Scientific Angler’s Jeff Wieringa

The house blog for Fish West, Pisciphila, did a great interview with AFFTA board member and SA “mad-scientist” Jeff Wieringa.

Here is an excerpt:

FW: Can you confirm or deny any rumors that 3M might be involved in time travel? 
We invented the time travel machine that was used in Napoleon Dynamite but abandoned the project for obvious reasons. That engineer is now developing a device that will be able to tie flys with out any humans involved. We will finally be able to sell flies that will be 100% machined tied. Just think we will soon be able to remove the word Hand from Hand Tied Flies.

You can read it all at Ten Questions with SA’s Jeff Wieringa.

Family and Youth Casting Call

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Fletcher’s Cove in Washington, DC.

Spend a day fishing in the C&O Canal – we provide the instructors and all the gear you will need to catch fish! When not fishing, children will Explore, Learn and Protect to get their NPS Junior Ranger Badge through activities like water quality testing, fly casting or fly tying, fish art, scavenger hunts, touch tanks and so much more! Partner agencies and organizations will have displays set up to learn about how they are helping fish and fishing across the country. Don’t miss this fantastic day of family fun!

Hosted by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association and the National Park Service

Download and print a PDF of our flyer here (2.5 MB) or
Download an image of the flyer here (260 kb).

AFFTA announces matching fund for Utah Stream Access Coalition

Asking members to show support for recreational fishing access in Utah.

AFFTA President, Randi Swisher, has announced the formation of a matching fund to be used to support the Utah Stream Access Coalition’s challenge to the constitutionality of Utah’s Public Waters Access Act. “We are going to match up to $2,500.00 in contributions from our members who contribute to the fund,” said Swisher. “We know our members care about access, we have heard that loud and clear and we are asking them to join with us in this financial support.”

AFFTA is asking its members to notify AFFTA when they make a contribution to the coalition. AFFTA will match that contribution dollar for dollar up to a total of $2500.00. The money will be used by the coalition for court costs, witnesses and other related litigation expenses. Without financial support from industry and anglers it maybe a lost cause. “We don’t have a huge financial war chest for things like this,” said AFFTA Treasurer Scott Harkins. “But we want our members to know we will support important challenges to our businesses like this one if they will.”
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