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Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival Canceled

On November 18, 2020, the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival announced its cancelation as a result of new COVID-19-related restrictions. “Vendors were coming out of the woodwork, and we were poised to have our best event ever,” said festival director Beau Beasley. “Advance ticket and specialty class sales were ahead of last year; honestly, I...

Fly Tying: Olsen's Blowtorch

Charlie Craven recently did a feature on Devin Olsen's Blowtorch fly, a pattern that's taken the Euro nymphing world by storm. Olsen is a member of Team USA Fly Fishing, and he gave Craven some great insight into competitive fishing and tips for tying his Blowtorch fly. Read Craven's piece here.

Project Healing Waters Tying Competition

With it being Veteran's Day, I thought it fitting to find a way to highlight the great work of Project Healing Waters. This group, if you're not aware, helps disabled military veterans to cope with their various ailments through fly fishing. And, they just recently held their 8th annual fly tying competition. You can view the winners - and learn more about...

Fly Fishing Show Rescheduled Due to Pandemic

SOMERSET, Penn. – The ongoing medical battle with COVID-19 mixed with local and state show attendance regulations, including numbers of attendees allowed, has severely impacted the fly fishing industry with dramatic changes for the 2021 Fly Fishing Show,  announced President and CEO Ben Furimsky.   “After seemingly endless negotiations with show...

Fly Fishers International Awards Ceremony Will Be Online

The Fly Fishers International (FFI) Awards and Nominations Committee is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 FFI awards. These prestigious awards recognize and reward those individuals and organizations that have advanced the sport of fly fishing, including notable achievement in fly tying, casting, fly fishing skills, and conservation. In addition...

Fly Fishing Show Names 2020 Door Prize Winners

Door prize winners brought home fly fishing trips and gear valued at tens of thousands of dollars at the 2020 Fly Fishing Shows, announced President and CEO Ben Furimsky.   Prizes, names of winners, Fly Fishing Show location where the prize was won and the values include: Untamed Angling/El Faro Lodge, Cuba; Scott Otvos, Pleasanton, $11,000; Blue Horizon...

Patagonia Renews Platinum Support of BTT

Patagonia, an outdoor equipment and apparel company based in Ventura, California, has renewed its support of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust as a Platinum Corporate Sponsor. “Our mission statement is simple,” said Ted Manning, Patagonia’s director of fly fishing. “We’re in business to save our home planet. That means we are solution-driven...

2020 AFFTA Board of Directors Election

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) is excited to announce the results of the 2020 election for its Board of Directors. The results were certified at the Q4 Board meeting which was held via Zoom on October 6th. This year drew another strong slate of candidates. We would like to welcome Tom Bie (The Drake Magazine), Dexter...

Inaugural IGFA Permit Invitational

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is hosting the inaugural Permit Invitational to help celebrate the fish and promote the ethics and programs of the IGFA, per their website. The tournament is being held out of the Stock Island Yacht Club in the Lower Florida Keys, and all proceeds go directly to IGFA's conservation programs. You can read more...

Gink & Gasoline 2020 Photo Contest

The folks over at Gink & Gasoline are running another photo contest, this time giving away a custom Orvis H3 and Mirage reel, an Orvis Recon and Hydros reel, or a Clearwater outfit. Deadline for entry is October 11. You can get all the details here.