BigYearSINCE THE 1930s, the world of birding has held an informal contest to find out who can see or hear the largest number of species of birds within a calendar year. They call this contest The Big Year, and we thought it was time flyfishing had its own Big Year. Our contest will be run through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It's open to anyone, and the rules are simple:

Starting Sat, April 26 (Opening day of trout season for several states), post a picture of you with your fish on The Drake’s Facebook page (there’ll be a special spot for entries). 

Whoever posts the most different species of fish, that they caught between April 26, 2014, and April 25th, 2015 (Mountain Standard Time), on a fly rod, will be the Grand Prize winner. There will also be monthly and quarterly winners, with great prizes provided by Redington, Sage, Yeti, William Joseph, Smith Optics, and RIO.

THREE IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER: 1) You must use the hashtag #DrakemagBigYear, when entering via Twitter or Instagram, for us to be able to track your entry. (We’re using a third-party app called OfferPop.) 2) While the fish can be from anywhere in the world, we are using the IGFA list of species. So, for example, a “cutthroat trout” is considered one species—even if you catch one Snake River Cutty and one Colorado Cutty, it’s still just one cutty. 3) This is a catch-and-release competition, so each fish must be alive and properly handled in the photos. Also, like the birding version, we are using the honor system. If the fish you post was caught before April 26, 2014, it is not eligible. No cheating!

TWO MAIN GOALS OF THIS EVENT: 1) To have fun while winning cool gear. 2) To showcase how many different types of fish can be caught on a fly rod. This is not a “biggest fish” contest or a “most fish” contest, it’s a variety-of-species contest. For a more detailed explanation of the rules, and to see some of the prizes, and how to win them, visit drakemag.com.

PRIZES: Monthly winners will win gear from RIO, Sage, Redington, and William Joseph. Our quarterly winners will win stuff from the above, as well as a cooler from Yeti, and sunglasses from Smith. The grand prize winner receives the ultimate swag bag, including prizes from ALL sponsors.

Keep checking back for more details. Thanks, and good luck!