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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Fly Fishing Conservation and the CCA

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Fly Fishing Conservation Solitude Fly Reels captain, Jonathan Knapp, had the honor of attending the Coastal Conservation Association North Sound Chapter annual banquet and fundraiser.  There was one proud winner of a Solitude Reel last weekend! Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) is a non-profit organization with 17 coastal state chapters spanning the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic seaboard, and the Pacific Northwest.  CCA began in 1977 after drastic commercial over-fishing along the Texas coast decimated redfish and speckled trout populations. 14 concerned recreational anglers created the Gulf Coast Conservation Association to combat commercial over-fishing. The stewardship started with the “Save the Redfish” campaign, and by 1985, chapters had formed along the Gulf Coast. By the early ‘90s, the mid-Atlantic region and the New England had chapters. Washington and Oregon opened CCA chapters in 2007. CCA has participated productively in virtually every national fisheries debate since 1984. In the federal court system, CCA’s legal defense fund has been used to defend net bans; fight for the implementation of bycatch reduction devices; support pro-fisheries legislation; and battle arbitrary no-fishing zones. The CCA network is engaged in hundreds of local, state, and national projects that initiate scientific studies; fund marine-science scholarships; build artificial reefs; create finfish hatcheries; initiate hydrologic and contaminant studies; monitor freshwater inflows; support local marine law enforcement; and more. Through broad-based recreational angler support; a strong legal and legislative presence; decades of experience; and an unwavering vision for the future of U.S. and global marine resources, CCA battles for the sustainable health of our coastal fisheries and for recreational anglers’ interests. If you are not a member, think about joining!

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Youth and Fly Fishing

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Solitude Reels is the proud sponsor of Austin Manthey – Colorado Youth Fly Fishing Team Member Over a year ago we received an email from Austin Manthey inquiring about sponsorship….. Austin:  My name is Austin Manthey. I am a competitive flyfisherman in Colorado. I was wondering if your company could do a non-monetary based sponsorship with me. This means that I wouldn’t ask for anything other than gear. In return, I will review your product on my blog, feature the gear in action in my weekly videos, and of course represent your company in competitions. Please let me know if we could work something out. Jonathan:   Thanks for checking in with us.  So, do you compete in casting competitions or actual fly fishing competitions?  We would like to help you with some gear but I would like to learn more about your competitions etc and about you.  This sounds pretty cool. Austin:  I compete in the actual fly fishing competitions. I’ve had a rod in my hand non-stop for about 8 years and have become quite addicted with at least 200 days on the water a year. Though I’m fairly new to the whole competition gig but have  a lot of experience in the sport. My teammate, Andrew Medina, has competition experience and is also a runner up for the team USA youth fly fishing team. If you have any specific questions you want to know just let me know!   Thanks and have a great day,  Austin. More from Austin:  I know both of these competitions will be held even though specific dates arent released yet because they are annual:   www.carpslam.org  and http://conejosriveranglers.com/Conejos_River_Annual_Superfly.php Those are the two biggest competitions I will be competing in. Carp Slam is Denver TUs way to raise money for the South Platte restoration and gets a…

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Fly Fishing Blog – Fishgazm

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Solitude fly fishing captain, Jonathan Knapp, had the pleasure of spending time with Steve Martinez last month.  Steve heads up the Fishgazm blog and is the Pere Marquette River Fly Fishing Guide. Meet Steve…. My fly fishing experience ranges from guiding the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and Manistee Rivers in the spring and fall, the flats of northern Lake Michigan for carp and smallmouth in June and July, and taking off for the wilds of Southwest Alaska to work on the tributaries of Bristol Bay until September. Needless to say, I see a lot of days on the water. I grew up on the banks of the Pere Marquette River in west Michigan. I learned quickly about how to fool wary trout, salmon, and steelhead.  As I grew older, conventional tackle seemed to become an unfair advantage on the river. I began fly fishing and tying flies, learning from whomever would take the time to teach me. I bought my first drift boat when I was 16, which seems like a long time ago now, more than half a lifetime ago. I began fly fishing guiding on the Pere Marquette in my twenties and spent as much time on rivers as I did competing in fly fishing tournaments on Lake Michigan. It seems my obsession with fly fishing could not be satisfied by rivers alone. After a stint with the working class as a bricklayer, I re-devoted myself to the angling lifestyle, unable to stay off the water. Now, after close to ten years of full time fly fishing guiding, I still get excited to wake up bright and early every morning. My experience ranges from guiding the Pere Marquette, Muskegon, and Manistee Rivers in the spring and fall, the flats of northern Lake Michigan for carp and smallmouth in June…

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