Hugelmeyer Resigns as President and CEO of OIA

2012-08-13 01.01.14Frank Hugelmeyer has resigned as the president and chief executive officer of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).  Hugelmeyer is an avid fly angler, and he was instrumental in increasing OIA’s involvement with the fly-fishing industry over the past several years.

OIA’s board of directors announced that Hugelmeyer’s resignation will take effect October 3.  OIA intends to identify an interim executive director, and then engage a national search firm to help identify the next leader of the organization.

“We feel fortunate for Frank’s leadership of OIA for so many years through dynamic industry change and evolution,” said Continue reading

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Survey: How Was Your Summer?


We’re getting reports that many in the fly-fishing business have had a good summer sales season.  (A lot of that has to do with good water levels in many, but unfortunately not all, areas of the country).  So please help us understand just how “banner” this season was…

How do you rate your summer, business-wise?

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WordPress 4.0 launches with a focus on making a better UI


In late August WordPress rolled out version 4.0. While this version doesn’t bring in a ton of new features, I like the UI improvements that make WordPress easier to use. Here’s a quick overview of the new features I found most useful after a month of use.

The New Grid View for the Media Library

The Media section now uses a grid view by default. This is a big improvement over the old way of managing your media. It makes finding and working with your uploads more intuitive and modern.


I also like the pop up box you get when Continue reading

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Food for Thought: Why You Need to Be Focused on Wild Fish

Romano_t-7259What’s the next hotbutton issue in fly fishing going to be?  Refocusing on the importance of wild fish populations, from steelhead in the Pacific Northwest, to native brook trout in Maine.

Sure, stocked fish are important to the viability of the fly-fishing market.  Most of us learned by catching stocked and planted fish.  Many of our customers rely on stocked and planted fish for recreation.

But, there are two reasons we all need to understand that hatcheries are not cure-alls, and looking down the road, it will be Continue reading

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AFFTA Releases Position on Magnuson-Stevens

AFFTA_Logo-vf5aIn case some of you missed it, the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) released a position statement related to H.R. 4742 which would weaken conservation provisions in the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Fishery Management Act.  This position actually runs counter to what some others in the fishing industry are advocating.

Angling Trade supports AFFTA’s point of view.

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