Catch Wars

Catch Wars


Experienced angler and oarsman duos take on the Eagle River to see which team of 2 can catch the most fish from Edwards to Wolcott.

Catch Wars takes a 2-person team + 1 judge and sends them down a selected stretch of Eagle River twice in hopes of catching the most fish and scoring the most points.

Is the thrill of competition not enough to entice you? The top team will also win entry into the Sunday Fishing Final!


8:00 AM

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Tuesday, June 7 at 6:00 PM. Due to the popularity of this event, both team members must be registered by June 1st or your spot may be released.

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8:00 AM: Anglers/Judges meet at Vail Christian High School West Parking Lot. Rules and safety discussed.

9:00 AM: 1st Boat Launch Round 1  – boats will launch every five minute until all boats are on the river.

12:15 PM: 1st Boat Launch Round 2 – boats will launch every five minutes until all boats are on the river.

3:05 PM: Last Boat @ The Take Out



In Round 1, one partner is the designated oarsman while the other partner fishes (catch & release) and the judge, well… judges. In Round 2, the two teammates switch roles and take on the Edwards to Wolcott stretch again. The more fish caught (and safely released!) the more points the team earns.


  • 2-person teams (non gender-specific); each team member shall row the chosen stretch of river and each team member shall fish the chosen section of river. 
  • Competitors MUST be experienced oarsman and capable of running Class 3+ to Class 4+ whitewater. 
  • Competitors MUST know and be competent on this stretch of river. Messmer Ventures personnel shall verify qualifications and/or competency. 
  • There will not be whitewater safety personnel on the river 
  • Competitors must provide their own raft/cataraft with room for three people total 
  •  A 2022 Colorado fishing license is required for all anglers – be prepared to show your license at the venue.
  •  All Colorado Fishing Rules & Regs (no more than 3 flies at one time) must be followed.
  • This is a Catch and Release event. This is also a TEAM EVENT! Work together with your partner!
  • Anglers must keep the fish alive and in good health until the judge can safely measure the fish.
  • Anglers MAY NOT bank and/or wade fish. All fishing and landing of fish MUST occur from the boat.
  • Your judge must record all three fish and you must provide a photo to document your three measured fish.
  • Competitors may assist the judge with the measuring process to ensure safety of the fish.
  • Measuring tube will be used to determine length of fish, pinching tail down is NOT permitted.
  • Pinched barbs required on ALL hooks – barbless hooks are also approved for use during the competition
  • Any fly rod is allowed!!! Each angler may have up to three rods, rigged if desired.
  • All fly-fishing tackle is allowed with the exception of pegging! Only fish caught IN the mouth count!!!
  • Judges make final call on whether or not the fish was hooked and landed fairly.
  • Judges are not allowed to fish nor are they allow to assist in the netting of any fish.
  • Fly fishing only. No lures, live baits, or artificially scented baits.
  • Please obey all access and trespassing signage. No
    access to private property, even to measure a fish.
  • Life jackets are mandatory. Anglers must provide own PFD as well as an extra for judge.
  • Maximum of 1.5 hours (90 minutes) from put in to take out.
  • Start position within the 15 boats shall be randomly selected.
  • Once on the water, boat position no longer matters. Only time matters.
  • All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
  • Scoring will be a combination of number of TROUT caught and length of your three (3) measured fish. 
  • You may only measure three fish in the tray.  If one falls shy of the 12” minimum, no bonus, but still counts. 
  • Each and every fish scores 10 points including the fish measured for length.
  • On the measured fish, 10 bonus points per 1 inch, round to the nearest 1 inch.  Again, 12” minimum!!!  Examples:  12” fish equals 10 bonus points. 17” fish equals 60 bonus points.  20” fish equals 90 bonus points.
  • Take picture of all three (3) fish 12” or better in fish tubes (measure and record).
  • Late arrivals will be penalized 10 points per team per minute (unless river emergency). 
  • The team with the highest score gets an automatic placement in the YETI Fishing Finals on Sunday.  
  • The anglers within the winning team will be seeded according to his/her individual score. 





Price & Prizes


REGISTRATION PRICING // February 25-April 15, 2022

EARLY BIRD // April 16-May 31, 2022

EVENT PRICING // June 1 – June 7, 2022

*1st person to register will serve as the captain and pay the full registration fee.



1st Team – $1,000 ($500 per person)
2nd Team – $500 ($250 per person)
3rd Team – $250 ($125 per person)


1st Place – Orvis Helios 3 Fly Rods

2nd Place – Orvis Recon Fly Rods

3rd  Place – Orvis Clearwater Fly Rods

Price & Prizes

Event Map

Eagle River, Edwards to Wolcott