to Michael for a job well done!
It was a close race for second place, but the volume of Rich and Dennis' haul was impressive. From old used gifts and beer bottles to tires and boat equipment, Rich and Dennis grabbed a whole heap of trash. Thank you guys!
Rick and Dennis win (1) Simms Dockwear Tote - 40L, (1) Umpqua Wader ZS2 Wader Compact Chest Pack, (1) Umpqua LT Midge Fly Box, Umpqua Deceiver X Tippet (4-5-6x) - 3 Spools total, and 2 Airflo Trout Lines
THIRD PLACE - Luis Bejarano
Luis went to a target rich environment on the Denver South Platte and picked up a wide variety of unique urban fishery trash including some generic blue pills that are used for spawning. Well done Luis!
TOY DRIVE WINNER!
This year's haul was different than year's previous as most of you participated digitally. That doesn't mean it wasn't impressive. With your help, we collected and raised more than $500 in toys and donations for the children and families of Warren Village. It truly is a testament to all of you who took time out from your holiday weekend to pick out and drop off brand new toys or donate your hard-earned money for the children of Warren Village. A truly amazing organization, Warren Village helps low-income single-parent families achieve personal and economic self-sufficienty - and to sustain it by being dedicated to improving their lives and creating a better future for their children and themselves. We are proud to support Warren Village and can't think of a better organization to support this holiday season!
Today, we drew names out of the proverbial cap and Kathleen Rooney's name was grabbed. She has won a "starring" role in an upcoming 2021 episode of Five Flies with Scott Dickson & Tanner Smith! Congrats Kathleen!