This year was the 12th year of the Denver Trout Unlimited Carp Slam fly fishing tournament. The tournament and fundraiser have resulted in over $100,000 going to South Platte River restoration and enhancement through the urban sections of South Platte River in Denver, Colorado.
I volunteered as a controller this year and was responsible for supervising competitors in the tournament. Controllers have to measure fish length, verify proper hooksets (no snagging), verify flies (no bait or scented flies), spray down equipment for invasive species, keep track of time and fishing rotation, and make sure competitors stay within their designated sections of the river.
Teammates are drawn at random and then sections of the river (beats) are randomly assigned. Teams fish in 30 minute time slots and rotate once a fish is landed or when their 30mins is up. The contest consists of a morning and afternoon session, with both contestants allowed to fish at the same tie during the last hour of each session.
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