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Wild Fish Conservancy Spring E-News

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Wild Fish Conservancy publishes a quarterly E-Newsletter – Wild Fish Runs Solitude Reels supports the Wild Fish Conservancy.  Learn more about the Wild Fish Conservancy, and we know you will want to support them too!  Click here to subscribe to the Wild Fish Conservancy electronic newsletter.  Wild Fish Runs is a quarterly email newsletter that focuses on Wild Fish Conservancy activities and initiatives, including project updates and upcoming events. A nonprofit conservation organization headquartered in Duvall Washington, Wild Fish Conservancy is dedicated to the recovery and conservation of the region’s wild-fish ecosystems. Through science, education, and advocacy, WFC promotes technically and socially responsible habitat,hatchery and harvest management to better sustain the region’s wild-fish heritage. The organization was founded in 1989 under the name Washington Trout. In February 2007,  they changed their name to Wild Fish Conservancy in order to better communicate our goals and strategies, and to minimize ambiguities regarding our mission and affiliations. Since 1989, Wild Fish Conservancy has built a reputation among public and tribal agencies, the business community, scientific institutions, and environmental and community organizations for effectiveness, technical credibility, and a focus on the resource. Wild Fish Conservancy has a staff of over 20 professional scientists, advocates, and educators, and a Board of Directors made up of dedicated and accomplished scientists, natural-resource managers, business people, and activists. They work closely with a broad and dynamic coalition of regional and national conservation organizations, academic institutions, community organizations, and other scientists. Wild Fish Conservancy is often relied on by other conservation advocates for its technical expertise in wild-fish ecology, and the Wild Fish Conservancy staff has developed mutually respectful, professional relationships with key management and policy personnel at all relevant local, state, tribal, and federal agencies. Mission Wild fish have been an integral part of the economic, cultural, and ecological fabric of the Northwest for thousands of years. Unfortunately, over the last several…

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Photo Shoot for the Fly Reels

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Solitude Fly Reels spend some time in the studio for a photo shoot!  All materials used in our reel are corrosive resistant materials.  The retrieve on all of our fly reels is easily reversible.  The drag is a sealed disc drag system utilizing composite cork on Teflon in the SR2 and SR3sizes and composite cork on aluminum in the SR4 and SR5 sizes.  These materials provide both durability and ultra smoothness to the drag.  A custom spring design allows for superior range to the drag giving the angler who targets large fish with light tippets a multitude of micro adjustments to drag tension to land their fish. We utilize a stainless one-directional Clutch Bearing which is pressed fit into a fully machined and anodized aluminum clutch housing that is then greased and sealed.  This housing as well as the hub of the spool, rotor sleeve, and spindle is machined with tolerances of .0002” providing a solid and smooth rotation of the spool.  The frames are reinforced to reduce flex or contortion and to increase strength and durability. The spools are designed to lock onto the frames easily and smoothly with a tight fit.  Intense polishing is done to each part that receives anodize.  The result is a beautiful finish that compliments the precision feel of our fly reels.  You can expect a fly reel with an amazingly smooth drag and equally smooth feel and look.

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Made in USA Reels

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Made in USA Reels – Highest Quality Time magazine along with other mainstream press have been chatting lately about the made in USA comeback.  We here at Solitude Reels have also been receiving solicitation as of late to advertise in made in USA websites and blogs.  Hence, we thought it was a good time to reiterate our commitment to made in USA reels – fly fishing reels to be exact. Time magazine recent article How ‘Made in the USA’ is Making a Comeback quotes Climbing out of the recession, the U.S. has seen its manufacturing growth outpace that of other advanced nations, with some 500,000 jobs created in the past three years. It marks the first time in more than a decade that the number of factory jobs has gone up instead of down. At Solitude Reels we take great pride in the design and precision machining of our made in USA reels.  All parts used in our fly reels have been designed for increased functionality and strength.  These parts, all twenty of them, are machined and assembled in our CNC (computer numeric control) machine shop in Washington State.  Solitude Reels is proud to say “Made in the USA”. All materials used in our reel are corrosive resistant materials.  The retrieve on all of our fly reels is easily reversible.  The drag is a sealed disc drag system utilizing composite cork on Teflon in the SR2 and SR3sizes and composite cork on aluminum in the SR4 and SR5 sizes.  These materials provide both durability and ultra smoothness to the drag.  A custom spring design allows for superior range to the drag giving the angler who targets large fish with light tippets a multitude of micro adjustments to drag tension to land their fish. We utilize a stainless one-directional Clutch Bearing which is pressed fit into a fully machined and anodized aluminum…

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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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Fat Guy Fly Fishing

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Fat Guy Fly Fishing Blog In a recent fly fishing trip to Michigan, our very own Jonathan Knapp had the fortunate opportunity to meet Alex Landeen of the Fat Guy Fly Fishing blog.  By the looks of their header and the sound of their name, you will get an idea of the fun in store for you…   Here is taste of one of Alex’s posts titled State of a Fat Guy:   I sit at this computer like a loaded gun with no target. Emotion without thought.  I need an adventure, I think. I need fresh substance. Fiction for the sake of fiction is fine but I need a spark, something real, some little piece like the grain of sand at the end of the movie The Never Ending Story. With that one little grain Bastian was able to rebuild the entirety of Fantastica. Shit, I just want to write about fishing.  

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The Tongass – America’s Salmon Forest

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The Tongass is America’s salmon forest and one of the few places in the world where wild salmon and trout still thrive. Some 65 percent of  Tongass salmon and trout habitat is not Congressionally protected at the watershed scale, and is currently open to development activities that could harm fish. It’s time for Congress to better protect the richest resource of the Tongass: wild salmon. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Tongass includes roughly 17,000 miles of clean, undammed creeks, rivers and lakes that provide optimal spawning and rearing conditions for the region’s copious wild Pacific salmon and trout. All five of North America’s Pacifc salmon species are found in the Tongass National Forest:  Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), coho (O. kisutch), pink (O. gorbuscha), sockeye (O. nerka) and chum (O. keta). In addition to the salmon, the Tongass supports healthy populations of both the resident and anadromous forms of rainbow trout (O. mykiss), cutthroat trout (O. clarkii), and Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma). Southeast Alaska salmon and trout  provide an important source of employment and income for thousands of fishermen and fishing business owners. According to a study commissioned by Trout Unlimited, Southeast Alaska salmon and trout in 2007 provided close to 11% of regional jobs and supported almost a $1 billion industry that includes local commercial, sport, hatchery and subsistence fisheries.  In 2011, Southeast Alaska produced the largest salmon harvest in the state, with fishermen hauling in a total of 73.5 million fish worth in excess of $200 million dollars The wild salmon spawned and reared in the Tongass National Forest represent approximately 70 percent of all wild salmon harvested from our national forests, roughly 24 percent of Alaska’s overall salmon catch, about 30 percent of the salmon caught on the West Coast of the United States and close to 13…

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Australia Loves Solitude Fly Reels

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Solitude Fly Reels Sharing the Love Derek McKenzie is all about fly fishing, catching fish and helping everyone from the beginner right on through to the most skilled fly fisher find the right gear including fly reels that suits them best and will help make their time on the water more enjoyable.  That’s what it’s all about, having fun, and like the man said one day in a rare moment of inspired thought less common: “Fly fishing is not the meaning of life…it just gives reason to our existence.” They are proudly independent and plan to stay that way.  Derek McKenzie Fly Fishing Outfitters offer what they believe are amongst the finest fly rods, fly reels, and fly fishing accessories in the world today.  From native trout in the smallest of streams to the largest of our saltwater species, we deliver advanced high performance fly rods and fly reels to match your every need as an Australian fly angler. Thank you Derek for sending us this picture starring Solitude Fly Reels – Mystic Tremor 7wt. Salt rod and an Solitude 4 Large Arbour taking the mickey out of a few Aussies salmon.     The Solitude Fly Reels Facts from Derek McKenzie: Solitude takes great pride in the design and precision machining of every fly reel that they make whether it be in the aesthetics created by mirror polishing the reels before the anodizing process or building a reel designed for functionality and strength. The precision craftsmanship is a labour intensive process but it has truly given the reels a beautiful and quality finish as well as durability that will rival any reel on the market today. Please do take time to read the facts about these as we are certain that you will be as equally impressed as we are…

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