Orvis Portland store, Leland from the Orvis Bellevue store, Idlewylde, the Native Fish Society and Ninkasi Brewing for putting on the first Carp-acolypse on the shores of banks lake! This was a great two day event, and I can't thank those involved enough. The event was well organized, with fun rules and fantastic prizes. The turnout was great, and I got to meet some experienced and brand new carpers. Truly a fun time chasing my favorite fish in a great setting and meeting a bunch of great fisherman...on to the results.
Overall, the fishing was tough on both days, but day two treated us a lot better. David and I figured out a fly that worked for us (the venerable carp wooly) and I managed to land five carp on the day while David put one carp on the bank. Jim and Travis struck out again, despite covering a ton of water. Heading in to the check in at three we had only seen one other carp landed and felt pretty good about our chances to win the team event.
Team Event, 5 fish total inches...winner: Team Got Backing? (me, David, Mr. P and Trashfisher), prize was a guided steelhead trip! I was lucky to fish with some all star carpers, and we pulled out the win.
Smallest carp...prize, and Orvis Helios: winner, Mike Gamby (top picture). So cool to see Mike win this rod with his first EVER carp on the fly, a tiny 18 incher! Way to go Mike!
Second smallest Carp...prize, Orvis Access 8 wt: winner, John Montana. I caught the three smallest carp I have caught in a long time, and Mike still beat me by a full inch.
Ugliest Carp...prize, Orvis Hydros reel: winner, David Nakamoto. Nice to see my partner win this reel with a truly ugly fish we called scarface. I called it the second we landed the fish...nasty bugger.
Second ugliest carp...prize, Orvis Access Reel: winner, John Montana. My fish we called Talon...all scratched up from a few run ins with an Osprey.
Biggest carp...prize, Idlewylde swag: winner, John Montana. I lucked into this one. David lost a beast of a fish in the weeds that would have won easily.
This really was a lot of fun, and I got to meet a ton of great anglers. All told there were about 25-30 of us out there, the newfound respect for carp is evident. Thanks again to the sponsors, and everyone for participating. Thanks also to the members of team Got Backing, I was lucky to get to fish with three of the best carpers I know and it paid off. Will see you guys for a guided trip this winter!