1st Place – Clint Packo(1) and Trevor Tanner(1) (111 inches on 5 fish)
2nd Place – Barry Reynolds(2) and Yours Truly (81 inches on 3 fish)
3rd Place – Luke Bever(3) and Nathan Davis(1) (72 inches on 3 fish)
(1) First time participants in The Slam
(2) Reynolds has taken second place three years in a row across six different beats, meaning the man proves beyond a shadow of doubt he can catch fish no matter the conditions. And even though he’s drawn me as a partner twice.
(3) Luke Bever has competed twice, catching the Carp of the Slam on his first pass and all three fish that brought his team to podium on the second. In other words, he’s a force to be reckoned with.
The real winners of the whole shebang, however, are the donors of prizes, the attendees at the after-party, those who forked out cold, hard cash donations, and of course the urban South Platte River itself. Denver Trout Unlimited has preliminarily reported a 50% increase in revenue from the event, and the budgeted net, which goes directly to river restoration projects, should be right on target. Clem Rinehart, Cory Stansbury, Todd Fehr, and the rest of the DTU Board deserve major kudos for knocking this one out of the park.
MG signing off (to retire the carp gear, for at least a few days)
Introducing the pairings for the 2011 South Platte Pro-Am Carp Slam (am – pro):
Will Rice – Tyler Kendrick
Trevor Tanner – Clint Packo
Tim Romano – Kurt Olesek
Nathan Davis – Luke Bever
Jon Emert – Gifford Maythem
Nate Taylor – Tim Marek
Phil Beranato – Theo Anset
Josh Fiester – Scott Wells
Aaron Kindle – Bruce Smithhammer
Stephen Sparks – Ty Clifton
Sabrina Stratford – Chris Barry
Michael Weed – TK Conner
Rick Mikesell – David Luna
Robert Bibb – Rob Kolanda
Dzifa Glymen – Chris Galvin
And last but certainly not least…
Michael Gracie – Barry Reynolds
The odds of pulling that last pairing for a second time is about half as likely as getting struck by lightning. Carp Slam senior management declined all requests for interviews on the matter.
MG signing off (because luck has got everything to do with it)
Thomas Hawk declares Flickr is dead, after comparing the service’s aging photo gallery to Google+’s presentation. So watcha gonna do about it?
Well, if you are concerned with the health of parent Yahoo!, are running OS X, and have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning while sipping your go juice, get this nifty tool from Malarky Software called PhotoGrabbr (it’s donationware), and suck down your precious images. They’ll wind up in the folder of your choice, neatly organized by Flickr set name.
If you have a bunch of crappy photos, hence were paying pro-bucks to Yahoo! solely for the purpose of having full access to the pile, and saw the writing on the wall nine months ago, you simply shove said garbage into a homebrew gallery.
MG signing off (as with each death there’s need for an undertaker)
It’s the second week of August, and there is nary a single trout fishing story gracing these pages to show for it. Some will inevitably consider such circumstances a sad state of affairs, which it is. And while I could use a choice excuse such as “the water’s too high” or “I’m too busy” or “the dog ate my homework”, that would be juvenile (and even more so, boring).
No, I have no explanation for my actions. I’ve woken by six nearly every weekend day this summer, only to watch the day fly by without wetting a line in the coldwater. A pathetic situation if I do say so myself, which I will. Somewhere between packing for the drive and checking the carp infested flows right out my doorstep, I’ve opted for trout only when it’s forced upon me (lack of aggressive prodding notwithstanding).
I could link back to days of old, re-spinning fishing lore in an attempt to portray a certain image. But I won’t. That’s called posing, and seeing as I’m vehemently opposed to wearing waders between May and September, a front page photo opportunity is completely out of question (although the author’s mug hedges that bet).
MG signing off (to imagine the summer isn’t nearly over, although it is)