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Smith Optics 2017 Sunglass Giveaway

From today through May 29, MidCurrent and Smith Optics are running a giveaway for a new pair of Guide's Choice sunglasses with the winner's choice of lens tints. Just go to the Giveaway page and sign up. Read more about Guide's Choice sunglasses and Chromapop lenses on the Smith Optics website.

Bamboo Rod Makers' Landmark Montana Shop Lost in Fire

Early on Sunday morning a fire destroyed the Twin Bridges, Montana workshop where Glenn Brackett, Jerry Kustich and the rest of "the Boo Boys" crafted some of the finest bamboo fly rods ever made.   As Jerry Kustich wrote to MidCurrent this morning, "Twin Bridges will be going through bamboo withdrawal." R.L. Winston released a statement this morning...

Patagonia Teaming up with New Belgium Brewing to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

In honor of forty years in business for Patagonia, the company has teamed up with Fort Collins-based brewery New Belgium to craft a special lager beer in the "California Common" tradition. Read more in the press release below.  Patagonia Teaming up with New Belgium Brewing to Celebrate 40th Anniversary 2013 marks 40 years in business for our Ventura...

Thieves Steal 70 Per Cent of Twin Bridges Fly Shop Inventory

“Maybe 30 percent of my inventory is left,” said Dan Leavens of the family-owned Stonefly Outfitters in Twin Bridges after a break-in this weekend.  "The intruders took fly rods, fishing hats and cash, among other items during the heart of the prime fly fishing season," reports Renata Birkenbuel of The Montana Standard. Anyone with information that...

IFTD New Product Showcase Winners

After votes were tallied at the ICAST/IFTD show in Las Vegas, awards for the top products in various categories were announced Thursday. Among the big winners: Scott Fly Rods won Best of Show for their new Radian fly rod series, and Simms won five separate awards in various categories. IFTD New Product Showcase Winners: Best of Show - Radian fly rod...

Economic Data on the Outdoor Industry

Outdoor recreation is playing an increasingly important role in the economy, and recent figures released from the Outdoor Industry Association confirms growth as well as economic benefits. Read more in the press release below. Outdoor Industry Association Releases Economic Data for All 50 States From OIA: Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) released...

Cortland Line Company Gets New CEO, New Funding

Despite a long and respected history for its standards and innovation, Cortland Line Company endured some hard times in recent years. But with a new investment group and new CEO Randy Brown, changes to manufacturing infrastructure and research & development are already under way. Read the press release in the extended entry. For Immediate Release...

Hardy & Grey's: Brand For Sale, But It's Business As Usual

Harris & Sheldon Group Ltd, the family-owned private investment group which has owned Hardy for the past 45 years, instructed business advisors Grant Thornton to look for a potential buyer for Hardy & Grey's. MidCurrent received this news yesterday afternoon and today spoke with Jim Murphy, president of Hardy North America. "I believe the company...

Writer Seeks More Action to Protect Virginia Anglers

Award-winning investigative conservation writer and author Beau Beasley has again written an open letter to the Virginia Game Commission appealing for action to protect anglers. Beasley broke the story on an angler being sued for trespassing while fishing in the Jackson River in waters advertised as public by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland...

"A River Ran Through Mars"

Playing on the title of Norman Maclean’s classic novella, "A River Ran Through It" was the pronouncement by NASA via Twitter on Thursday, after its Curiosity rover uncovered evidence of rocks whose sizes and shapes suggested they were shaped by waterflow, not wind. "There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars," said NASA in a press...