Category Archives: Alaska Fly Shop

Reel Happiness: Messy Hair Stubborn Spirit

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A Short Film Focused on Women Anglers in Southeast Alaska

Fly Fishing, Southeast Alaska, Women Anglers: Reel Happiness.  We are excited to support Kayla Roys and Sydney Akagi’s project focusing on women anglers in Southeast.

Kayla and Sydney’s team of Alaskan film producers and female anglers are currently applying to the Trout Unlimited F3T Fly Fishing Grant. This award amount is up to $15,000 that will go towards creating this film. To qualify for this grant we must first raise a percentage of the cost we are asking for, this is where the Kickstarter comes in!

If awarded this grant, the film will be on tour during the 2017 Trout Unlimited film tour to about 100 cities in the United States.

Although the initial goal has been reached, please consider adding additional support to Reel Happiness.  Your support of Alaskan projects not only encourages future projects, but also secures much needed additional funds to help make Reel Happiness a fantastic representation of Alaskan women anglers and will help to offset travel costs.16889a1f4d611b9bbfd3cef8ac443fe9_original

When you support Reel Happiness, you also receive a pretty snazzy Messy Hair Stubborn Spirit T-Shirt design, that by all means captures the spirit of all Alaskan women anglers.

Read More and Support the Reel Happiness Project Here!

Monic Monday, All Weather, PVC Free and at your local Fly Shop

Monic Fly Fishing has been spitting out lines in Colorado since 1995 and 2016 marks the launch of their Eco Friendly, All Weather, PVC Free Lines.  Find them at your  local Fly Shop.  Take a minute to check out their new site.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MONIC FLY LINES LAUNCHES NEW CONSUMER-CENTRIC WEBSITE

BOULDER, CO – December 29, 2015 – Flow Tek, Inc. of Boulder, manufacturers of Monic Fly Lines since 1995, has launched a completely new website (www.monic.com) to display the updated Monic product line to consumers and dealers.

“The focus of this new website is education on the product line,” states Steve Tatarchuk, Monic Business and Product Manager. “The new fly lines from Monic float higher, last longer, have less memory and are stronger than anything on the market. A new website is the most efficient way to get this information out to anglers and allows us to easily adapt to talking about new developments as they are issued. The eco-friendly nature of our lines and the simplicity of having a line that works in all temperatures is going to need some deeper explanation until consumers latch on. The website allows us to send that message,” adds Tatarchuk.

Monic Fly Lines will only be available for purchase through independent retailers and will not be sold direct through the website. The new site features a dealer locator as well as links to online stores that are authorized to sell the product line.

Monic Fly Lines are fully manufactured in the USA with facilities located at the foot of the Flatirons in Boulder, CO. The goal of the business is to create the best fly lines on the market, and give back to fly fishing as much as it gives to its anglers. All Monic fly lines have always been 100 percent PVC-free and are an eco-friendly alternative to vinyl or polyurethane.

For more information and dealership inquiries, contact Monic Fly Lines at 303-530-3050 or send an email to info@monic.com.

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October 22nd Remembering Curt Trout

It’s amazing how fast 10 years can fly by in the proverbial blink of an eye.  Yet, when you try to compile the amount of change in that time span, there is not enough ink and paper to visit it all.

Curt Trout passed away on the Kenai River 10 years ago, today.

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If you fish the Kenai River, you should know his name.  If you don’t, please take a few minutes today and learn more about Curt, what he gave all of us and his legacy that he left behind.

I was lucky enough to know Curt, my few visits with him in his shop and on the river were always cherished, always leaving me with the feeling that I was amidst greatness for a few moments.  Curt’s status today remains the same as when he was still with us, Legend.

Curt’s willingness to not only share his knowledge of the Kenai, but his kindness set him apart.  Every time I visited with Curt, I always left with something.  Be it, theoretical on the physics of casting, controlling the down stream drift, or that special bead.  All things that Curt was instrumental in fine tuning and paving the road to how we continue to fish the Kenai today.

I, like many others, have fabled stories of run-ins with Curt.  To this day, nothing gets a conversation going on the Kenai when others share their stories about Curt, that can continue for hours. (Please feel free to share your story with Curt in the comment section) I plan on posting one of my more humorous encounters.

Today, Curt’s vision continues at the fly shop he started, Alaska Troutfitters.  No longer tucked into the small red cabin that also housed the front desk for the Alpine Hotel, but in a new rustic cabin a few double hauls down the road.

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Billy and Dusty Coulliette, the owners of ATF, both worked and guided for Curt for many years and are as much a part of the legacy of the legend as they were when they resided in Curt’s inner circle.  A visit to the shop will reveal decades of history and pieces of remembrance that I believe Curt would be proud of.

Fly Fisherman magazine published an article written by Curt. In typical Curt fashion, he not only spelled out extending your drag free drift, but also expertly coached you through proper presentation of any fly fished under an indicator.  To this day, the article is the manifesto of how to fish the Kenai.  Lucky for all of us, Fly Fisherman continues to have it available for reading or review.  You can also consider it a first hand historical lesson on Curt’s history on the Kenai, from his point of view.

(Extending Your Drag Free Drifts by Curt Trout)

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Another great read came from ‘The Editor’s Creel” in Fish Alaska Magazine, published in December 2005. You get another glimpse of the man and why he is Legend and how he treated other anglers.  Also some additional history on his continuing legacy through Billy and Dusty.

I’m thankful that the spirit of Curt Trout continues to thrive.  Many times, I have called Troutfitters for a friend or stopped into the shop and been given a bead or a fly that changed the outcome of a trip.  So take today, October 22, “Curt Trout Day”, remember and learn about the Legend and maybe share some fly fishing knowledge to give someone else your experience.

“On October 22, at the age of 54, Curt set out to float the upper Kenai one more time. He and a pair of friends drifted through the Canyon section, fishing throughout the day, catching many fine Kenai trout. Then, as the afternoon drew down, they each locked into another fish, with Curt eventually landing one of those special Kenai rainbows he liked to talk about.

After fighting the fish, Curt laid down in the drift boat like he’d done many times before and settled in for a nap as they headed for the takeout. He passed away moments later, fresh from handling and releasing a last great upper-Kenai trout, while still on the river he loved so much.”  

                      Editor’s Creel, Fish Alaska Magazine, December 2005

In Loving Memory of Curt Trout

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April 18th, 1951 – October 22nd, 2005

The mighty Kenai called him and will forever whisper his name. God grant that I may fish until my dying day, and when it comes to my last cast; I then most humbly pray, When in the Lord’s safe landing net I’m peacefully asleep, that in his mercy I’ll be judged as big enough to keep.

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For additional images of Curt Trout, we will be celebrating the legacy all day today on Social Media. @AlaskaGuideList *Special thanks to Billy & Dusty Coulliette for providing images of Curt.

 

Alaska Fly Fishing Goods Launches New Web Site

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Always great to see local, Alaskan grown small businesses’, making a big splash.

Alaska Fly Fishing Goods in Juneau has launched their revamped website and it is nothing short of next level awesome.  Tons of great content pertaining to all things fly fishing in Alaska.

Take our advice, work will still be there when you get back from checking it out.

Support the local Fly Shop and #FlyShopSmall

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Alaska Fly Fishing Good’s Kayla Roys: The Situk River

Great article on the Situk River by Kayla Roys from Alaska Fly Fishing Goods, the local Fly Shop in Juneau.

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The fish of a thousand casts. A legendary and ghost-like species that demands hours of patient and relentless pursuit. Fishing for days on huge rivers that look like they may not hold a single fish. For many anglers these are the images that come to mind when they think of steelhead….Read more Here.

 

 

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