New Mexico Nonprofit Keeps Kids Fishing

Fly Fish New Mexico was recently awarded a grant to help them continue to keep kids interested in fly fishing, per the Albuquerque Journal.  The grant will allow Fly Fish NM to buy 40 to 50 kits for kids to use while on the water. You can read the rest of the story here.

AFFTA Renames Industry Event

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) announced the renaming of their annual event to the AFFTA Confluence. The first AFFTA Confluence will be held in late September 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. More details on the event's name, as well as specifics for the event, can be found here.

Fly-Fishing Festivals Feature Women’s Symposium in 2023

The Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, and the Texas Fly Fishing and Brew Festival, will feature a women's symposium at their 2023 gatherings. A full press release on this exciting new development can be found below. Both the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival (January 14-15, 2023, in Doswell) and the Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival...

Artists for Ian Hurricane Relief

The folks over at Bajio Sunglasses announced that they've partnered with Captains for Clean Water to raise funds for those impacted by Hurricane Ian. To raise the money, Bajio is auctioning off original artwork from Casey Anderson and Drew Wilson. All proceeds go to the Captains for Clean Water Emergency Disaster Relief Fund. Bidding ends October 10 at...

Traver Award Results Announced

Frank Sargeant, of Guntersville, Alabama, has won the 2022 Robert Traver Fly Fishing Writing Award. The news was announced by the John D. Voelker and American Museum of Fly Fishing. You can read the winning entry here.

AFFTA Announces 2023 Show

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has announced they'll be holding another trade gathering in Salt Lake City, Utah, sometime during the week of September 25, 2023. This is a departure from the normal show timing in the spring, and with the increased focus on fly fishing that we'll see at ICAST in coming years, some folks in the fly fishing...

New Nonprofit Supports Healing Through Fishing

A new nonprofit has been launched to help people find peace and healing while out on the water. Reeling in Recovery works to support people in becoming sober from drug and alcohol addictions. A press release from Reeling in Recovery, highlighting what they do, is below. Finding peace, healing and community on the river are the goals of the new non-profit...

ASA to Increase Fly Fishing Focus at ICAST

In this in-depth story about industry tradeshows, Chris Hunt walks us through an announcement from the American Sportfishing Association about giving fly fishing an increased presence at ICAST. The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades is one of the biggest fishing tradeshows in the world, but it traditionally has a small fly fishing...

OWAA Announces Student Contests

The Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) has announced a new student photo contest and youth writing awards for 2022. A press release from OWAA is below. To reward budding outdoor writers and photographers, the Outdoor Writers Association of America announced the opening of the 2022 Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards as well as the second annual OWAA...

Meck, Jardine, Raymond Inducted into Hall of Fame

Steve Raymond, Charles Jardine, and Charles Meck are the three inductees for this year's class in the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, New York. Paul Weamer put together a wonderful story about his friend, the late Charles Meck, for Fly Fisherman Magazine. Read it here.