Take a photo, post it to americanangler.com, and win some gear—easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
[by Ben Romans]
In the summer, Thursdays are the new Friday. You have my permission to begin mentally checking out from work between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. the day after hump day. Moreover, don’t revisit work-related emails, projects, or anything career related until you’ve had a cup of coffee the following Monday morning.
Fish Fridays (see Editor’s Page in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of American Angler) are a tradition in our household. We have a blast taking our boat out and chasing smallmouths or trout. When bad weather interferes, we tie flies, snorkel in a creek, or find some other connection to all things natural and fishy. I’ve since learned our impromptu weekly ritual struck a chord with others. So I kicked around the idea of a Fish Friday photo contest, but it’s ballooned into something much larger.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, we’re inviting fly anglers worldwide to post their best fishy photos on our website, www.americanangler.com. We’ve organized six categories, and assembled some great prizes from the sport’s leading manufacturers (think rods, reels, lines, etc.), and as additional incentive, we’ll give away some terrific small prizes all summer long.
After Labor Day, we’ll select the top three images from each grouping, hand out the awards, and use the images for an American Angler feature article. To help you know where to aim your camera, here are some parameters.
Pass It On—Inspiring others to pick up a fly rod is a great way to ensure the longevity of this fine sport and instill the importance of conservation and clean water. Whether you take a child fishing, teach a coworker to cast on a lawn, or organize a river cleanup, you’re an advocate, and we want to see what you’re doing.
The Fly Life—The sport of fly fishing means different things to different people. What does it mean to you? If your fishmobile is on its last leg, you’re enjoying a riverside microbrew, or embarking on a DIY adventure you planned for a year, hit us with a visual.
Salt ’n’ Surf—Catching stripers in an estuary? Doing a little DIY kayaking for redfish? We dedicated this category to all things salt water, so upload images from your best expeditions for everyone to see.
Keepemwet®—Recently, photographer and angler Bryan Husky leveraged his social media channels to encourage anglers to keep their catch in the water as much as possible and ensure a healthy survival after release. (See the “Grassroots” column in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of American Angler). Since then, the Keepemwet campaign has gained serious traction. To help spread Bryan’s message, we created this category for those “grip and grin” images where you’re keeping fish in the water.
In the Moment—If you’ve fished long enough, you’ve likely experienced something magical on the water. It might be a blizzard hatch, a perfect sunset, or landing that one special, trophy fish you’ve been after for longer than you can remember. This category is dedicated to all those reasons (in addition to the fish) that keep you coming back for more.
Tie One On—One of the greatest thrills in the sport is hooking a trophy fish (or any fish), on a fly you tied. For this category, we’re looking for any images related to fly tying— the view from your bench, a selection of your finest ties, a close-up of your fly in a fish’s mouth. You get the idea.
Visit www.americanangler. com to upload your photos, and be sure to check out the magazine’s Facebook page for other giveaways and contest updates.