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Today, I’m sharing items from Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition, Fly Fishing Collaborative, & Cyclops.
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“How many people know that there are wild brook trout in southeastern Massachusetts, or know that they may be passing over a brook trout stream on their way to and from work?” That is the sentence that greets you when you start to browse the Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition’s website. That site, and their regularly updated Facebook page, gives some great articles and information about this little-known but fascinating fishery. For all the attention that certain strains of fish get out west, I’m surprised that the salters of the northeast haven’t been given more national limelight.
There are a lot of things in this world that are infinitely more important than catching fish. At the same time, there are an infinite number of ways that fly fishing can intersect with the weightier matters in life. The Pacific Northwest based group The Fly Fishing Collaborative felt the burden to help with a big issue that is both local and global: child sex trafficking. How do they go together? Read the article to find out. And hopefully part of the takeaway is to think how you can use this hobby to make a difference.
So I used live in a more rural setting. I used to sit on my back porch, watching insects explode on the bug zapper and using my intensely bright spotlight to shine critters in the yard. Sound fun? Well, you can get in on that action. The Cyclops rechargeable handheld spotlight is a pretty remarkable little gadget. Light, bright, and not too expensive, this is great to have at home, in the car, or at camp. I’ve linked to an “exclusive” Orvis video profile of the spotlight (where they don’t take off the red lens cap for some reason), but you can surely find it anywhere blindingly powerful lanterns are sold.