Tom Chandler over at TroutUnderground recently posed the question: What if Bassmaster-style competition came to fly fishing? Would that be a good thing? There were lots of responses to the question. Some were for it, some against it, some sickened by it, some took advantage of the opportunity to joke around. What is puzzling is why no one asked the more important question: What does Hawgdaddy think about it?
Well, Hawgdaddy has a history here. I fished bass tournaments with my father from the time I was around ten years old. I got into tournament angling pretty seriously during my high school days, fishing all I could afford. My college years marked the beginning of the end of my tournament fishing. For several reasons. Lack of money, lack of time, and the infant stirrings of a suspicion that something was seriously wrong with the path my life was taking. Coincidentally, I took up fly fishing at about the same time as starting college. I still fished the occasional tournament, but I began to lose the excitement. At present, I don’t know if I’ll ever take part in another competitive fishing event. If I do, it will be a small affair with friends. And I probably won’t like it a whole lot, enjoying the hanging out with friends much more than the competition. Continue reading Fly Fishing Tournaments?