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Indifly Announces “Kio Kio” — A New Film that Explores How Fly Fishing Can Empower Communities to Conserve Resources

Kio Kio Trailer from Indifly on Vimeo.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (February 13, 2019) — Indifly is pleased to announce the release of “Kio Kio” — a new film that examines how fly fishing on Anaa Atoll (French Polynesia) is creating new economic opportunities while establishing a new ethic of conservation.

In a collaborative effort between Indifly, The Island Initiative, and the community of Anaa, fly fishing is creating new economic opportunities. “Kio Kio” documents these efforts and follows residents of Anaa, scientists, and anglers as they work to find ways to conserve bonefish populations while developing a world-class fly fishing operation.

“Indifly believes in sustainable local economies that empower communities to conserve natural resources,” explains Indifly Executive Director Matt Shilling. “Together with our local partners, The Island Initiative, we have witnessed firsthand a shift in mindset towards conservation on Anaa Atoll. We feel honored to showcase the leadership and commitment demonstrated by the community of Anaa through ‘Kio Kio.’”

Both “Kio Kio” and the project on Anaa Atoll are supported in part by Costa Sunglasses. Peter Vandergrift, Fly Community Leader for Costa, was on hand for the filming.“We are proud that the partnership between Indifly and Costa has made significant strides to protect the way of life and the biodiversity in places like Anaa and Rewa, Guyana,” states Vandergrift. “This film gives a clear view of how so much in these communities are on a knife’s edge and how without goodwill, good science, and real leadership these projects could fall flat.”

Directed by Lucy Kreutz, “Kio Kio” is presently showing in the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

 

About Indifly:

Indifly is a nonprofit organization that uses fly fishing as a tool for transforming the lives of indigenous people and protecting valued environments. Indifly works to create sustainable local economies that empower communities to conserve natural resources. Current Indifly projects include Rewa, Guyana, Anaa Atoll, French Polynesia, and the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

For more information about Indifly, please visit indifly.org and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


About Costa:

As the first manufacturer of color-enhancing all-polarized sunglass lenses, Costa combines superior lens technology with unparalleled fit and durability. Still handcrafted in Florida, Costa has made the highest quality, best performing sunglasses and prescription sunglasses (Rx) for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983, and now its product portfolio includes optical frames. Costa’s growing cult-brand status ties directly to its mission to provide high quality products with a focus on sustainability and conservation as the company works hard to protect the waters it calls home. From the use of sustainable materials to its Kick Plastic initiative, Indifly Foundation and strong partnership with shark research organization OCEARCH, Costa encourages people to help protect the Earth’s natural resources in any way they can. Find out more on Costa’s website and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @CostaSunglasses.

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Untamed Angling to Give Away a Trip to Pirarucú to Celebrate “Gigas” — a New Film from The Fly Fishing Nation

“Gigas” (Trailer) – Official Selection, IF4™ 2019 from IF4™ on Vimeo.

Untamed Angling to Give Away a Trip to Pirarucú to Celebrate “Gigas” — a New Film from The Fly Fishing Nation

The new film about fly fishing for arapaima is a selection for the International Fly Fishing Film Festival and RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival

MANAUS, Brazil (January 24, 2019) — Untamed Angling is pleased to announce the release of “Gigas,” a new film from The Fly Fishing Nation. “Gigas” features fly fishing at Pirarucú, an Untamed Angling lodge located in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve in Brazil.

An official selection for both the International Fly Fishing Film Festival and RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival, “Gigas” follows a group of anglers as they take on giant arapaima in the jungle wilderness of the Amazon. To celebrate the release of the film, Untamed Angling, The Fly Fishing Nation, and The Venturing Angler have teamed up to give away a trip to Pirarucú. The trip giveaway includes five days of guided fly fishing and six nights of accommodations for one at Pirarucú. (Flights and gratuities are not included.)

To enter for a chance to win, attend a screening of the film at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival or RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival, and then post a photo from the event on Instagram with the hashtag #untamedventuringnation and tag @pirarucuflyfish, @untamedangling, @theflyfishingnation, and @venturingangler. One entry per person will be accepted for each event attended, thereby allowing viewers multiple entries. The winner will be randomly selected after both film festivals have ended.

For Rodrigo Salles of Untamed Angling, the film release and trip giveaway are both opportunities to experience Pirarucú. “Untamed Angling is excited to give viewers a glimpse of what fly fishing for arapaima is all about through the film,” says Salles. “Stephan and the team at The Fly Fishing Nation did phenomenal work with this film, and we are excited to give a trip away to one lucky viewer.”

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival and RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival have numerous events in 2019. Dates and locations are listed on each festival website.

 

About Untamed Angling:

Founded in 2001 by Marcelo Pérez, Untamed Angling takes a unique approach to destination fly fishing by combining catch and release fly fishing in exclusive areas with a significant social benefit to local populations and the preservation of natural resources.
This model project allows Untamed to explore the best areas for fishing while supporting local communities, cultures, and ecosystems. For more information about Untamed Angling, please visit their website and follow Untamed Angling on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Off the Grid Studios Announces New Film — “NexGen”

NEXGEN TRAILER from The Fly Fishing Film Tour on Vimeo.

Off the Grid Studios Announces New Film — “NexGen”

New Film from Off the Grid Studios Will Premiere on the Fly Fishing Film Tour

BEND, Oregon (January 14, 2019) — Off the Grid Studios is pleased to announce a new film — “NexGen.” With support from the Orvis Company, Scientific Anglers, and WorldCast Anglers, the latest from Off the Grid Studios will premiere on the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour.

In “NexGen,” filmmaker RA Beattie tells the story of generational bonds and friendships formed through fly fishing. In the film, Beattie offers a new perspective, as the film is told from the point of view and with the narration of Jack Buccola — a 12-year-old angler from Bend, Oregon. The film follows Jack as he experiences living in a fly fisherman’s house, witnesses the impact of fires on his home waters, and explores new waters on a road trip with his father Ryan, friend Judd Field, and Judd’s father Pete. Throughout the journey, Jack grows to appreciate the steelhead of the Northwest, the native cutthroat trout found on the South Fork of the Snake River and other tributaries, and Jack also realizes the potential for more travel with a tying business.

“Our 2019 production ‘NexGen’ takes viewers along for a ride on a more attainable, grassroots adventure here at home in the American West,” explains Beattie. “I’m very proud of our entire team and excited to bring the young cast, epic eats, and stunning nature scenes to the big screen in theaters around the world.”

“NexGen” will be featured on the 2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which begins Jan. 19, 2019, in Bozeman, Montana. This is the 16th film from Off the Grid Studios/Beattie Outdoors Productions in the Fly Fishing Film Tour, and the filmmakers have had official selections in the Fly Fishing Film Tour since the event began 13 years ago.

“NexGen” was directed, edited, and produced by RA Beattie, produced and filmed by Bryan Gregson, written by Sarah Grigg and Tim Harden, filmed and edited by Will Phelps, and audio engineered by Troy Hermes, with still photography from Arian Stevens. Marko Milosevic contributed the graphics.

About Off the Grid Studios:

Off the Grid Studios is a network of talented people from around the world who take the creative process from concept to fruition. From content creation to marketing, the Off the Grid Studios team has been delivering creative storytelling for more than a decade.

For more information about Off the Grid Studios, please visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Nautilus Reels Announces Limited Edition No Pebble Mine XM Reel to Benefit the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

Nautilus Reels Announces Limited Edition No Pebble Mine XM Reel to Benefit the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

Collaborative Effort Between Nautilus Reels and S. Kent Rockwell Foundation to Net $12,500 to Assist Fight for Bristol Bay

MIAMI (September 24, 2018) — In collaboration with the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation, Nautilus Reels has created a limited edition No Pebble Mine XM reel to benefit the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska and the effort to protect Bristol Bay.

The famed Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska is widely regarded as one of the premier fishing destinations on the planet. Anglers visiting Bristol Bay dream of chasing Dolly Varden, Arctic char, grayling, northern pike, lake trout, all five species of Pacific salmon, and perhaps most of all, the unique leopard rainbow trout that grow to epic proportions. Recreational fishing and tourism in the region contribute $90 million to Alaska’s economy each year. The staggering return of over 62 million fish in 2018 makes the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery the most productive in the world – valued at $1.5 billion annually and responsible for 14,000 jobs. It’s an economic and biological powerhouse. 

Most anglers are aware that the Bristol Bay fishery has faced the threat of the proposed Pebble Mine for over a decade. The threat is now more serious than ever, as the backers of the mine currently have an application under review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Seemingly driven more by politics than science, the USACE is proceeding at a breakneck pace and bending over backward to move the process forward. The need to enlist America’s outdoors enthusiasts and brands in this effort is urgent. The Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska has been working on those fronts for over 10 years, engaging anglers and hunters from coast to coast as well as companies that sell everything from fly gear to hunting goods.

A precision fly reel is an investment. In this instance, it’s also an investment that pays off handsomely for one of sportfishing’s biggest conservation battles. Beginning on September 24, only 25 individually numbered No Pebble Mine Limited Edition Nautilus XM reels will be available. Thanks to a generous donation from the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation, for every $375 reel sold, $500 will be donated to the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska to continue the fight to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine.

“One of our principle areas of focus as a foundation is conservation,” notes Kris Rockwell of the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation. “While it’s important to fix places that have already been degraded, we must also fight to protect places that are wild and unspoiled. There is no better example of such a place than Bristol Bay. It’s a pleasure to combine efforts with a great brand like Nautilus on this limited edition reel to raise money that will be used to ensure Bristol Bay’s amazing natural and renewable resources are protected for generations to come.”

For Scott Hed, Director at the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, the joint fundraising effort highlights the widespread commitment to protecting Bristol Bay. “It’s a well-known fact that Bristol Bay has its supporters from all over the United States and beyond,” states Hed. “When a premier fly reel maker from Florida partners with a generous donor from Pennsylvania to defend this amazing fishery in Alaska, that’s just the latest example of how important this issue and resource is.”

For Nautilus Reels owner Kristen Mustad, the effort to protect Bristol Bay is critical. “We’ve got the No Pebble Mine flag proudly flying in our machine shop,” he states. “When this opportunity came up to raise some money to support the fight, it was a total no-brainer — and the matching funds component just puts it over the top. We’re thrilled to partner with the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation and Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, and we’re not backing down until Bristol Bay’s future is secured.”

Orders of these limited edition reels must be placed directly with Nautilus by calling (305) 625-3437.

About Nautilus Reels:

Nautilus Reels produces an award-winning line of reels from its headquarters in Miami, Florida. Nautilus is on the forefront of reel innovation and maintains a tradition of experience and excellence while continuously improving performance. For more information about Nautilus Reels, please visit their website and follow Nautilus on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska:

The Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska is a project to engage anglers and hunters, groups to which they belong, outdoor brands, and the outdoor media in campaigns to conserve fish and game habitat in The Last Frontier for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Take action here.

About the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation:

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation is focused on working with partners in order to continue to rehabilitate, preserve, and maintain our world’s most precious natural environments and benefit societal and humanitarian needs.Learn more on their website.

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TroutHunter Announces New Revolutionary EVO Nylon Tippet

NEW TroutHunter EVO NYLON TIPPET from TroutHunter on Vimeo.

ISLAND PARK, Idaho (July 23, 2018) — TroutHunter is pleased to announce the release of their new revolutionary EVO Nylon Tippet. Adding new technology to an iconic brand, TroutHunter’s EVO Nylon Tippet pushes the boundaries of tippet design to bring forth a cutting-edge new product.

With the EVO tippet, TroutHunter makes improvements over their existing nylon through the proper application of a new proprietary organic coating. The result is much stronger knot strength achieved with no noticeable increase in diameter. Overall, the knot strength is either comparable or superior to many of the same sizes of fluorocarbon.

Additional benefits to TroutHunter’s new coating can be found on the water. The coating adds a measure of durability in combating abrasion while also repelling water, so the nylon will float better than previous nylons. In addition, once the package is open, the coating will protect the material from water and humidity that will enter the spools from normal use, thereby adding to the useful life of the purchase.

Another stand-out feature of the new TroutHunter EVO Nylon Tippet is its nearly nonexistent memory. Even after the material has been tested or bunched up, the tippet can often recover its form with minimal memory. In the end, less time worrying about tippet means more time targeting fish.

The TroutHunter EVO Nylon Tippet retails for $9.95 and is available now at fly shops. Learn more here.

About TroutHunter:

Located in Island Park, Idaho, TroutHunter is a full-service fly shop, guide service, and lodge within view of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Operating since 1999, TroutHunter also offers an entire line of proprietary products, including award-winning leaders and tippet and highly sought after tying materials.

For more information about TroutHunter, please visit their website and follow TroutHunter on FacebookInstagramand Twitter.

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Photos: Please credit Will Phelps/Bryan Gregson Photography

Off the Grid Studios Launches The Scorpion Trilogy: “Scorpion Expedition,” “Frontera Norte” and “Corazón”

 

BEND, Oregon (April 30, 2018) — Throughout the month of May 2018, Off the Grid Studios, in conjunction with The Orvis Company, will be celebrating the first public release of the fly fishing film “Corazón.” To honor the release, Off the Grid Studios will engage in a month-long campaign focused on each of the three films in “The Scorpion Trilogy”— a collection of fly fishing movies roughly six years in the making.

The Scorpion Trilogy started in 2012 when an expedition to Scorpion Reef in the Gulf of Mexico was documented. This documentary-style film journey brought together fly anglers from the United States and Mexico to explore one of the most remote atolls in the Gulf. On behalf of The Orvis Company, the full-length film, “Scorpion Expedition,”will be released free to the public on May 9 for 48 hours on Amazon and Vimeo.

Following “Scorpion Expedition,” the crew members embarked on another trip into the remote wilderness — this time to a hyper-remote Alaskan river. In the film, “Frontera Norte,” the Mexican national known throughout the angling world as “Sandflea” emerges as one of the central figures in the series with his notable and hilarious commentary about the dramatic northern adventure. This film will be released to the public for free on May 16 for 48 hours on Amazon and Vimeo.

On May 23 the final installment of the trilogy, “Corazón,” will be released for the first time to the public for free for 48 hours on Amazon and Vimeo. “Corazón” follows Mike Dawes from Jackson, Wyoming, to Sandflea’s island home in Holbox, Mexico. It’s here that viewers are granted a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life and friendship of an American pro angler and a Mexican fly fishing guide who became brothers united by a shared passion for the water.

The Scorpion Trilogy is sure to delight anglers from around the world with its cinematography, world-class fly fishing footage, dynamic storytelling, and humor. It provides a special look into some of the most remote and untouched natural places on the planet and reminds us that we all have more in common than we might think.

 

About Off the Grid Studios:

Off the Grid Studios is a network of talented people from around the world who take the creative process from concept to fruition. From content creation to marketing, the Off the Grid Studios team has been delivering creative storytelling for more than a decade.

For more information about Off the Grid Studios, please visit their website and follow Off the Grid Studios on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Trout Unlimited and Untamed Angling Come Together for a Special Trip to the Rio Marié

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Kirk Deeter on Rio Marié from Rio Marié on Vimeo.

REDDING, Calif. (August 1, 2017) — Trout Unlimited (TU) and Untamed Angling are joining forces to create a special trip to the Brazilian Amazon to fly fish for peacock bass at Rio Marié. From October 26 though November 2, 2017, the two organizations are partnering to offer world-class fly fishing that supports the native community and its ecosystem. The trip, and possibly those anglers who join, will be documented in an upcoming book on jungle fly fishing by Kirk Deeter — a well-published writer and the editor of TU’s Trout Magazine.

In just three seasons, the Rio Marié has emerged as a unique destination for fly fishing for peacock bass. It’s scientifically proven that the river is home to more trophy peacock bass than any other river in Brazil, and anglers can also enjoy access to 500 miles of catch and release, fly fishing only water.

 

“The Amazon isn’t new to the angling scene, but the addition of this fly fishing only, trophy peacock bass fishery is the most significant addition to the sport in a decade,” explains Mike Michalak of The Fly Shop — the exclusive booking agency for Rio Marié. “When Kirk Deeter and TU climb into their float plane in Manaus, they’ll be heading for the new fly fishing frontier. When they touch down on the Rio Marié, they expect to find and fight the biggest peacock bass in the world.”

Untamed Angling also has a special relationship with the native Indians, which allows for exclusive access to the Rio Marié. Untamed Angling offers them support in return, with portions of each trip going to the local people to help preserve their culture and traditions.

Beyond supporting the native communities and ecosystem, portions of this trip will also support Trout Unlimited, and the far-reaching benefits are substantial. “Untamed Angling is proud of this new partnership with The Fly Shop and Trout Unlimited,” states Rodrigo Salles of Untamed Angling. “Our top commitments are environmental conservation efforts and our social responsibility for the indigenous tribes of the Amazon in the areas we work. TU’s mission and concept for North American trout streams are same as ours with Amazon jungle rivers and fish species. We’re really glad to have the very first TU hosted trip with our friend Kirk Deeter under this model launching at Rio Marié.”

About Untamed Angling:

Founded in 2001 by Marcelo Pérez, Untamed Angling takes a unique approach to destination fly fishing by combining catch and release fly fishing in exclusive areas with a significant social benefit to local populations and the preservation of natural resources.
This model project allows Untamed to explore the best areas for fishing while supporting local communities, cultures, and ecosystems. For more information about Untamed Angling, please visit their 
website and follow Untamed Angling on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Xplor Boatworks Brings Innovative Approach to Design with X18 Skiff

 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 1, 2017) — Xplor Boatworks is pleased to announce the X18 — a boat that delivers revolutionary design and performance to modern skiffs.

With a utilitarian approach to design that considers the needs of anglers for a wide range of applications, the X18 offers superior performance and features that make this boat ready for adventure and exploration.

The Xplor X18 skiff is comprised of a vinyl ester resin and is built to specification. Xplor customizes the consoles of these boats, cutting them to the specific owner’s height specifications and desired cockpit placement and layout. Recognizing that not all anglers are the same and neither are their on-the-water needs, Xplor’s unique approach to design delivers customization that ultimately leads to the performance and experience each owner desires.

The X18 drafts only six inches and weighs approximately 700 pounds when moderately equipped. Designed from the ground up to handle massive amounts of weight and still float extremely shallow, the X18 is ready for everything from distance overnight trips with gear to backcountry exploration on shallow flats. With expeditions in mind, the X18 also has substantial storage areas under the bow platform, and the rear deck can accommodate a wide range of gear. And with a large interior cockpit, anglers won’t feel cramped and can also easily access gear. The Xplor X18 can be set up with either a tiller or console design, and this boat can be built as basic or outfitted as the owner desires.

Xplor has designed the X18 to be versatile for a range of needs and applications all while giving its passengers a remarkably soft, dry ride. “I’ve run this skiff in a lot of different conditions from miles offshore to the flats and creeks, and every time I run it, I am more and more impressed with what it will do,” states Xplor founder Frankie Marion. “From taking the family to the sandbar to polling a shallow flat, it’s extremely versatile and will fit into about any situation thrown at it.”

Accommodating four anglers, the Xplor X18 is 18’4” with a beam of 84” and a transom height of 20”. The recommended power is 50hp – 90hp, and it has a fuel capacity of 20/25 gallons.

About Xplor Boatworks:

Founded by Frankie Marion, Xplor Boatworks builds boats for purpose that are simple yet ready to meet the high-performance standards of owners. For more information about Xplor Boatworks, please visit their website and follow Xplor on Facebook and Instagram.

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Nautilus Reels Announces New GTX Reel Series

 

MIAMI (July 10, 2017) — New for 2018, the GTX from Nautilus Reels is in a class of its own. Designed to be fished beyond IGFA regulations, this reel is equipped to go head-to-head with your terminal tackle, and with a maximum drag of 25 pounds, the GTX is built to put the brakes on the fastest and strongest fish on the planet.

The GTX is a 5-inch diameter reel with a narrow 1.1-inch wide spool that holds 500 yards of 60 pound braid. The spool is lightweight and intricately machined with our Giga spool design to promote strength, maximum line pickup, and fast line drying to prevent corrosion when stored.

The GTX brake is a brand new design that is best described as a hybrid NV-G/CCF-X2/X-Series drag on steroids. It features a new pressure spring that is sandwiched between two aluminum discs that rotate in unison, which applies even pressure to the drag surfaces.

The new dual drag surface features an oversized carbon fiber disc on one side and a cork/Kevlar®/carbon fiber hybrid on the other. The cork acts as a compression material to ensure a smooth drag transition while the carbon fiber delivers the market-leading overall smoothness that Nautilus Reels is known for. The new Kevlar® mid layer provides additional rigidity to the drag surface and spreads the pressure more evenly across the surface, insulating any heat generated by friction and dampening vibrations for the smoothest perceived drag on the market.

The Nautilus Reels GTX delivers 8.7 ounces of optimized fighting power at an MSRP of $1300. Available in Black or Silver.

About Nautilus Reels:

Nautilus Reels produces an award-winning line of reels from its headquarters in Miami, Florida. Nautilus is on the forefront of reel innovation and maintains a tradition of experience and excellence while continuously improving performance. For more information about Nautilus Reels, please visit their website and follow Nautilus on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Nautilus Reels Unveils Limited Edition Classic Reel

 

MIAMI (July 9, 2017) — Nautilus Reels is pleased to announce the new limited edition Classic. Reminiscent of the FWX Series and featuring a full back frame reel like the traditional Nautilus reels, the Classic offers the classic Nautilus look while delivering the performance of the award-winning X-Series drag system.

Introduced as a limited edition of 500 reels, the Classic comes in XM and XLMax sizes, and it comes standard with the Nautilus Hooker and a custom black spool release. The Classic XM frame accepts the spools from the standard XM reels, and the Classic XLMax accepts both the XL and XLMax spools from the standard XL and XLMax reels.

The Nautilus Reels Classic XM weighs only 4.3 ounces and will be available at an MSRP of $335, and the Classic XLMax weighs 4.9 ounces and will be available for $445. Color options are Black or Silver.

About Nautilus Reels:

Founded by Kristen Mustad, Nautilus Reels produces an award-winning line of reels from its headquarters in Miami, Florida. Nautilus is on the forefront of reel innovation and maintains a tradition of experience and excellence while continuously improving performance. For more information about Nautilus Reels, please visit their website and follow Nautilus on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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