And The Winner Is…
01.27.15

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”
01.16.15

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!
01.16.15

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….



Deadline Extended – Sweetwater Fly Shop Short Video Contest!
12.28.14

k6075874We’ve decided to give you a little more time to submit your video entry to the 2nd Annual Sweetwater Fly Shop short fly fishing video contest. Entries are now due by midnight on January 12, 2015. Submit your video for the chance to win a brand new reel! Any genre of fly fishing related short (5 minutes max) video will be accepted. For submission instructions, just send us an email. From the entries we’ve received so far, it looks like it’ll be a tight contest, but you won’t win if you don’t throw your hat in the ring. All videos will be posted to our Sweaty Waders blog and will be shown at a public viewing party (co-hosted by the Joe Brooks chapter of Trout Unlimited) at Katabatic Brewing Company here in Livingston, Montana on the evening of January 15th (you need not be present, or even in the same state, to win). Showcase your videography talents!



Enter Our Video Contest!
12.05.14

k6075874We’ve gotten some really nice entries for the 2nd Annual Sweetwater Fly Shop Short Fly Fishing Video Contest, but we’d like more!

Do you have some great footage from your fly fishing escapades last summer? Why don’t you package it up into a short (5 minutes max) video and enter it in the contest? Fish porn? Humor? Scenic? We’ll accept all genres. Telling a good story will be weighted more heavily than production slickness. Amateurs only, please.

All entries will be posted on the world-famous Sweaty Waders blog for the world to see. And they’ll also all be shown at a public viewing party on January 15th at the Katabatic Brewing Company here in Livingston, Montana (held in conjunction with the Joe Brooks chapter of Trout Unlimited). Not in our area? No problem – you need not be present to win a new reel!

Want to enter? You know you do! Just send us an email and we’ll get back to you with instructions on how to submit your video. All entries must be received by December 31st, 2014.



Win a New Reel!
11.15.14

Sage 4200 ReelAs promised, we’ll be giving away a reel as the grand prize of our short fly fishing video contest! In particular, we’ll be handing out a sweet new Sage 4200 series reel to the contest winner. That’s a $300 reel, folks! We don’t mess around! It’s a fully machined large-arbor reel, light but strong, with a fully sealed drag. Here’s what Sage has to say:

“Sage’s 4200 series reel offering brings a sophisticated, high-performance drag system. The one-revolution drag knob offers quick and precise drag settings and provides the kind of power and smoothness you’d expect from a large traditional drag system, only without the bulk or weight.”

In other words, it’s a sweet deal of a grand prize. The contest winner will have the choice of reel size – 3/4 Weight, 5/6 Weight, or 7/8 Weight. That’s a reel for just about any type of fly fishing you’re in to.

What do you need to do to have a shot at winning the reel? Put together a short (5 minutes max) fly fishing video. Then email us for instructions on how to submit your entry. It’s as simple as that! Amateurs only, please. Your entry must be received by midnight on December 31st. Stay tuned for more information about the viewing/judging party that we’ll be holding on January 15th (entrants need not be present to win, but if you’re in the area…). Let the editing begin!



Announcing Our 2nd Annual Short Video Contest!
10.24.14

Movie ProjectorDid you get some great fly fishing footage on the Go Pro this summer? Package it up into a short (5 minutes max) video and enter it in the contest. Fish porn? Humor? Scenic? We’ll accept all genres. Telling a good story will be weighted more heavily than production slickness. Extra props for including the Sweetwater Fly Shop logo somewhere in your video. All entries will be posted on the Sweaty Waders blog for the world to see. The Grand Prize? Well, we gave away a fly rod last year, so why not a reel this year? Let the editing begin! All entries must be received by midnight on December 31st, 2014. Amateurs only, please (if you got $50 for filming your cousin’s wedding, you’re still eligible). For details on how to submit your entry, just send us an email. Be creative and have fun!

For some inspiration, check out last year’s entries.


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