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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Fly Fishing Show – Somerset, NJ

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Fly Fishing Show – Solitude Reels Spring 2013 We are exciting to be attending The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ on January 25th, 26th and 27th – 2013 at the Garden State Convention Center.   If you plan on attending, we would love to meet  you! Show Hours: Fri 10 – 6; Sat 8:30 – 6:00; Sun 9 – 4:30 The Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) will be offering free fly fishing instruction at the FFF Learning Center located at the FFF booth.  Basic fly casting- fly tying- knot tying will be taught throughout the day-every day of the Fly Fishing Show. Get a “reel feel” for the show:   If our reels and this video isn’t enough to get you excited about the show – check out the celebrities and authors!  

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Solitude Fly Reels & Atlantic Salmon Fishing

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Fly Reels, Atlantic Salmon and the Miramichi River By Michael Crutcher For the past several years I have been lucky to fish for Atlantic salmon on the Southwest Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada.  Among eastern Canada’s many fine salmon rivers, the Miramichi is the top producer.  My friend and fishing buddy, Howard Rossbach, is a member of the Salmon Brook Association, which was founded in 1929.  The Association operates Salmon Brook Camp; the association and camp are named after the eponymous creek that joins the river on camp waters. The camp occupies a majestic perch overlooking the Miramichi.   The camp takes only four anglers a week.  Howard is from Seattle and owns Firesteed Cellars, which makes the top-selling Oregon Pinot Noir.  He was our host.  The entire gang is pictured here.  From left to right: Howard; Ed Zamojski, an international hotel consultant (Seattle); the author, Michael Crutcher, a retired lawyer and businessman (Seattle); and William Loring, an executive at a major family company (Beverly Farms, MA).  We’re wearing tee shirts printed with photos from a prior Salmon Brook trip. We fished the last week of September 2012, in fine weather but with low water conditions.  We saw a lot of jumping fish but few seemed eager to take the fly. The Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, once had a range as far south as the Hudson River.  A combination of dams and overfishing decimated its population in U.S. waters.  Today, only a remnant of original population survives in rivers in eastern Maine.  Canada is a different matter, however.  There the species has been protected through the efforts of the Atlantic Salmon Federation, private landowners and the Canadian Provincial governments. Netting at the mouths of rivers has been largely eliminated.  International treaties ban pelagic fishing in the waters off Greenland…

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