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Pennsylvania angler wins July TroutBlitz contest
8/14/2015
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Trout Unlimited
WASHINGTON, D.C.— James Garrison of Lebanon, Pa., is the winner of Trout Unlimited’s July TroutBlitz contest and will receive a 72-piece fly box from TU corporate sponsor FlyAssortments.com.

TroutBlitz is TU’s citizen-science effort designed to allow anglers all over North America the opportunity to catalog their catches photographically simply by going fishing. Garrison cataloged 10 observations between July 1 and July 31, earning him the top prize over the month of July, and the fly assortment, which features several attractor nymph patterns, including a number of versions of deadly San Juan Worm flies. Garrison said he typically chases trout in the mountain streams and spring creeks of central Pennsylvania. He also fishes for steelhead and salmon in the tributaries to Lake Erie in both Pennsylvania and New York.

The contest continues throughout the October, and the angler who catalogs the most observations between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31 will receive a full assortment of grasshopper and terrestrial flies, courtesy of FlyAssortments.com. A grand prize winner—the angler who catalogs the most observations over the course of the entire summer (June-October) will win a FlyAssortments.com “war chest” of fly patterns.

“It’s still possible to start fishing now and win that huge selection of premium flies," said Wayne Richey of FlyAssortments.com. “We’re so pleased to be helping TU’s science team identify trout strongholds across the country thanks to citizen anglers. The data TroutBlitz participants are gathering is very important, so we hope more anglers will take part.”

To participate, simply visit TU’s TroutBlitz home page (http://www.tu.org/tu-projects/troutblitz) and sign up for a free account via the easy-to-navigate iNaturalist interface. Then, just go fishing, and take photos of trout that can be easily identified by TU’s science team. The interface will guide you in the process, help you enter the water in which the fish was captured, and the GPS coordinates of that watershed. Be sure, when taking photos, that the fish is alive at the time of the photograph, and preferably held near or under the water to ensure survival if the fish is to be released.

“We certainly don’t have any problems with anglers harvesting trout where that’s legal, but if you plan to release the fish, be sure to keep in the water as much as possible to ensure its eventual survival,” said Jack Williams, TU’s senior scientist. Also, Williams noted, live fish are easier to identify than dead and cleaned fish destined for the skillet. There are tips for taking good photos that are observation quality on the TroutBlitz home page.

Trout Unlimited is the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s trout and salmon and their watersheds. Follow TU on Facebook and Twitter. Also, follow TU’s blog, and visit us online at tu.org.