In what has been called a “remarkable achievement by dedicated volunteers,” all exhibitor booth space for the upcoming Fly Fishers International’s Fly Fishing Fair and FishFest has sold out. It is the earliest display booth sell-out in the history of the event. The FFI FishFest will be held in the 86,000-square foot Boise Centre, Aug.7-11 with the consumer show (aka FishFest) opening Aug. 9. The FishFest has, “commitments from more than 65 local, regional, national and international exhibitors including the biggest names in the fly-fishing industry,” stated FFI President and CEO Len Zickler. Among the companies represented at the sold out show are Scientific Anglers, R.L Winston, Simms, Clackacraft, RIO Products, Fishpond, Patagonia, Outcast, Abel Reels, Hyde Boats, Water Master, Idaho Angler and more. Fly Fusion will also be attending and is excited to be bringing with us the magazine’s 20′ x 80′ fly casting pond for attendees and rod manufacturers to play on throughout the weekend. We look forward to seeing you there! Additional information on the event can be found online: www.flyfishersinternational.org
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IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO (May 23, 2018) – RIO Products celebrates amateur film makers in the fly fishing arena with its second annual RIO Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards. With many great films submitted for year two, Meris McHaney took away the grand prize for 2018 with her film Lucky.
McHaney wins an all-expenses paid trip to Idaho Falls to fish for three days with the RIO team, $300 value of RIO products, a $500 cash prize, and a “short film” category entry in the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) – courtesy of our media partner Fly Fusion magazine. The runner-up, “Matapedia” receives $500 worth of their choice of RIO Products.
Meris said, “I created this film to capture the passion I have for fly fishing and wanted to show people how beautiful the Texas Coast is and how the sport brought me closer with my dad. I’m so fortunate to get to sight cast to fish so close to home and I felt like the story I’ve had with fly fishing needed to be shared. I’m so thankful RIO hosts such a great competition for amateur filmmakers. The whole company has been so amazing and all the buzz from the film is very exciting. I can’t wait to get to Idaho to fish with the RIO crew and get some great gear; I’m so lucky they believed in me and my story.”
The Viewer’s Choice Award saw a tie between Ken Tanaka with “Obsession” and Mike Silva with “A Fish-mas Story”. They both receive $1,000 worth of Sage, RIO and Redington products, and the runner up will receive $500 worth of RIO products of their choice. See all submissions here.
You don’t want to miss out on Fly Fusion’s summer issue. It’s loaded with cutting-edge fly patterns that will add to your dry-fly success, with thought-provoking strategies on using slack line to your advantage, and with guide tips on how to better read a stream. It’s also got so much more including a special bonus. The editors compiled a list of some of their favourite gear for the “Great Gear Giveaway”. There’s a number of coveted items that made the list including a Water Master. The summer issue is in subscribers’ hands now and is set to hit newsstands the last week of May. If you’d rather not wait to join the Fly Fusion family click here to subscribe.
Oregon-based outdoor lifestyle companies Yakima Products and Poler Stuff have teamed up for the limited-edition SkyRise rooftop tent. The Yakima X Poler SkyRise is a new take on Yakima’s popular tent, featuring Poler’s signature fuzzy camo pattern.
Light, strong and easy to use, the SkyRise is perfect for weekend warriors, outdoor festivals and more. The rooftop tent sets up in just minutes and easily makes any terrain an overnight home – from rocky ground to a festival parking lot.
Thanks to the technologically-advanced materials and features, the SkyRise does more than just let people sleep off the ground: it also provides a premium camping experience, with a light tent body made of 210d nylon, a removable cover for an unparalleled view of the night sky, plus a cozy foam mattress.
“We’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to partner with Yakima, and the SkyRise blew us away. It’s our ideal for outdoor living: it’s fun, eye-catching and original, and it makes you want to get out there,” said Benji Wagner, Founder at Poler. “It was really cool to collaborate with them and find a way to add some Poler flare to the rooftop tent.”
The Yakima X Poler SkyRise is available starting this month at yakima.com and select specialty retailers, as well as polerstuff.com and the brand’s flagship stores in Portland, Ore. and Laguna, Calif.
To celebrate the launch, Yakima and Poler have teamed up with for a Spring Adventuremobile Giveaway, including the new Yakima X Poler SkyRise, a Yakima roof rack system, and some Poler favorites, including the Napsack and Rucksack. The contest runs through the end of May and can be found at yakima.com. Additionally, the brands will host a launch party on Friday, April 6 at Poler’s flagship store in Portland, Ore.
IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO (April 2, 2018) – Building on the success of the InTouch Salmo/Steelhead Line, RIO Products, manufacturer of fine fly fishing lines, leaders, tippets, and accessories, brings anglers the InTouch Salmo/Steelhead F/S1 with its long hover head.
This line features a long “hovering” head seamlessly integrated into the floating rear taper and running line. The InTouch Salmo/Steelhead F/S1 sinks at one inch per second and is ideal for swinging just under the surface with small, light flies that tend to skate and for windy days when the wind can affect the swing, allowing the angler to mend and control the fly at long distances. The powerful, bullet front taper ensures the lines easily handles large steelhead and salmon flies, while the rear weight distribution makes this a great line for single handed or Spey casting.
Built with RIO’s ConnectCore ultra-low stretch core, anglers will have maximum sensitivity, control, and performance. Available in WF7F/S1 through WF9F/S1, this dual tone line comes in glacial/yellow and retails for $99.99.
Today the fly-fishing community mourns the loss of Bernard Victor “Lefty” Kreh, who passed away at the age of 93 at his home in Cockeysville, Maryland. It’s unlikely fly fishing is ever going to see an individual who will contribute as much as Lefty. Because of his contributions he earned numerous achievement awards including the American Sportfishing Association “Lifetime Achievement Award” and the Fly Tackle Trade Association “Lifetime Contribution Award”. In addition to his awards he also served as a Senior Advisor to Trout Unlimited and Fly Fishers International. Members of the Fly Fusion staff had the opportunity to cross paths with Lefty and always enjoyed the time spent with him. Fly Fusion’s President, Chris Bird, said, “It is a sad day today as the fly-fishing community deals with this loss. Lefty is an irreplaceable legend and we are grateful for him. We have been given an opportunity to create a life within fly-fishing only because of his tremendous contributions to the sport. He is to fly fishing what Michael Jordan was for basketball,” said Bird. “We lost the best today.” The Bird family sends its thoughts and prayers to Lefty’s family and those close to him.
Cranbrook, BC (March 1, 2018)—Eggs and bacon, peanut butter and jam, the Pittsburg Penguins and the Stanley Cup—some things are meant for each other just like Derek Olthuis and Fly Fusion Magazine.
Derek Olthuis of InTents Media recently joined the Fly Fusion team as the travel and destination field editor. Olthuis is a natural fit for the position. As a fly-fishing photographer, cinematographer, and writer who’s always seeking to inspire audiences with huge fish in untouched and remote landscapes, Olthuis brings a wealth of experience to the position.
His travel column will make its inaugural appearance in Fly Fusion’s upcoming summer issue. Olthuis said, “Readers can look forward to coming along on some of my adventures and sharing moments that shaped the trip. The column will be photo rich and portray victories and failures.”
“My goal is to relate the overall experience of the trip, including travel and cultural aspects. My desire…is to motivate anglers to find their own special places and experience moments that fuel their passion for fly fishing,” said Olthuis.
Founding editor, Derek Bird, said, “It’s such a natural fit. Our team has spent lots of time with Derek over the last number of years. As the magazine grows and matures, we’re always looking for different ways to create a finished product that not only drives fly-fishing culture but also reflects the culture. Adding Derek to the team fulfills both aspects of this goal. That, and he’s pretty much one of the coolest and most genuine fly anglers I’ve ever met.”
The spring edition of Fly Fusion Magazine is on newsstands, so make sure you pick up a copy or click here to subscribe. The issue is loaded with techniques to take your nymphing game to the next level. You’ll also find lots new and innovative subsurface patterns. For those anglers who plan on spending more time on lakes this spring, you’ll want to make sure you check out Brian Chan’s thoughts on early spring tactics. And for the steelhead angler, author Dana Sturn explores a number of ways you can hold onto more steelhead once you’ve hooked into one. All this plus new PMD emerger patterns, spring gear reviews, and so much more. (Image below from the photo essay “Seriously North” by Derek Olthuis featured in this issue of Fly Fusion Magazine).
Cranbrook, BC (February 22, 2018)—As a general rule, an angler’s fly box is extremely personal. Like a woman’s purse, it’s not a place to simply rummage through uninvited. That is unless you’re a professional fly tier like Bob Reece.
Fly Fusion is excited to announce that its readers will have the opportunity to see what’s new in Reece’s fly box on a consistent basis because he’s now part of the distinguished list of field editors.
Reece brings a wealth of fly-tying experience to the Fly Fusion team. He’s an Umpqua Signature Fly Designer. He’s also a respected writer who contributes regularly to the pages of the magazine, and he runs Thin Air Angler at Horse Creek Ranch.
Reece’s new column will appear in the summer issue. Reece said, “”Fly tying provides endless creative opportunities. I look forward to joining Fly Fusion readers in their lifelong journey as fly tiers. We’ll be exploring the constantly expanding horizon of tying resources and their possible applications.”
“Additionally, we’ll be delving into the minds of fresh industry professionals and their newly created bugs that are driving the forward movement of fly pattern development. All of this will be done with the aim of improving on-the-water success,” said Reece.
Fly Fusion’s founding editor Derek Bird said, “I’m super excited on a number of different levels that Bob has joined our team. On a selfish level, I love the fact I get to test out his new flies, and for our readers, especially for the ones who tie, I’m excited that they’re going get a look into the mind of an extremely innovative tier. Bringing Bob on board is a win-win scenario for everyone involved.”