Anglers can register now for the third annual Cheeca Lodge All American Backcountry Tournament scheduled Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, in Islamorada.

Participants will compete in the sport-fishing capital of the world for trophies and prizes for catching and releasing five tournament species: snook, redfish, permit, bonefish and tarpon.

Proceeds from the 2014 tournament benefit the Guides Trust Foundation, an organization committed to assisting Florida Keys fishing guides in need, helping them meet their financial obligations in times of crisis or injury, and providing scholarship awards to local students.

A welcome reception and cocktail party kicks off the weekend from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Cheeca Lodge, the tournament’s social event headquarters, at mile marker 82 oceanside. A rules meeting for guides is slated for 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Fishing is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, based from nearby World Wide Sportsman. Dockside continental breakfast is to be offered. A beachside post-fishing banquet is to be held Friday evening.

Saturday, Nov. 15, tournament participants are to attend a cocktail reception, early dinner and presentation of awards. Formerly a fishing day during the weekend event, Sunday is now dedicated to relaxation or return travel for anglers, several of whom travel to this Keys flagship backcountry event from as far away as the United Kingdom, according to organizers.

Trophies are to be awarded to the individual grand champion and runner-up, grand champion team and runner-up, and champions in the fly, artificial and general tackle divisions.

Entry fee is $2,000 per angler and includes admission to three evening social events for the angler and a guest, as well as the angler’s guide and a guest. The fee includes boxed lunches and continental breakfast each morning. Guide fees are additional.

Registration information: www.cheeca.com

Emerald Water Anglers Opens A New Store!

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Grand Opening September 6-7, 2014 in West Seattle
SUP fly fishing demo, sale items, fly tyers, door prizes, bamboo rod builder,
hosted travel presentations, Womens’ Program name contest
4502 42nd Ave. SW, Suite A
Seattle, WA 98116

Experienced, friendly and knowledgeable, our staff is ready to outfit you for the elements whether it’s your first time fly fishing(never a better time to start than summer and fall!) or you are an experienced angler prepping for your next international adventure. A bit different than your average fly shop, we offer a full line of Patagonia outerwear to prepare you for our Pacific Northwest weather in any season or any climate around the world. We offer a wide selection of the finest brands in hard fly angling gear and more spey selection than you can wrap your hands around.

Brands in the store:
Fly Rods: Scott, Winston, Hardy, Echo
Fly Reels: Bauer, Hardy, Nautilus, Abel, Echo
Fly Lines: Airflo

Fishpond, Trout Hunter, Umpqua, Loon, Hydro Flask, Grape Solar, Black Diamond, Clif, Buff, Recycled Wader, Otter Box, NRS, Nemo Tents, Suunto Watches and more


BLADE: King of Graffiti

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Please join in welcoming BLADE & FREEDOM to LA! This Saturday, August 30th they will both be displaying new works at the Seventh Letter Flagship Store. Also the new book BLADE: KING OF GRAFFITI will be available there. The book is fantastic and I worked on it for the past 6 years. As a favor to me if you could come pick up a copy andhave them both sign it (FREEDOM write it!) it would mean a lot to them.

BLADE is considered “The King of Graffiti” because by 1980, after painting 5,000 wildly creative trains, he stopped counting. Known and loved by the graffiti community, BLADE is not a myth but a crowned head visionary who has painted a rich collection of artwork on the street and on canvas.

BLADE’s first solo show in Los Angeles, this exhibit features new large-scale spray paint and paint marker artworks on canvas and NYC subway maps. Inspired by his own characters, letters, colors, and abstract imagery from some of his own subway train masterpieces from the 1970’s, the collection of artwork is a throwback to his innovative style that influenced generations of contemporary artists all over the world. Titles like “METALLIC MADNESS” and “METEROIC RAINBOW ” are reminiscent of the silver spray paint and metal trains that BLADE painted fiercely. His

gifted perception for color and letter style are not just nostalgic but defining for the golden era of subway art. In “JOINT MAN ,” BLADE paints a character he originally created in 1976, at age 19, on an IRT Train. These new paintings are a look at the past fused with BLADE’s ever-future imagination of today.

BLADE: KING OF GRAFFITI is a colorful hardbound collectible book about BLADE, the prolific and legendary graffiti artist from the Bronx. BLADE’s career has spanned over forty years and writer/NY graffiti artist Chris Pape, aka FREEDOM , sits down with him to recount his high’s and low’s in this 250 page book, packed with vintage photos of his life and artwork. This book parallels the New York graffiti movement almost from its inception, moving through its glory years in the mid-1970s, when BLADE earned his title, and ending in the global art scene, where he remains a major presence. BLADE helped New York graffiti become internationally famous by making it look fun, and, for reasons of quantity, quality, and, perhaps above all, for sheer spirit, BLADE may very well be the most popular graffiti artist with his peers. This recently released book is available for sale at THE SEVENTH LETTER STORE for $39.99.

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