Simms Names New President
Derek Tarlecki has been named the new president of Simms Fishing by parent company Vista Outdoors, according to news releases this week. You can read more about this here.
Interview With Montana Brothers Rodworks
Montana Brothers Rodworks is a new, up-and-coming boutique rodbuilder based in Bozeman, Montana. We featured their rods in our most recent Holiday Gift Guide here at MidCurrent. If their rods - and more specifically, their design philosophy - has caught your eye, you're not alone. Todd Tanner recently sat down with the brothers who own the company - Dan and...
Dave Whitlock Obituary
Dave Whitlock - legendary writer, artist, fly designer, and angler - passed away on Thanksgiving this year. Richard Sandomir wrote a wonderful obituary of Dave for the New York Times, which you can read here.
King Salmon Run Lowest Ever Recorded
The Yukon king salmon run is now at its lowest point ever recorded, according to a new article in The Guardian. Chinook salmon numbers are down 95% compared to previous years. The absence of salmon is, of course, causing devastating ecological effects. It's also impacting a First Nation, which is the focus of this story in The Guardian. This story...
Dave Whitlock Passes Away
Fly fishing legend Dave Whitlock passed away Thanksgiving Night from a stroke. Whitlock's passion and knowledge made him an icon for generations of fly anglers. Lynn Burkhead did a remarkable job remembering Whitlock in this column for Fly Fisherman Magazine. You can read it here.
RIO Founder Jim Vincent Passes Away
Jim Vincent was the co-founder of RIO Products, and he passed away at the age of 73 at his home in Idaho Falls, ID, per Fly Fisherman Magazine. Vincent was 73 years old. Vincent led a storied fly fishing life before co-founding RIO. He and his wife managed fishing lodges and guided all over the world. You can read more about Vincent here.
Flagler Wins Tyer of the Year
Tim Flagler, one of the most popular fly tiers and writers in all of fly fishing, has won the Tyer of the Year award from Fly Tyer Magazine. Tim's tying videos are some of the clearest, most well-produced in the industry, and his simple way of explaining complex tying procedures is part of what's gained him such a following. In addition to tying and...
Story: A Feature on Mike Clark
Mike Clark is one of the country's most revered bamboo fly rod builders. John Gierach has long praised Clark's rods. And this recent feature from Seth Boster highlights what's made Clark a mainstay in bamboo building for so many decades. Take the time to read this story - you'll be glad you did.
Skwala Names Rich Hohne as CMO
Skwala Fishing, the new fly fishing brand that started this year, has named Rich Hohne as its Chief Marketing Officer. Hohne has worked for 26 years in the outdoor industry, with most of those years spent in fly fishing, per a press release from Skwala. Hohne previously spent 11 years in marketing at Simms Fishing Products. "When looking at key members to...
Andy Mill Inducted Into BT&T Hall of Fame
Andy Mill, a former Olympic skier and author of A Passion for Tarpon, is being inducted into the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Hall of Fame. Mill has been an avid conservationist in all his angling years, and has a bevy of impressive awards on his resume, including being the only angler to win a tarpon, bonefish, and permit tournament with a fly rod, per a...