On August 15th, 2015, fifty flyathletes from around the country assembled at a line drawn in the dirt deep in the woods near Saguache, Colorado for the start of 2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Flyathlon. Following the traditional sacrifice of a mass-produced beer-like-thing (this year, it was a Clamato-infused light beer, taken out by a Red Ryder), an equal mix of seasoned veterans and eager newbies crashed the Middle Creek drainage in search of adrenaline and the elusive Rio Grande cutthroat trout. By early afternoon, all were accounted for (despite several accounts of large rattlesnakes), the overwhelming majority of flyathletes had photographed a trout on their race bib, and everyone was primed for southern BBQ and locally-made craft beers. After dinner, top flyathletes were awarded with drinkable trophies and great outdoor gear provided by a host of outstanding sponsors. Most importantly, our 2015 flyathletes crowdfunded more than $20,000 that will be used via partnership with Colorado Trout Unlimited to improve backcountry trails and cutthroat trout habitat within the host San Luis Valley, and across the state of Colorado. If you think you have what it takes to compete in a Flyathlon event in 2016, please send me a message.