Cornhusker Carpfest 2018

Welcome to the SECOND annual Cornhusker Carpfest presented by Cornhusker Fly Fishers.  Cornhusker Carpfest is a fly fishing contest for what else... CARP!!!  Not only is this a chance to show off your fly fishing skills and meet fellow anglers, but this contest is also a great way to support the growing carp-on-the-fly community here in the heartland!  Cornhusker Carpfest takes place Saturday July 21st, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Keep Scrolling for all the details....

Where and When:

Contest takes place Saturday July 21st, at Oak Lake. Lincoln Nebraska. 
  • Registration begins at 7:30 am at the Cornhusker Fly Fishers tent at Oak Lake.
  • Open to all!
  • Cost of entry is $20 for each participant.  
  •  $$ Cash or Cards This Year!!! $$
  • Official start time is 8:00 am.
  • Official closing time is 4:00 PM sharp back at the Cornhusker Fly Fishers tent. 
  • Any PUBLIC  body of water is fair game to fish for the contest, just be back in time for the "weigh in".                                          
  • Participants are responsible for their own Fishing Permits or Nebraska State Park Entry Stickers.
 Pre-registration party location: KROS STRAIN BREWING - Friday July 20th
  • If you plan on fishing in the Omaha metro - you can per-register Friday night and start fishing Saturday morning. 
  • We will be hanging out from 7 to 9 pm.  Discussing the Carpfest, places to fish,  pre-registering participants, and distributing some awesome swag!!! All while enjoying some exceptional craft beer. Stop by and tell some lies!  We'll also have some sweet Cornhusker Carpfest hats for sale...

Tournament Rules:
  • Open to all ages and skill levels!!!
  • This is a catch, photo, & release contest (CPR). 
  • A Digital Camera or Camera Phone is required. 
  • Entry fee is $20. 
  • All Participants get a Cornhusker Carpfest trucker hat!!!
  • Anglers can register solo or as a pair of anglers to make a "team".  (Only 2 anglers per team this year). A "team" would be a great way to include/introduce a beginner or a youngster to fly carping...just saying...
  • Pure fly fishing only. 
  • Absolutely NO: pre-baiting, chumming, snagging, foul hooking, or adding scent to flies. Any evidence of these will lead to disqualification of angler/team, and you will be forever shunned.
  • Common Carp and Grass Carp count this year!!! (no buffalo or sucker species). 
  • No limit to the amount of carp you can catch, only the three biggest carp will count towards the grand prize.  That is, each angler or "team" will enter their top 3 longest carp measurements & pictures to win the grand prize. 
  • Carp will be measured to the nearest 1/2 inch. 
  • Measurement devices will be provided. 
  • A Cornhusker Carpfest "token" will be distributed at the start of the tournament to each angler/team.  This token must be present in photographs to count for the tournament.  
  • "Weigh in"Will be at Oak Lake at 4pm on July 21st - SHARP - Must be present to win.
  • "Weigh in" will consist of Carpfest judges inspecting the photographs and adding up carp lengths.
  • In the event of a tie... Shenanigans will be declared and casting competition will be held between the top two anglers/teams.  Carpfest judges will determine the appropriate competition parameters.
 There will be great prizes for:
  • Smallest Carp
  • Angler/Team with longest 3 carp
  • Runner up angler/team
  • Biggest Carp
  • Best Carp Picture (as decided by Cornhusker Carpfest judges).
  • Additional prizes/awards...
How to measure your carp...Just make sure your "token" is in the picture during the tournament. 

Measure to the tip of the tail. 17 1/2 inches exactly

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