TU launches essay contest in advance of wild steelhead campaign

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 10.26.27 AMFrom Trout Unlimited:

Trout Unlimited today launched an essay contest open to the angling public that will net the winning author $1,000 and a spot in an upcoming edition of TROUT Magazine. Essays must focus on wild steelhead and must be no more than 500 words to be considered for the top prize. The winning essay will be read aloud at TU’s Nov. 20 launch of its new Wild Steelhead Initiative in Seattle.

“We’re looking for good stories about wild steelhead and why so many of us are willing endure even the worst conditions – frigid water, rain, sleet, snow – for hours, even days at a time in hopes of catching just one of these amazing fish,” said Shauna Sherard, TU’s northwest region communications director. “Wild steelhead have captured the souls and imaginations of American anglers for generations. Surely there are stories to tell, and TU wants to help die-hard steelheaders tell them.”

Wild steelhead in the Pacific Northwest still persist, but 70 percent of the region’s stocks require federal protection. TU’s soon-to-be-launched campaign will Continue reading

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TrueFlies Clothing proudly sponsors the El Pescador Lodge 40th anniversary

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 10.28.01 AMFrom True Flies Clothing:

TrueFlies Clothing proudly sponsors the El Pescador Lodge 40th anniversary: “Fun, Friends, and Fishing

TrueFlies Clothing, Based out of Boca Grande, Florida will be supporting El Pescador’s 40th anniversary event: “Fun, Friends, and Fishing”

El Pescador is celebrating the big 4-0 by unveiling their newly expanded, and updated original main lodge.

The completion of this project means they will be able to offer their guests larger, “modernized”, well-appointed accommodations, without altering the exterior of the lodge, thereby retaining the authentic Belizean colonial feel.

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Retailers Attending AFFTA Dealer Summit Enter to Win $1000 Sponsor Credit!

AFFTA_Logo-vf5aFrom AFFTA:

AFFTA is pleased to announce another benefit of attending the 2014 Aspen Dealer Summit… a chance to win a $1000 credit from one of our sponsors!  Each retailer attending will enter their shop name for a drawing to win the $1000 credit, which can be applied to any Dealer Summit sponsor of the winner’s choosing.

Sponsors include Simms Fishing Products, Orvis, Hatch Outdoors, Scott Fly Rods, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, Ocean Conservancy and Angling Trade.

We’ll see you in Aspen!

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Trout Unlimited “strongly endorses” designation of new San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

From TU:

Trout Unlimited (TU), the nation’s oldest and largest sportsmen’s organization dedicated to conserving and restoring trout and salmon and their habitat, today cheered President Obama’s designation of the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument.

Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited, said, “We strongly endorse this designation, which should help protect and enhance the unique fishing and hunting opportunities in the San Gabriel Mountains. We thank President Obama and Rep. Judy Chu for their leadership in protecting America’s outdoor heritage.”

Wood noted that the San Gabriel Mountains provide the closest trout fishing for millions of people. “The more we connect people with outdoor experiences, the better they will advocate for conservation. And we need more advocates for conservation,” said Wood.

The East and West Forks of the San Gabriel River flow through the San Gabriel range, providing a rare opportunity for stream fishing in southern California and one of the region’s few designated Wild Trout waters. Remnant populations of trout in their headwaters have been genetically linked to the native – and endangered — southern steelhead.

Jessica Strickland, TU’s California Field Coordinator, said “The San Gabriels are a unique and historic complex of public lands with high fishing and hunting values and in every respect deserve national monument status.” Strickland attended President Obama’s designation ceremony today at Bonelli Park in San Dimas on behalf of southern California sportsmen and women.

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Utah Stream Access Coalition Releases 2014 Voter’s Guide

From USAC:

We are all too keenly aware of what happens when the legislature beats to their own drum, without the public’s input. Now is your opportunity to impact meaningful change in both houses of the legislature. This year, the entire House of Representatives and half of the Senate are up for re-election. What that means is you can hold your Representative and Senator accountable for their position on stream access.

To help you know where your legislators stand, we have compiled data from previous voting records and conversations with legislators to bring you this voter’s guide. Inside, you will find where every incumbent up for re-election stands on stream access.

What do we need you to do? Other than considering these positions when filling out your ballot, we once again need you to contact your legislators. Now is the time when your voice matters most – when your legislators know that a constituent vote is on the line. You don’t need to be an expert on the ins-and-outs of the issue, you just need to convey that this is an important issue to you as a constituent.

Here’s how to do it in 3 easy steps: Continue reading

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