Mayfly Group, Owner of Abel Reels acquires Ross Reels from Orvis

Mayfly Group, LLC, Colorado Springs, Colo., will acquire the Manchester, Vermont-based Orvis Company’s Ross Reels subsidiary effective Jan. 1, 2014.  Mayfly operates various sporting brand names including Abel Automatics, Inc., the manufacturer of Abel fly reels and accessories in Camarillo, Calif.  [Read more…]

Cortland Product Packaging Gets Makeover

Packaging_New 2014Cortland Line Company announces it will unveil new product packaging beginning with orders that ship in January, 2014.  The new look will feature a cleaner layout and color scheme to catch the consumer’s eye. It will also provide more clarity in conveying essential product information such as species, casting type, line weight / lb. test, and technical specifications.  But the design effort didn’t stop there.  It has a more far-reaching objective; a unique approach that is environmentally sound, and pays tribute to Cortland’s heritage as it looks forward to its centennial celebration next year.  [Read more…]

Atlantic Coast Snook Season Closes Tomorrow

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and
federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will
remain closed through Jan. 31, 2014, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Snook can
continue to be caught and released during the closed season.

Spawning Bonefish

bonefishPretty amazing video of bonefish moving offshore to spawn. Check out the video and read more about what Bonefish & Tarpon Trust researchers have discovered about how and where bonefish spawn.

Select Shimano and G.Loomis Gear Available Online

G.Loomis Gear -843x403Bringing more awareness – and availability – to its growing line-up of technical and leisure fishing apparel and footwear, anglers can now go directly to the Shimano web site – – to purchase a special selection of Shimano and G.Loomis branded gear. [Read more…]

New Wiley X Sunglasses for 2014

The new Wiley X Arrow

The new Wiley X Arrow

Eyewear innovator Wiley X®, Inc. has a well-earned reputation for providing wearers with Absolute. Premium. Protection. – and with a host of new models joining its already extensive product line of vision protection systems for work and play, that reputation is sure to grow in 2014. Excitement about these new models will be even greater because almost all Wiley X eyewear styles are Rx-ready, making these glasses an ideal, no-compromise solution for people who require prescription lenses. [Read more…]

Founder of Umpqua Feather Merchants Dennis Black Passes

An avid angler and gifted fly designer and tyer, Dennis had a profound impact on many of us here at Umpqua, as well as on the entire fly-fishing industry as a whole. [Read more…]

Boat US Speaks Up for Boat Owners at Ethanol Hearings

“We believe in a national renewable fuels policy, but one that is both safe for boaters and sound for the environment,” says BoatUS Government Affairs Program Manager Nicole Payla Wood.

Biscayne National Park GMP Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) announces that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Biscayne National Park’s General Management Plan (GMP) is available for public comment. All interested parties are invited to attend public meetings scheduled for December 9th, 10th, and 11th.   The 90 day public comment period continues through February 20, 2014.

Ask The Experts – Skiff Waxing

Question:  I have recently acquired a Waterman and want to wax the hull.  What is the best product, frequency, and process?

Mike F.

Thank you for the question Mike, we asked Paul Payne, the service manager at Hells Bay Boatworks and he offered the following advice and tips.

Answer:  I always recommend a liquid wax because they are so much easier to use than paste waxes.   Meguiars makes a good product but my favorite is Woody Wax, not just because it smells so good, it leaves a long lasting protective coat and is the easiest to use.  Ease of use is important, because it takes the hesitation out of frequent waxing, which is key when talking about gel coat maintenance.

Woody WaxJust follow the directions on the label.  Spray it on a wet fine bristle brush and wipe it onto all areas of the skiff (hull and deck), a little goes a long way.  Allow the wax to dry and then just rinse it off with water.  For the best protection, re-apply at least 3 times per year or more, depending on use and the amount of sun and weather the boat gets.  Water no longer beading during wash-down is a good indicator that it’s time to wax again.

You may find that proper waxing prevents fish blood and other stains from penetrating so deep into the gel coat pores and makes the whole skiff clean-up process much easier.

Woody Wax and Meguiars are both available at West Marine and many other marine supply retailers and can also be ordered online.

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