Federal agencies heed calls from Congressmen to protect Oregon and California rivers from strip mining

From TU:

Recreational enthusiasts and anglers applauded the U.S Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management for heeding the calls of Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and Rep. Peter DeFazio, as well as California Rep. Jared Huffman to establish a temporary ban on mining that will protect the threatened wild and scenic Illinois, Rogue and Smith rivers, and their tributaries.

In February, these legislators introduced bills to permanently protect these prized rivers from new mining claims. This week, the Department of Interior, acting on behalf of the USFS and BLM, established a process to consider public input on their plans for a temporary ban on mining while Congress considers legislation to protect the area.

“The Wild Rivers Coast in Southwestern Oregon is home to a continuously growing recreation economy,” said Dave Lacey, Gold Beach resident and owner of Southcoast Tours LLC. “We live here, work here and raise our families here. These proposed strip mines are the largest threat to these waterways and to the people who depend on them.”

The Illinois and Rogue rivers in Oregon, and California’s Smith River are known for their healthy salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout runs. Furthermore, they are world-renowned for Continue reading

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RIO’s Award-Winning InTouch Single Handed Spey Line Comes to Market

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 5.51.34 AMFrom RIO Products:

RIO Products is constantly striving to design fly lines that stay up with market demands and trends, and the new InTouch Single Handed Spey line is a perfect example of that. This dynamic line is best for roll casts and single handed Spey casts, and therefore ideal for anglers that find their back casting room restricted.

The rear weight distribution loads a rod easily in tight casting conditions, while the long, gradual taper excels at overhead casts and allows for incredibly smooth loop control. A thick handling section lengthens out the head for increased stability and control.

The InTouch Single Handed Spey Line is built on RIO’s ultra-low stretch ConnectCore, which Continue reading

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Orvis Job Opening – Sporting Travel Planner: fly-fishing and wingshooting trips

From Orvis:

Orvis Adventures is a specialty adventure travel company dedicated to providing Orvis customers with unique trips—both domestically and internationally—that reflect the Orvis lifestyle. We are on a never-ending journey to learn and share our love of the outdoors, a passion that begins with fly fishing and wingshooting. Our travel specialists are dedicated to providing the highest quality, friendly customer service in every phase of trip selection, planning and participation. Orvis Adventures trips are part of the lifetime relationship between customers and the Orvis Company. Extraordinary customer relationships and personal connections are the foundation of our success.

We are seeking a Sporting Travel Planner to join our team of travel professionals in Sunderland, Vermont. While we are passionate about the outdoors, this is an office-based position, requiring a minimum of 40 hours per week. There will be occasional opportunities to lead Orvis group trips as well as participate in familiarization trips to Orvis Endorsed destinations.

The Sporting Travel Planner is responsible for direct sales of fly-fishing and wingshooting trips to individuals and groups, primarily by telephone and email. The ideal candidate will possess an in-depth knowledge of domestic and international fly-fishing and wingshooting travel based on personal experience, as well as a passion for helping customers plan the trip of a lifetime. This individual should have professional sales experience related to sporting travel preferably with a tour operator, a retail shop with a significant travel business, or a sporting lodge. The position is a combination of front line sales, customer service, database management and tour operations. The individual must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a proven ability to multi-task and manage dozens of emails from both guests and lodges. A customer’s experience can be enhanced or diminished by the tiniest of details, so a superb attention to detail on every level is an absolute must.

Orvis Company associates take pride in our world-class service and products, treating customers, vendor partners, and each other with integrity and mutual respect. We work in a supportive, team-oriented environment, focusing on performance, continuous improvement, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. The Orvis Company and our associates are committed to giving back to our communities and protecting nature.

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TU Releases Comprehensive “State of the Trout” Report

sOT_WEB“The State of the Trout” is something every fly shop owner, outfitter, guide, or concerned angler should read. Front to back. It’s not all good news. But it’s not a tale of woe, either. Here’s the link: http://www.tu.org/stateofthetrout

Considering that far more than half of all sales, industry-wide, revolve around trout fishing, there is sound business motivation to understand what’s really going on.

The skinny: Native trout species are the proverbial “canary-in-the-coal-mine” when it comes to assessing the health and viability of cold, clean water in America. Every major native trout species in North America faces at least one significant threat. There are ways to work past these threats and ensure the viability of fly fishing in the future, all of which are clearly outlined in this report (which was Continue reading

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All Far Bank Brands Will Sell Direct

6_15_sageYou’ve probably heard about it already… either from the company, or the competition that’s actively sniping, in the wake of Far Bank’s decision to open a direct-sales conduit in 2016. Here’s what we’re saying in the next print issue of Angling Trade (with expanded quotes from the company):

Other iconic fly brands like Orvis, and Patagonia, and more recently, Simms Fishing Products, play the consumer sales channels. Direct sales are part of the game now… especially in a paradigm where the Internet factors so forcefully. Face it: You’d be silly to manufacture anything and avoid the E-commerce channel in this day and age, whether you owe something to the specialty retailers who have had a hand in building your brand for decades or not.

Thing is, Sage is a somewhat different animal. Sage was the “specialty products for specialty dealers serving specialty anglers” brand. And RIO Products, the fly line company Far Bank acquired in 2005, was once legendary for protecting dealer turf.

Thus, while Sage and RIO might not want the distinction, those companies might be Continue reading

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