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April Vokey and some BC Steel

  British Columbia is world reknowned  for it's phenomenal sports fisheries.  In fact, northern British Columbia has been labelled by many as "the last great stand of wild steelhead".  Without a doubt, the face of this fishery for the past little while has been Patagonia angling ambassador, April Vokey. As an avid steelhead angler and columnist for Fly Fusion magazine, Vokey has been dubbed BC's unique steelhead voice.  Praised for speaking her mind about anything and everything, April's latest article for Fly Fusion magazine draws attention to Shell's proposed coal bed methan gas development in BC's Sacred Headwaters, the birth place of the Nass, Skeena and the Stikine. Known as the "Sergenti of Canada" Sacred Headwaters is home to an abundance of wildlife, including caribou, stone sheep, grizzly bears and wolves.  Two years ago (2010) Sacred Headwaters shared top spot with the Kettle River for BC's Most Endangered River. In 2011, due to inadequate action adressing pressing environmental concerns on the Kettle River, BC's Sacred Headwaters was dropped to second spot with the Kettle River taking over sole position of the number one spot, on BC's Most Endangered River's list. A dubious honor, that has never happened before in the list's eighteen year history. April Vokey is passionate about  issues facing her beloved fisheries whether it's the Chilliwack River, the Thompson River or BC's Sacred Headwaters. SoI decided to contact her and see if she would be interested in finding out more about the situation facing the Kettle River and appearing in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout.  April  called my yesterday saying she is more than happy to take part, adding “The dilemma of the ranching industry’s involvement with trout-bearing streams is one that is almost always certain to cause a late night squall at the table.  Every year I see more fisheries throughout the USA & Canada that are affected by this debate, and I am increasingly astounded by what I am learning.I’m looking forward to being involved in the making of this educational piece by Travis Lowe and hope that I will finally be able to hear the truth from both “sides” before ultimately facing a decision, and then following my heart to make a difference.” More Later T>
15 Nov

MFC film in Thailand…

Author: Travis 1 comment

YO! Buddha What Up?

 Adam Trina is president and founder of the  Montana Fly Company. MFC is a  manufacturer of high-quality flies, fly tying accessories and fishing gear and are the exclusive fly sponsor for my Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers Water and Trout film. Recently, Adam asked me to come to Thailand to do some filming and see how MFC brings in fly designers from their team of over 75 pattern developers, to teach their Thai employess how to tie (pardon the pun) MFC's latest killer patterns.  Since 1998 MFC has made many break-throughs in fly patterns and materials, they have an extremely large production capacity that consists of  two facilities in Chaing Mai and a third under way  in Cambodia. Adam tells me that the company is experiencing phenomenal growth right now, no doubt fueled by the new MFC Artist Series of fishing accessories featuring custom artwork by four outstanding artists: Bern Sundell, A.D. Maddox, Travis Sylvester and Josh Udesen. Each artist’s custom fish-inspired work is digitally coated to MFC fishing gear and accessories. The custom artwork gives a distinctive look to MFC fly boxes, reels, nippers, forceps, iPhone covers, iPad folders, travel mugs, hip flasks and water bottles. The MFC Artist Series accessory line became available in retail stores and online in the Fall 2011. “The fish culture is really captured by these four uniquely different and talented artists who have a deep love for fishing. They reflect that in their work,” says MFC President, Adam Trina. “The new product lines give more color and character to the gear we use every day in this activity we love.” MFC also recently won two "Best in Show" awards at the NOLA IFTD. The first award at IFTD was Best in Show for Best Gift item, the new iPad folder from MFC’s artist series, and the second was Best of Show Fly Boxes/Storage System– for the new MFC Boat Box. Personally I like the new MFC Boat Box pictured below, (Adam I definately need one of those, nudge nudge wink wink).

Killer new MFC Artist Series Boat Box

But it's the Thai Mahseer fishing that Adam is promising to show me that's got me stoked. MFC has the exclusive lease on two rivers in Thailand to guide only fly fishing from November through June each year. The one thing I'm not stoked about is the two day journey and accompanying jet lag.  What about flooding you ask? Trina promised me in his last e-mail, "don't worry none of the party spots have been affected and we're about to do our first Mahseer gudie trip today" So, I'm leaving for  for Bangkok in January. More Later T>  

 

For the last year and a half I've been trying to synch up my shooting schedule with a spring creek restoration effort. So I was stoked when Shannon Skelton, a senior fisheries biologist and president of CFI Global Fisheries Management invited me down to Colorado to take a look at some work CFI is about to do on a spring creek next summer. CFI is based in Ft. Collins, CO. and offers comprehensive fisheries management, but at it's core is dedicated to river restoration and stream enhancement.  Here's a little from CFI's website.

"CFI is on the forefront of fisheries enhancement and fishery consulting. Through biological and technological advancements, CFI has carved a niche to create, enhance, and restore first-class fisheries in the United States and the world. From river enhancements in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico to stream creation in Argentina, CFI is a leader in freshwater fishery management."

and from Shannon Skelton on participating in Spring Creek:

"The preservation, enhancement and strategic stewardship of spring creek fisheries across the continent is an instrumental component to perpetuating and maintaining quality ecosystems and angling opportunities, and fostering management alliances with private ranchers and landowners is critical to the long-term sustainability of these precious resources. CFI Global is ecstatic to be working with Travis Lowe, and honored to be a part of the Spring Creek film."

I'm tremedously excited to work with Shannon and be afforded the opportunity to see some restoration work in the midst of it actually happening.  For more on Shannon and CFI hit up this article from the Denver Post.

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