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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!

Conserve America’s Last Great Salmon Forest: The Tongass.

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Tongass steelhead. Photo by Bryan Gregson

We have only a couple weeks left to help conserve America’s last great salmon forest: The Tongass.

There are two key ways you can help. Both will take only a minute.

1. Add your voice today: If you have not done so already, please tell the U.S. Forest Service to modify the Tongass Land Management Plan so it conserves key areas for salmon and steelhead. Click here to act now!

2. Tell your friends: Take a moment to  share the action page on Facebook.

We need anglers, conservationists, commercial fishermen and all salmon-lovers from Alaska and beyond to tell the Forest Service that key areas within the Tongass need to be managed for their exceptional fish values FIRST.

In short, the Forest Service is revising the Tongass Forest Plan, which determines how the forest is managed. Scientists, fishermen and land managers have gotten together and identified more than 70 key watersheds within the Tongass that comprise the very best and most important habitat for trout and salmon. We want the Forest Service to know that we support increased conservation measures for these areas. 

The Tongass is one of the few places in the world where wild salmon and trout still thrive. Thanks for helping us keep it that way.

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.

 

Blood Knots: Our Two Hands

 

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“Salmon are part of the natural commons; they belong to all of us, and we have a shared responsibility to ensure their persistence. This collective responsibility can bring citizens of a community together for a common purpose.”

-Jim Lichatowich

One of the great things about the evolution of our modern existence is the ability to connect with those near and far.  Social Media has opened doors and created relationships that in the past, could have taken years to align.

Our gift from Blood Knots for contributing to their Kickstarter Campaign, Our Two Hands. Flies dressed by Skyler Nelson.
Our gift from Blood Knots for contributing to their Kickstarter Campaign, Our Two Hands. Flies dressed by Skyler Nelson.

Blood Knots‘ Kickstarter campaign for ‘Our Two Hands‘ was one of the few crowd funded campaigns we participated in during the 2014 season. If you get a few moments today, check out Blood Knots and see what they are doing, we are sure you see more of their work in the future.

Also don’t miss the “Our Two Hands” teaser below.

Blood Knots “Our Two Hands” Contributing Sponsors.

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Fly Fishing Collaborative Update

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The progress FFC has made over the past year is incredible.  Not only is the Tilapia Farm in Thailand fully operational, but the work team has already landed in Southern Belize to begin construction of another farm that will feed over 140 kids.  Read more on the March 2015 FFC update here.

How can you help?

The Fly Fishing Collaborative is offering professionally guided fly fishing trips and selling custom-made leather fly wallets. The money raised will be given to orphanages and caregivers around the world. This will go towards creating sustainable livelihoods and economic support to rescue and prevent more children from being sold into the sex slave industry.

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Every $10,000 we raise will provide a totally sustainable tilapia farm that will be built for an orphanage in order to provide them with food, income, water, and fresh produce. Additionally, this will empower their leaders to care for more children that would otherwise be sold into slavery.

Stay in touch, Stay in formed and Stand up for Social Justice.

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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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