THE 2021 Dally’s All Species Odyssey is done and run with local fly fishers Kyle Barton and Ben Kankey claiming top spot with 12 species under tough conditions.
For Barton it was third time lucky having been runner up in the first two Odyssey events, one he described as the toughest so far.
High sun, hot conditions and high water flows had even the most experienced multi-species anglers feeling the pressure. But everyone was wearing smiles and declaring the event gruelling but “awesome fun”.
The record 21 two person teams, includign two past winners, fished for 14 hours over the weekend, seeking as many species as possible from our list of 33 fly rod species available in Arkansas public waters. Teams scored almost 150 fish totalling 20 different species.
Teams competed for almost $5000 in prizes and giveaways from our sponsors including YETI Sage and RIO, Fishpond, Smith Optics, Simms Fishing, TFO, and Orvis.
Every entrant also received awesome gift bag including an 18oz Rambler bottle with Chug cap courtesy of Yeti to help them stay hydrated during the grueling event. Fishpond is also providing its own brand SPF 15 lip balm for all contestants.
Second place went to Gabe Levin and Louisiana fly fisher David French, with 11 species who were vying for the lead since mid-afternoon Saturday. The pair received each a rod of their choice from TFO.
The Flywater Outfitters team of Dawn Schraeder and her son Michael Jnr, were the leaders of the group of 3 teams with 10 species, through 3 superb captures: the only striped bass, the only longnose gar and a monster grasscarp. The duo each won a pair of Smith Guide’s Choice Chromapop+ sunglasses.
Dally’s head guide Chad Johnson and fishing partner Jacob Cox returned to the Odyssey this year and were in touch with the leaders for much of the event, finishing with 10 species. Johnson and Cox each won a Simm’s Flyweight Hip Hybrid Pack System.
Oklahoma fly fishers Scott Hood and Phil Curtis are avid warmwater fly fishers and were able to repeat their 2020 result with 5th, again with an excellent 10 species. The pair both received a pair of Orvis Approach wet wading shoes.