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3 Oct

Craig Matthews to participate in Spring Creek

Author: Travis

Craig Matthews

  Craig Matthews is a tireless conservationist. He's also a busy man.  When I contacted him the other day about participating in the film, Craig responded to me right away "I am working on 3 other film projects next summer but will be able to break away for a day".  When I asked him to describe the spring creek angling experience, Craig quoted an old friend "Nick Lyons, once wrote that when I go forth to meet and fish a spring creek I always feel that the world and I are moments from being born."  Craig went on to say that "A spring creek reads like an open book, if you let it. And, listen to the creek, it will tell you what to do to be successful." It's sage advice like that, that compelled me to seek out Craig Matthews and involve him in the film. Craig's intricant fly patterns famous are amongst spring creek afficiandos, and form the back bone of his West Yellowstone fly shop, Blue Ribbon Flies.  A passionate spring creek angler, rumour has it that Craig married his high school sweetheart Jackie on the banks of  a spring creek.  Craig keeps a lease on O'Dell Creek at the Granger and Longhorn Ranches. I look forward spending a day with Craig next summer. Here is Craig's bio: Craig Mathews, former police chief of West Yellowstone, Mt, and Fly Rod and Reel’s Angler of the Year in 2005, is founder and owner of Blue Ribbon Flies and The Yellowstone Park Company, both in West Yellowstone, Mt.In 2001, with Yvon Chouinard, owner of Patagonia Inc, .he founded the 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses that contribute at least 1 percent of their annual revenues to groups on a list of researched and approved environmental organizations. This organization has over 1600 business members and has funded over $60 million in conservation and environmental programs.He has fished and studied the Golden Triangle for forty years. He is the author and co-author of 6 important fly fishing books: Western Fly-Fishing Strategies, Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide, Fishing Yellowstone Hatches, Fly Patterns of Yellowstone, Fly Fishing the Madison River, and Vol 2 of Fly Patterns of Yellowstone.He has narrated and produced four Telly Award winning DVDs on fly fishing; Fly Fishing Yellowstone Hatches, Fly Tying Yellowstone Hatches and Bone Fishing the Flats. His latest DVD, Fly Fishing the Madison River, was released in May, 2007.Craig, and his wife Jackie’s, Blue Ribbon Flies, has been awarded many conservation and environmental awards for helping preserve, protect and enhance western trout waters for future generations. Awards like the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s Business Award, The Protector of Yellowstone Award from Yellowstone National Park, Trout Unlimited, The Madison River Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy’s business awards for Blue Ribbon Flies conservation work, The State of Montana award for their work to preserve The $3.00 Bridge area along the Madison River, and The Federation of Fly Fishers Conservation and Environmental Award for Blue Ribbon Flies work in the Yellowstone area, and many other honors. Craig’s philosophy of business is simple; when a business makes a living from a healthy environment such as clean water and air and healthy-wild trout populations that business must give back to continue that healthy business cycle; sort of like an earth tax. This is the reason his business gives back over 1% of its gross sales to conservation and environmental causes through the 1% for the Planet Club. This ensures that all future generations might fish and enjoy wild places, and wild fishes! Check out piece on Climate Change featuring Craig that aired on PBS:

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