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Simms and Jeff Currier Join Forces

Simms has signed on globetrotting angler, artist and author Jeff Currier to their team. “Jeff Currier’s passion for exploring the world’s waters and preserving critical habitat is second-to-none,” says K.C. Walsh, Simms President. “Everyone is excited that Jeff has joined … more

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Umpqua Promotes Brian Schmidt to Fly Manager

Brian Schmidt has been promoted to fly manager at Umpqua Feather Merchants. “Brian has one of the most creative and productive minds in fly tying. This, along with his drive for nothing but the best, aligns perfectly with Umpqua’s history … more

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Filmmaker Pete McBride on “I Am Red”

In a recent video interview with National Geographic, filmmaker Pete McBride discusses why he chose to make a film “I Am Red,” about the endangered Colorado River. “For me the goal is to captivate the general public,” says McBride, “We … more

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Josh Prestin Joins Redington as Brand Manager

Redington has announced the addition of Josh Prestin to their team as Brand Manager. “One of my main initiatives at Redington is to foster a brand voice and presence that speaks to the hard-core angler without alienating the newcomer,” says … more

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Ottawa Hero Gives Thumbs Up to Fly Fishing

When Canadian parliament sergeant at arms Kevin Vickers was applauded on his return to work today, he was greeted by a standing ovation and a suggestion from Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to let him go fly-fishing on the Miramichi, … more

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Casting Against Cancer

Nearly 20 years ago, Dr. Benita Walton, a breast reconstructive surgeon and avid angler, and Gwen Perkins, an Orvis fly-fishing instructor, teamed up to create Casting for Recovery. The non-profit hosts forty-two weekend fly fishing retreats each year in thirty-five … more

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Fish for Jose 2015

Anglers are being asked to share their fishing photos via social media in honor of fly fishing legend Jose Wejebe. Use the hashtag #fishforjose through January 18, 2015. Read more in the press release below.

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Video Hatch: “Fly Tying Legend Jack Gartside, Forever a Boy”

Journalist Chuck Kraemer profiles fly tying legend Jack Gartside in this film from Greater Boston PBS.

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Reading Hemingway’s Fishing Logs

Along with a team of US researchers, John and Patrick Hemingway, grandsons of author Ernest Hemingway, are on a tour of Cuba to encourage closer ties between the two countries. They had hoped to gain access to Hemingway’s detailed  fishing … more

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Umpqua Names Luke Wennik Marketing Manager

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced the promotion of Luke Wennik to marketing manager. Wennik has been an instrumental member of the Umpqua team through the recent implementation of their new logo, packaging, and packs and bags line launch. “We’re fortunate … more

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