Contest Winners

We’ll declare 2 winners to our How Long Will It Last? contest, given what a strange Spring we’ve had. Our first winner is Julia, for guessing June 11th. The Yellowstone River actually went back up over 10,000 cfs on June 8th. Come on in to Sweetwater Fly Shop and pick up your 6 Salmonflies, Julia. Our second winner is RK, for guessing June 18th. That’s pretty close to the date when the river came back down for the second time, June 15th. It looks like you’re not a local, RK. Email us at with your address and we’ll send out a dozen crappy flies. Thanks for playing, everyone.

Caption Contest

Time to get those creative juices flowing. Think beyond the obvious. The most creative caption wins a dozen crappy flies. Do we need a parental warning?

What If We Had A Contest and No One Came?

We’ve not exactly been swamped with guesses to our When Will Runoff End? contest. C’mon folks, don’t let RK take the salmonflies without a fight!

How Long Will It Last? Time for a Contest

Heading upward!

As our home river, the Yellowstone, reaches new heights every day, we find ourselves prognosticating about when we’ll be back on the water. How long will we be stuck in runoff purgatory, driving long distances in search of clearer rivers to fish? Waiting impatiently in the rigging line at the nearest tailwater? Paying our hard-earned cash for the opportunity to ply a spring creek or a private lake? Our guesses usually suck, so we’ll look to you out there for answers.

It’s time for our annual runoff contest. Last year we asked, How High Will It Go? This year, we’re going with a question that’s more important to our fishing lives. When will it end? We’ll set a somewhat arbitrary threshold. 10,000 cubic feet per second at the Carter’s Bridge gauge. That’s about the level when the truly intrepid will begin putting their boats back on the water. Not that you should, unless you’re quite good on the oars.

In the comments below, make your best guess of the date when the Yellowstone River will come back down to 10,000 cfs. The guess that’s closest to the actual day that the river first crosses that threshold is the winner.

What’s at stake? Well, blog bragging rights, for one. But we’ll really make it worth your while. We at Sweetwater Fly Shop will throw in half a dozen Salmon Flies (the imitation, not the real thing). If you’re in our area, they could come in handy this year. If you’ve got no use for the big bugs, we’ll substitute a dozen crappy flies from our bargain bin.

Vote early and vote often!

Caption Contest

This week we are going with another caption contest in place of photo Friday, next week we will resume with user submitted photos, so keep them coming!  Write up a caption for Mrs. Pearl, our official shop greeter, and you could win 12 crappy flies from our shop!

Caption Contest

What are Mary A and Tony V up to in this photo?  Best caption wins twelve crappy flies!

Contests, Contests, Contests

The cool weather this week has given us a bit of a reprieve on runoff for the moment. For that reason (and, frankly, because we didn’t get many guesses yet), we’ve decided to extend the deadline for our How High Will It Go? contest to this Friday, June 1st. C’mon people, make a guess about how high the Yellowstone will peak this runoff season. Think of the glory and fame that will come to you as a winner of one of Sweaty Waders’ world-famous contests. Not to mention the dozen crappy Salmonflies.

We’ll also soon be crowning a winner of our most recent caption contest. You get to be creative and make fun of Charlie; what could be better?

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