Our latest sweepstakes received thousands of entries, but there was always going to be just one lucky winner. Our randomly selected recipient of a Helios 2 fly rod is David Edson of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He chose a 9-foot, 5-weight Helios 2 with Midflex action (the exact same choice as our previous winner!), for use on his frequent trips to the Colorado Rockies. We asked David to tell us a bit about his fishing life, and here is what he shared:
A little while ago, a buddy handed me a fly rod to try, and I have basically been addicted to fly fishing ever since. I worked for a nonprofit and saw a lot of human suffering. Fly fishing was a great release and helped me to clear my head. I fished a lot in Missouri and Arkansas, for everything that would take a fly: carp, bass, trout, and gar, to name a few.
On a guided fly-fishing trip in Montana, I really started contemplating becoming a guide. In early 2015, my wife, son, and I moved to Colorado. I went to guide school and am now a full-time fly-fishing guide. Loving life, loving work, and loving Orvis for hooking me up with the best rod on the market! Hoping to eventually take fly fishing into developing countries to encourage better conservation, create new jobs, and help countries generate some income through a new tourism market.
Thanks to all who entered the contest. We’ll launch another one soon, so stay tuned!