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Today, I’m sharing items from Angling Trade, Wilderness Adventure Press, and Now or Neverglades.
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Sure, you can wade through social media to figure out what gear the judges deemed “best” at this year’s International Fly Tackle Dealer Show in Orlando. Or, you can get a comprehensive list on Angling Trade’s website. Are the award winners going to be the finest pieces of fly fishing gear in late 2016 and beyond? Not necessarily. But there is something to be said for the notoriety that comes with the recognition, and kudos to the companies that have pushed the innovation envelope in the industry. Plus, who doesn’t like looking at gear?
I’ve previously written on my infatuation with fly fishing guidebooks, and Wilderness Adventure Press puts out some of the finest literature in the business. This new book is exciting because it A) covers MA, ME, NH, and VT, B) is 8.5″ x 11″, and C) is in color. The diversity and immensity of angling opportunities in New England can be overwhelming, so having a guide like this is practically essential. Even for a local, having the maps and hatch charts for exploring new waters is very helpful. And, fortunately or unfortunately based on the circumstances, changing land access and environmental issues necessitate an updated guidebook. If you’re a New Englander, fish in the region, or obsessively collect angling books, this is a must-have.
For over two years, scientists, outdoors enthusiasts, and others concerned about the environment have been sounding the alarm on the present and potential danger of practices and policies in and around the everglades. This summer has demonstrated the real risk, for people and nature alike, of mismanaged resources in central Florida. The scope of this issue is immense and multifaceted. But it is also worth your attention. Read up on the ecological, political, and personal elements of this situation. At the very least, what is happening in Florida reminds us that everyone lives downstream – and that there are consequences and responsibilities.