{Holy Giveaway Batman!} CLOSED

Thursday, November 08, 2012




Our sweet friends over at Loon are generously letting us giveaway one of their new
Big Water Fishing Systems {a $119 value!}.


To enter, swing by Loon Outdoors and leave a comment below telling us about your favorite catch. Become one of our Google followers & you can leave 2 comments, doubling your chances of winning. 
After all, who wouldn't want to receive a box stamped F-R-A-G-I-L-E from these guys?
Our winner will be selected at random and announced on the blog on Monday.
Happy {almost} weekend and GOOD LUCK!
Em & Tim

64 comments:

Steph said...

Wow, wow, wow! I've always wanted to learn to fly fish, but don't know where to begin. So I think this pack would be perfect, and is what I would buy even if I wasn't entering a giveaway. :)

Steph said...

ANDDDDD..... I'm a Google follower! I never miss a post from you guys.

Melinda said...

Dear Loon Outdoors,

My absolute favorite catch was when I was 8 years old. I was fishing with my Dad in my grandmother's back yard pond and I caught an 8 lb. catfish. Of course when you're 8 and you weigh nothing I thought it was going to pull me in. It gave us all a good laugh, but the smile on my face holding my prize catch was something my grandma still has up in her house some 25 years later. I guess what else makes it memorable is I screamed and freaked out while trying to take my first hook off in and effort to put him back in the water as fast as possible.

Dana Lauren said...
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Dana Lauren said...

I love following you and all your wonderful words! I look forward to reading Today's Letters everyday.

Dana Lauren said...

Every catch is my favorite! Standing in the water, be it cool or warm, the exciting feeling of the fish taking the bait, running your line, fighting your line, the sound of the reel. Then when it finally becomes your turn, you start reeling him in wondering what he may be as you feel his weight or his fight against your rod. You hope he swallowed the whole hook, you fear the loss of what could be your greatest catch. But you continue to reel until he finally takes off his disguise and you realize this has been your greatest catch yet. That is, until the next time you get your line wet.

KLP said...

How amazing! I love Loon Outdoors!! My favorite catch was my first one--I was 23 and my now-husband took me fishing for the first time in my life. I was nervous and ridiculous but I actually caught one!

Kallie Brelsford said...

My best catch was this past spring, when I first went fishing with my husband! Now its a hobby we do together :)

Mandi @ CRUSH said...

Any catc is my favorite catch! We go river fishing in the sierras every year and I'm usually the only one who doesn't be a bite! Even the kids catch one before me. So each time that I actually do catch one I'm so flippin excited :o)

Kallie Brelsford said...

And I follow your blog everyday. Stage 5 creeper right here!

Mandi @ CRUSH said...

I am a follower!!

Cassandra Bennett said...

I love fly fishing - and I recently started dating a guy who loves to fly fish with me... that might be my best catch yet :)

Thanks for this chance - a great possible Christmas gift!!!

Kristen said...

I'm a bass girl. And, my best catch was probably a 3 pounder. My husband really loves fishing and I'd love to see him win this! :)

Melanie Yarbrough said...

My favorite catch was the first catch I ever made, with my dad on West Point Lake in Georgia. It had been years since we'd seen each other, and it was one of our first summers back together. I'd love to be able to gift this to him this Christmas!

Kelly Ames said...

A couple weeks ago, I fished the Madison river in West Yellowstone. It was my first trip to the park. The snowflakes were the size of fifty cent pieces and I was fishing from a bank that was a few feet up from the river when, "slam". The kind of strike you get from a steelhead, he rolled and was gone- a hot rainbow. I was into my backing before I could exhale, my finger was stinging from the reel handle hitting it. The chase was on, the water was fast, I began to run to chase him, holding on to trees that were on the edge of the steep bank as I jumped around them pine needles slapping my cheeks....reel, let him run, reel, let him run, I am running...out of bank...fast water no where to go. I broke him off.

I sat on the bank and pulled my pewter Jameson flask out of my fanny pack(which is a non fishing give way pack from a work event) and had a shot of whiskey. I asked my best friend what I did wrong as we look at the tippet, examined the non failed knot..."There was nothing you could do. It was a 1x fish on 3x tippet. You got the best of him."

I landed alot of fish on this trip by I'll always hold this one in my heart.

Melanie Yarbrough said...

And I'm following on Google!

beertrout.com said...

My first trout. We camped in the back of the truck, my grandfather and I, on the bank of a creek in the middle of nowhere. He handed me a rod that was twice my height and let me go. Hours later, with numb feet and a tangled line, a fish ate my dry fly. I cupped that fish in my hands and ran upstream to my pap, where he described to me the nature of this fish, "a native char leftover from the last ice age."

Michael Lenetsky said...

My favorite catch is probably always my most recent. In late October I spent the morning chasing Fall Smallmouth bass in a fairly unique river system. I had a great morning, landing about 40 smallies in 2-3 hours. I caught fish on everything I threw that morning, woolly buggers, foxy clousers, zonkers,... the fish were aggressive, and large. None were under 14 inches, and many were over 18 inches. Including 2 20 inch hawgs.

That said, success can sometimes leave you wanting more. On this day, I wanted to see if swinging streamers on a small stream could yield large, pre-spawn brown trout. I hopped in the car, headed about 35 miles upstream (not quite headwaters of where I was bass fishing, but close). With my 4wt Diamondback VSR, I went into the creek below a railroad bridge, and started working my way upstream. The water was clear, and low, this fork of the river is small (20-25 feet across) so I was targeting broken, fast water. After about an hour of slowly working my way upstream, fishing a size 10 olive wooly bugger, I had found some success and was quite happy. 4 browns between 14 and 17 inches. As I was swinging the fly through a run where I had just landed a 16 inch fish, I allowed the fly to dangle, just a second longer than usual. I saw a monstrous flash of orange and brown and the water erupted. The fish jumped, and bolted downstream, jumping, and peeling line all the way. After 7 jumps and 75 yards, I finally landed a wild, fully colored, 22 inch male brown trout.

Michelle Catts said...

I caught my first fish this summer and screamed the entire time. I think my Mister would die of happiness if I won this! Christmas surprise on a med school budget!

Hulligan said...

My favorite catches were always on the lake with my Dad in the canoe with cane fishing poles. :)

Ulf Brandin said...

My best catch may be the next catch, and perhaps the catch that follows

Matt Johnson said...

My favorite catch occurred when I was 14 years old. My dad took my brother and I out in the San Juan Islands to do some afternoon salmon fishing on a whim. We ran our boat (a Stingray 240LR...NOT a fishing boat) out to Eagle Point on the west side of San Juan Island, joining more than 30 boats of hardcore fishermen.

We were the only boat jigging, while everyone else had fancy trolling rigs on their boats. It quickly became clear that no one was catching anything. We decided to drop our lines in and give it a shot anyway. No more than 25 minutes after we arrived, I hooked a beautiful 28 pound King Salmon, and proceeded to fight it for the next 30 minutes. We noticed that many of the boats around us were bringing in their downriggers and switching to simple jigging as we were doing. Eventually, I landed the big King and we brought it into the boat.
Catching a huge fish like that King at 14 years old was one of the biggest thrills I've ever had. And it made for some amazing dinner too!

Matt said...

Fishing off of a dock in La Porte, TX for numerous summers is a great memory. We caught channel catfish, flounder and red fish. Good times!

Matt said...

More recently, catching rainbows while floating down Lake Taneycomo in Missouri w/ Carolyn as our guide ranks pretty high as well. I couldn't help but recall every fishing scene from A River Runs Through It...awesome times for the wife and I!

Karen said...

My favorite catch isn't mine. It's one my little brother was telling the family about during Sunday dinner when we were growing up.

Well, he was telling us about it...but we weren't listening. We had no idea he was even talking until the rest of our conversation stopped and the only voice left was his, saying "....and I caught a fish THIS big!" (typical hand gestures to go with it.)

He was probably 6 years old, and SO excited about his catch. We felt terrible for not listening to him but couldn't stop laughing at how he was just sitting there at the end of the table, telling his story, oblivious to the fact that we were oblivious to him. We ended up giving him the nickname The Dinner Rambler. :)

Mary Pendleton said...

My favorite catch is my husband, Chris. We got married on July 20th and are loving doing life together. Can't believe I get him! :)

Ulf Brandin said...

My best catch was probably when I'm 13 years old in 1977 caught a large cod on my fishing rod weighing 19.5 kg. I was on a sport fishing boat along with several scarred fishing guys. When I thought I was stuck in the bottom at a rock or something. When I feel it loosen and come along slowly. My heart beats double strokes. After thirty minutes of struggle, I was the luckiest teenager among all the old fishing pros on the boat.

chestnutmocha said...

I'd love to win this for my husband's dad. He loves fishing and he tells us stories of his catches when we get together to have dinner. I love listening to his stories and I hope I could make him happy by giving him this awesome prize. It'd mean more fishing stories and catches! :-)
Katie

The Real Me- TLF said...

My favorite catch... I caught myself once. Yep. I was about 8. But my brother LOVES fishing and this would be great to express some love to him, since he called me out of the blue the other day- something he NEVER does!

Meredith J Martin said...

My favorite catch would be when I was about 6 years old, fishing with my grandfather off the dock of his lake house. I have a picture hanging in my room of the cat fish I caught on that day :) One item on my bucket list is to learn how to fly fish and this seems like it would be a great way to get started!

Emily Cairns said...

My favorite catch was while my husband and I were floating with my grandfathers favorite guide. He kept telling us stories of my grandfather, who traveled the world fly fishing. I felt like I was fishing with my grandfather. The first catch of the morning is always the best catch. Followed closely by surprise catches late in the afternoon.

The Simple Man said...

My Biggest and Best catch was my wife Johnna Lou!

Jess said...

My favorite catch would be my husband! I'm not much of a fisherman, but my favorite memory of fishing is with my husband. We were floating in a pontoon just being with each other (and trying to out fish the other) and enjoying the outdoors.

My husband bought his first pair of waders last year and enjoys a weekend fishing with the guys every spring.

jess.gustin@yahoo.com

The Simple Man said...

My favorite time fishing was on our Ten Year wedding anniversary in Asheville, NC!!! And, yes this is huntershamilton that is on Pinterest and pin each others stizuff all the time! Please Pick Me! My wife and I will come fish with ya'll anytime!!!

msnoddy said...

My favorite catch is my husband, AKA, my ginger mountain!!! Inspired by your blog and our new hometown of Seattle, I am DETERMINED to do more fun activities in the great outdoors with my hubs. This sure would come in handy. ;)

msnoddy said...

. . . and I'm now an official google follower. I love your blog. Thanks for sharing your story.

Molly Roberson said...

My favorite catch was on the Davidson River. It was already dark outside and I was ready to call it a day but then I snagged a beautiful 16in rainbow. Oh wait I'm pretty sure you already know this story. Sorry for the retell.
More than watching your best cast & drinking the best beer after a long day on the river.

Danny H said...

My favorite catch was when I was 8 years old. My dad took me fishing for the first time and I caught this SUPER tiny Blue Gill. The thing couldn't have been much bigger than my hand, but dad acted like I'd just caught a blue whale with my bare hands.

Jessie said...

Hands down anytime I went fishing with my Grandpa. One of my favorite pictures from childhood is of my sister and me with our string of catfish (?) between us, up against my Grandpa's garage, squinting into the sun. Ah, the innocence.

TheNoviceChef said...

Unlike most guys I know, I learned how to fish from the greatest woman in the world and she happened to be the world’s greatest mom too! My best memory of us was my first camping trip to a lake in East Texas. Mom taught me to us a cane pole and a grub worm, and how to take the fish off the line. She also taught me the importance of family time, something I will share with my own children one day. It wasn't too long after that the Lord called her home. Nearly twenty years later her memory is with me every time I toss a line in the water.

Tracy said...

My husband loves to tell the story of "the one that got away" when he was a child and fished before school with his dad. After hearing it so many times (and hanging their old fishing pole in our dining room), it's become my favorite catch, too.

Tracy said...

I'm a google follower, too! I love coming here for new music and inspiration.

Jenn D said...

My favorite catches are the catches that I do when I have a loved one with me.

I remember fishing when I was little with my grandpa, using a bamboo pole. And now that i'm a bit older, I love making a catch with my favorite man beside me. I cherish this memories :)

Across the Pond and Beyond: Ben&Molly Do Europe said...

6inch brook trout, size 22 cream midge, Davidson River, NC. #rightanglers#hudapohl

Bethany Phillip said...

What a wonderful surprise Christmas gift this would be for my fly fisherman Husband. :) And, myself of course... I've learned a few things about fly fishing since we've been married! Thanks for offering this GREAT giveway. Ya'll rock!

Bethany Phillip said...

And... favorite catch would be an Alaskan Salmon in Alaska!

doctorbarefoot said...

Just went ocean fishing for the first time last week! It was so exciting, and we caught a beautiful 3 ft dorado on La Ventana Mexico, which made an amazing dinner! I would love to win this gift for my husbands birthday this month!!

geekedoutjock said...

My favorite catch is my man, Andrew, who would absolutely love to win this! Second favorite would be the two bluegill I caught on my first fishing trip with my Dad at our family pond.

Britt T said...

I'd love to win this! My favorite catch was my first... the first time I went fly-fishing was when I was 20, and I caught a little 8-inch crappie! Haha.

Mary said...

I don't remember my exact favorite catch, but I remember lots of fishing outings with my dad and grandpa. We had lots of contests to see who could catch the most bluegill!

Danielle said...

Love it! My favorite catch was this summer when my husband and I went fishing in the boundary waters. He was so excited to catch some huge Northern Minnesota fish and the whole time he caught next to NOTHING. (He claims he caught a huge bass when I was cooking dinner one night but that it slipped out of his hands after he took it off the hook...I don't know...) :) I ended up catching a bass that trip. Wonderful!

Sarah Coombs said...

just started following you on Google!!!

Sarah Coombs said...

the times I went fishing with my dad as a kid. Only ever caught a catfish, but oh man. those were the days.

steph-a-ronie said...

Back when my husband was "the fella I'm dating," he taught me how to fly fish at my university's pond.

The fish population must have been near zero, but we weren't really there for the 'big catch' anyway.

I remember thinking how beautiful the discipline was... how the line would fly, but keep fluidity to waft with the wind. And how wonderful the fisherman was. I was smitten.

My favorite catch ever made by fly fishing is my man. He's a great father, a great best friend and the best line-untangler you'll ever meet.

steph-a-ronie said...

P.S.-- I am following you on my Google Reader. :-)

Erinn said...

My dad taught me how to fly fish last summer when he took me to Alaska and spent a multitude of patient hours with me on the banks of the Russian River. He had just returned from an 18 month deployment and it was the first father/daughter trip we've had just us. I caught a beautiful sockeye salmon and that night I reconnected with my dad. It was by far the best day and best catch ever. My dad is currently back in Afghanistan but I would love to win this for him to take on our next fishing trip when he returns home in July of 2013!

Em Meier said...
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Em Meier said...

Also, (comment #2!) I've had so many great memories hunting and fishing (spin casting) with my dad, I've recently started hunting again but would love to start fishing again too, and what better way to do so than to learn the art and patience of fly fishing?

Maggie said...

I checked out their website and I'm a google follower of your awesome blog!!! My favorite catches were always with my dad when I was a little girl =)

Megan said...

My favorite catch is my very first one...when my husband took me for the first time ever!!! I was so excited!!

Megan said...

I'm a GFC follower!!

Anonymous said...

Id have to say my favorite catch was the first fish I caught after starting to use a fly rod.

Jenna H
Jhoobler@rams.colostate.edu

just my style said...

I have stumbled upon your blog recently and have come to look forward to the next letter! My family and I live in Alaska and are both fly fishermen, I even worked in a fly shop part time over a few summers to "support" the habit! HAHA!

Tight Lines to you!

Danielle

Today's Letters said...

Danielle, so glad you found our blog!

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