Celebrating its SIXTH year, the Mile High 25 Fly Fishing Tournament will take place June 19th and 20th, 2021. Two-person teams will compete to catch the most species of fish from the list of 25 eligible species. Not the most, not the largest, but the most different species, on a fly! Each species will be assigned a point value relative to its rarity and level of difficulty in catching it. The team with the most species caught wins! Species points will only be tallied in the event of a tie in species caught.
Dates: Saturday June 19th & Sunday June 20th
Time: Saturday 6am to 8pm. Sunday 6am to 3pm
Location: Colorado's Public Waters
INTERMEDIATE OR PRO?
Do you know you have what it takes to compete with industry pros, guides and hardcore anglers? As our 6th Mile High 25 approaches, there are a handful of teams that have finished in the top 5 nearly every year. If you are one of those teams and would like to up your game, your chance is now! Up your ante into the pro division to chase a larger cash prize and compete against other species crazed fly anglers! $500 per team gets you in, with a 10 team limit. Winner takes all, and cash prizes will be bigger and badder then ever before. Prizes will get bigger as we approach 10 teams.
After the results of the 2021 tournament are in, any team that finished in the top 5 for both 2020 and 2021 years will be only offered Pro Division competition for 2022.
If its your first year or your 6th and you would like to compete in the Intermediate Division, go for it! This division will likely see 50 teams competing, pushing themselves and having the best fishy weekend of their lives. The top three teams will be competing for a sweet mix of cash and gear prizes from our sponsors. With other prize possibilities for other fun categories. Questions? Call us!
When you think of Colorado’s fly fishing opportunities, trout fishing certainly comes to mind. But many anglers overlook the multitude of other fish that can be targeted on the fly. Just a few of the 25 eligible species include northern pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass, wiper, bluegill, catfish and carp.
It’s a fly fishing only tournament, and teams may fish any of Colorado’s outstanding public waters, abiding by all Colorado Parks and Wildlife regulations.
The event, COVID restrictions withstanding, will kick off on Friday June 18th with our welcoming party and registration. The days prior we will have curbside registration and control card pick up. We will answer any last minute question on the rules.
On Saturday June 19th, the competition will kick off at 6am and continue all day, with lines out of the water by 8pm. The fishing action will officially start again Sunday morning the 20th at 6am and the tournament will end at 3pm. This year the awards ceremony will be help virtually after we tally the last of the points and announce this years winners.
The $250 team registration will include entry fees for two team members. We will be taking new sign ups until the end of the day Friday June 18th.
If you have any questions about the rules, the schedule or the tournament please feel free to give us a call at 303-794-1104. Register yourself, or your whole team. We will then reach out to you to get team names and other details. A single registration is for one participant, or half the team
More details, photos and videos can be found here at the Mile High 25 web site.
The 2021 Mile High 25 Species List and point values
1. Tiger Muskie – 500pts
2. Golden Trout - 500pts
3. Splake – 500pts
4. Lake Trout – 400pts
5. Wiper – 400pts
6. Walleye/Saugeye – 400pts
7. Grass Carp – 400pts
8. Mirror Carp – 300pts
9. Common Carp – 300pts
10. Freshwater Drum - 300pts
11. Grayling – 200pts
12. Northern Pike – 200pts
13. Catfish – 200pts
14. Largemouth Bass – 200pts
15. Smallmouth Bass – 200pts
16. Whitefish – 100pts
17. Tiger Trout – 100pts
18. Yellow Perch – 50pts
19. Sucker – 50pts
20. Crappie – 50pts
21. Brook Trout – 50pts
22. Cutthroat Trout – 50pts
23. Brown Trout – 50pts
24. Rainbow Trout 50pts
25. Sunfish / Bluegill - 50pts
25. Sunfish – 50pts
1. This is a fly fishing tournament only. All fish must be caught on artificial flies using fly tackle. NO SCENTED FLIES. Any teams caught cheating will immediately be expelled from competition and will forfeit their eligibility to compete in future Mile High 25 tournaments.
2. Two person teams. Teams must stay together on the same body of water.
*$250 Entry fee per team
3. Teams will attempt to catch-video-release the 25 eligible species in the allotted time frame. Angling will only be permitted from Saturday 6 AM – 8 PM and Sunday 6 AM- 3 PM. Each day an extra hour will be allotted after tournament angling is over (8pm-9pm SAT & 3pm-4pm SUN) for teams to submit their final catches of the day to the "Cinebody" application. Videos must be submitted for each fish caught, no exceptions. No blurred or modified backgrounds.
4. Tournament judges are looking for proper fish identification and sustainable fish handling with all video clip submissions. Videos received after 9 PM Saturday or after 4 PM Sunday will not be counted. NO SUBMISSIONS outside the 1 hour grace period!!
5. Teams must have a clear video clip of each fish with control item in picture in order to count. Video clips submitted without control item will not be counted. Videos of fish that cannot be identified by one of the three judges as an approved species will not be counted as a "catch."
6. The greatest number of species caught wins the tournament. Point values associated with each species will only apply to the scoring system in the event of a tie in number of species successfully caught and released between 2 or more teams.
7. Safe & sustainable handling of fish must be practiced at all times! This is a catch and release tournament so all fish must be released back to the water. Any videos of fish in the dirt, on land, hanging from tippet, or improperly handled will not be counted. When in doubt have your partner film the fish in the net before he or she captures the safe release of the fish.
8. Teams can fish anywhere in Colorado in publicly accessed water only. NO TRESPASSING & NO PRIVATE WATER. NO EXCEPTIONS! Our ability to identify locations within the metadata of each video clip has improved for the 2019 MH25. WE WILL BE WATCHING. If you're video clip was captured on the border of private & public lands we will ask for additional photo images to support your claim.
9. JUDGES HAVE FINAL RULING ON ALL VIDEO CLIP SUBMISSIONS. Fish should be large enough to be identified by the judges panel. In many cases an extremely immature fish cannot be properly identified which will not count as an approved submission.
10. At least 1 of 2 team members must be in attendance at the "Weigh-In" on Sunday to claim awards & prizes.
11. Use of boats and other watercraft is allowed. Ensure that you are following all Colorado Parks & Wildlife rules regarding watercraft, angling and water access.
12. All teams must abide by all Colorado Parks and Wildlife fishing regulations! Be sure your fishing license is current and you are only using 3 hooks at a time.
13. In the event that the total number of species caught between one or more teams is equal, the tiebreaker protocol is as follows:
- The point values assigned to each fish species will be tallied as the first means of determining the winner. The team with the highest total point value accumulated will win the tie-break.
- If the point values tallied are equal, i.e. 2 or more teams have the same number of species and same total sum of points then....
- In the event that the total number of species caught & the point values associated with each fish does not determine a winner, the final tiebreaker will be determined by the biggest measured fish. In this years MH25 event, one of the tournament team challenges will be “Biggest Fish.” 10 points/inch of a teams LONGEST fish (over 15 inches) will be added to the scorecard if the team submitted a secondary clip of that species to the “Biggest Fish” team challenge. During the event teams are encouraged to measure any fish that hits the 15 inch mark or larger
Friday June 19th
-Tournament kick off, and the last day to pick up your registration and control card items.
-We will answer and questions about the rules and discuss the new phone application "CINEBODY." Free on the app store.
-Anglers will Download the Cinebody App and become familiar with the functionality on the iphone and Android platforms.
-A custom authorization code will get you going if you have not already become familiar.
-All Teams will be able to take advantage of 15% discount.
Saturday June 19th
-6:00AM START FISHING
Submit 1 video clip of each species caught throughout the day. If you are out of service, the posts will upload automatically as you return to cell service. If in doubt submit supporting photo/video evidence later by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "MH 25 + team name + species.
-8:00PM LINES OUT AND *VIDEO CLIPS SUBMITTED. Tournament fishing is over for the day. Try to get some sleep!
*NO VIDEO SUBMISSIONS AFTER 8PM, WE WILL BE CHECKING METADATA ON ALL POSTS!
Sunday June 20th
-6:00AM START FISHING
Submit video clips throughout the day as fish are caught.
-3:00PM LINES OUT AND *VIDEOS SUBMITTED. Tournament fishing is over.
-4:30PM - VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY.
*NO VIDEO SUBMISSIONS AFTER 3PM. Supporting evidence may be emailed after the tournament has ended as long as the metadata supports the timeframe allotted.