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readers choice DDFlyfishing’s best movie—as voted by YOU—will hit Ballroom A of the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 8:30 P.M.

As an integral part of the 8th Annual Drake Flyfishing Video Awards, presented by Simms, the Reader’s Choice Award allows you and your friends to vote for your favorite flyfishing film of all time at drakemag.com/bestmovie. (Other than A River Runs Through It—we draw the line there.)

In other words, if you think it’s one of the more than 40 films we have listed, great. If you think it’s the cult classic, Tarpon, from the ’60s, then no problem. But you only have the next two weeks to vote, as the deadline is July 5th.

[For the purposes of this award only, “movie” is defined as: a flyfishing film that was put to DVD or Blu-ray and is an actual product that can be purchased.]


Reader’s Choice Award winners will be crowned during an action packed evening, highlighted by a “Best of” format that reaches back more than seven years to showcase all that’s been done up to this point.

New categories for 2013 include Best New Film, with “New” in this case, defined as “films that have not been seen anywhere before”—not on Vimeo or YouTube or the Filmmakers’ website. This category is for premieres only. Best of the Web is aimed at those many short films that do get posted online and that many people might have seen, but not on the big screen

Here are the other nine awards categories:

Best Fishing, Saltwater
Best Fishing, Freshwater
Best Conservation
Best Story
Best Humor
Best Adventure (exotic, dangerous, far-flung)
Best Profile (person in a film with the most character or personality)
Best Cinematography
Movie of the Year (must have been released after July of 2012)

Only Movie of the Year has to be from July, 2012 or newer, and this winner still gets the $1,000 cash prize. (Of course, “Best New Movie” is also eligible for Movie of the Year.) All the other categories—this year only—can be from anytime in history (though realistically, unless your name is Guy de la Valdene, “anytime in history” means within the past seven or eight years.)

Lastly, we may have a couple “Special” awards that appear in Vegas. But you’ll have to show up at the Las Vegas Hotel to see what those are.

NOTE TO FILMMAKERS: If you’re going to physically submit a hard drive or zip drive, we need to receive it before the Fourth of July at this address:

Drake Video Awards
P.O. Box 11546
Denver, CO 80211


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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.

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