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[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ly Rod & Reel magazine named Turneffe Flats, owner/operator of Turneffe Flats, Angler of the Year for his perseverance to get the Belize government make the Turneffe Atoll a marine reserve, bringing special protection to 325,000 acres that the Oceanic Society has declared: ” … the largest and most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere.”

TFLATS-Slider-9“About the time we moved down to Turneffe, Craig [Matthews] and Yvon [Chouinard] started 1% for the Planet,” Hayes said. “I have great respect for both of them, and I loved the idea of supporting conservation in your own backyard. At that point, we decided to make a substantial financial contribution (over $300,000 to date) to support those efforts, and we formed Turneffe Atoll Trust to receive our donations and others. Our first big effort (along with Belize River Lodge and El Pescador) was to lobby for catch-and-release sportfishing in Belize. The Trust underwrote the economic study, and legislation was enacted in January, 2009.”


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, editor: Fly Rod & Reel >

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RIO Announces new Bonefish QuickShooter

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Bonefish QuickShooter has a short, easy-casting head that is designed to load rods at close range and is perfect for anglers wading the flats, for fishing in low light conditions and for novice/occasional saltwater anglers. The unique taper design allows for quick, short-range casts when necessary, yet delivers fast, accurate casts and turns over large flies with ease.

SW_Tropical_Bonefish-02The Bonefish QuickShooter features AgentX technology which ensures the line floats high, is easy to pick up and keeps the running line afloat. A medium-stiff core and hard, tropical coating prevents the line from wilting in tropical heat, and welded loops in both ends allow anglers to change leaders and rig with lightning speed and ease. RIO’s DualTone color system marks the sweet spot of the line and the aqua blue/sand color helps with stealth presentations. Available in WF7F through WF9F, this line is available from RIO dealers with a MSRP of $79.95.


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