Walt Gasson

  • TU Business

    Jen Ripple is a force of and for nature

    “Fly fishing is one of the few sports where you don’t have to be great at it or in perfect shape to enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if you’re old or young, or if you make the perfect cast; it’s still a lot of fun. Fly fishing is a beautiful art form, and women take to that. I think it’s a great sport for women because women are much more about the experience than they are about the catch.”

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. One of the best things about working with TU is the outstanding people you meet. If you haven’t met Jen Ripple, the driving force behind both DUN Magazine and so much of what is great in the fly fishing industry right now, you should. Her easy…

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    Healing Waters Lodge is a Gold Level TU Business Member

    “There are lots of great TU Business members who support our efforts, but I can think of only a few who do as much for TU as Mike and Laura Geary."

    Everyone who knows me knows I'm a Wyoming guy. I have roots here a mile deep. But if they ever throw me out of the Cowboy State, I'm headed north. I love Montana. It's the only place I know where everyone you meet is carrying a backpack and a rod tube. There are lots of…

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    Aventuron is a big player in small business support for TU

    This little retail outdoor shop in a city of 50,000 midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay punches way above its weight when it comes to selling great gear and supporting great conservation.

    I didn’t know much about Sheboygan, Wisc. I had the vague idea that it was in the eastern part of the state on Lake Michigan. I knew that Carl and Kathryn Martens, the owners at Aventuron, had been great TU Business Members for some time. But I didn’t know how great. This little retail outdoor…

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    Alaska Wild Caught Seafood is a labor of love

    You may remember Matt Luck as the commercial fisherman who became a champion for our efforts to oppose the Pebble Mine and TU’s “Save Bristol Bay” campaign. You may remember him as the guy who built Pride of Bristol Bay, a company that made conservation part of their business plan to support those efforts. But…

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    Fishing with the pros at Tactical Fly Fisher

    One of the things that I love most about fly fishing is the continuous learning that’s involved. No matter how much you learn about it, there’s always someone who can teach you something. If you’re willing to listen and try new things, you can always get better at it. And once in a while, you…

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    Fishing with an advocate at Montana Angling Company

    Max Yzaguirre is the real deal. And we’re grateful he’s a TU Business member.

    We have TU Business members in pretty much every sector of the economy. By no means are all of them are directly fishing related. There are insurance companies, wealth management companies, construction companies and more. But as we all know, the heart and soul of our business are the guides, outfitters and fly shops. They’re…