Fossil Fish Slam
by: Rob Stout 4/7/2014
Have you ever wanted to go to a fly fishing only tournament on some of the best private bass water in northern Colorado? This may be your opportunity!
On April 26th, the Fossil Ridge High School Fly Fishing Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Fossil Fish Slam, a fly only tournament. It will be held at a set of private ponds owned by Colorado Youth Outdoors known as Swift Ponds. The tickets retail at $30 and only 50 will be sold. All proceeds go to Fossil Ridge Fly Fishing Club, as well as Colorado Youth Outdoors. The tournament begins at 9:00 am, and ends at 1:00 pm. Afterwards, there will be a barbecue and the winners will be announced.
Prizes consist of new fly rods, flies, reels, and many other great things. The winners are based on the biggest overall fish. The 3 categories are panfish (bluegill, crappie, perch), carp (grassie and common), and bass (largemouth, smallmouth, wiper). Your score is based on total inches of your best bass, carp, and panfish. For example, if you caught a 20" carp, a 18" bass, and a 12" crappie you would have a total score of 50 points.
The rules are:
1) All fish must be measured by an official measurer (scattered around all the ponds)
2) All ponds are fair game, but all ditches are off limits
3) All fish must be released
4) Only artificial flies. No lures or bait allowed.
Afterwards, St. Pete's fly shop is coming to do casting demos, as well as bringing out the latest and greatest in rods, reels, and float tubes for the public to try. This is a great event for anyone who loves fly fishing, and it is a great opportunity to help out some great local organizations. Free Fly Slam t-shirts will be given out to all the competitors as well. Directions will be on the tickets.
To get a ticket, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email, phone number, and any questions you have. There are also details on the Fossil Ridge Fly Fishers
Hope to see you there!
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Catman1979, CO 4/8/2014 12:41:49 AM
Interesting. So are folks allowed to do a fly under a bubble on spin gear?
Rob Stout (the fishing dj), CO 4/8/2014 6:58:46 PM
sorry, but nope. only fly fishing.
opencage, CO 4/9/2014 9:10:00 AM
This sounds like a ton o' fun. Do you happen to know if float tubes will be allowed? I know it might make getting the fish to an official measurer tougher, but still could be worthwhile. Thanks Rob.
Rob Stout (the fishing dj), CO 4/9/2014 10:58:13 AM
Float tubes aren't allowed during the tournament, but afterwards, all ponds are open to floating.
bcolvin, CO 4/9/2014 8:26:05 PM
I am Bennett Colvin and I am the teacher/staff member in charge of the facility during the fish slam. The tournament has two parts to it. The first part is our fly fishing tournament which is our large fundraiser. It is fly fishing only (as our club is a fly fishing club) and fishing is from the shore due to our insurance policy. We as the high school and myself as an instructor through CYO cannot allow float tubes before or after the event.
However! for the first time St. Peters fly shop (who will be co sponsoring our event) in the afternoon will be doing some of their own float tube and raft demos. They can do this as it is under their insurance policy. So if you are up for trying out some of the latest and greatest tubes it should be awesome! They will also be conducting casting lessons and a warm water fishing segment all free of charge! Donations to our club would be a nice gesture though :)
Thanks Rob for getting our word out as this event is pretty awesome! As a side note 10 spotted bass were sampled during our survey as well which is pretty cool for Northern Colorado.
bcolvin, CO 4/9/2014 8:27:41 PM
please let me know if you have any questions and we hope to see you out there!
opencage, CO 4/9/2014 9:06:13 PM
Great, thanks guys.
Flyrodn, CO 4/10/2014 9:36:49 AM
I'm in. And I've fished the ponds once. They're not a slam dunk, but catching fish is likely, especially bass.
Rob Stout (the fishing dj), CO 4/22/2014 10:48:01 AM
just an update: there are still a few tickets available.