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Digital Iron Fly Contest

Pig Farm Ink (pigfarmink.com) and Vedavoo Gear (vedavoo.com) are leading a 4-week tying challenge - the first virtual event for Pig Farm Ink - and one that will be COMMUNITY WIDE without borders or limitations. It is our hope that this will become an annual tradition. GOAL Promote HOPE through an event that can bring together fly tyers of all ages and skill...

No Fanfare for Trout Town's Opener

Normally, the opening of fishing season in Roscoe, New York is cause for celebration. And, normally, there's a whole host of activities and ceremonies to kick off the time of year when most anglers are ready to hit the water. This year, though, all the usual events surrounding the trout fishing opener in self-proclaimed "Trout Town" were cancelled. These...

Call to the Wild

The fact that America's trout rivers are a great haven from the coronavirus pandemic isn't lost on anyone - not even The New York Times.  This recent article in the Times goes into detail about how many Americans are fleeing to the outdoors as the only real respite from most shelter-in-place orders. Take a read through the article here.

AFFTA COVID-19 Stimulus Resources for the Fly Fishing Industry

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act aimed to help protect Americans and our economy through the COVID-19 outbreak has passed the House. AFFTA is excited to report that there have been funds allocated for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) through the Small Business Administration (SBA), a case-by-case temporary suspension of...

Scottish Anglers Told to Stay Home

This story comes to us from the Edinburgh Evening News, in Scotland. Recently, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a shelter-in-place order for residents. Johnson, however, did say that leaving homes for exercise - like cycling - was permissible. However, the Scottish Anglers National Association has advised all anglers to stay at home until the...

Coronavirus and the Traveling Angler

This piece from Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures is must-read material for any angler who's looking to travel in the coming months. It breaks down what you should worry about with the widespread coronavirus outbreak. Give it a thorough read here.

Guiding for the Future

A new, unique program designed to help improve the guiding and fly fishing experience is now accepting applications for its 2020 course. Guiding for the Future is not about landing the most or biggest fish. G4F is about knowledge, ethics, conservation, and a commitment to stewardship as core responsibilities of a professional guide and outfitter. The...

Fly Fishing Triathlon in Pennsylvania

I've never been a big fan of organized races. Shoot, I'm not much of a fan of hiking either, unless fish or big game lay at the hike's end. I don't much see the point to walking over rugged terrain unless I get to catch fish or shoot an elk. But the news about a fly fishing triathlon in Pennsylvania has me rethinking that stance. According to Marcus Schneck...

Fly Fishing Growing in South Carolina

When I think of fly fishing on the East Coast, I think of stripers off Long Island, or the brook trout of Maine. Aside from a desire to fish in the Great Smoky Mountains, I haven't given much else that far east a second thought. But this recent piece from Charleston's The Post and Courier details the great fly fishing in South Carolina. The state has it...

Women's Fly Tying Group in Bozeman

This story from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle is, I think, a great indication of just how far the sport of fly fishing has come in being inclusive to women. Reporter Shaylee Ragar did a wonderful job telling part of the story of MT Fly Gals - a women's fly fishing group in Bozeman. The group hosted a tying clinic, which attracted tiers of all ages and...