YETI Catch Wars (SOLD OUT)

YETI Catch Wars (SOLD OUT)


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YETI 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? Take your shot at a hefty prize purse!


8:00 AM

IMPORTANT: Registration for this event closes Thursday, June 8 at 6:00 PM. 

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Event Overview


8:00 AM

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. 

IMPORTANT: Both team members must be registered by June 1, at 6:00 PM.




8:00 AM: Anglers/Judges meet at Vail Christian High School. Rules and safety will be discussed.

9:00 AM: 1st Boat Launch Round 1  – boats will launch every five minutes 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 at the take out




  •  A 2023 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.
  • 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. The Competition Specialist personnel will 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. 
  • 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 are 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 allowed 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 their 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 10 boats shall be randomly selected.
  • Once on the water, boat position no longer matters. Only time matters.
  • All or part of this event is conducted on Public Lands under a special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
  • Athletes are encouraged to use reef safe sunscreen during all competitions.
  • 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 will be awarded, but it will still count. 
  • 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. Examples: 12” fish equals 10 bonus points. 17” fish equals 60 bonus points. 20” fish equals 90 bonus points.
  • Take pictures of all three (3) fish 12” or longer in fish tubes (measure and record).
  • Late arrivals will be penalized 10 points per team per minute (unless river emergency). 

Price & Prizes


EARLY BIRD PRICING // February 1 – April 5, 2023

REGISTRATION PRICING // April 6-May 31, 2023

EVENT PRICING // June 1 – June 8, 2023

*1st person to register will serve as the captain and pay the full registration fee. Both team members must be registered by June 1, at 6:00 PM.



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


1st – YETI Rambler 36oz Bottle
2nd – YETI Yonder 1L Bottle
3rd – YETI Yonder .75ml Bottle

Prizes to be determined.

Price & Prizes

Event Map

Eagle River, Edwards to Wolcott