Summer 2014 Fly Contest Brought to you by the Red Shed Fly Shop!

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Deadline June 10, 2014
​Summer Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon Flies

Submit your favorite Summer Steelhead or Atlantic Salmon Fly pattern; whether it be a traditional hair wing, married wing, leech, or something crazy! All submissions will be strongly considered. Selected photos will be featured in the July 1 issue of Swing the Fly.

1st – $200 Red Shed Fly Shop Gift Certificate
2nd – $100 Red Shed Fly Shop Gift Certificate
3rd – $50 Red Shed Fly Shop Gift Certificate

Additionally we will randomly select one entry to win a $50 Red Shed Fly Shop gift certificate!
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Rise Fishing Co. Needs A Grant!

Rise Fishing needs your help. We have applied for the small business grant thru Chase to help take Rise Fishing to the next level. We need 250 votes to even be considered. We would appreciate it if you could take the time to go to the link provided and search Rise Fishing and vote for us.

P.S. Amanda and Steve are good friends of mine, and who have given me the opportunity to design spey rods for, so I am passionate about Rise Fishing! Please vote and wish us luck!


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Help A Fellow Fly Fisher Girl Win A Million Dollars!

Jen McElroy and her husband read FFG on a regular basis, and wanted to share Jen’s story.

Jen entered “Dr Oz’s Transformation Nation Million Dollar You” and has advanced from out of 1 million entrants to the final 10.

“I’ve been overweight since I was a teenager. My mom took me to see a nutritionist when I was a freshman in high school—the earliest I remember knowing I had a problem. I have a family history with weight problems, so I just thought that was going to be my life and didn’t pay much attention to it. I tried to diet on my own, but something would stop me and I never really got it together. In July, 2010, weighing in at 382 pounds and battling active Crohn’s disease, I decided to change my life. I joined Weight Watchers and was able to lose some of the weight. Then my sister called me and asked me if I wanted to participate in a 5K. I immediately said yes. In 2011 I walked in six races (four 5Ks, one 9K and one 10K). I feel like having lost this amount of weight is awesome and I can finally live my life rather than watching it go by.”

Jen is a fly fisher girl, and traveled to Alaska for her fly fishing honeymoon.

Jen now…

This week everyone can vote (up to 10 times per day), and please do. If you can vote and pass this on to anyone else willing to take 30 seconds to do the 10 votes per day we fly fisher girls would sincerely appreciate it!

To read Jen’s full story, vote and see her transformation video, click here.

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Mia Sheppard & Marcy Stone Raising $ for CFR

In the spirit of competition and good sportsmanship, Mia Sheppard and Marcy Stone will be raising money via a pledge drive for Casting for Recovery at the Jimmy Green Spey-O-Rama on April 22, 2012.

The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club will present the Jimmy Green Spey-O-Rama, The World Championship of Spey Casting, on April 20-22, 2012, at the world-renowned Golden Gate Park casting ponds in San Francisco.

Spey-O-Rama is a distance casting event using a double-handed fly rod.

Casting for Recovery’s program combines counseling, medical information, and the therapeutic sport of fly-fishing. Our two-and-a-half day retreats are offered at no cost to women at any age and stage of breast cancer treatment and recovery. CFR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. In 2012, CFR is holding 45 retreats in 33 states.

Donate to CFR by pledging a dollar amount based on Mia’s or Marcy’s cast; donations are based on their longest cast, per foot. For example, if their longest cast is 125 feet, a $1/ft. donation would be $125.00. Please help by spreading the word and donating any amount you can give.

For more information contact Mia Sheppard or Marcy Stone. Casting results will be updated on Mia’s blog, Metalheads, and results of the Spey-O-Rama will be posted on April 23, 2012. You will be contacted with following the event via email with information on how to complete your Pledge Payment.

You have two ways to make your pledges, either a set amount per foot or the amount of your choosing.

Please give. As women we all know someone who has been the victim of cancer, and all methods of support go towards helping a global cause.

Best of luck gals. Thanks for your effort!


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Fly Earring Giveaway

Win these Intruder style earrings, made by me!

The giveaway will last until next Wednesday (March 21), at around 9:00 a.m. PST.

Rules are simple – just make a comment with your post number beside your name (anyone can enter), and I will randomly (using select a winning number from the entries and announce who that is on Wednesday morning.

Good luck everyone!

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Rise Fishing Holiday Giveaway

Rise Holiday Giveaway is here!
To enter for a chance to win all you have to do is (and you must do all 3 to enter):

1. “Like” our Facebook page
2. Click “Like” under the picture of the Balance Series fly rod on our Facebook page.
3. And comment with “I’m in” under the photo.

Good luck everyone!

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Fishy Kid Coloring Book Contest

This year Fishy Kid is inviting kids from age 1 – 17 to submit a drawing to be included in the 2011 Fishy Kid coloring book. Until now, the Fishy Kid Coloring Book has been a compilation of well known outdoor artists’ renderings depicting various marine creatures, landscapes and lifestyles.

This year they are including the winners drawing in the coloring book.

All you have to do is create an original fly fishing related drawing (not colored in!) on a 8.5 by 11 piece of paper, (digital pieces accepted) and submit it! The chosen drawing will be converted into a line drawing for the coloring book.

Please Submit Entries to:
PO BOX 3282

Or email digital entries to:

Please send photo a of the artist and email address with entry.

1st Prize winner receives: Level series or In-Stream series fly rod & a guided day fishing by guide of your choice.
2nd Prize winner receives: GreenHorn fly rod
3rd Prize winner receives: stickers, hats and shirts!

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Giveaway – Damselfly & Co. Earrings

Damselfly & Co is Amanda Poitevin’s Etsy storefront where she creates fly fishing earrings.

Amanda is a history teacher, cellist, and angler from Hailey, ID who is going to give away the pair of earrings you see pictured to one of our readers.

The giveaway will last until this upcoming Friday (March 25th), at around 9:00 a.m. PST. Rules are simple – just make a comment with your post number beside your name, and I will randomly select a winning number from the entries and announce who that is on Friday morning. Good luck everyone!

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The development of Pebble Mine will adversely affect one of the most prolific salmon fisheries in the world. Sign the petition and help stop this massive destruction.

One of our last wild frontiers is at risk of destruction. Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed, home to the world’s largest population of sockeye salmon is facing its greatest challenge. Britain’s Anglo American is planning to dig one of the largest mines, Pebble Mine, in the nexus of this pristine ecosystem. The danger lies in the faulty plan to hold back the toxic waste water with an earthen dam, built over shifting tectonic plates (Earthquake zone!). 60 miles of pristine river, holding millions of salmon would be adversely affected. If we let this project proceed then we risk loosing a renewable resource that we cannot afford to part with. There is a great effort going on to protest this potential disaster.

Please join in the crusade to put an end to Pebble Mine. Winner will win a Rise fly rod of their choice and get to choose ANY fly fishing guide that they want to fish with for a day. We will pick up the charter fee for a full day fishing (not exceeding 650.00). Of course, the guide you choose will have their own schedule and you will have to work out all the details with them!

just let us know when you have booked the trip and we will arrange the payment (reminder some guides are booked well in advance and some guides only book week long trips, etc.) all in all we are trying to make it easier for you to enjoy a great days fishing!

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You Don’t Know Trout!

So, you’re an avid angler? Take the quiz and prove you know trout. You’ll also be entered in a grand prize drawing to win a dream fishing trip on the Bighorn River in Montana and a great fly fishing gear package from Orvis.

The Dream Fishing Trip includes 2 guided days of fishing and three nights of lodging for two people at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort, the 2010 Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year. On the water, you’ll float with an Orvis-endorsed guide and have your shot at 7,500 fish per mile…browns and rainbows that average 16″-18″ with many well over 20″. Off the water, you’ll be treated to three gourmet meals a day during your stay in Forrester’s private cabins. On top of that, we’ll send you home with two personalized Orvis Access Fly rods, one Orvis Mirage LA II reel and an Orvis Safe Passage Sling Pack. The total value of the of the trip and the gear is $2,625.

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