The 2015, and 4th rendidtion Bass 1fly (B1F) is in the books. First, let’s take a moment to remember those with their names already etched on the back of the Duke & Lily Cup:
2012 – Jeff Cole
2013 – Dan Moser
2014 – Joe Donati
This year the angler group doubled in size, going from 9 to 18. This meant that we’d have to split up into 2 different stretches of river – 3 boats/9 anglers in 2 beats. The competition was close for quite sometime – but after about the 1/2 way mark became a 2 horse race between to guys in the same boat.
Drew Peklo ended the event with 12 smallmouth landed and the next closest angler was Erich Gross with 8. Erich manages the Grand Rapids Nomad Anglers fly shop (NOMAD’S Website) and Drew mans the counter there from time to time as well. You might want to shoot them an email, or better yet stop into the shop and ask them both what they’re eating for breakfast before they fish!
The 2015 B1F field is set, we doubled the participants this year and there will be 18 anglers, 6 boats total. Because of the larger group we will be fishing 2 different sections of river, with 2 boats in each stretch. Here are the teams:
2014 marks the 3rd rendition of the annual Michiganfly smallmouth bass 1fli competition. At stake is the highly coveted and equally elusive Duke and Lily Cup.
This year to add some excitement into the event – everyone that follows this blog can get in on the action! Below you will find a complete lineup of the anglers that will challenge for this year’s championship – please send your pick to win the cup to email@example.com. If you choose the winner you will be entered into a drawing to win
some sweet swag a Mystic Inception Fly Rod (5wt or 8wt) and the entire collection of all the loser’s flies used during the competition, so that you can go out and be a loser on your very own water!
Please submit your pick in this format:
- Email Address:
- Winner Prediction:
Here’s the lineup – you only get 1 pick, make it count.
DAN MOSER (Tiny Elvis)
The reigning champion, 2013 winner of the Duke and Lily cup jumped out to a huge early lead and continued to post giant numbers of fish throughout the day. He closed out the competition in impressive fashion, catching more fish than the rest of the competition combined! The pattern used by Dan last year to propel him to the winner’s circle has been banned for use this year as it was deemed unfair to the competitor anglers and the fish.
He is relentless, and unafraid of deploying unorthodox methods and flies in a constant search for a competitive edge. Won by such a large margin in last year’s event, holds a significant psychological advantage over the rest of the field. Knows what it takes to win, unless (see below)………….
Suspect knot tying skills resulted in an extremely early exit from the 2012 competition, as he lost his bug 10 minutes into the contest during a routine retrieve due to a poor knot.
The 2012 champion suffered an upset defeat last year. Well known giant fish catcher, Jeff consistently puts fish in the net no matter the species (and they are usually giants). Thought to be part human/part machine – a CYBORG. Imagine Robo Cop having a love child with trout guide. Adding to the lore of his cyborgness – recently suffered a broken elbow, went to a scrap yard to secure some spare parts – patched himself up and is better than new.
Tireless with precision aim on casts and the ability to watch his bug with one eye and look ahead to plan his next cast with his other eye.
Has a propensity to find pike, even in waters that have very low numbers of pike. This may result in an unintentional ‘saw-off’ knocking him from the remainder of the competition.
Unquestioned leader in facial hair configurations using his man hair sculpting abilities to confuse and frighten other challengers. The 2012 version of the Winfield/Winchester man face threw all of the other competitors off their respective games for more than half of the competition. It has also been said that the fish were so terrified of it they refused to eat for an entire week as they feared having to come face to face with it when caught.
Solid all around fisher – great caster, great tyer – puts up huge number days. Facial hair grooming skills add in a significant intimidation factor.
Streaky – can put up double digit days or low catch days. If he’s hot, there’s none better. One slip of the razor blade could destroy his distinct advantage in the manscaping capacity.
Doesn’t do any one thing better than any other competitors, and is working to reinvent himself as a streamer fisherman. Placed 2nd in the 2012 and 2013 contests.
Will come to the contest with a thoroughly researched and developed unique fly.
Shoulder injury leaves his status as “questionable” to last throughout the entire day – may limit casting abilities significantly. Basically, he is a giant pansy that can’t cast and blames it on a bum shoulder.
2014 newcomer brings a hardcore streamer fisherman mentality to the fold, and is an avid pursuer of smallies. Is a real life commando – and uses his military expertise to eliminate opponents and fish.
Ties clean and precise flies that have great movement and lifelike qualities.
Casting tends to tire as the day continues. Can be easily thrown off his game by calling him “bro” all day – for some reason he hates to be called “bro”.
2012 participant failed to get on the board, although he did not enter the 2013 contest – he walked away with the prestigious Schultz Outfitters 2013 Bass 1 Fly tourney in 2013.
Best tyer of the group. Will come prepared with a proven fly pattern that is bomb proof and able to stand up to fish after fish.
Remains to be seen if he can overcome his 2012 performance in this competition format. Confidence will be high after wrecking the competition at the Schultz event last year.
Commonly described as a “Fishy Mofo”. He seems to be able to convert PBR into the only nutrients needed to survive and function at a high level for extended periods of time. He is a survivalist can probably trek all of mount Everest in a half day with nothing more than a gum wrapper, paperclip, rubberband, and PBR.
A fishy guy – seems to always have his bugs in the water at the right time in the right spot. Knows what it takes to get it done. Mental preparation is a strength as well.
May be very warm during the event, causing him to have to spend precious fishing time downing PBR’s. May run out of supply of PBR and will shut down completely.
A true king of the swing, Ryan is a 2 handed nut. While he prefers the way of the spey, he is an extremely efficient bug puller. He is a gifted talker, and will work his magical words to throw other people off their games. His trash talk is so effective that Super Bowl Champ Richard Sherman hired him as a part time coach during the off season to work on his trash talk game.
Strong overall fisherman, that has the ability to intimidate other competitors with his football player mentality and size advantage.
Swinging for smallies is not as effective from a moving boat. If everyone brings ear plugs or hums show tunes loudly, his trash talking can be easily negated.
Ever heard of the “Donati Vortex”? Google it – it’s a real thing. This dude is the real deal – solid and consistent with giant explosions of huge days. Is a multi species and environment fisherman – small stream trout to big bay bass/carp fishing.
Extremely adaptable and consistent. Joe has the ability to adjust appropriately to nearly any situation presented to him, and find fish. Stays confident throughout the day – is definitely the most positive fisherman in the group.
Gets extremely excited about catching fish – even gets equally as excited when others catch fish. He has been known to celebrate by jumping up and down, giving multiple fist pumps in the air. This could result in serious injury preventing him from fishing 100% throughout the day. Also, while he is extremely adaptable – he does not spend as much time pursuing smallies in the river as some of the other competitors – this could make him prone to finding himself well behind the other anglers after the first shift.