Anglers whose passion is permit can pursue the wily sport fish in the name of the late angling legend Del Brown Sunday through Wednesday, July 13-16. The Del Brown Permit Tournament honors the man who invented the Del Brown Permit Fly and caught more than 500 permit during his lifetime.
The tournament angler who catches the highest total inches of permit on fly on the flats earns the title of grand champion. Awards also await the grand champion guide, runner-up grand champion and the angler who catches the event’s largest permit.
The fly-only Del Brown Permit Tournament begins with a kick-off event and captains meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at La Trattoria Oceanside, 3593 S. Roosevelt Blvd. in Key West.
The angling action is scheduled Monday through Wednesday, July 14-16. Daily 6:30 a.m. breakfasts are scheduled at Hurricane Hole Marina, 5130 Overseas Highway on Stock Island, and boats can depart at 7:30 a.m. each day.
Lines-out is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. daily, with post-fishing hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar available upstairs at Hurricane Hole.
An awards ceremony is to follow Wednesday’s fishing and scorekeeping at the marina.
The entry fee is $1,500 per angler and space is still available for those interested in participating. Professionals and guides are allowed to compete as well.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Jon Ain Memorial Fund at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Ain, one of fly fishing’s top permit anglers and the organizer of Key West’s March Merkin tournament, died in 2012.
Information and registration: www.delbrown.com, 305-360-6969 or 305-744-0903
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywestor 1-800-LAST-KEY
Florida Keys fishing information:www.fla-keys.com/fishing
On Thursday, June 5, Patagonia will present free screenings of the award-winning, feature length documentary DamNation, in 23 cities nationwide. DamNation is a film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.
The following day, June 6, DamNation will be available for the first time nationwide on Vimeo On Demand for digital viewing. DamNation will be available to rent for $5.99 and to buy for $9.99. As part of the brand’s unique collaboration with Vimeo, Patagonia has curated a number of ecologically minded titles, including DamNation, in its Patagonia Selects collection on Vimeo On Demand.
Across the country, screenings will be hosted in Patagonia retail stores in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Cardiff, Chicago LP, Denver, Freeport, ME, Georgetown, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Portland, OR, Reno, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Seattle, New York City, St. Paul, Ventura, Washington, D.C. and Westport. For a full list of nationwide retail, festival and community screenings, visit: damnationfilm.com/screenings. Screenings in retail locations are free and open to the public.
Surrounding the film’s appearances at festivals and other events around the country since March, Patagonia has asked people to get involved and ask President Obama to authorize studies on removing four problematic lower dams on the Snake River. Twenty-five thousand people have already signed Patagonia’s petition asking the administration to “crack down on deadbeat dams” – signatures that will be delivered to the White House at a later date.
Since its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March, DamNation has been hailed by The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, National Geographic and Time Magazine. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard recently published an op-ed in The New York Times arguing for the removal of low value, high cost dams.
In addition to nationwide store screenings, DamNation will be presented on June 5 at a special Washington, DC event, including a special screening to be held at the AMC Loews Georgetown 14, at 3111 K Street NW, and a reception at the the Patagonia Georgetown store at 1048 Wisconsin, Ave, on the canal. A limited number of tickets also will be available to the public. Immediately following the screening, Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post will moderate a panel including the following participants:
Renowned chef David Chang of Momofuku
Nez Perce Tribal Leader Rebecca Miles of Oregon
Dylan Tomine, writer, conservation advocate and Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador
DamNation Co-Director Travis Rummel
DamNation Producer and Fish Biologist Matt Stoecker
Newly Announced: Change.org Senior Campaigner Pulin Modi
The panel will explore the broad range of topics associated with dam removal, including the relationship between dam removal and the sustainable food source of wild salmon and other fish, celebrating the great progress that has been made in breaching dams with low value but high environmental costs and discussing what must happen in Washington, D.C. in order for river restoration to move forward in places like the Snake River in Washington.