It's not every day we get to giveaway some of the best gear on the planet, so days like today—when we do—are good ones. We tossed the names of the thousands of you that entered our Autumn Giveaway—generously sponsored by the fine folks at Orvis, YETI, Bajio Sunglasses, and Scientific Anglers—into a virtual hat and picked out four lucky winners.
If your name wasn't one of the charmed few that are taking home one of the great prizes that were up for grabs, don't worry. Our Autumn Giveaway was just the first in a series. Stay tuned for an announcement in the coming weeks of the prize lineup for our Winter Giveaway.
THIRD PRIZE: SCIENTIFIC ANGLERS LOADED PRIZE PACK
Greg Baughman will soon be stringing up a fly rod with a fresh Scientific Anglers Amplitude fly line, refreshing worn out, inferior tippet with a brand new Scientific Anglers Switch Tippet Spool loaded with 5 spools of Absolute Trout Tippet, and stashing a Scientific Anglers Absolute Leaders 3-Pack in his vest or pack.
SECOND PRIZE: BAJIO SUNGLASSES
Joshua Harding now faces a difficult choice — his choice of any pair of Bajio Sunglasses. With hundreds of frame and lens combinations to choose from, that choice might be a tough one, but whatever pair Josh ultimately selects, he'll end up with Bajio's fish-spotting advantage next time he heads to the water.
FIRST PRIZE: YETI PANGA 50L DUFFEL + 28L BACKPACK
John Hsycook can now travel in waterproof, mud-proof, dust-proof, tailgate-proof, and—best of all—baggage handler- and carousel-proof style, as the winner of the YETI Panga duffel and backpack combo.
GRAND PRIZE: ORVIS HELIOS 3 FLY ROD + MIRAGE LT FLY REEL
Speaking of tough choices, can you imagine having your pick of 26 different models of Orvis's award-winning Helios 3 fly rods and 4 different models of its fish-stopping Mirage LT fly reels? Do you build a dry fly aficionado's dream setup by pairing the 8'6" 4-weight Helios 3F with a Mirage LT II reel? What about an ideal streamer setup combining a 9' 6- or 7-weight Helios 3D and the Mirage LT III? Or ... how speccing out a laser-accurate permit arsenal by combining a 9' 9-weight Helios 3D with the Mirage LT IV? OR, what about one of the dozens of other possible dream rigs? That's a task we're forced to saddle Alan Lax, the winner of our Autumn Giveaway Grand Prize, with.
If you're one of the lucky winners, you'll receive an email within the next 24-48 hours officially notifying you of that fact. Per the contest rules, please reply to confirm receipt of that notification within 1 week or we'll have to select another winner in your place (please, don't make us do that!).
To the rest of the entrants, who we sadly don't have the privilege of sending great gear to this time around, better luck in our upcoming giveaways. There's plenty more to come!