The Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby in Saranac Lake, NY has been around for 30 years. The anglers who participate do so with a passion not just for hooking the big one but also for the love of the sport and being one with nature. I had the opportunity to follow one man's journey through the popular two-day community event.
In researching the story I found a quote from American writer William Tapply that sums up the experience. He states, "I've gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water."
The Colby Classic remains as vibrant as it was when it began 29 years ago. It will most certainly evoke a sense of community for many years to come. It is organized each year by The Saranac Lake Fish & Game Club.