RA Beattie’s film Carpand trashed stereotypes associated with our favorite garbage-munching carp and in the process captured “Movie of the Year” honors at the 9th Anniversary Drake Flyfishing Video Awards in Orlando last week.
The “best of” showdown saw Push Pole Paul (Puckett) and the Two Strokes rock the stage, while industry trailblazers, ambassadors, Instagram celebs, and a couple guys in logo’d bass jerseys crushed beers and crammed the Rosen Center Hotel venue. Other notable winners included Flood Tide Co.’s Doug Roland and Miami-based filmmaker DJ Dan Decibel sharing “Best of the Web” honors for their creative saltwater short-film collections; Ryan Peterson and Travis Rummel’s XBoundary taking “Best Conservation”; and Costa’s GEOBASS Guyana snagging the coveted “Reader’s Choice” award in a close race against runner-up Carpland.
Additional 2015 trophy hoisters included:
Best Freshwater: Bucknasty Brown Trout, Montana Wild
Best Cinematography: Yow: Icelandic for Yes!, RC Cone
Best Adventure: GEOBASS Guyana, Costa
Best Humor: Streamers Inc., Scumliner Media
Best Story: Carpland, Beattie Outdoor Productions
Best Drone Footage: Matt Jones
Best Saltwater: Out of Touch, Shallow Water Expeditions
Magical Beard Award: Marc Crapo/Jay Johnson/Bear Holeman, tie
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.