Monday, May 27, 2013

The New PTTS is The Same Old PTTS - May 19th 2013 Protest

The new PTTS is the same old PTTS - May 19th 2013 protest from Save the Tarpon on Vimeo.

Here We Go Again!

It took a total of 29 minutes for this tarpon to be measured and released. And this is a calm day in Boca Grande Pass. Please read:

On May 19, 2013, the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series (PTTS) held its season opening event in Boca Grande Pass. The PTTS, a made-for-TV tarpon tournament, is filmed over five weeks in a pre-spawn aggregate area, during the peak time of pre-spawn activity for North America’s only mass migration of spawning tarpon. Save the Tarpon was there to protest the event as well as document the new 'conservation-minded' handling techniques the PTTS adopted after our push to eliminate the "gaff, drag and weigh" segment of their TV reality show. (In 2012, DNA samples taken from several dead tarpon were linked back to fish caught in the tournament.)

Bookmark and Share


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Grand Teton Fly Fishing Guide Services, Checkout GTFF!

The GTFF Experience
At Grand Teton Fly Fishing, your experience is our top priority.

If you're heading to Jackson Hole for an amazing Fishing Adventure, check out the Grand Teton Fly Fishing Outfit. Scott has an incredible outfit there and has some top notch guides to show you some of the areas top fisheries.

We succeed by listening to our customer’s needs and then cater a “custom” experience to fulfill that client’s wishes. This is accomplished with positive customer service from the moment we make contact. Our guides are briefed on the customer’s wishes and then based on the season and current conditions the guide will design a trip that will best suit the client, from beginner to expert angler.

We believe in our guides making contact before a trip to simply say hello and to get any further details that could make their experience more pleasant. We feel good communication is the foundation to a new relationship.

Virtually all of our trips are lead from driftboats, with only expert oarsmen at the helm. All of our guides are also master fly-casters and are there to teach you many methods of casting and fly presentation. All of our trips are catch and release and limited to artificials only. While we do take spin fishermen on trips, we strongly emphasize learning to fly fish. You don’t have to be a fisherman to truly enjoy a drift down the Snake River. If you have a partner who doesn’t fish, the trip is equally enjoyable for simply viewing the wildlife and spectacular scenery.

Fishing trips can start anywhere between 7:00 and 9:00 in the morning, depending on the time of year. Most are full day adventures, but we can vary the length of the trip to suit your needs. Most of your fishing will be from a precisely placed driftboat, which allows you to fish water that is often inaccessible to bank fishermen. On most of the rivers we work, we will often have chances to get out and wade quiet side channels and backwaters as well.

Grand Teton Fly Fishing Link

Bookmark and Share

Monday, May 6, 2013

Orvis to Acquire the Scientific Anglers and Ross Reels Businesses from 3M

Orvis to Acquire the Scientific Anglers and Ross Reels Businesses from 3M
Article from This is Fly

Manchester, VT (May 1, 2013) — The Orvis Company, Inc. of Manchester, Vermont today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Scientific Anglers and Ross Reels businesses from 3M (NYSE:MMM). Upon completion of the transaction, Orvis plans to continue to operate the Midland, MI based business independently under the Scientific Anglers brand. Ross Reels will also continue to operate independently under its brand name from its Montrose, CO headquarters. The transaction is expected to be completed in the second quarter. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We think both businesses have incredible opportunities to drive fly-fishing innovation well into the future,” said David Perkins, Orvis Executive Vice Chairman. “Jim Lepage will move to Midland and from there he will be dedicated to running both S.A. and Ross. He and the excellent teams already in place will build these strong brands for the future. Neither consumers nor the trade will likely notice much of a difference in the branding of these businesses under Orvis ownership. What they will notice is renewed marketing energy, well-supported sales and service staff and an even higher level of new product innovation.”

Ross Reels is well-known for an excellent line of mid-priced fly reels highly regarded by fly fishers. Scientific Anglers, founded in 1945, developed the first fly line to utilize a tapered plastic coating, the first modern floating fly line that could be fished without constant applications of messy line dressing, and the use of glass bubbles or micro balloons in floating fly lines, revolutionizing floating fly lines and still the major technology in floating lines today.

“Our goal is for Scientific Anglers to be the world leader in fly lines, leaders and tippet, and for Ross to be the leading innovator in American-made fly reels,” said Jim Lepage, newly appointed President of both businesses. “We plan to maintain strong investment in R&D at both businesses and we intend to bolster their sales and distribution resources here in the U.S. and build both brands internationally.”

Lepage, trained as an aerospace engineer, is a consummate outdoorsman and fly fisher, equally adept at hunting wild turkeys and trophy whitetails as he is with a fly rod. He holds a world record for Atlantic bonito on the fly rod and has fly fished from his home in Vermont to the spring creeks of New Zealand and most places in between. His proficiency in the field is matched by his business sense and his significant skills in managing complex manufacturing operations.

Joining Lepage and bolstering the new product innovations will be Bruce Richards, a 33-year veteran of Scientific Anglers responsible for many past new product breakthroughs. Richards had retired from Scientific Anglers in June 2009 but he says:

“When Jim Lepage called me to tell me that Orvis had acquired SA and wanted me involved again I was excited! I’ve known Jim for many years and have worked closely with him developing fly lines for Orvis. We see things the same way when it comes to fly fishing and fly lines and both have a passion for fly fishing and the outdoors in general. Jim is one of the most innovative product developers I know, it will be fun to work with him again. It will be great to work with the staff at the SA factory too, that was a hard place to leave.”

Both businesses will maintain their current operations, facilities, employees and independent sales representation. Lepage will relinquish his responsibilities as Vice President of Rod & Tackle with Orvis to be fully committed to his new role as President of both companies. Lepage is relocating to Midland, where he says he will consolidate R&D for both S.A. and Ross.

“There is no plan for Orvis to carry Scientific Anglers-brand fly lines in its catalog, stores or website, nor are there plans to more widely distribute Orvis products through S.A.’s established wholesale accounts. Each brand must remain focused on being the leading innovator in their respective product categories and distribution channels,” Lepage said. “Maintaining that clarity will be the key to our success.”

About The Orvis Company
Founded in 1856, Orvis pioneered fly fishing and the mail order industry in the United States. A leading corporate steward for the environment, Orvis contributes 5% of pre-tax profits every year to protect nature. Learn more at

Bookmark and Share

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Colorado River - America's Most Endangered River!


The mighty Colorado lands on top of American River's 2013 list of America's Most Endangered Rivers.

Bookmark and Share