AFFTA’s Position Statement on Magnuson Steven’s Act and H.R. 4742

AFFTA_Logo-vf5aFrom AFFTA:

The House Committee on Natural Resources introduced H.R 4742, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, in late 2013. The bill is poised for a vote this session. H.R. 4742 eviscerates many of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Fishery Management Act’s 2007 reauthorization’s strongest conservation provisions:

  • Removes reasonable rebuilding timelines that allows marine species to recover from years of overfishing;
  • Shifts Annual Catch Limits that maintain fishing efforts at sustainable levels from annual quotas to multi-year quotas that would threaten opportunity and management stability;
  • Hinders the recovery of the Endangered Species Act-listed resources, such as salmon and steelhead.

H.R. 4742 does not reflect the conservation ethos that defines the character of the fly fishing industry and its natural resources-dependent community.

Since 2000, when a federal court decision required the National Marine Fisheries Service to comply with Continue reading

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Howler Brothers Launches 2014 Fall Collection and Stunning Iceland Video

FallLaunch_ProductGridEMAILFrom Howler Brothers:

Howler Brothers, an adventure-inspired outdoor apparel brand based in Austin, Texas, is ushering in the cooler temps and vibrant colors of fall with their new design-driven collection. From hoodies to vests and button-down shirts, the authentic style and patterns that represent the fall line echo the roots and vibe of the brand.

“We are really excited to expand our product offerings for the fall to include four all-new original designs that deliver style, comfort and performance whether you on the beach, in the mountains, or cruising around town,” said Chase Heard, co-founder of Howler Brothers. “Our adventures take us across the globe in varying climates. These new fall pieces reflect that by blending functionality and modern materials and features with the soul, passion and vintage style of watersports such as surfing and fly fishing. The entire fall collection is made with the quality and attention to detail our customers have grown to expect from our products.”

“To launch the Fall 2014 Collection, we decided to film it in action in Iceland,” Heard added. “The gear stood up Continue reading

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AFFTA Announces New Grant Program for Fisheries Conservation & Education



The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has created a funding arm dedicated to furthering fly fishing conservation and educational organizations and programs.  The AFFTA Fisheries Fund is targeted at fly fishing specific issues and organizations and funded by revenue from the International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show.  The Fisheries Fund will begin accepting grant applications immediately, with hopes of funding projects and organizations before the end of the year.

“As the industry trade organization, we are delighted to have a funding arm devoted to moving fly fishing forward…whether that is through conservation issues preserving habitat and access, or educational opportunities to inspire our young people to pick up a rod early in life,” stated AFFTA president Ben Bulis.

AFFTA partnered with Newdea, a philanthropic granting and data management company to create an online portal for Continue reading

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TU welcomes three new members to Board of Trustees

From TU:

Joining the board are Raiford Trask, president of Trask Land Co. and vice president of Autumn Hall Inc.; Dan Plummer, vice president of the Code Blue Foundation and a trustee of the Summit Charitable Foundation; and long-time TU volunteer who has been instrumental in water policy and fisheries enhancement in the Northwest, Mark Taylor.

In addition to his work with Trask Land Co. and Autumn Hall, Trask, of Wilmington, N.C., is a proven developer who finds ways to preserve community culture, environmental integrity and “walkable” features in new developments. His commitment to environmental protection earned Autumn Hall the Significant Achievement Award from the Lower Cape Fear Stewardship Development Program. The North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association has recognized Trask’s work, and he serves on the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors.

As well as his work with Code Blue and Summit, Plummer, of East Branch, N.Y., is also the chairman of the board for Friends of the Upper Delaware River. He previously worked for ABC covering Continue reading

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Howler Bros/Headhunters Fly Shop Host Howlin’ on the Mo’ party – 9/22 in Craig, MT


From Howler Brothers & Headhunters Flyshop:

Hey friends,

September means back to school, football, hopefully some cooler temperatures. We decided it was also the perfect time to head out West to find some fish and hang out with good friends. So, we called up our buddies at Headhunters and decided to throw a little shindig in Craig, Montana.

Come one, come all and join Howler Brothers and Headhunters Flyshop for the Howlin’ on the Mo’ party. There will be free beer and food, live music from the Wrinkle Neck Mules, Howler Brother giveaways, and more! It’s gonna be awesome!

WHAT:    Howlin’ on the Mo’
WHERE:    Headhunters Fly Shop, Craig, MT
WHEN:    Sunday, 9/21 from 3pm-8pm
WHO:    Anybody who can get there!
ATTIRE:    Waders and flip flops welcome

For more details, be sure to check out the event page.

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