In 1988 a couple gentlemen created a ‘friendly’ trout tournament which, in hindsight, can be characterized by friendship, cheating and general debauchery. Several years later Joe Witte assumed the Tournament Director position and turned a small tournament into the major event it is today, being the largest trout tournament in the Midwest. 2018 celebrates the 30th year of the event. In celebration Joe Witte and I decided on creating a commemorative print, with all profits going to charity. The framed print, selling for $200 to tournament invitees, honors not only the friendships and memories created over the last 30 years, but is also dedicated to the memory of the past participants who have passed on since its inception.
The print, which is shown above as a mock up, will feature the 30th Annual title as shown, along with the year 1988 to the left of the title, and 2018 to the right of the title. Finally, below the print, and attached to the matte, will be an ‘In Memory’ section listing those friends and fellow tournament participants who are no longer with us. We ask all participants to submit the names of fellow participants who have passed for inclusion in the list.
Please DO NOT order the print on this website. Instead, go through Joe Witte as directed by email. If you have any questions, please send me a note.
The photograph, which is the basis of the print, was taken by Grayson Smith, during a fly fishing trip to Lake Taneycomo in November 2007. During the trip Grayson had the foresight of simply holding an underwater camera below the surface and taking photos of the trout which gather around his feet. I believe the results were very cool, providing a fish eye view of rainbow trout.