Farbank Partners with TU On Wild Steelhead Initiative

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 10.26.10 AMFrom Farbank:

Steelhead fishing is our heritage and a major part what we do here at Sage, Redington, and RIO and we are extremely proud to be a partner with Trout Unlimited and the Wild Steelhead Initiative.

On Nov. 20, Trout Unlimited will launch the Wild Steelhead Initiative, an ambitious and hopeful project to protect and restore wild steelhead and the incredible fishing opportunities they provide throughout their native range in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

Whether you reside in a steelhead state, or like many, venture cross country to chase this elusive fish, we hope you will get involved in TU’s newest venture.

The heart of the Initiative will be a new community, Wild Steelheaders United, which is being established to Continue reading

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Costa’s Al Perkinson Accepts The Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award from Bonefish and Tarpon Trust

al_perkFrom Costa:

“We wanted to make a difference, and we wanted it to matter in the end,” said Al Perkinson, vice president of marketing for Costa, upon receiving only the second Lefty Kreh Sportsman of the Year Award from the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT). Perkinson accepted the prestigious honor at the recent International Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Symposium.

The BTT awards selection committee chose Perkinson because of his leadership, strategic direction and dedication towards Project Permit, the joint effort between Costa and BTT to tag more than 6,000 permit in five years across Florida, Mexico, Belize and the Caribbean.

The research generated from the catch and tag retrieval will help policy-makers and regulators reach informed decisions about protecting permit fisheries. The data will also help to shed light on questions such as: are the permit that spawn on artificial reefs off southwest Florida the same permit that inhabit the Florida Keys, or do they come from elsewhere; are the permit of Mexico a single large population, or are permit populations regional?

“Project Permit is very much a grassroots efforts, calling on anglers and guides to tag permit and retrieve tags for Continue reading

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Two AD spots Available for November Angling Trade E-Newsletter

Fish_multipleJust TWO Ad Spots remain for the November 2014 Angling Trade E-Newsletter which will be sent Tuesday, November 25th. The E-Newsletter will be focused on company news and new product releases from the past month.

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New Report on Alaska’s Tongass National Forest Finds $100 Million Loss to U.S. Taxpayers from Logging

From TU:

Study by Headwaters Economics Finds Forest Service Continuing to Mismanage Country’s Largest National Forest

WHAT: A tele-press conference to highlight the findings of a new report by Headwaters Economics, an independent research firm, that examines five years of U.S. Forest Service budget and staffing data on the Tongass National Forest. The report reviews whether the Forest Service has fulfilled its 2010 pledge to transition out of old-growth logging, to shift to young-growth management and to invest in growth industries such as fishing and tourism to improve economic opportunities for Southeast Alaska. The report is titled, “The Tongass National Forest and the Transition Framework: A New Path Forward?”

WHEN: 10 a.m. Alaska/ 2 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

PHONE NUMBER: To join this news conference, call 800-944-8766 and enter access code 91341.

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Umpqua Promotes Brian Schmidt to Fly Manager to Lead Fly Innovation & Quality


From Umpqua:

Umpqua has announced that Brian Schmidt has taken over the Fly Manager role for recently retired Bruce Olson. In his new role at Umpqua, Brian will continue to be responsible for assuring the quality of Umpqua flies, sourcing fly-tying materials, and playing the key role in selecting the new fly patterns to be introduced into Umpqua’s vast offering of flies. He will also head up Umpqua’s Signature Fly Designer Royalty Program, the first program of its kind in the industry that recognizes, rewards and promotes fly designers for their creativity.

“It’s an honor and privilege to work so closely with the most creative and innovative minds in fly tying and to continue to focus on the traditions and ideals that Dennis Black founded this company upon.”

— Brian Schmidt, Fly Manager, Umpqua Feather Merchants

Brian became a fly junkie at an early age, cutting his teeth on the limestone creeks of Southeastern Pennsylvania. After attending Penn State University with a focus on “the drag free drift,” Brian moved to the Front Range of Colorado in 2002 where he worked as a guide and managed the Fly Tying Department at Front Range Anglers. In 2006 Brian started working for Umpqua handling new fly development and quality control. Since that time Brian has Continue reading

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