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Mayfly Outdoors Names Jeff Wagner CEO

Jeff Wagner has been named the new CEO and President of Mayfly Outdoors, the parent company of Ross Reels, Airflo, and Abel. Wagner was previously the general manager at the R.L. Winston Rod Company, and he also previously worked for Cabela's. Per a press release from Mayfly Outdoors, Wagner is excited to start working with the team based in Montrose...

Simms Sold to Vista Outdoor

Simms Fishing Products, one of the leading manufacturers of fishing waders, was sold to Vista Outdoor for $192.5 million, per Fly Fisherman Magazine.  Vista Outdoor is the parent company for 39 other outdoors brands, including Bushnell and Remington Ammunition. Vista says there are no plans to cut workers, and that Simms will stay in Bozeman, Montana. For...

AFFTA Announces Partnership With TrackFly

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has announced a partnership with SaaS company TrackFly. The partnership will "revolutionize how the fly fishing industry collects data to provide the most accurate picture ever created of the industry," according to a press release from AFFTA. TrackFly is a software service that "provides data aggregation...

Warming Colorado River Threatens Trout

Arizona has some decent trout fishing, especially where the Colorado River flows through the state. On the section known as Lee's Ferry (downstream of the Glen Canyon Dam, upstream of the Grand Canyon), however, warming water levels are starting to threaten the trout. Lee's Ferry is a tailwater, since the Glen Canyon Dam sits just upstream. Normally, cold...

Alaska Struggles Through Early Fire Season

Alaska is no stranger to large wildfires, but the state is has already seen 1 million acres of land burned, the earliest it's happened in decades. This story from Anchorage Daily News highlights the issues facing Alaska and the serious threats posed by the active wildfire season. Read the story here.

Electricity Restored to Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is working hard to reopen following the massive floods earlier this week. Electricity has been restored to the park, making it one step closer to reopening, which park officials says should happen sometime next week. Damage to the north part of the park is still being assessed, although that area will be closed for an extensive...

Colorado Fishery Wiped Out After Mudslide

The entire Poudre River fishery downstream from Black Hollow Creek was lost due to a mudslide. A fish hatchery was also severely impacted. The mudslide happened after the Cameron Peak Wildfire torched the area, removing the brush that normally retains sediment during rainstorms. The Poudre River from Black Hollow Creek to Stove Prairie Station is devoid of...

Lahontan Cutthroat Stocked in Lake Tahoe

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the stocking of 100,000 Lahontan cutthroat into Lake Tahoe this summer. The stocking of these fish into Lake Tahoe could theoretically create another bastion of genetically pure fish, although there's risk of hybridization with the rainbow trout currently inhabiting the lake. You can read more about...

Donations for Montana Flooding Victims

A relief fund has been organized to help those impacted by the floods in southern Montana. As of June 14, the relief fund had already received $350,000 in donations, with more expected. If you'd like to help these communities devastated by the floods, click here to learn more.

BLM Purchase Opens New Fishing Access in Wyoming

Thanks to a purchase of 35,670 acres of land near Capser, Wyoming, access is open on 8.8 miles of the North Platte River that were previously inaccessible to anglers. You can read more about the land purchase here.