ALL SPECIES ODYSSEY 2020 WRAP

Duane Hada and Robert Meyer celebrating their Odyssey victory

LOCAL LEGEND and nationally renowned artist Duane Hada, and his teenage teammate Robert Meyer have won a keenly contested 2020 Dally’s All Species Odyssey from a record field of 18 teams with a tally of 15 Arkansas species.

A bold strategy to drive two hours south to the Arkansas River late Saturday night paid off for the Creek Crawler team catching 7 species on the last morning to leap from 5th to first.

For local dentist Kyle Barton would be a second year as runner up, with another strong performance, this year partnering with wife Alyssia for 13 species.

Four teams would finish with 11 species, separated only by the tiebreaker points rated for each species.

The MO Mad Toms (Paden Wilcox and Mike Kromrey) woudl be awarded third place, ahead of the mother son duo of Dawn and Michael Schraeder Jnr (who dominated day 1) and the Oklahoma team of TU 420 (Phil Curtis and Scott Hood) in 5th. A third team with 11 species the Missouri pair of Brian Wise and Justin Spencer would miss out on the major prizes, despite a great showing.

The event, our second running of the Odyssey again proved the toughness of this against the clock event, with the two person teams given 15 hours fishing time to target as many of the 33 gamefish species on offer in the State as possible.

Twenty species were caught: Blue Catfish; Blue Gill; Brook Trout, Brown Trout; Common Carp; Channel Catfish; Cutthroat Tout; Freshwater Drum; Northern Hog Sucker; Largemouth Bass; Longear Sunfish; Longnose Gar; Rainbow Trout; Redhorse Sucker; Redear Sunfish; Shortnose Gar; Smallmouth Bass; Spotted Bass; Green Sunfish; Grass Carp.

Check out all the photos and action here. Please note the Leaderboard on the front page is preliminary and not final after the allocation of tiebreaker points

This year we had teams from Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, being exposed to the remarkable fly rod fishing in Arkansas, beyond our internationally known tailwaters. The comraderie was remarkable.

At one stage four of the teams vying for the major prizes were sharing information on how to add extra species with each other. Connections were made, and future fishing trips promised.

More than $4000 in prizes was on offer for the top 5 teams in individual prize drawing

Our sponsors have been amazing in what is a truly tough time for the fly fishing industry and we hope y’all will think of them when you next need some gear. Look through the full list of prizes here including Sage, RIO, Nautilus Reels, TFO, Simms, Fishpond, Orvis, YETI, Sweetwater Brewery and more.

The Barton Family : team On The Rocks with their custom Nautilus X reels

MO Mad Toms, Mike Kromrey and Paden Wilcox claimed third with two TFO fly rods of their choice
Michael Schraeder Jnr and his mother Dawn led on day one but finished fourth with their Simms Flywater Wading shoes
Team TU 420 from Oklahoma Scott Hood and Phil Curtis with their Orvis sling packs and nippers