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Dr. Michael Cooperman will headline our weekend-long conservation event. Visit our Museum and join the discussion on the hottest conservation topics.

$50 for the weekend with discounted lodging rates

The American Museum of Fly Fishing announced today that their first annual Deborah Pratt Dawson Conservation Symposium will be held on March 14th and 15th at the Orvis Fly Fishing School in Manchester, Vermont. The topic for the event will be the use of new technology in aiding conservation efforts.

The symposium will feature speakers from the national chapter of Trout Unlimited, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, American Rivers, Inter-Fluve, the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance, and the Atlantic Salmon Federation. The event will begin at the Orvis Fly Fishing School with registration and a light breakfast at 8 a.m. on March 14th. Event emcee Jim Heckman will introduce the keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Cooperman, at Dr. Cooperman will be followed by presentations by Cynthia Browning of the Batten Kill Watershed Alliance and Jon Carr of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. Following lunch, presentations continue with Christopher Haak of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Amy Singler of American Rivers, Colin Lawson of Trout Unlimited, and Nick Nelson of Interfluve. Event participants will have the opportunity to join the conversation with an interactive question and answer session after each presentation. Following the presentations there will be a closing reception starting at 5 p.m. at the American Museum of Fly Fishing and concluding at 7 p.m. The event continues the following morning with a light breakfast and conservation films, including the award-winning Return of the River shown at Manchester Village Picture Shows.

The cost of a weekend ticket is only $50 with admission to all presentations, movies, and food included. Weekend tickets are also
available at a Benefactor level $100 (with $50 as a tax-deductible donation) and Sponsor at $250 (with $200 as a tax-deductible donation). Any full-weekend tickets must be purchased online before the event here. Educators and students can contact spitcher@amff.com for a discounted ticket. Sunday-only tickets are available for $20 online or at the Manchester Picture Shows box office, which includes admission to breakfast and the films. The AMFF has secured $99 a night pricing at the Manchester View Inn for event attendees. There are also discounted rates available at the Aspen, the Barnstead Inn, and the Inn at Manchester. Please mention the symposium when calling these three lodging areas to secure your discounted rate.

About the American Museum of Fly Fishing:
The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the steward of the history, traditions, and practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, studies, and interprets the artifacts, art, and literature of the sport and uses these resources to engage, educate, and benefit all.
The Museum fulfills this mission through our public programs (including exhibitions, gallery programs, lectures, special events, and presentations), our publications, and our quarterly journal, The American Fly Fisher.

For more information about the Museum and the first annual Deborah Pratt Dawson Conservation Symposium please visit our website www.amff.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Cast One For Hope

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Kick-Off Party: 6 – 9PM, Friday, October 2, 2015

Help us kick-off an amazing weekend of fly fishing and fundraising at the Pineview Lodge in Hamilton, MT. This casual reception is open to the local community and will include music, delicious edibles, hand-crafted spirits and local brew. Evening fare by Red Rooster Gourmet & Catering. Tickets $40 available here.

Single-Fly Event and Celebration Dinner: Saturday, October 3, 2015

The full-day guided drift begins at 8:30am and includes a catered lunch. This is your opportunity to fish pristine Montana water with elite, professional guides. 2 anglers per boat, limited to 30 anglers. The Celebration Dinner and Auction will begin at 6:30PM with a gourmet dinner and wine pairings at the Bedford Building, downtown Hamilton, MT. This memorable evening will include live and silent auction, awards presentation and music. Fly fishing entry is $1,000 per angler and includes both Friday and Saturday evening events. Dinner-only tickets, $100, available here. Local community members and CfR supporters are encouraged to attend.

Single-Fly Event Rules

Please note that per Montana regulations, we are unable to award prizes for anything having to do with size, species or number of fish caught. No worries … we’ve come up with many other ways to recognize your fishing skills and the adventures of your fishing day! See awards below. Official rules are located here for the Single-Fly event.

Awards given for:

Longest Lasting Fly (only the first fly qualifies)
Best Fly (taking the fly)
Most Flies Lost
Most Interesting/Unusual Fish Caught
Best Photo of the Day

Directions & Accomodations


Friday evening venue – Pineview Lodge: From Hamilton city center head West on Main Street approximately 2 miles. Turn left (south) on West Side Highway. Turn Right (west) on Wyant Lane. Go approximately 1 mile to 322 Wyant Lane on your right. Look for the small vacation rental sign and CfR sign on right.

Saturday evening venue – the Bedford Building: 223 S. 2nd Street, downtown Hamilton, MT 59840.

Casting for Recovery and your local fishing guide will communicate directly with you regarding fishing location, meeting place, and put-in.


Please plan ahead and arrange your own accommodations, the cost of which is not included in your registration. Click HERE for a list of local accommodations. Mention your attendance to Cast One for Hope for any discounts available. Please feel free to contact us for assistance in arranging accommodations.

You can learn more here: http://castingforrecovery.org/events/cast-one-for-hope/
Event Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/688837181224975

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