Illinois Launches Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Selected Illinois waterways will open ahead of the regular trout season for catch-and-release fly fishing, the Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday.

The new catch-and-release season will open Oct. 4 with the regular trout fishing season starting Oct. 18. The department stocks about 50 Illinois lakes and rivers with approximately 80,000 trout before the season opens.

The catch-and-release waters are located in Apple River State Park in Jo Daviess County, White Pines State Park in Oregon County, Siloam Springs State Park in Adams County, Gridley Lake in Cass County, Horton Lake in Hancock County and IDOT Lake in Sangamon County.

Most adults must have a fishing licenses and inland trout stamps to fish during either the catch-and-release or the regular season. Licenses and stamps are available at many bait shops, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets.

The daily limit is five trout per angler.

Rust Belt Steel : Great Lakes Fall Patterns

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This Saturday – September 20th, from 10:00am until noon in our Old Town Alexandria, VA shop.

Bring in your vise and tying tools, and tie along with us. Learn tips, tricks, and the special techniques for tying amazing flies that will help you catch more fish.

You will tie alongside Urban Angler shop employees, local guides, and well known tyers in the fly fishing industry.

These clinics will cover a range of regional and seasonal fly patterns. From local specialty patterns to unique flies for exotic species.

Space is limited, so arrive early and have fun. Tie one on!

Urban Angler – Alexandria, VA
108 N. Washington Street, 2nd Floor
Alexandria , VA 22314
Phone: (800) 800-2018 or (703) 527-2524
Fax: (703) 527-3313

Click here for Virginia Parking Info

Virginia store hours:
Monday: 10am to 7pm
Tuesday: 10am to 7pm
Wednesday: 10am to 7pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday: 10am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 7pm
Sunday: CLOSED

BTT Symposium and Art and Film Fest

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For two full days, starting November 7th, Bonefish and Tarpon Trust will host their 5th International Symposium at the IGFA Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, FL. This year’s event will feature science presentations packed with the latest science developments from the world’s top tarpon, bonefish, and permit biologists. There will be a number of clinics and demonstrations for attendees to enjoy including a light tackle casting clinic from C.A. Richardson, the star of Flats Class TV, a tarpon clinic hosted by world class angler Andy Mill, a fly tying demonstration with Enrico Puglisi, and a photography clinic with renowned photographer Pat Ford. Throughout the two days there will also be panel discussions with some of today’s most knowledgeable fishing guides from around the world, trading insight and stories about bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

Friday evening’s entertainment will come in the way of the inaugural BTT Art and Film Festival where some of the biggest names in saltwater art and photography will be on hand to display their work. Attendees will have a chance to purchase pieces directly from the artists with portions of the proceeds benefiting Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.

The festival will also feature films showcasing our favorite inshore flats fish. BTT is now accepting short film submissions from the public for a chance to be shown during the festival. Films must be roughly 5 minutes in length and content should focus on inshore flats species.

The highlight of the film screening will be the world premier of “90 Miles”, the latest film offering from the World Angling crew. The film will feature BTT’s efforts to help Cuba preserve their flats fishery.

Capping off the weekend on Saturday night will be a silent and live auction as well as the “Passing Of The Torch” Banquet. The banquet will celebrate some up and coming members of the saltwater fishing community for their positive stewardship and their efforts to promote conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 5th International BTT Symposium, click here.

For more information on the inaugural BTT Art and Film Festival click here.

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