SpumoniCam – A Dog’s Eye Tour of Sweetwater Fly Shop

Follow along with assistant shop dog Spumoni the Spinone as he takes a tour of Sweetwater Fly Shop.

And The Winner Is…

Ken Tanaka!

Ken pulled out a come-from-behind victory in the voting for our 2nd annual Sweetwater Fly Shop short fly fishing video contest. Ken takes home the grand prize, a Sage 4200 series reel. Check out his prize-winning video:

Our other finalists, Kevin Inui and AJ Scaff, both submitted great videos (as did all of our contest entrants) and both won over a healthy number of voters. There could be only one grand prize winner, but Kevin and AJ will not go home empty handed. We’re still working out the details on the runner-up prizes, but we can say this. Kevin, you’ll have something nice to donate to Beyond Pink. And AJ, you’ll have a reel to give to your son.

Thanks to everyone who entered videos, attended our viewing party, and voted for our finalists. It’s been a whole lot of fun again this year! Start filming for next year!


You Decide – A Video “Shootout”

As we recently announced, we had a 3-way tie for first in the viewing party voting for the winner of our 2nd annual Sweetwater Fly Shop short fly fishing video contest. How to break the tie? We’ve decided to let you, the viewing public, help us make the determination.

Vote for your favorite video by leaving a comment on this blog or on our Facebook page. And please let your friends and family know about the contest. The more votes we get in, the better! We’ll give you a week to get your votes in, until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 23.

By the way, we have only one grand prize to give away, but we’ll be sure to rustle up some schwag for the runners-up. And a little something for each of our worthy entrants (please do take a look at the other entries; all of our entrants put a lot of hard work into their videos and they’re all worth a viewing).

Here are our 3 finalists, in no particular order:

From AJ Scaff:

From Kevin Inui:

From Ken Tanaka:

Let the voting begin!

The Results Aren’t In!

We have a tie!

We held the viewing party for our Sweetwater Fly Shop short video contest last night. Despite sound issues, the nice-sized crowd at Katabatic Brewing in Livingston had a great time watching all of the entries (the delicious beer didn’t hurt). When the results were tallied, however, a clear winner failed to emerge (when we recounted the votes, we in fact had a 3-way tie). We hadn’t planned for that! Now we need to come up with a tie-breaker. Hmm…, what to do? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, let’s post all of the video contest entries for everyone to see (and hear, this time). Which one is your favorite? Leave us a comment.

Before we begin with the videos, a big “Thanks!” goes out to Katabatic for hosting last night’s event. And thank you to all who attended in support of the Joe Brooks chapter of Trout Unlimited (and a special thanks to those of you who made donations).

Let’s start with a video sent to us by Tom Herr. It’s technically too long (over 5 minutes), but well worth watching. Tom is heavily involved in Project Healing Waters and made the video to honor combat veterans.

Tom Herr sent us another video, which we accepted for the contest. It nicely portrays the joys of a good fishing dog. Gotta love the cane rod!

Here’s a stirring video entered by Henry Emack. It’ll inspire some big fish envy.

Kevin Inui, last year’s winner, submitted a video again this year. Looks like he had another year filled with fishing memories.

Joshua Johnson entered this fun video of high-country small stream angling. Look for the great underwater shot of a dry fly take.

Ken Tanaka threw his hat in the ring again this year with this video that clearly shows that fly fishing is a lot of fun!

AJ Scaff submitted this nice video of his son Trey experiencing the joy of a day on the water.

Last, but certainly not least, Chip Gerber submitted this video from his fly fishing trip to Alaska with his father:

There you have it! Quite the lineup this year! Thanks to all who entered their stellar videos! Now to come up with a fair way to decide the grand prize winner….