TU Business: Sweetwater Fly Shop
Dan Gigone and Diane Early are the owners here, and they run a great business. Dan is a licensed Montana outfitter, and their guide staff is second to none. If you want to book a trip on a host of different waters in this part of Montana, look no further.
They don’t call it Paradise Valley for nothing. The Yellowstone River makes its way from the base of Two Ocean Pass in Wyoming, through Yellowstone National Park and into Montana. The Yellowstone is the longest undammed river in the lower 48. Once it leaves the park, it makes its way through Paradise Valley, south of…
TU Business: Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge
Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge has twice been selected as an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year. That’s a prestigious honor, awarded by people who know the ins and outs of running a lodge.
At Trout Unlimited, we do all kinds of events. We do everything from the barbecue after the river cleanup to big blowouts like the upcoming CX3 in Portland, Maine. And we’re pretty fussy about where we do them, because a big part of any event is the location. The first law of event planning (or…
TU Business: Thin Air Angler
He’s one of America’s best at the vise. He’s an Umpqua Signature Fly Designer. But you may not know that he’s an outstanding guide, too.
You may know him as a fly-tying savant. His reputation there is solid, and if you’ve ever watched him at a fly-fishing show, you can see immediately that it’s deserved. He makes hard things look easy. Bob Reece is a professional in every sense of the word. He’s one of America’s best at the vise.…
TU Business: Interior Federal Credit Union
Our membership has grown and diversified to include a host of different businesses, including financial institutions.
Over a decade ago, our TU Business membership was almost exclusively made up of what we might refer to as “the usual suspects.” Those fly shops, outfitters, guides, and gear manufacturers were our first Business members, and they still occupy a prominent place in our organization. But since then, our membership has grown and diversified…
TU Business: onWater
You can’t swing a fly these days without hooking someone with a new fishing app. And that’s a good thing. Information gets shared digitally in the year 2022, and the more information we have to make decisions as anglers, the more fun we’ll have. And it the end it’s all about having fun and conserving…
TU Business: Barbless Flies
Barbless Flies is one of a handful of international TU Business members. They’re great promoters of ethical fish handling and the work of Trout Unlimited.
I’m a big fan of barbless hooks, and I don’t think I’m alone in that. Experience has taught me that fish are easier to release when you use a barbless hook, and science has taught me that we kill fewer fish when we go barbless. But you have to wonder why we continue to buy…
One of the best parts of my job at Trout Unlimited is working with young, emerging companies. Typically start-ups owned and managed by young people, these companies are making the fly-fishing business exciting. Often, they see conservation as an integral part of the business from the outset. Making good is part of the business plan,…