The 2019 “20 Days in September” Contest Starts Sunday!

Last year’s winner was fishingmill’s dreamlike shot of an angler fighting a fish on a misty morning

The end of summer can be bittersweet for anglers, so to ensure that we make the most of the late season, we launched the “20 Days in September” Photo Contest back in 2015. The contest has grown every year, and participants have sent us countless emails and messages about how much fun they’ve had and how the need to get on the water so often caused them to check out local ponds and streams they’d passed by for years.

So once again, we’re hoping to grow in 2019. And if you check out the prize list below, I think you’re going to want to give the contest a try this year.

Here’s how it works:

1. Make an honest attempt to get on the water 20 times during September. Of course, these don’t have to be full or even half days of angling. Just 10 casts are enough to count on any given day. So steal time whenever you can: before work, at lunchtime, after work, or . . . (cough) during work. On weekends when your schedule is full, get in a few casts around soccer or football games.

2. Take pictures of your fish, the water, your fellow anglers, the flies you’re using, or anything else. (Photos must be taken during September, 2019.)

3. Post your photos to the Orvis Fly Fishing Facebook page or on Instagram with the hashtags #orvisflyfishing and #20sepdays. (Only photos using both hashtags will be eligible!)

At the end of the month, we’ll go through all the photos posted as part of the project and pick 10 finalists. Then we’ll let you vote for the winners! (Check out all of last year’s finalists below, and see all three winners here.)

Here are the prizes:


First Place: A Helios 3 Fly Rod of your choice.



Second Place: A Pair of New Orvis Pro Waders.


(The new Pro Wader line will launch in mid September!)


Third Place: A Mirage LT Fly Reel of your choice.


We’ll also give a pair of made-in-the-USA Orvis Nippers to one randomly selected voter at the end of the contest.

You don’t have to complete your 20 days to be eligible to win, but we will have a Roll of Honor for those who do manage to complete the Project. So start clearing your calendar to allow for more fishing time. Get ready to make September all about spending time on the water.

We will have the full contest rules ready when the contest launches on Sunday, September 1.

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