Photo Contest Winners

After an usually cruel delay that we attribute to our remarkable lack of focus as the fishing season comes to a close, and hunting seasons start to ramp up, we've managed to put the shotguns and rods down long enough to do the job we told you we'd do: Finish the damned fishing contest. Our judges spent a few days pouring through the photos and while there were so many fantastic submissions, they had to pick just three. All of the photos tell a story, whether it's about the joy of a stringer full of trout, the effort it takes to get to where the pigs are, or a fading  glimpse of what we once had, and hopefully will have again. All of the photos are distinctly Montana, and that's, after all, what we're about: Montana, and her wild places and wildlife.

So here they are:

First prize and the winner of the Scott Fly Rod:

We believe the Children are the future, just like Whitney Houston. Therefore, the Judges agreed that a smile you can't wipe off your face is a winner! Congratulations to Michelle Larson!

Second place and the winner of a $100 gift certificate to Headhunters Fly Shop out of Craig Montana:

Ryan Busse with his South Fork of the Flathead Bull Trout:

Third place shows the effort and determination to head into the backcountry searching for monster cutthroat. The sweat and effort it takes to hit some of these high country lakes makes me giddy just thinking about what lies a few more miles ahead on the old dusty trail. Congratulations to Tyler Campbell who will receive a fully stuffed Fly Box from Sweetwater Fly Shop out of Livingston Montana!

Now, head out there and enjoy what is shaping up to be a wonderful fall in the Big Sky State!

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