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Winston Rods Wins Two Best New Gear Awards

Winston Rods Wins Two Best New Gear Awards

The R.L. Winston Rod Company has announced that both their new PURE and Saltwater AIR rods “have received Fly Fisherman Magazine’s Best New Gear awards in their respective categories.”

Read more in the press release below.

Winston Rods Wins Two Best New Gear Awards

From Winston Rod Company:

The R.L. Winston Rod Company is proud to announce that both their new PURE and Saltwater AIR rods have received Fly Fisherman Magazine’s Best New Gear awards in their respective categories.

These moderate action rods feature a quick recovery that allows for open loops for fine dry fly presentation along with the ability to generate faster line speed for different conditions.  The slim profile provides a better connection to the rod while the proprietary design puts presentation and tippet protection as the first priority.

Available in 2 thru 5-weight. $850

“The news that Winston developed a new selection of light-line rods-The PURE series (2- to 5-weight)—instantly caught my attention because many Winston rods already seem to me light-line-ish, with the feel of rods rated for a line weight less. So I was curious about what these new models would feel like. Based on the 8′ 4-weight I field tested, the PURE delivers pretty much what you’d expect—the light, fluid, responsive feel of a Winston. Only more so.”   – Ted Leeson, Fly Fisherman Magazine

Built using Winston’s SuperSilica resin system and new carbon fiber technology, these 9-foot, fast-action, progressive-taper rods are designed for faster line speeds with less fatigue, for long hours of casting in tough saltwater conditions. When you hook up, the Boron III in the rod butt section provides tremendous lifting power for powerful saltwater gamefish. All Saltwater AIR rod blanks are finished in “stealth matte” Winston green to avoid spooking wary, sharp-eyed fish on shallow tropical flats. Fitted with hard chrome snake guides, Nanolite stripping guides, and charcoal gray anodized aluminum reel seats with double locking rings, Saltwater AIRs are 9-foot, 4-piece rods available in 6- through 12-weight. $975

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Video Hatch: “Indiana Bones”

Video Hatch: “Indiana Bones”

In this trailer for the new film from Todd Moen, Brian O’Keefe fly fishes Bahamian salt flats for bonefish.


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Tippets: Hemingway Fishes Wyoming, Maximize Time on the Water

Tippets: Hemingway Fishes Wyoming, Maximize Time on the Water

  • In the February 1939 issue of Vogue magazine, an Ernest Hemingway essay about the wonders of Wyoming was published. In “The Clark’s Fork Valley, Wyoming,” Hemingway marvels “over those trout captured, cold nights and sunny days, talked of cabin-building, spying grizzly bears, hunting sheep, watching local children ride horses, and coping with the chill of winter by imbibing whiskey.” Read more about the author’s time in Wyoming via The Cody Enterprise.
  • From researching locations beforehand to carrying multiple rods, Dan Zazworsky outlines how to maximize your fishing time and minimize wasted time on the water in this article Via Postfly Box.

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Join Loon Live February 7

Join Loon Live February 7

On this week’s Loon Live event, learn to tie three nymph patterns: The O Basic, Sizzla, and King Tubby Stone. “This week we’ll be featuring three nymphs that come together quickly and fish well. In other words, you’ll be able to maximize your time at the bench so when the Polar Vortex lifts you’ll be ready to get on the water.” Join the event 6 p.m. PST on Thursday February 7, 2019.

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Meet the Artist: Lance Boen

Meet the Artist: Lance Boen

Lance Boen in an artist based in Carmel Valley, California. He is known for his work creating leather fish sculptures and the surreal murals that are tooled and painted on the sculptures surface. You can meet Boen and view some of his sculptures at a Meet the Artist event, set to be held February 23, 2019, from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Testarossa Winery in Carmel Valley, California.

View some of his work below.

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IGFA Launches New Website and Membership Structure

IGFA Launches New Website and Membership Structure

The International Game Fish Association has announced the launch of a new website and membership structure, both of which “better reflects the future direction of the IGFA and a new membership structure that provides our members with an increased level of benefits,” said IGFA President Nehl Horton.

Read more in the press release below.

The International Game Fish Association Launches New Website and Membership Structure

DANIA BEACH, Fla. – February 4, 2019

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recently announced the launch of its new website and membership structure.

“As we celebrate our 80th anniversary this year, we’re very excited to launch a new website that better reflects the future direction of the IGFA and a new membership structure that provides our members with an increased level of benefits,” said IGFA President Nehl Horton. “Our new online home allows anglers from around the world to learn about the important work the IGFA does and inspires them to support our mission by becoming a member of our association.”

In addition to a highly improved graphic design, the new IGFA website showcases several new features, including: increased search functionality for IGFA World Records, allowing members to view record details, history and individual angler statistics; updated biographical information and photos of IGFA Trustees, Representatives and Captains/Guides; a detailed timeline of the IGFA’s 80-year history and major accomplishments; intuitive site-wide navigation; and an improved user interface. The new IGFA website is designed to be mobile friendly, making it easy to navigate on a wide range of web browsers and mobile devices.

The new IGFA membership structure features five different membership categories with varying levels of benefits: Digital, Youth, Individual, Family and Lifetime. The IGFA first opened membership to individuals in 1973 when President E.K. Harry re-chartered the organization as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association. Since then, the IGFA has restructured its membership categories several times to remain relevant and accessible to the international angling community. The newly launched membership structure was developed based upon the most robust market research in the organization’s history, which surveyed over 3,000 members and non-members from 48 countries around the world last year.

Experience the new IGFA website, test the improved functionality and features, and learn more about the new programs and initiatives of the IGFA by visiting: www.igfa.org.

About the IGFA

Founded in 1939, The International Game Fish Association is a nonprofit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and the promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making, record keeping and recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field of angling.

The International Game Fish Association
300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, Florida 33004 USA
Phone (954) 927-2628
Fax (954) 927-4299
Email: HQ@igfa.org
Website: www.igfa.org
Contact: Jack Vitek, IGFA Marketing Director & Chief of Staff 954-924-4246, jvitek@igfa.org

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Tippets: Pacific Salmon Explorer Site, Wonders of Wedlands, New Conservation Measures Proposed for Striped Bass

Tippets: Pacific Salmon Explorer Site, Wonders of Wedlands, New Conservation Measures Proposed for Striped Bass

  • The Salmon Watersheds Program of the Pacific Salmon Foundation has created a website, the Pacific Salmon Explorer Site, which is an interactive tool focusing on various factors affecting salmon and watershed health in British Columbia.
  • Wetlands play an integral part in an ecosystem, “from buffering coasts against floods to filtering water and storing carbon.” In this post by Jennifer Weeks of The Conversation, find five articles that “highlight wetlands’ diversity and the potential payoffs from conserving and restoring them.”
  • The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is set to propose two new conservation measures for striped bass fisheries, “aimed at minimizing the number of fish that are killed through hooking and releasing.” Via The Lowell Sun.

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Video Hatch: “Three Runs”

Video Hatch: “Three Runs”

This film, now available to view in its entirety, tells the story of three young fly fishers at different stages in their salmon fishing careers, “each discovering that all is not lost for the Atlantic salmon and enjoying the three different runs on the Ponoi that can, and are often, caught all in the same day during the autumn season.” Via Fly Fishing Nation.


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Tippets: How Fish Swim Together, Preventing Iced-up Guides

Tippets: How Fish Swim Together, Preventing Iced-up Guides

  • Fish and birds are well known to move gracefully in groups without separating or colliding. New research shows it is due in part to the interaction of the follower with the wake left behind by the leader. “Specifically, the follower ‘surfs’ in distinct ways on the wake the leader leaves. If trailing behind, the follower experiences a ‘push’ forward by this wake; if moving too fast, however, a leader’s wake ‘repels’ the follower.” Read more via Futurity.
  • From marketed products to DIY solutions you probably already have at home, Dan Zazworsky writes about preventing iced-up guides in winter fishing conditions in this article via Postfly Box.

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Flood Tide Co. Increases their Commitment to Sustainability

Flood Tide Co. Increases their Commitment to Sustainability

Flood Tide Co. has reaffirmed their commitment to the environment and sustainability by by announcing use of Repreve recycled fabrics and U.S.A. grown cotton in select clothing lines.

Read more in the press release below.

Flood Tide Co. Increases their Commitment to Sustainability with Recycled Fabrics & U.S.A. Grown Cotton for 2019 Products

From Flood Tide:

While already members of 1% For The Planet, Flood Tide Co. Apparel is now increasing their commitment to sustainability by switching performance blend t-shirts to Repreve recycled fabrics and all cotton t-shirts to U.S.A. grown cotton.

Beginning in March of 2019, all Flood Tide Co. Apparel performance blend shirts (60% Cotton / 40% Repreve) will be made out of recycled plastic water bottles by Repreve, which keeps single-use plastic bottles out of waterways, and protects the fisheries that their business depends on. Additionally, Flood Tide Co. is making the switch to U.S.A. grown cotton for 100% cotton t-shirts.  This means shirts that maintain a balance of comfort and sustainability. Paul Puckett, the artist and co-founder says, “We care deeply about our fisheries and I hate to see the increase in plastic pollution in our waters. We wanted to do our part to protect what we love, which is why we decided to do the best we can with the resources we have at our disposal.  I am very proud that we are now coming full circle by making our shirts from recycled plastic bottles and supporting American farmers with 100% U.S.A. grown cotton.”

Flood Tide Co. Apparel started its sustainability journey a couple of years ago when they hired sustainability and marketing consulting firm, Emerger Strategies, to help them improve the environmental performance of their operations and products. Rick Crawford, President of Emerger Strategies, said, “I have been working with Flood Tide Co. to minimize waste from their operations and it’s wonderful to see them take the next step by making their products out of recycled fabrics in their products.  I love seeing Flood Tide Co. take its sustainability game to the next level.”

We’re excited and proud of what’s to come, we hope you can join us in this endeavor. We’d love for you to take a moment and look at the Spring 2019 catalog and see what’s cooking!

Take a look!
Sincerely,
The FTC Crew

About Flood Tide Company
We are a group of individuals grounded in adventure that have an undying passion for the outdoors. While founded in fly fishing, we come from all walks of life but keep our motives simple: having a good time and living life to the fullest, while also leaving our tiny blue planet better than how we found it. 
So, keep the compass pointed South; when the weather warms, the drinks are cold, and the sun rises, you’ll know you’ve arrived. We hope you can join us in doing a little Good Clean Livin’

About Repreve
Repreve transforms recycled bottles into an amazing fiber, used by the world’s leading brands to make athletic and fashion apparel and more. Their process embeds properties like wicking, adaptive warming and cooling, water repellency, and more at the fiber level for reliable, durable quality.

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