7) The creativity of our flyathletes: This year’s Innovator of the Year award goes to Flyathlete #108, Erik Myhre. East Middle Creek is a small mountain creek, overgrown in parts and difficult to fish with a long fly rod. Erik, being a cagey veteran in the fly-fishing industry, quickly realized that his 11-foot rod was the wrong tool for the fish he wanted to catch… The solution? A 2.5 foot long curved stick to which Erik attached his leader and quickly captured a spectacular Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Mad paleo skills.