Category Archives: Freshwater

Montana Fly Company joins AlaskaGuideList

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Always an exciting time to welcome a new sponsor to AlaskaGuideList.  We welcome Montana Fly Company and their wide array of Flies and products specific for Alaskan Guides made them a perfect addition.

MFC produces hand-crafted flies, fly tying accessories and other fly fishing equipment.  With an emphasis on personalized service, the team at MFC draws on decades of experience in designing products featuring innovative patterns made from high quality materials.  Located in the heart of Montana’s fly fishing community, products are field tested by top guides for ultimate quality and performance.  For more information, including a complete product list visit:

www.montanafly.com

Find Montana Fly Company products at your Local Fly Shop.

 

2016 Bristol Bay River Academy: Apply Today!

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Bristol Bay Fly Fishing & Guide Academy

We are so excited to announce that the application period for the 2016 Bristol Bay Guide Academy is OPEN!

This summer, we’ll be at Mission Lodge learning the basics of fly fishing, outdoor safety, providing a great customer experience, learning about river ecology, and a whole lot more. We have a great crew of instructors lined up, and can’t wait to meet everyone out in the Bay!

Though the Academy is of course a great job training opportunity and a whole lot of FUN, it is also a key piece of working toward a future based on clean rivers, salmon and salmon-based jobs that we seek for Bristol Bay.

Creating jobs and leadership opportunities for Bristol Bay youth helps the local economy, keeps tourism jobs in region, and of course creates lifelong stewards of Bristol Bay’s many rivers. We can’t imagine a better intersection of these goals than the Academy.

We hope you’ll apply or…

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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.

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.

 

MADE IN THE USA: Simms Fishing Products

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A visit to the Bozeman, Montana Headquarters for Simms always gets us thinking, MADE IN THE USA.

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MADE IN THE USA is a pretty powerful statement.  We get asked quite a bit about what we like most about Simms. As many of you know, we get the opportunity to visit Simms in Bozeman quite often.  The thing that resonates the most every visit is, MADE IN THE USA.

Each trip to the factory reminds us that every time I strap my waders on, somebody at Simms took the time not only to design and craft one of the most important tools in my gear bag, but also meticulously inspected and tested my waders before they got to my door.

Next time you head down to the river, give yourself a high five or a heel kick in your Simms waders.  Your investment in the best waders on the market not only keep you dry and comfortable but also supported a local business with over 100 employees who stand behind what they do living, fishing and working in Bozeman, Montana.

Read more about Simms Fishing: MADE IN THE USA
Another great read was a past feature on Simms “This Built America”
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