Linville, who released one permit on the tournament’s first fishing day and three on the second, scored 332 points to become the tournament’s grand champion angler. His guide was John O’Hearn of Big Pine Key, Fla., who was named guide to the grand champion.
Linville credited much of his victory to O’Hearn’s skill and said the greatest challenge was the calm water conditions.
“These fish are difficult to catch under any conditions, but particularly when it’s calm,” Linville said. “They’re very aware of what’s going on around them, and when you’re trying to throw a fly rod and put a fly right next to them, they know what’s coming.”
The tournament’s first runner-up angler was John Holt of Bozeman, Mont. Guided by Trevor Luce of Palm Coast, Fla., Holt released three permit with a combined point total of 327. He also earned honors for scoring the tournament’s largest single catch, a 31-inch fish.
Jeff Ferguson of Bozeman was named second runner-up angler for releasing one permit worth 115 points. Ferguson’s guide was Bryan “Bear” Holeman of Key West.
Twenty-five teams of permit enthusiasts fished the tournament. Proceeds benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, which helps conserve and enhance global fisheries and habitats of bonefish, tarpon and permit.
Redington, a leading fly fishing manufacturer of rods, reels, waders, apparel, and accessories, today released its first ever video series entitled Find Your Water in an effort to engage and energize its consumers in a lasting and meaningful way. A six-part series, Find Your Water presents the idea that fish are found nearly anywhere and thrive under a wide variety of circumstances – underscoring to anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike just how accessible fly fishing can be.
In the series viewers can explore Redington’s backyard in the Olympic Peninsula or head to Jackson Hole to discover how to balance life as a ski and fly fishing bum. From there Redington will juxtapose urban angling in Phoenix with the serenity of a backcountry solo fishing experience in New Mexico; take viewers through a Florida saltwater adventure via a kayak, and wrap things up with a great day chasing pike and trout in Calgary.
“Many anglers are doing just about anything in their power to find places to throw a fly, so we decided to celebrate that with this video series,” says Redington brand manager Josh Prestin. “Fly fishing brings a different experience to everyone each outing, so we encourage our consumers to not only chase that fish of a lifetime but to get out there and explore their local areas to find their water.“
Watch the trailer here and find the videos on Redington’s site launching on the following days:
Trailer – March 17
Olympic Peninsula – March 31
Jackson Hole – April 14
Phoenix – April 28
New Mexico – May 12
Florida – May 26
Calgary – June 9
For any angler, even a bad day on the water is better than a good day spent indoors. To honor those who
are passionate about living life beyond walls, Smith joined forces with Howler Brothers – craftsmen of
limited-run, outdoor lifestyle apparel and goods – to launch a capsule collection fit for avid adventurers,
thrill seekers and tequila drinkers.
Debuting this month, the collaboration includes co-branded models of the popular lifestyle-oriented
Lowdown sunglasses (MSRP $100.00) and the fishing-inspired Dockside sunglasses with ChromaPop
polarized lens in Bronze Mirror, for increased color and clarity definition on and off the water (MSRP
$209.00). Both models are available in matte tortoise and feature the Howler Brothers monkey logo
micro-etched into the lens.Howler Brothers has also created a limited-edition Aransas shirt, t-shirt, and
hat to accompany the co-branded assortment.
“We initiated the collaboration because both our brands have a very similar mindset. With a passion for
activities like fishing, surfing and getting outdoors, Smith and Howler both celebrate pursuing adventures,”
stated Chase Heard, founder and CEO of Howler Brothers.