FRC Update:

The Fly Rod Chronicles team are deep into our busy season, filming, production and special appearances are in full swing! Curtis and the crew are currently in beautiful Wyoming filming.

I wanted to reach out to you and share some really exciting news from our camp! Curtis has been named the 2018 American Outdoor Sportsman of the Year by “Legends of the Outdoors” in Springville, TN. https://bit.ly/2Adah7z This year’s event will be held aboard the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen in Nashville, TN on Saturday, August 25th dockside along the Cumberland River. Boarding begins at 9:00 am and will be followed by the banquet and induction/award ceremony at 10:00 am. Sponsorship information and individual ticket reservations may be obtained through the “Legends of the Outdoors” website at http://www.legendsoftheoutdoors.com/index.php/sponsors/sponsorship, or by calling 731-693-7770. Reservations MUST BE MADE and purchased before August 11, 2018. There will be a Meet & Greet/Autograph Signing on Friday, August 24th at Bass Pro Shops 232 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 from 4 pm – 6 pm. Following the Bass Pro Shops event there will be a “Ride with the Legends” – General Jackson Showboat Dinner-Show Cruise on Friday evening, August 24th. Boarding begins at 6:15 pm, cruise starts at 7:00 pm, returning at 10:00 pm. (if cold or rainy, dinner, show and return will be moved up by 30 minutes.) Tickets for this event must be purchased through the “Legends of the Outdoors” office at grmason@bellsouth.net or by phone at (731)593-0171, tickets are $100.00 per person and must be purchased by August 9th.

We are also elated to share that Curtis has also been selected to be inducted into the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians in Bryson City, NC.  https://bit.ly/2NhP7aJ The third annual Museum Hall of Fame inductions will be conducted on September 8, 2018 at the Southwestern Community College Swain Center at 1 pm. Supporters as well as the family and friends of inductees are welcome to attend, there is limited space, advanced reservations are essential and are currently being taken. E-mail info@greatsmokies.com or call 828-488-3681 to reserve your place. Tickets are $35 per person includes admission to the induction ceremony, lunch and all weekend admission to the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians. Casting Carolinas and the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians invite all Museum Hall of Fame attendees to drop in at the Nantahala Brewery in downtown Bryson City on September 7th at 7 pm for a Pre-Event Party and Fund Raiser. This is an opportunity to meet and greet the MHOF Inductee, other members of the MHOF and help raise funds for Casting Carolinas, a non-profit organization that utilizes fly fishing as a means of helping patients deal with and recover from various cancers. For more information visit Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians at https://flyfishingmuseum.org.

On behalf of our Fly Rod Chronicles crew I want to extend an invitation to all of you for these events, each one of you are such a big part of our FRC family and our success. I have attached a copy of our press release should you want to read more about the events.

Thank you for your continued support!

“Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall Of Fame Announcement

July 11, 2018 — Springville, TN — Founder of the “Legends of the Outdoors” National Hall Of Fame, Garry Mason, has announce the award recipients for this year’s annual Banquet and Induction Ceremony.

The 2018 American Outdoor Sportsman of the Year will be Curtis Fleming, nationally known fly fisherman and host of “Fly Rod Chronicles” television show.

This year’s Tennessee Outdoorsman of the Year will be Chris Nischan, professional guide and outdoorsman.

Joe Miller, of William F. Miller and Associates, is the recipient of a new award this year, the Bill Huntley American Leadership Award.

The recipient of the Wade Bourne Outdoor Communicator of the Year will be Colin Moore, editor in chief of FLW Outdoors magazine.

The Legacy Award goes to the granddaughter of Charlie Brewer, Sr., founder of Charlie Brewer’s Slider Company, Caroline Brewer-Calton, who has been a positive fixture in the family business.

This year’s event will once again be held aboard one of the largest paddlewheel showboats in the country – the General Jackson Showboat/Music City Queen in Nashville, TN on Saturday, August 25th dockside along the Cumberland River. Boarding begins at 9:00am and will be followed by the banquet and induction/award ceremony at 10:00am.

Hall of Fame members scheduled to attend included – Forrest & Nina Wood, Charlie Ingram, Bill Huntley, Emily Shaffer, Joella Bates, Jerry Antly, Mike Morgan, Ray Eye, Dave Precht, Morris Sheehan, and Cuz Strickland.

The event is open to the public. Sponsorship information and individual ticket reservations may be obtained through the “Legends of the Outdoors” website at www.legendsoftheoutdoors.com, or by calling 731-693-7770. Reservations must be made and purchased before August 11, 2018.

Thanks to Manchin, Capito for support of fishing for future generations

For us recreational fishermen who are proud to call West Virginia home, we recognize and appreciate the incredible fisheries resources we are blessed with in “Almost Heaven.” While some of my favorite fishing spots are here in West Virginia, I’m fortunate to be able to fish all around the world and see firsthand the value of healthy, sustainable and accessible fisheries.

Whether trout fishing on the North Fork of the South Branch Potomac River or sailfish fishing off the Florida Keys, recreational fishermen are all inherently conservationists who care about clean water, healthy habitat and sustainable fish populations. Through fishing license fees, excise taxes on fishing equipment and motor boat fuel, and direct donations to conservation programs, America’s 49 million recreational fishermen contribute about $1.5 billion annually to aquatic resource conservation.

Anglers have a longstanding track record of leading advocacy efforts in support of healthy fish stocks and fish habitats. From helping to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, to ensuring sufficient population of forage fish are available to fill their key role in the marine food web, anglers are consistently at the forefront of pushing for conservation-focused laws and policies.

Recreational fishing is also a huge economic driver, including in rural areas. In West Virginia, recreational fishing has a $626.5 million economic impact annually and supports over 7,000 jobs.

I’m proud that our two U.S. Senators, Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, recognize the economic, social and conservation values of recreational fishing. They have been leaders in the Senate on fisheries issues, not only in their home state, but nationally, as well.

For example, Sen. Capito is the lead Republican author of S. 2773, a bill that would help ensure U.S. federal marine waters are clear of highly destructive drift gillnets. Although they have been banned in most U.S. and international waters, large mesh drift gillnets are still allowed in some parts of the West Coast. Most of the catch from these nets, which are over twice as wide as the New River Gorge Bridge and ensnare just about any marine life in their path, is thrown back overboard, much of it dead.

I’ve seen the negative effects that gillnets used in other countries can have in wiping out fish stocks. Large mesh drift gillnets have no place in U.S. waters, and I appreciate Sen. Capito’s leadership in ensuring we close this practice down.

For his part, Sen. Manchin has also been a leader on marine fisheries issues. He’s one of the lead authors of S. 1520, the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (Modern Fish Act), which is co-sponsored by Sen. Capito. This broadly supported bipartisan bill would bring about long overdue improvements to saltwater recreational fisheries management and data collection.

Offshore waters have historically been the domain of the commercial fishing industry, but with the technological advances in recreational boats, engines and electronics, interest in offshore fishing has steadily increased over time. Federal marine fisheries management laws haven’t kept pace and are still focused on commercial fishing. The Modern Fish Act would provide the federal fisheries management system with the tools needed to adapt to recreational fishing, so that anglers can have improved access to healthy saltwater fisheries.

In these continuous political times, it’s heartening to see Sens. Manchin and Capito working across the aisle on bipartisan solutions to issues of importance to the recreational fishing community.

Fisheries issues should not fall victim to the rampant partisanship going on right now in Washington, D.C. Of all the fish I’ve caught over the years, I’ve never met one that calls itself a Democrat or Republican anyway.

Originally Posted on the Charleston Gazette-Mail Website.