It's also been a while since I recognized what a weekend actually is, and now, staring at a Saturday, I figured I'd go ahead and crank out ... drumroll please... a Weekend 10. No theme in particular... just a mishmash of things you can mull over as we head into a glorious September weekend. Here goes:
8) Good news out the fly fishing industry this week. The American Fly Fishing Trade Industry is officially joining forces with the American Sportfishing Association for its annual International Fly Tackle Dealer show. Next year, the IFTD will be held in conjuction with the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show (ICAST) July 10-12 in Las Vegas. As AFFTA's new president, Ben Bulis said today, "This is a tremendous opportunity for the fly fishing industry and AFFTA's board of directors encourages all AFFTA members to take advantage of this opportunity to explore a new and innovative option to grow and improve our collective business interests." Or, in other words, "This is where you need to reach dealers, because there won't be a better opportunity."
7) Here's some more good news--if this doesn't get Congress off its ass and suddenly interested in the conservation of fish and game habitat on behalf of sportsmen, nothing will: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a report that showed an increase in participation in outdoor fish and wildlife related recreation, to the tune of $145 billion. According to the report, about a third of the U.S. population hunts or fishes (or both). Now, as enlightened anglers and hunters, it falls to us to do some educating, both in our own circles, and in Congress, where sportsmen are largely taken for granted. First, we need to help our fellow sportsmen make the connection between successful fishing and hunting and good, intact, healthy habitat. Second, we need to let Congress know we're paying attention--and, frankly, we need to let our presidential candidates know that we're in the game, and that we won't be fooled by lip service any longer. Time to get on the stick.
6) I have an inappropriate man-crush on Hank Patterson. Just a declaration. Don't read too much into it. Stay tuned... I smell a 20 Questions with Hank in the very near future. In the meantime, I'm off to catch some native rainbrowns. Twelve-inchers, no less.
5) My friends at the Fly Fishing Film Tour announced this week that they concluded the year's tour schedule by breaking the 40,000 mark for the first time. I'm a big fan of the film tour, and I'm so happy for Chris Keig and Doug Powell, the tour's organizers. Congrats, boys.
4) I attended the annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of America at Chena Hot Springs last week, and got the chance to reconnect with some great friends and meet some new ones. OWAA is a great organization, and, just this past year, they've opened membership up to bloggers and other digital media communicators. If you blog about the outdoors, consider becoming a member of OWAA... you'll get real-life press card and you'll earn some legitimacy. After a few years of blogging, I've come to realize that the only folks who don't consider bloggers to be credible members of the media ... are bloggers. Let's fix that.
3) Being home. I've been lucky enough to venture to some far-flung places this year (Australia, The Bahamas, Alaska), but when I pulled into the driveway earlier this week, it was nice to know that I would be home for a spell. Fall in the Rockies is not to be missed, and I don't intend to miss it.
2) Catching up. Last week, I got the chance to fish with an old friend in Alaska. John Nichols and his family moved away from Idaho about five years ago to Alaska, and I got the chance to spend a few quality hours with John, his son Ted, and a canoe on the Delta Clearwater River. Good times.
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1) And finally ... is there a cooler fish than an Arctic grayling? I vote ... no. Happy Weekend.