FlyFishingJobs.com 2016 Launch

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FlyFishingJobs.com has launched for the 2016 Season.

If you are looking for a job in the Fly Fishing Industry this is a great place to start.  From job positions at your local Fly Shop to a summer Guiding the best waters available, time to get your resumes together!

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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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In with the new, Out with the old.

So by now your Holiday festiveness is mid swing with the New Year just around the corner.  Did you get all of that new gear you longed for?  Were you able to add to your growing fly fishing tool bag and upgrade some key items?

Where does your old gear go?

What happens to those old waders that have been replaced? New Fly Line?  Or that trusty old winch that has been replaced with a shiny new rim?

Luckily we have answers to your problems.  Well, we have friends who have answers to your problems.

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The dudes over at Winged Reel have teamed up with those filthy fly fishing fools from the Pig Farm Ink gang to start the first program of it’s kind, collecting used gear for Project Healing Waters.  This is one of the coolest collaborations for an absolutely awesome cause.  Click here for all of the details and information on how you can donate your gently used gear that still has plenty of on water life.


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Now that you are thinking, “Hey, I haven’t used that reel in a few seasons, this would be an awesome place to send it and help get one of our troops into Fly Fishing.”  But your Fly Line is crap and not gently used.  Don’t throw it away! Upcycle it!

 

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Fly Vines will gladly take your old line and repurpose it into something useable!  Check them out, this is where all of last year’s PVC tapers should go.  Because the Good Lord knows, it isn’t cool to fish with PVC lines and the big man frowns on that kind of behavior.  So be good to the planet and upcycle your lines into Fly Vines!

Finally, the hardest question any angler asks themselves after getting that new pair of Simms waders, do I actually stuff them in the trash can? No, no you don’t.  If you are in Alaska, you cut the feet off and use them to snow blow your driveway or they make wonderful attire when one goes to the dark side and wields their Roe Saber.  But the best option is to recycle those old waders!

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Recycled Waders in Seattle has been making our old waders into new gear for years!  Trust me when I say, there are things in your waders that will be in a landfill long into the next millennium.  Give the planet a break and upcycle those leaky, stinky, worn out waders!

 

DONATE YOUR GEAR or RECYCLE

DON’T PUT IT IN THE TRASH, PUT IT TO USE!

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Out of Alaska Groove Rings Launches on Kickstarter

 

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We really enjoy this whole Crowd Funding thing going on these days, especially when they are close to home or involve things we love to do.  I will admit, Groove Ring was a real head scratcher when Peter Goodwin from The General Lodge reached out to me with a sneak peek at the product.  I gave it the courteous once over and continued scratching my head.

I don’t wear rings.  I lose them.  One is at the bottom of the Gallatin, luckily without my finger2386d542d02f339058f6c9953fe4e33b_original attached after a near death boating accident.  Yes, you can drown on the Gallatin, I almost proved it.  The next ring flew off my hand in a Fly Shop and was never seen again.

Now Groove Ring comes into the picture.  I read and re-read and the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.   Technology that attaches to your finger has been born….Read on about Groove Ring.

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You can support Groove Ring right now through their Kickstarter Campaign.  Finally, give the video short below a watch, hilariously great and paints the picture why Groove Ring is going to be around for a long time.

 

 

 

 

 

Support Our Troops With Your Next Wader

 

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For a limited time only, Simms is offering a special edition G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot to benefit the Bozeman-based Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation. WQW helps reintegrate traumatically combat-wounded U.S. veterans and active service members from recent wars into society by building hope and resilience, facilitating camaraderie, and providing security and serenity through fly fishing in southwest Montana.

Help us raise $100,000 for Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation by purchasing these limited edition waders. Simms is proud to work with the finest specialty retailers in North America.

Read more about the WQW Foundation and the limited edition Simms G3 Warriors and Quiet Waters Limited Edition Wader Here.

G3 WQW WADER AVAILABLE AT THESE SIMMS AlASKA  RETAILERS:

3 Rivers Fly & Tackle
390 E Railroad Ave
Wasilla, AK
99654
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212 Lower Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
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Mossy’s Fly Shop
750 W Dimond Blvd #114
Anchorage, AK 99515
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8465 Old Dairy Road, Suite 101
Juneau, AK 99801
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118230 Sterling Highway
Cooper Landing, AK 99572
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44370 Sterling Highway
Soldotna, AK 99669
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Mt. View Sports Center
11124 Old Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK 99515
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14899 Sterling Highway
Cooper Landing, AK 99572
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507 2nd Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701
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The G3 Guide™ Wader — WQW Limited Edition

  • GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in upper / 5-layer GORE-TEX® Pro Shell in legs
  • Multi-Cam® camo accents
  • Micro-fleece lined, reach-through hand-warmer pocket with MOLLE webbing storm flaps for more tool utility
  • Custom WQW Patch
  • All the features of the award-winning G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot Wader

 

 

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.

 

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