F. Russell Lockner Essay Contest

F. Russell Lockner loved everything about fly fishing.  He loved the cold, clean rivers and the beauty of nature. He loved the wild fish and the excitement of the catch. And he loved the fly fishing community and the community of Missoula. 

In memory of Russell, and in collaboration with Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop and the Rotary Club of Missoula Sunrise, Five Valleys is honored to help sponsor the F. Russell Lockner Essay Contest. 

The contest is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade middle school students in the following Missoula-area schools: CS Porter Middle School, Meadow Hill Middle School, Washington Middle School, Lolo Elementary, Hellgate Elementary and St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School.

To enter the contest, simply submit a two to four paragraph essay about why fly fishing is important to you and why you should win. The contest opens on Monday, September 11th. Essays must be submitted by Wednesday, October 18th.

Submit your essay to or drop it off at your school in an envelope addressed to The Rotary Club of Missoula Sunrise.

Prizes will be given to first, second and third place winners from each participating middle school. One first place student from each school will be chosen to win an Orvis rod and reel.  The grand prize essay, chosen from the six Orvis reel winners, will receive a half-day guided float trip from Grizzly Hackle!

A contest celebration for all submissions will be held at Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop on Friday, November 3rd.

Questions? Contact Jim Clark at 406-531-4197

Photos courtesy of Grizzly Hackle


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