It's always encouraging to see industry-wide coverage of a cause that's so near and dear to our hearts and our store. Last week, Flylords published a blog recapping the CARP SLAM XIV 2020.
Words by Patrick Perry | Photos by Jake Burleson
Earlier this month the annual CARP SLAM took place along the banks of the South Platte River in Denver Colorado. The event is put on by the local Denver Trout Unlimited Chapter, we caught up with Rick Mikesell who sits on the board of the TU chapter to learn more about the Carp Slam event and who won the 2020 slam. Rick is an avid carp angler in the Denver area and Chief Operations Manager at Trouts Fly Fishing, a sponsor for the event.
Flylords: What is the Carp Slam?
Rick Mikesell: This was the 14th year of The Carp Slam – a fly-only carp fishing tournament celebrating the urban Denver stretch of the South Platter River. Each year, 15 pro/am teams compete to catch the most inches of carp. Teams are paired via random draw, and each team receives a randomly assigned morning & afternoon beat on the Urban Denver South Platte. Prizes are also awarded for the largest exotic species caught, like smallmouth bass, crappie, or rainbow trout. The event has become well-known in Denver.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE RECAP INCLUDING THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH OUR OWN RICK MIKESELL!