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In Search of Coasters


Five anglers. Five days. One mission. Five Michigan anglers will embark August 31 for Isle Royale National Park in search of the fabled Coaster brook trout. Their aim?  To catch and document these rare and enigmatic fish in order to … more

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Good News: More Kids Fishing

According to two new national surveys, fishing participation among two important age groups—6-12 and 13-17—is rising for the first time in several years. Increases were also seen among age groups 18-24 and 25-44.  “More than 33 million people went fishing … more

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Economic Growth Through the Outdoor Industry

Even through the past years of economic downturn, the outdoor industry has continued to grow at a rate of 5 percent annually and is responsible for 6.1 million jobs and $646 billion a year in consumer spending, states a new … more

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Private Investors Purchase Cortland Line Company

One of the oldest fly fishing brands has some changes ahead, with Cortland announcing its sale to a group of private investors. And while there is much to appreciate about Cortland “as is” says incoming Chairman Alexander “Sandy” Douglas, he … more

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Product News: Plano Acquires Frabill

Both founded in the 1930s, Plano Molding Co. and Frabill Inc. have announced plans to merge together, with Plano acquiring Frabill. This will bring together the industry leaders in fishing tackle storage systems, bait storage, landing nets, portable ice fishing … more

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Redington/MidCurrent Announce “Supersonic Giveaway”!

Free waders anyone? Redington just launched a new Facebook sweepstakes that will being giving away a pair of Sonic Pro waders each week for the next month.  Just visit the Facebook page and enter your name, email and ZIP code … more

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Thomas & Thomas Fly Rod Giveaway

In the mid-1960s, Tom Dorsey and Tom Maxwell joined together in their hobby of making fly rods. However, by 1969, “with more and more people seeking out their craftsmanship, they decided to make a full-time go of it, opened a … more

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See More Fish with Bifocal Sunglasses

If you’re “of an age,” you probably already realize that sunglasses with built-in bifocals can greatly increase angling enjoyment. Brands including Ono’s and Costa Del Mar have released models to help anglers see fish that they once may have missed … more

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Whither Gear Sales? 2012 Purchasing Trends

Southwick Associates, a company that compiles angler surveys into monthly reports, has released its report for the Januruary and February of this year. Recently, Jerry Lappier of The Trout Shop in Craig, Montana raised questions about retailing practices with a … more

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Cyclist Claims Boobytrap…. But It Was Only a Flyline

What was first thought to be a “booby trap” was actually just a byproduct of one angler’s spirited fight against a large fish.  After a bicyclist crashed along the Denver stretch of the Platte River, it was originally thought that … more

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