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.
Once again, we’re hoping to grow in 2020, and we’ve added a new twist! (See below.) And if you check out the prize list below, I think you’re going to want to give the contest a try this year. So start thinking about how you can carve out a little time each day, or plan a couple big adventures for the month!
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. (If you’re working from home because of the pandemic, you’ll have your usual commuting time available for fishing.) On weekends, get in a few casts around family time or yard work.
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, 2020.)
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 Orvis Pro Waders.
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.
New: The Local Slam!
Saltwater anglers have long prized the Grand Slam, which involves catching a bonefish, tarpon, and permit in the same day. If you were to apply that concept to your home waters, what species would constitute your own “Local Slam”? In southwestern Vermont, where Orvis is headquartered, we can cast for brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pickerel, northern pike, common carp, and a variety of panfish—all within a half hour of the office.
This year, we are including a Local Slam category in this year’s “20 September Days” Photo Contest. All fish for this competition must be caught during the month of September, and you’ll be up against anglers from all 50 states.
To enter for the Local Slam , you must submit at least 4 photos of different species caught during the month of September, using the hashtags above plus #localslam. The winner of the Local Slam category will receive a $100 Orvis Gift Card.
We will have the full contest rules ready when the contest launches on Tuesday, September 1.