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!


374 Comments so far

Tom Herr should be in the top 3

My vote is for Kevin Inui he had a great story line and a very personal touch.

My vote goes to Kevin Inui.

I vote for Kevin with the Connected Waters Video. The sport of angling in and of itself is deep, but the depth and opportunities it brings to relationships in our lives, is what its all about in the end. Also, some very nice footage, fish, and your daughter has some pretty impressive casting! Thanks for the great video!
Thanks to sweetwater fly and sweaty waders blog for putting the contest on. Very fun to be part of this- I entered the video “Elevated Angling.” I wish there were more amateur fishing video contests out there!

My vote goes to Kevin on the Connected by Water video which shows the relationships and memories that develop while sharing times like these – young and old. Nicely done. And many thanks to Sweetwater for putting this on. Looking forward to paying you folks a visit this summer.

Love “Connected by Water” and seeing the joy on the faces of the girls, Abby and Madison. Especially loved Abby’s line… “It’s all me – no Daddy, all me!”

My vote is for kevin and his connected by water!

I vote for Kevin. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. Enjoyed seeing my granddaughters, Abby and Maddy too!!!

I vote for Kevin Inui!

I loved the way they were having fun and included the girls. This comes from one with 7 brothers she use to have to out fish.

I vote for Keven Inui

Kevin Inui Connected By Water. Passing his love of nature on to his children.

all the movies are great, but voting for AJ Scaff…nice story, crisp video…my favorite.

AJ gets my vote. Great story, excellent videography and use of music. Beautiful.

My vote is for AJ SCAFF!!

AJ SCAFF gets my vote

AJ…You get my vote. Love the storyline of taking your boy out to a beautiful Montana river and allowing the guide(Matt) to share a moment with your son and allowing you a chance to capture such on camera.

Beautifully done, and a very simple approach. Like the fact you aren’t NASCAR’ing it with a lot of thank sponsors. Well done, sir!

AJ gets my vote! great video, great story!

I liked A.J.Scaff’s video. Reminds me of my son when he was just a tiny angler.

I’m for Treys Big Day Out

AJ Scaff is the winner

Winner is clearly A.J. Scaff. It is the only one that really tells a story. The whole video is shown with an interesting variety of camera angles, appropriate narration, and enough fishing shots but not so many that it gets boring. Have the sense it is put together by a knowledgeable fishing artist with technical abilities. The others seem to leave out the art quality and become a series of nice fishing vignettes but not a video that is artfully edited to tell a story. A.J.’s doeas that we’ll.

cast my vote for AJ’s video.

My vote is for Trey’s big day….Aj’s video.

I vote for Aj. Trey’s Big Day Out

Kevin inui!!!

Connected by water, is best. Theres nothing better than a daddy/daughter day out!!! Need more like that!

Kevin inui….it’s got great scenery big fish and not to long! !!!

Kevin Inui’s video was really good.. I vote for him!

I vote for Kevin Inui!!

My vote is for Connected by Water. It seems weird to vote for myself. But my father once told me that if you don’t vote for yourself you shouldn’t expect anyone else to.

I’d also like to thank Sweetwater fly shop for putting on such a fun event. As well as Joshua Johnson and Tom Herr for their kind words. I really enjoyed both of your videos. Your vote means a lot.

Kevin’s video has a lot of meaning with regard to family and definitely gets my vote.

Trey’s Big Day Out! Great video.

Trey all the way! Nice job A.S.

My vote is for Trey’s Day Out!

i vote for Kevin Inue and “connected by water” Kevin and his family are very passionate about fishing hard to reach areas. That water is so clean and the fish are beautiful. Great Job Kevin and friends.

My vote is for Kevin Inui. From what I can tell the contest was about fly fishing and not scenery or silly faces. Kevin focused on the fishing.

My vote is for Trey and his father Aj Scaff. Matt is a great guy… they all must have had a day to remember. I’m amazed that Trey was able to catch three trout!

My vote is for AJ Scaff’s video. Love it!

My vote is for AJ Scaff. Another great video!

AJ Scaff’s genuine and touching little film about an afternoon out fishing with his son gets my vote.

I vote for Kevin Inui’s video.

I vote for Trey’s Day Out; great video.

I vote for Kevin’s video. It was great to see all the anglers out fishing. I loved seeing the girls out on the water!

Treys Day Out. Sweet story.

i’m voting for AJ Scaff and Trey’s Day Out. What a sweet and well told story.

mu vote is for Ken at w4f wish4fish! Just and amazing year and great video loved the music and the fish!!

Connected Waters, like the different pieces of water.

I vote for Kevin, well done. I know how passionate he is about fly fishing

A. J. Schaff has my vote!

My vote is for Kevin and Connected By Water. An excellent video connecting fishing,family,and nature.

My favorite is AJ’s. Love the story & that it shows a father introducing his son to the outdoors. I know numbers of outdoorsman and women are dwindling dramatically with people under age 20, so it’s important to get kids OUTSIDE and having fun.

My vote is for Kevin Inui for Connected by Water.

I vote for KEVIN INUI…connected by water.

AJ has my vote! Such a great story about the first day of a boys fly-fishing relationship. I loved the camera angles, the scenery, the humor, and the conversations between AJ and Trey (and Matt, too!). The love of fly-fishing starts somewhere, has a story – here is Trey’s. Love it!

I vote for Kevin Inui, good stuff.

I vote for Trey and AJ. Good luck to everyone.

Aj scaff gets my vote!!

I’m voting for AJ Scaff and “Trey’s Day Out!” Very enjoyable short watching Trey and Matt fishing! Every kid should have many a “Day Out” like that!

I vote for AJ’s film. Reminded me of the days I took my son our fishing at that age. Nice variety in his shots as well.

voted for the Scaff film. Loved the premise, the scenery, the videography, especially his original music!

The lessons in the video are universal and they were not forced upon the viewer as were those in the other videos.

I really enjoyed Kevin’s video and the connection all the folks made through the water. The fishing action was so much fun to watch!

i really enjoyed the video ‘Connected by Water’. The scenery and pictures were great. I particularly liked some of the underwater scenes.

i vote for Kevin….connected by water.

I VOTE for Kevin’s video. You can feel the fly of the line! Like you are there. The beauty of the fish and the excitement of youth, enjoying this.

My vote is for Kevin Inuit…….great scenery!

I really enjoyed watching Connected by Water and am happy to vote for Kevin Inui!

This vote goes to Trey Scaff!

I vote for Kevin Inui!

I vote for Kevin. Loved the locations, family time, the music, and different views of the fish. Nice work.

my vote is for Kevin. Loved it from start to finish and loved how he involved his kids. Nice water and pretty scenery as well. Beautiful fish caught

Love “Connected Through Water”!

My vote goes to Kevin, loved them all!

Trey’s Big Day Out! Loved it!! Voting for the short film by AJ Scaff!

I vote for Kevin Inui!

My vote is for Kevin. Beautifully done production. Beautiful locations and incorporating his kids gives wider interest to it. Very well done.

I vote for Kevin Inui! Wonderful!

Kevin Inui-nice music

Kevin Inui!!

I vote for Kevin Inui

I vote for “Kevin Inui”. He has a very touching, personal story combined with a professional created video with perfect music.

i vote for Kevin Inui Connected by a Water!!!

My vote is for Kevin. What a great story.

Kevin has my vote great video

My vote is for Kevin Inui connected through water.

Kevin’s film was the best!!!!!

My vote is for Kevin – Connected by Water. This reflects a real family who is connected by water and their connection to others and nature as well. I enjoyed the “travelogue” even if I know nothing about fly-fishing — or videography. Thanks for sharing….. It was fun to see the girls.

Kevin Inui

Loved Kevin Inui! His girls really enjoy fishing with Dad!!

I vote for Kevin Inui!

my vote goes to Kevin . That was
awesome

I vote for ken

I vote for Ken Tenaka

W4f – I vote for Ken

I vote for Ken! This guy was born to fish!

I vote for Ken. This guy was born to fish!

I vote for Ken Tanaka’s video. The cinematography is really nice – tight compositions, interesting angles, and the scenery in general is really beautiful. Love those shots where it’s snowing!

Ken Tanaka gets my vote!

Have to go with Ken Tanaka on this one. Just love all those hook ups!

Ken from W4F had my vote. Well done keep them posting them.

Ken Tanaka of W4F gets my vote, great highlights.

Ken Tanaka of W4F gets my vote!

Ken Tanaka of W4F is clearly the winner.

Kevins got my vote

I vote for Ken Tanaka

W4F gets my vote (Ken Tanaka)

My vote is for Ken Tanaka

my vote is Wish for Fish / Ken Tanaka

wish4fish Ken Tanaka get my vote!

The only winner should be Ken Tanaka (Wish 4 Fish)! This video is a clear representation of his grace, passion, determination, confidence, and beauty for fishing. This video depicts his dream and motivation for his favorite sport, and I think it’s breathtaking. Thank you, Ken, for sharing.

My vote is for Ken Tanaka.

Ken Tanaka gets my vote!

ken tanaka gets my vote!

wish4fish by a mile! Love those videos!

I vote for Ken W4F

ken tanaka gets my vote!!!

VOTE 1 Ken Tanaka. W4F FTW!

I vote for Ken Tanaka W4F

I vote for ken tanaka..king of the fly

I enjoyed all three videos – but my vote goes to Kevin. Loved seeing the family connection, and the memories he is creating by teaching the girls to fish. Well done video.

All nice vids, but the one by Ken Tanaka stands out as being unique. Not your average fisherman and the guy clearly loves what he’s doing! I love his enthusiasm.

I vote for Kevin!

Ken gets my vote. He’s the king of fish.

Ken Tanaka is the real-deal fisherman as his video clearly illustrates. Great video! Well done. Go Wish4Fish!

I think W4F and Ken get this win

I vote for Ken Tanaka/Wish4Fish. My biggest catch has been under his guidance. And he likes balloons.

Ken Tanaka/Wish4Fish but they all are winners

Ken Tanaka! Love his stuff ;D

I vote for Kevin Inui

We vote for video 2 KEVIN INUI

I vote for connected by water by Kevin inui

I vote for Kevin Inui. His video made me understand and appreciate the sport of fly fishing. The realtionships he captures with family, friends, nature and oneself was inspiring. I could see myself learning and loving fly fishing!!

I vote for Kevin Inui’s video. Great work!

My vote goes to Ken! Is this a fishing video contest or exploitation contest?

My vote goes to Ken!!!!

My Vote for Ken Tanaka!

My vote goes to Ken!! Awesome video!!

My vote is for Ken Tanaka/ Wish4Fish…. truly is passionate about what he does, and definitely deserves the great attention

My vote goes to Ken. Love the music and his under water shots.

I vote for Ken Tanaka.

has to be Wish4Fish. I vote for Ken Tanaka!

Wish 4 Fish is my fav, but they are all great! I love the water and fish shots in Ken Tanaka’s video.

I vote for this video by Ken Tanaka!

I vote for Ken Tanaka!

kevin inui connected by water

Kevin Inui
Loved the video connected by water

Ken and Wish 4 Fish get my vote!

My vote goes to Connected by Water. Love to see girls fishing!

I vote for Ken @ W4F

Great video loved it good music which has been with them.
Kevin Inui

Kevin Inui. Awesome variety of scenery and species.

Kevin Inui’s “Connected by Water” gets my vote.
It shows what a great fisherman, friend, and father Kevin is. I can’t wait to go fishing somewhere as beautiful as in the video.

My vote is for connected by water

I vote for the Kevin Inui video. Love the story with the kids and the future guide :) All were great and I l9ve the idea of sharing our sport with our kids. To me, that’s one of the greatest gift we can give them.

I vote for Ken! just because …

I vote for Ken Tanaka

Good job to everyone.

My vote is for Ken’s video.

Kevin Inui

Kevin Inui

My vote is for Ken Tanaka I can tell he enjoys every aspect of fishing.I believe it is in his DNA.He would be a lost soul without his fishing rod!!!

Kevin Inui

Go Kevin Inui!!!!!

KEVIN INUI

I vote for Ken Tanaka!
The best video!!

I vote for Ken Tanaka!!!!

His video is the best!

I vote for Ken Tanaka! his video is streets ahead of the others! great work

I vote for Ken tanaka !!
Definatly best video ever !!

Awesome video Ken!!

WISH4FISH – Ken Tanaka hands down! Great job bro!

I vote for KEN TANAKA from Wish4Fish. Of the three, it was the only one I watched until the end. His video did an outstanding job of keeping my attention with the different angles and scenery changes.

My vote is for Ken Tanaka!!!!!! You should vote the same!

My vote is for Ken Tanaka and W4F!

I VOTE WISH4FISH Ken Tanaka

i vote for ken Tanaka. Great video. Awesome underwater footage! Great job!

My vote is for Ken Tanaka, Wish4Fish is the reel deal!!!

Ken for the win!

Ken tanakas video for sure !!!

Ken all da way

This vote’s for Wish4Fish with Ken Tanaka, without a question!

my vote is for Ken!!

I vote for Ken Tanaka…

My vote is for Ken!

Voting for Ken Tanaka baby!!

Nice videos everyone! Yet the choice is clear, I vote for W4F with the legendary Ken Tanaka!

Definitely Ken!

Ken, for sure.

Ken’s got my vote. W4f.

Great video kevin inui! Connected by water

Connected by water kevin inui

kevin inui

kevin inui

My vote is for Ken Tanaka abd Wish4fish!

i vote for ken tanaka

I vote for Ken Tanaka!

I vote for Ken Tanaka!

I vote for Ken Tenaka

Ken’s video rocks!

WISH 4 FISH!

I vote KEN

voting for wish 4 fish with Ken

Totally Ken Tanaka!!!

I vote for Ken Tanaka!

W4F Ken Tanaka gets my vote!

Ken Tanaka gets my vote for sure beautiful work!!!

My vote is for Ken Tanaka!!!

My vote is for Ken Tanaka!+ Wish the very best for “Wish4Fish” in the future!

My vote is 4 Ken Tanaka

My vote is for Ken. Solid work.

Ken at W4F has my vote.

Ken of W4F.

I vote for Ken Tanaka because his video highlighted not only the technique but the thrill of fly fishing, and the underwater shots were a great plus up!

Ken has this vote. GO W4F!

Our family votes for AJ Scaff. The simple uncomplicated beauty of a father introducing his son to fishing the river and with the help of a guide. These are the moments life is made up of. These are the moments, neither father or son will ever forget. These are the moments that Trey will instill in his own children someday. Carry on. May we carry on…

I vote for ken tanaka !

The one and only Ken Tanaka – W4F hands down.

I vote for ken !!!!!! Amazing

My vote goes to wish4fishtv

my vote is for Ken Tanaka – W4F is the best

My vote goes to Ken Tanaka’s Video from W4F!

WF4 has my vote! Ken’s has great enthusiasm, locations, & beautiful fish!

My vote is for Ken. I always enjoy his videos and he is a soccer fan to boot!

Ken Tanaka gets my vote. Great video

the video is super legit….. VOTE

I vote for Ken Tanaka and his Wish4fish video.

I vote for Ken Tanaka from W4F. Learned a new casting technique and love his passion in the water. Keep up the great work.

Love the Ken Tanaka video. W4F!

My decision was an easy one. Ken Tanaka with W4F!!

My vote is for Ken Tanaka!!! Best video of the three

Ken Tanaka

i vote for Ken Tanaka and W4F.

Ken Tanaka wish 4 fish!!!! He has my vote 100%!!!

i vote for Ken Tanaka’s video like a mofo!

i vote for Ken Tanaka. W4Fish baby!

I vote 4 Ken.

Ken Tenaka gets my vote!

My Vote is for Ken Tanaka and this is why. His video is simply kick ass. After watching these productions Kens video best captured the excitement, spirit and art of fly fishing. Kens video was not only well produced but had a well directed cinematic style too it. But most importantly of these 3 videos Kens video would easily excite everyone to get off the couch and head to the stream ready to rock..

AJ, 2 thumbs up on your blog, I will let others know about your site.

Charles Braud

Ken Tanaka. Great dude, great video, and unmatched passion and enthusiasm!

I enjoyed Ken Tanaka’s excitement and good footage.

Ken Tanaka is my vote.

My vote is for Ken

Ken T for the W!
Great looking fish, awesome personality!
Good luck to everyone, happy fishin!

Ken Tanaka for the win!

I vote for Ken Tanaka <3

I vote for Ken Tanaka and Wish4Fish!!!

I vote for Ken Tanaka, Wish4Fish!!!

KEN TANAKA FOR THE WIN ><

Ken Tanaka Has to win this or Riot

I vote for Ken Tanaka’s video.

My vote is for Ken Tanaka! Good Job Tanaka!

I vote ken tanaka!!

My vote is for Kevin Inui. Great video!

ken tanaka! fly fishing!!!

Ken Tanaka!

Ken Tanaka gets my vote!

I vote for Ken Tanaka’s video ! WISH4FISHTV ! I loved the closeups of the fish and great video quality along with great sound editing.

Good Luck to everyone !

Loving W4F Ken Tanaka. I’ve been enjoying the videos for some time now. Cheers,

Keep up the good work.

I VOTE FOR KEN! WISH4FISH FTW!

Ken’s vid has got my vote hands down

I vote for ken tanka wish for fish!
Awesome videos!

I vote for ken’s WISH4FISH as well

I vote for Ken. I enjoy all his fishing videos and this one is great.

I vote for Ken Tanaka

My vote is for ken tanaka!

My vote is for Ken Tanaka! Great video!!

Solitude yet with multitude. My vote goes for Ken.

I vote for Ken Tanaka
Great looking fish!

I vote for Kevin Inui’s Connected By Water

I vote for Ken Tanaka.
He’s the “reel” deal here. Well done!

I vote Ken Tanaka!!

I’m all in for Ken Tanaka, Great video!

I vote for Kevin Inui! I love that he takes the little girls with him to remote places

i vote for Ken Tanaka

Voting for Ken T …… Great looking fish, awesome personality! Good luck to everyone, happy fishin! – See more at:

ken Tanaka’s film!

AJ gets my vote great job!

I vote for Ken!!

KEN TANAKA wins all day!!

Vote for Ken!

No contest. Ken Tanaka best in class here.

My vote is for ken tanaka ” wish4fish”. Great film!

My vote’s for Ken Tanaka. He killed it.

Hands Down…….. KEN TANAKA, baby!!! MUCH LOVE! ;-)

Ken and W4F for the win!!

Way to go buddy! I vote for Ken Tanaka- Wish4Fish

Ken Tanaka- Wish4Fish

I vote for Ken Tanaka

I vote for Ken Tanaka. Kens video spoke to me and my love for fishing our shared kinship of the great outdoors. The camera shots were amazing, really took me there and the music chosen during editing was spot on. Love this video.

I vote for Ken Tanaka. Keep it up buddy!

I vote for Ken Tanaka!

One big vote for Ken Tanaka- Wish4Fish!

I am voting for Ken Tanaka, he is quite the angler and his videos are beautiful of truly stunning fish, I look forward to more of his videos and seeing him catch THE BIG ONE, GO GET’EM KEN.

I like this Tanaka’s style and camera work.
He got my vote for sure. A regular Cecil B. Demille!

i vote for Ken Tanaka!

Ken Tanaka of wish4fish gets my vote!

all good videos but my vote is for Ken Tanaka

My vote is for Ken! Enough said

Ken Tanaka all the way!
Wish4Fish is always fun to watch!

I vote for Ken Tanaka and W4F!

I vote for Ken Tanaka without a doubt!!!!

My vote goes to Ken!

my vote is for Ken Tanaka!! Awesome!

Ken Tanaka gets my vote!

I vote for Ken Tanaka/Wish for Fish. Well done!

loved connected by water – Kevin Inui gets my vote!

I’m voting for Ken Tanaka’s piece.. Definitely my favorite. #gofish

vote for KEN!!!

Vote for Ken and his amazing year fishing across the U.S. very cool stuff

I vote for Ken Tanaka!

Ken Tanaka gets my vote!

My Vote is for Ken!!! Great video!!!

Ken Tanaka and Wish 4 Fish for the win!

my vote is for ken

My vote is for Ken Tanaka.
Ken you make fly fish look to easy. Great c video brother.

Ken Tanaka gets my vote! This guy is one of the most tenacious fishermen I’ve ever met! Good luck Ken!

My vote goes to the one and only Ken Tanaka! Amazing video!

Ken Tanaka for best video!

I vote for Ken Tanaka!!

i vote for Ken Tanaka
Loved the video!

WISH 4 FISH!!! Ken Tanaka gets my vote!

I vote for Ken Tanaka

I have to vote for Ken Tanaka

Wish for Fish all the wayyyyy

I vote Ken all the way!!!

My vote is for Ken at wish4fish! Great video!

I vote for Ken Tanaka’s video!!!

I vote Ken Tanaka! Awesome video, gotta love the enthusiasm!

Vote for ken.

I vote for ken. Clearly he should win.

My vote is for Ken Tanaka’s video!

Ken…W4F all day!

my vote is ken tanaka

My vote is for Ken Tanaka …Hands down!

I vote for ken tanaka

I vote for Ken Tanaka. Great video sharing his passion for fly fishing and the beauty of nature.

KEN TANAKA ALL DAY EVERYDAY! everyone’s inspiration for fly fishing hands down.

I vote for Ken Tanaka’s video.

I vote Ken Tanaka all the way.

Ken Tanaka’s is by far the best.

Wish4FishTV – Ken Tanaka

My vote is for Ken Tanaka’s video! Great video!!

I vote for wish4FishTV Video. Great video as usual! :)

I really enjoyed Kens video. Great footage. Great editing.

My vote is for Ken Tanaka…great vid bro!

I vote for Ken

I vote for Ken Tanaka… Wish4FishTV….wonderful video…

I vote for my man Ken Tanaka!

I liked Ken’s video at wish4fish. Good music.

I vote for Ken Tanaka !!!

I vote for Ken Tanaka!

I like Ken’s video

My boy Ken Tanaka!!!

My Vote goes to Ken Tanaka for his very enigmatic and well shot video, enjoyed the under water shots, ni.ce job

Ken Tanka FTW!!

I Wish4Fish every day. Very cool video #winning

I vote for Ken Tanaka
and his great video!

I vote for ken tanaka

Ken Tanaka gets my vote!

I vote for Ken Tanaka bc he’s awesome! Love him!

Ken Tanaka, you got my vote! And I’m not just saying that because we’ve been friends for 25 years.

I vote for Ken Tanaka. Woot woot.

I vote Ken Tanaka.

Ken Tanaka is a genius, and without a doubt gets my vote. Can my children vote for him as well?

I vote for Ken Tanaka!!

Ken Tanaka gets my vote. Great video!

I vote for Ken Tanaka!

Ken Tanaka for sure! He’s amazing

I vote for Ken Tanaka!

my vote goes to ken from W4F! Great video. Keeps those classics rolling in.

I vote for ken tanaka

Definitely all votes for KEN TANAKA!!!

i vote for Ken, great job there.

My vote is for Ken!

I vote for Ken Tanaka!! AWESOME!!

I VOTE FOR KEN TANAKA!!!

ken hands down!!

All the films are great in there own way but Ken gets my vote, anyone with enough passion to stand thigh deep in an icy stream in a snow storm must love what they do. Great fish too!

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