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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.

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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Andrew Grillos Fly Fishing: Global Perspective to Our Local Fisheries

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From Colorado, Alaska, Washington to Chile, Argentina and New Zealand, Andrew Grillos has spent a few hours on the water guiding clients and putting a whole lot of fun in Fly Fishing.

For me, fly fishing has always been about having fun while in the outdoors.  Whether you’re an expert or have never touched a fly rod, I consider a day to be successful when we can have a good time on the water.  Whether it’s catching some fish, learning a thing or two, or just enjoying being the escape of being outside, these are all things that can make a guide day a success in my eyes.”

Read more about Andrew Grillos Fly Fishing:

www.andrewgrillosflyfishing.com

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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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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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Artist Spotlight: H&H Outfitters featured in The Oregonian

Great write up today on H&H Outfitters in The Oregonian.  Nothing better than seeing fresh new Fly Fishing companies getting the spotlight.

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The likeness of rapper Ice Cube grinning in a life jacket under a spraypainted “Today was a good spey” would likely float right over most fly-fishermen’s heads. But for brothers Cobb and Alex Hudjohn, it’s just another slightly altered cultural reference tailor-made for a T-shirt.

Their unorthodox fly-fishing and screen-printing business, H&H Outfitters, has put the once-contentious brothers together in the same boat.  Read More Here

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