Q: Todd, we’d love to know the story behind your new fly fishing & conservation film, Cold Waters. For starters, film credits go to Conservation Hawks – please tell us about your involvement with the Conservation Hawks organization.
A: I’ve been writing about fly fishing on a national level for more than 20 years, and I’ve been concentrating on conservation for the last dozen or so. Four years ago, I realized that we needed a conservation group that would focus on identifying, and addressing, the biggest single threat to hunters and anglers. I started Conservation Hawks and looked at a number of different issues. It was evident almost immediately that climate change was the one threat that would impact sportsmen and women all across America, regardless of whether they were hunters or anglers, and regardless of the species they focused on.
Q: Russ, your film, Wild Fish Works, just finished its run on the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour. What sparked this project?
A: I have to give credit to my friend Alan Moore for having the story idea. Alan is a long time employee of TU National and we’ve been friends for many years. This film is a conversation we’ve had repeatedly over the course of several years. It really revolved around the fact that wild fish conservation in the Northwest is a pretty heated topic and that’s something we both recognized. We both support wild fish conservation, but felt there was some middle ground that remained uncovered – ground that could still be cultivated through good partnerships, and good on the ground projects. We wanted to find a way to talk about adding value to wild fish conservation without casting stones at any particular party or ideology. There’s still a lot to be gained by taking a more middle road approach. The title, Wild Fish Works, really drives our story development.
The R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana, leading manufacturer of the world’s finest fly rods utilizing Boron III technology, is extremely pleased to announce Henry’s Fork Lodge as the first fly fishing lodge in the United States to be selected as a WINSTON PREFERRED LODGE®.
Winston Pro Advisor, Tom Larimer, will be leaving his home waters in Oregon to conduct Spey Casting Clinics throughout Montana. Tom Larimer is regarded as one of the foremost experts on Spey casting in the industry. He is passionate about helping anglers become better Spey casters making this the ultimate opportunity to learn and/or advance your spey techniques. Additionally, Tom is a product design consultant for the R.L. Winston Rod Company and the brainchild behind Winston’s Microspey series of rods. He also helped influence the BIII TH series making him incredibly versed in the action, terminology and methods of spey fishing. He will have the full line-up of Winston Spey rods for you to test-drive at the clinics, including the innovative new Boron III TH – MS Microspey rods. In addition to casting instruction, he will spend some time discussing Microspey techniques for trout.
Q: Was this your first time in the Seychelles? Where is it located?
JC: Yes, this was my first time in the Seychelles. The Seychelles is a country made up of 115 islands approximately 1000 miles off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. The archipelago nation lies just south of the equator.
The R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana is excited to announce the addition of 9 extremely talented photographers under our new Pro Photographer Program. This select group of photographers has a passion for fly fishing which is expressed beautifully through their outstanding photography.
Today, the R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges, Montana, leading manufacturer of the world’s top handcrafted fly rods utilizing Winston Boron III technology, is excited to announce Estancia Maria Behety Lodge as the newest WINSTON PREFERRED LODGE®.
AWESOME NEWS, AWESOME ROD. New Winston 9’ 8wt Nexus wins Fly Fusion Magazine Editor’s Choice Distance Award.
“The Winston Nexus performed extremely well in this competition. Not only did it take the distance award, but the rod deserves accolades for accuracy as well. This is a good rod. The Nexus consistently made the longest casts and gave the casters the confidence to put a little extra horsepower behind the stroke.”– Fly Fusion Magazine, Editor’s Choice Awards, Winter Issue 2014
When you say you’re after a 200lb fish with a fly rod folks think you’re crazy. Tell them the fish comes from freshwater and they call you a liar. I educate them. In the rainforest of the Amazon live the largest scaled freshwater fish on the planet, the arapaima. This rare fish is hard to find due to overfishing, but in the remote Rupununi River region of Guyana the dinosaur-like fish thrives.
For 2015, Winston introduces the groundbreaking new WINSTON BORON III TH-MS MICROSPEY® rods, an innovative addition of three specialized light line Two-Handed trout models. With our Boron III technology, these new high performance rods perfectly combine the power of a Spey rod and the finesse of a trout rod to bring a whole new dimension to fishing big, open trout waters, as well as fishing for landlocked salmon and smallmouth bass in moving water.