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Thank You For Making This Year’s Spey Nation Another Memorable One!

Jun 26, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Thank You For Making This Year’s Spey Nation Another Memorable One!

A warm heartfelt thank you to all our sponsors who help us in too many ways to count!  Please forgive me if I have forgotten anybody who contributed to this year’s raffles or came to the event!

 

The Spey Lodge, Frank Swarner IIIThe West Branch Angler, Scott

Airflo, Wild Water Fly Rods, Orvis, Hardy, Temple Forks Outfitters,

Echo, Beulah, Sage, Thomas And Thomas, Ross Reels, Hatch Reels,

Mad River Dubbing Company, The Red Shed Fly Shop, Malindas Fly Shop,

Tight Lines Fly Shop, The Oak Orchard Fly Shop, Redington, Fishpond,

Row Jimmy Guide Service,  G Loomis, Mystic Fly Fishing, Rio Products,

The Angler’s Lodge–Patrick Ross, Tailwater Lodge,

All Season’s Sport Shop, The Spey Doctor, Meiser Fly Rods,

Adelcio Chavez, Team Force Flies,  The Victorian House,

The Steelhead Lodge, The Douglaston Salmon Run,

As well as all the companies who have shown product, supported us through the years and helped make us what we are today!

The Spey Lodge, Frank Swarner III, Paul’s Guide Service,

The West Branch Angler, Scott, Guideline, CND,

CF Burkheimer, Airflo, Wild Water Fly Rods, Orvis,

The Spey Company, Hardy, Temple Forks Outfitters,

Echo, JP Ross, Beulah, Sage, Thomas And Thomas,

Ross Reels, No Float Stix, Castle Arms/Heritage Fly Rods,

Hatch Reels, Loop Fly Fishing, DTX Mackenzie,

Mad River Dubbing Company, The Red Shed Fly Shop,

Malindas Fly Shop, Isle-Fish Guide Service,

Snake River Oufitters, Tight Lines Fly Shop,

The Oak Orchard Fly Shop, River Time Guide Service,

Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters,

Neversink River Fly Fishing Guide Service,

Redington, Umpqua, Fishpond, Tibor, Buff,

Skagit Master, Rio, Row Jimmy Guide Service,

Ross, Pro-Tube,  Maui Jim, G Loomis,

Opportunity Fly Fishing Vision In Fly Fishing,

Albright Fly Fishing, G Loomis,

Buff Fishing Clothing, Skagit Master, Maui Jim,

Mystic Fly Fishing, Galvan Reels, Opportunity Fly Fishing,

Rio Products, Row Jimmy Guide Service,

The Angler’s Lodge–Patrick Ross, Watermaster Boats,

Departure Publishing , Tailwater Lodge, All Season’s Sport Shop, .

The Spey Doctor, Meiser Fly Rods,

Adelcio Chavez, Team Force Flies,  The Victorian House,

The Steelhead Lodge, The Douglaston Salmon Run, Fish-On Sports

 

 

 

T-Shirts available for a short time only

Jun 26, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on T-Shirts available for a short time only

T-Shirts are being printed next week.  If you want one, please email speynation@gmail.com  $25 shipped.

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Spey Nation Photo Contest. Win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Tailwater Lodge Restaurant!

Jun 25, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation Photo Contest. Win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Tailwater Lodge Restaurant!

The rules are simple, like the Spey Nation Facebook PageThe Tailwater Lodge Facebook Page, and post your photos to the Spey Nation Facebook Page, that you took at Spey Nation 2014 or before and the person’s photo that garners the most “Likes” “Shares” or “Comments” combined will win the Gift Certifictate to the Restaurant.  Drawing will be on Monday July 14th.  We may also give a prize to the most “Witty” comment on the pictures.

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Barney Wong’s Presentation from Spey Nation 2014

Jun 24, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Barney Wong’s Presentation from Spey Nation 2014

In case you came in late or missed Spey Nation this year, Barney Wong from Michigan started us off right this year with a great presentation in Scandinavian Casting.  We really appreciate Barney making the trip and helping us celebrate 2 handed casting on the Salmon River in NY!

Barny Wong

IMG_0254Barny Wong possesses neither the qualifications as a guide nor an insider in the fly fishing industry. Rather, he solves problems outside the box while always honing his skill in communicating the unspoken that sticks. As an ex- innovation scout for the automotive industry, and currently in the field of consciousness, he brings new thought and insight into why, what, and how we do things.  Barny’s approach to casting is manage the few so as to produce the largest result. In Tao, this is called Action from Non Action. In this Tao of Casting approach, the ever changing Style in casting can always rely on the immovable Substance (Physics), allowing the caster to self organize and evolve to their highest potential. And with this way, the caster nevers fall into a rut as they harness more with each pass of insight and understanding.

Barny Wong has been spey casting since 2007. He is also featured in both Midcurrent and Fly Fisherman magazine. He combines artistry and technical know how into the art of spey casting.

All levels are welcome for casting classes. His website is www.awholenuthalevel.com containing his rates and contact info.

Barny is committed to your developing the sturdiest casting legs in the shortest amount of time.

Reminder about lessons on Sunday

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo  //  Comments Off on Reminder about lessons on Sunday

Sunday June 22, 2014, the day after Spey Nation

the following Spey Casting Instructors instructors will be giving Spey Casting lessons.

Please contact the instructors directly to secure a spot.

Barney Wong Full Day Inquire for Price: sushiyummy@yahoo.com

Walt Geryk : Full Day Inquire for price: walt@neffguide.com

Peter Charles: Full Day Inquire for Price petercharles1@icloud.com

Travis Johnson Doing a class Friday and Sunday $200 speycaster@hotmail.com

Current Distance Spey Cast World Record Holder—Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson began his fly fishing career at the ripe old age of 12. He was that kid who could not learn enough about anything and everything to do with fly fishing.

Travis landed his first Deschutes red-side at age 14 and his first summer steelhead at age 16. His passion for fishing with a fly has taken him all over the country and his wisdom of fishing the western United States surpasses most young men his age.

Having guided the Sandy, Clackamas and the Deschutes Rivers for over 6 years, Travis has learned how to find even the toughest of fish with success, while bringing an infectious energy to the game that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

From a day of chasing wily resident trout to learning in one of his advanced Spey casting classes, your day with this young man will not soon be forgotten.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call The Fly Fishing Shop anytime between 6″00am & 6:00pm at 503-622-4607 or (800) 266-3971. Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting. He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team. Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at Blenheim Palace. Winner of the event was Carron team member Gerard Downey, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 meters (231.7 feet). Gerard is now the current World Champion. The team is based out of Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland. It has dominated the Spey distance events for the past eleven years and has 12 world Championships to its credit. This team has won more events than all of the rest of the competing teams combined and Carron fly lines hold all of the Spey Casting distance records Most of the 6- members are Scottish. Gerard and Raurri are Irish, and of course Travis resides right here in Oregon, USA. As a matter of fact he grew up in Brightwood, just down the street from The Fly Fishing Shop, where he is currently employed in several capacities, including fishing guide and fly fishing instructor. He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand. Travis won the 2014 Spey O Rama at San Francinsisco’s prestigous Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

Barny Wong

IMG_0254Barny Wong possesses neither the qualifications as a guide nor an insider in the fly fishing industry. Rather, he solves problems outside the box while always honing his skill in communicating the unspoken that sticks. As an ex- innovation scout for the automotive industry, and currently in the field of consciousness, he brings new thought and insight into why, what, and how we do things. Barny’s approach to casting is manage the few so as to produce the largest result. In Tao, this is called Action from Non Action. In this Tao of Casting approach, the ever changing Style in casting can always rely on the immovable Substance (Physics), allowing the caster to self organize and evolve to their highest potential. And with this way, the caster nevers fall into a rut as they harness more with each pass of insight and understanding.

Barny Wong has been spey casting since 2007. He is also featured in both Midcurrent and Fly Fisherman magazine. He combines artistry and technical know how into the art of spey casting.

All levels are welcome for casting classes. His website is www.awholenuthalevel.com containing his rates and contact info.

Walt Geryk

One of the premier two-handed spey casting and fly fishing instructors in North America, Walt specializes in targeting salmon, trout and steelhead in the Northeast and offers basic, intermediate and advanced instructions and schools throughout the Great Lakes, Canada and the East Coast. Beginning his fly fishing in 1972, Walt has become the leader for marketing traditional fly and spey fishing serving these areas. Promoting ethical angling, continuing to bring awareness about the outdoors’ fragile eco-system and teaching the proper skills on how to become better fishermen are just a few things that will be touched on during your day. Since 1985, Walt has been a professional guide and instructor who advocates traditional, catch & release, fly fishing for the Salmon River Region of New York, the Deerfield River and others.

 

Peter Charles

Fishing has always been a constant passion for me, starting at the age of six when a neighbour took me and his kids to the side of Grey’s Creek in Cornwall, Ontario, to fish for anything that swam. We kids used long bamboo poles, wooden floats, a thick, green cord for a fishing line and of course, worms. The catfish we caught went in the frying pan, except for one of mine that ended up in the fire instead, thanks to an overzealous hookset. Some would say that my fishing habits haven’t changed much since.

My first fly rod was bought from a department store in 1969 and I’ve been hooked by the sport ever since. I’ve been in the industry side of things since 2006 as a pro staff member and a sales representative.

I have my Certified Casting Instructor qualification from the Federation of Fly Fishers.

I am on the Canadian field staff for G. Loomis / Shimano and pro staff for Airflo Fly Lines, Simms, and The Canadian Tube Fly Company.

New and final presentation schedule with some of the descriptions attached

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on New and final presentation schedule with some of the descriptions attached

Saturday Presentation Schedule

 

9 am  Barney Wong

Scandinavian Casting

  The presentation will present high speed, high efficiency casting using the greatest leverage possible but one that is highly under utilized thus far: the bending section  underneath the cork. The presentation will touch on what is behind this  cast, what benefit(s) does it provide, and how does it affects your  fishing. The presentation will be introducing some insight as to how to  unleash the spare engine piston you unknowingly have access to but has  been idle up to this point.

9:45 am  Patrick Ross

 

10:30 am  Andrew Moy

 

11:15 am Whitney Gould

Rod Angle and Possition For The Forward Cast

12:00 Lunch

1 pm Walt Geryk

Short Lines On Long Rods

2 pm Travis Johnson

“Taking Control”

regardless of line style or rod length controlling is the only way to become a better Spey caster. Travis will show you from start to finish what helps him and how he took control of his casting not only for fishing but for distance casting.

3 pm Peter Charles

Effective Spey Casting with Single Hand Rods and Lines

Spey casting is a great tool for single hand rods, not just for two-handers.  Nevertheless, most of us will overhead cast our single handers most of the time and that’s to be expected.  Because of this, it isn’t desirable to make some sort of Frankenline that only works when Spey casting. Our best choice is to have a line that works for us no matter what sort of cast we’re using.
It is possible to make effective Spey casts using just our regular lines that we normally use when casting overhead.  With a few simple casting techniques and some attention to the lines we use, our single hand Spey casts can be very effective and go for distance.  In my presentation, we’ll cover those simple casting techniques needed to make our regular lines Spey cast effectively, plus we will pay close attention to the types of lines that work well and the types that don’t.  Yup, I’ll even use an unsuitable one and make a hash of Spey casting it just to prove that point.
I hope that you will gain from my presentation an appreciation of just how effectively our regular overhead lines can be when Spey cast and that it isn’t necessary to use specialized lines to get the job done.  Just a few simple casting techniques, some attention to our line choices and we’ll be making great Spey casts using just our regular overhead lines.

4:00 PM Raffles

List Subject To Changes

New Schedule for Presentations Released

Jun 18, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on New Schedule for Presentations Released

We’ve added Whitney into the group of presentations, Please take note.

9 am  Barney Wong

9:45 am  Patrick Ross

10:30 am  Andrew Moy

11:15 am Whitney Gould

12:00 Lunch

1 pm Walt Geryk

2 pm Travis Johnson

3 pm Peter Charles

4:00 PM Raffles

List Subject To Changes

That’s It, There’s Nothing Else We Can Really Do.

Jun 17, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Environmental Stuff, Lessons After the Event, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Raffle Prizes, Spey Nation Presenter, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on That’s It, There’s Nothing Else We Can Really Do.
Alright, This is it.  The PRESENTATION SCHEDULE is laid out, you can almost smell the burgers, the raffles are ready to be laid out, and somebody is going to be going to British Columbia…
We received a big box of give-aways from the Fly Fishing Film Tourlast night and everyone is going to be entered in the big sweepstakes to win a trip to Belize.  But you have to be there Friday night.  Come to the Tailwater Lodge for a free primer!  A customized version of the Fly Fishing Film Tour!
Saturday, come to the boat launch in Pineville, NY to learn about Spey Fishing, eat some free food, and meet new people who love the river and want to learn more about all the good things that come with 2 handed fishing.  You just might win something amazing that will change your life!  .
And finally Sunday, come fish Douglaston Salmon Run….For Free!
Take a Lesson Sunday after the event from one of these great instructors!

Fly Fishing Film Tour!

Friday June 20, 2014 8pm. Free Tickets! Tailwater Lodge Altmar, NY
Pick Your Tickets up in advance at The Tailwater Lodge 855-895-6343, Malindas Fly Shop 315-298-2993 Tightlines Fly Fishing 973-244-5990 and Oak Orchard Fly Shop 716-626-1323 Any available tickets will be available at the door on the night of the event. Seating is limited so advanced tickets are recomended. 

Spey Nation! You Know it, You Love it! Saturday June 21, 2014 8am-4pm Pineville Boat Launch–Salmon River Free Event Free Lunch by Tailwater Lodge “On the water” demonstrations Learn 2 handed techniques Try specialized equipment See the latest from the Manufacturers Raffles! to benefit the Fish Creek Atlantic Salmon Club
Free Fishing in the DSR On Sunday! June 22, 2014 The Douglaston Salmon Run will be allowing all Spey Nation participants access to the DSR on Sunday.  Participants will be asked to pickup a voucher from the Spey Nation event on Saturday as proof of participation and present it at the DSR for their complimentary access pass on Sunday. If you’ve never seen the tasty pockets and smooth swingable slicks of the run then this would be a great time to walk the bank.

Spey Nation Schedule Put Down On Paper

Jun 16, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Presenter  //  Comments Off on Spey Nation Schedule Put Down On Paper

Ok, this is the official schedule, picked hot out of the hat.  Seems to be the fairest way to do things.  First we’ll start with what we know. 

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Friday night, June 20, 2014

1-13-2014 11-40-50 AM

Fly Fishing Film Tour turned up loud, in Bluray HD, and rocking the conference center of the brand new Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, NY.  It’s on the site of the former Altmar Elementary School.  The Restaurant/Bar will be open, the lodge will be brand new so come see the showcase.  Tickets will be free and available in a few locations to be named later, mostly at those shops who have been supportive of us over the years and at the lodge itself.   The conference center is said to hold 100.

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June 22, 2014

Douglaston Salmon Run

Free Fishing Day

(Pick Up Your Passes At Spey Nation)

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OK On to the good stuff. 

Saturday Spey Nation Presentation Schedule

 

9 am  Barney Wong

10 am  Patrick Ross

11 am  Andrew Moy

12:00 Lunch Served by the Tailwater Lodge

1 pm Walt Geryk

2 pm Travis Johnson

3 pm Peter Charles

4:00 PM Raffles

List Subject To Changes

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Barny Wong

IMG_0254Barny Wong possesses neither the qualifications as a guide nor an insider in the fly fishing industry. Rather, he solves problems outside the box while always honing his skill in communicating the unspoken that sticks. As an ex- innovation scout for the automotive industry, and currently in the field of consciousness, he brings new thought and insight into why, what, and how we do things.  Barny’s approach to casting is manage the few so as to produce the largest result. In Tao, this is called Action from Non Action. In this Tao of Casting approach, the ever changing Style in casting can always rely on the immovable Substance (Physics), allowing the caster to self organize and evolve to their highest potential. And with this way, the caster nevers fall into a rut as they harness more with each pass of insight and understanding.

Barny Wong has been spey casting since 2007. He is also featured in both Midcurrent and Fly Fisherman magazine. He combines artistry and technical know how into the art of spey casting.

All levels are welcome for casting classes. His website is www.awholenuthalevel.com containing his rates and contact info.

Barny is committed to your developing the sturdiest casting legs in the shortest amount of time.

 

Peter Charles

Fishing has always been a constant passion for me, starting at the age of six when a neighbour took me and his kids to the side of Grey’s Creek in Cornwall, Ontario, to fish for anything that swam. We kids used long bamboo poles, wooden floats, a thick, green cord for a fishing line and of course, worms.  The catfish we caught went in the frying pan, except for one of mine that ended up in the fire instead, thanks to an overzealous hookset.  Some would say that my fishing habits haven’t changed much since.  🙂

My first fly rod was bought from a department store in 1969 and I’ve been hooked by the sport ever since.  I’ve been in the industry side of things since 2006 as a pro staff member and a sales representative.

I have my Certified Casting Instructor qualification from the Federation of Fly Fishers.

I am on the Canadian field staff for G. Loomis / Shimano and pro staff for Airflo Fly Lines, Simms, and The Canadian Tube Fly Company.

Walt Geryk

One of the premier two-handed spey casting and fly fishing instructors in North America, Walt specializes in targeting salmon, trout and steelhead in the Northeast and offers basic, intermediate and advanced instructions and schools throughout the Great Lakes,  Canada and the East Coast. Beginning  his fly fishing in 1972, Walt has become the leader for marketing traditional fly and spey fishing serving these areas.                Promoting ethical angling, continuing to bring awareness about the outdoors’  fragile eco-system and teaching the proper skills on how to become better fishermen  are just a few things that will be touched on during your day. Since 1985, Walt has been a professional guide and instructor who advocates traditional, catch & release, fly  fishing for the Salmon River Region of New York, the Deerfield River and  others.

 

  Current Distance Spey Cast World Record Holder—Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson began his fly fishing career at the ripe old age of 12. He was that kid who could not learn enough about anything and everything to do with fly fishing.

Travis landed his first Deschutes red-side at age 14 and his first summer steelhead at age 16. His passion for fishing with a fly has taken him all over the country and his wisdom of fishing the western United States surpasses most young men his age.

Having guided the Sandy, Clackamas and the Deschutes Rivers for over 6 years, Travis has learned how to find even the toughest of fish with success, while bringing an infectious energy to the game that will leave you invigorated and inspired.

From a day of chasing wily resident trout to learning in one of his advanced Spey casting classes, your day with this young man will not soon be forgotten.

If you have any questions on the availability of a trip or casting class with Travis Johnson, call The Fly Fishing Shop anytime between 6″00am & 6:00pm at 503-622-4607 or (800) 266-3971. Travis Johnson is both student and instructor in the art of fly casting. He is a member of the prestigious Carron competition Spey Casting team. Last year he placed second at the CLA World Championships held at Blenheim Palace. Winner of the event was Carron team member Gerard Downey, with a magnificent cast of 70.63 meters (231.7 feet). Gerard is now the current World Champion. The team is based out of Invergordon, Ross-shire, Scotland. It has dominated the Spey distance events for the past eleven years and has 12 world Championships to its credit. This team has won more events than all of the rest of the competing teams combined and Carron fly lines hold all of the Spey Casting distance records Most of the 6- members are Scottish. Gerard and Raurri are Irish, and of course Travis resides right here in Oregon, USA. As a matter of fact he grew up in Brightwood, just down the street from The Fly Fishing Shop, where he is currently employed in several capacities, including fishing guide and fly fishing instructor. He practices distance Spey Casting several times a week and regularly achieves casts of 150-200 feet with either hand.   Travis won the 2014 Spey O Rama at San Francinsisco’s prestigous Golden Gate Casting Club with a world record breaking 198 foot cast!

 

Patrick Ross

                      

Patrick Ross is the Owner/Operator/Guide of the Angler’s Lodge in Altmar, NY. He has been fishing the river for over 20 years with the spey rod and will be giving a presentation about getting the correct swing for the Great Lakes. Get in touch with Patrick: Lodging for outdoor activities specializing in fly fishing Lake Ontario Tributaries and the Finger Lakes Region of New York Call 315-298-6028 for reservations

 

Andrew Moy

Owner of Tight Lines Flyfishing, if you are interested in spey casting, there’s no need to look anywhere else. Whether you are new to the two-handed game or have some experience under your belt, shop owner Andrew Moy can help. To date, Andrew has taught over 1000 anglers both basic and advanced techniques and has demonstrated for numerous fly fishing groups and organizations. A lesson or two will demystify the art of spey casting and you’ll be on the water on your own in no time.

Fish On! Sports, USA Distributor for LTS Flyfishing and Whitney Gould is confirmed to be at Spey Nation!

Jun 13, 2014   //   by Geoff Schaake   //   Cack Handed, Like Minded Mofos, Mojo, Spey Nation Supporters  //  Comments Off on Fish On! Sports, USA Distributor for LTS Flyfishing and Whitney Gould is confirmed to be at Spey Nation!

Old friend, well, not “Old” Friend, but one that helped us kick off Spey Nation I in 2008, is returning fresh off her victory at this year’s Spey O Rama and she’s bringing new toys for us to play with!  Oregon and Alaskan guide AND champion spey caster Whitney Gould is representing LTS Spey Rods and will have a selection of the rods to play with.  From what I can tell, this is the first time LTS Spey rods will be available on East Coast.

 

Whitney Casting During Her 2008 Spey Nation Presentation

LTS Flyfishing, AS was started by twin brothers Trond and Knut Syrstad, world class casters who have designed top quality fly rods, lines and reels for salmon, steelhead, trout and sea trout fishing.

The LTS Flyfishing product line is designed to give the fly fisherman a highly pleasurable experience for  a full day of fishing without getting tired, using lightweight rods made from high modulus graphite matched with fly lines that are extremely easy to cast, generating power and high line speed to reach the opposite bank of large rivers.

This is being made possible by Donna O’Sullivan, who is the owner of Fish On! Sports from Daly City, California and we really appreciate the chance to be re-united with our friend.   If you haven’t seen Whitney cast a spey rod, you are in for an awe inspiring treat.

World champion spey caster Donna O’Sullivan, owner of Fish On! Sports, is proud and excited to be the USA distributor for LTS Flyfishing, AS in Norway.

Having fished extensively in the USA, Norway, Scotland, United Kingdon, New Zealand, Argentina, Christmas Island, I have found that using lightweight, top quality and well designed fishing equipment with perfectly matched line makes fishing the most fun and productive. This is the primary reason for Fish On! Sports decision to promote the LTS Flyfishing products in the United States.

 

 

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