|Off The Shnide? (Picture by Darrin Ochsner)|
|Yes, Off The Shnide! (Picture By Darrin Ochsner)|
|Fly Be Free! (Picture By Darrin Ochsner, Color Adjusted)|
With a little time to digest the event I cannot really say catching fish or even winning was the most profound aspect of the event. Catching this first fish to get off the shnide was a great feeling and winning was even better but with some luck I will catch more fish. With a little more luck I may even win again. Therefore I am going to skip the blow-by-blow and let some pictures do the talking. Instead I want to talk about the big picture that really made this year’s event special.
|Team Work! (Picture by Darrin Ochsner)|
|Clint's First Fish of The Day. Whys Everybody Gotta Be Disrespecting The Sucker?|
Undoubtedly the most profound aspect of the competition this year was what it is starting to mean to the fly fishing for carp community. Everybody involved has worked hard to expand the social aspects of the Slam and as a result the event is really starting to become more than just a competition. There were seminars. There were pre-parties to the pre-party. There were after-parties to the after-party. There were carpers and photographers flown in from all across the country to participate in practice sessions and the competition. There were countless spontaneous BS sessions for months ahead of time wherever two carpers might bump into each other. I an sure that every fly-shop employee in the metro area is sick to death, and not just because of the stench.
|Target Aquired! We Did Not Lack For Opportunity.|
Finally the official after-party was so well done that there is no question that it was a perfect event to take your wife to. My wife had as much fun as I did. She is my best friend and having my best friend there to participate in the fun was priceless!
|You Wanna Peice of This??? CarpSlamVI, Take It If You Can!|