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2017 Coolest Lure Contest Winners!

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The judging for the 2017 Coolest Lure Contest is completed and we have chosen the winners.

The level of competition this year was incredible. The amount of skill and talent in this year's entries was the best we've seen yet. So judging was really, really tough.

But, with that said, here are the winners for 2017. Congratulations!!

2017 Coolest Lure Contest Winners

Best Custom Painted Bait

1st - Supreme Pumpkinseed by @mdojet
2nd - Rainbow Trout By @Venutian_Lures
3rd - Brown Trout by @NorCal Coho


Best Homemade Hardbait

1st - Code Blue Trout by @Nellynelson23
2nd - Handcrafted Crawfish by @Gastonfishlures
3rd - Creeping Duck by @foxbites


Best Wire Bait

1st - Gold Shiner by @EXtremeLures
2nd - Hurricane by @Bigt2666
3rd - 4 Bladed Double Clacking Wire Tied Buzzbait By @Anthony Awgul


Best Soft Bait

1st - IMG-5980.jpg by @DarkCloudCustoms
2nd - Green Mamba by @Bogbaits
3rd - IMG-5456.jpg by @riveratackle


Best Fly
1st - Hookers Hopper by @John kross
2nd - Sand shrimp fly by @TomBell
3rd - Realistic Golden Stonefly By @RiverRaisinFlyCompany13


Best Rod/Reel

1st - NFC Burlwood Custom by @gekhang
2nd - IMG-2776.jpg by @MCiciulla
3rd - Fly rod By @rattlesnake

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WOW!!! With all of the beautifully tied flies that were entered in TU's contest I can't , WOW, 1st place, I don't know what to say !!!

Considering the amount of talent displayed by the other tiers I feel honored, thank you very much! WOW, I still can't believe it!

Congratulations to all the winners, of the various categories, you deserve it!

Wow, this is so cool, thanks!!!

john

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Congratulations to the winners.......and all participants.  The talent here is OFF.  THE.  CHARTS!! 

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Congratulations to the winners,  I missed being in the top three fly patterns but hope to tie a killer submission for next year.  A lot of talented tiers out there the flies all looked great.

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Thanks guys I am honored to take 1st place in the homemade hard bait category...especially with the plethora of wonderful baits entered.  Thanks to the staff for all of their hard work and I can't wait to come up with another entry for next year.  Thanks again.  

 

Brandon Nelson

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Congratulations to all winners! A lot of amazing stuff!! I need to step it up next year! 

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Congrats Brandon ! It's not hard to see why you won.

Very impressive, very impressive indeed !

 

john

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I agree with John Kross about the display of talent in the fly competition and congratulate him on his well deserved first place award.  My advice is don't leave that bug on a log or a bird will certainly get hooked.  Congratulations as well to River Raisin for their third place finish. Stone flies and stone fly nymphs are the patterns I tie on first when I visit the limestone creeks of Central PA.  

All the entries look pretty fishy to me and serve as an inspiration to keep tying.  I really appreciate my second place award and view it as validation of my return to fly tying after a 53 year hiatus.  Of course the ultimate judges have yet to arrive in my local marsh.  No disrespect to the TU judges but a striped bass' judgement is the one that means the most to me.

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Thanks Brandon. I had to watch your video a few times, that was just too cool !

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I am honored to have taken 3rd in the custom paint category, especially considering the high caliber of work submitted by all.  This makes me want to perfect my craft and come up with something innovative for next year.  I was impressed, humbled  and inspired by the submissions in all the categories.  Thank to TU for hosting this fun competition

 

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Great contest everyone! I am excited for the winners and can't wait for next years contest! Back to the paint brush for me!

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Congrats. to everyone...The talent here is amazing!!!..Nathan

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Special Thanks to everyone who participated with some beautiful and awesome submissions. I enjoyed seeing each and every one.

There is a lot of great talent out there and I would like to congratulate all the winners. You are all winners, Good Luck Fishing.

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Awesome job on all the lures everyone, I will surprise you all next year..now let's get out there and do some fishing with theses great lures.

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Props to all..............    Certainly some great entries.  

 

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All are GREAT entries...Hope to do better next year! Congrats to winners EXCELLENT work!

 

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