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CB’s Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Schools-Winter/Spring 2018 Dates

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL have announced dates for their Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools for the winter and spring; Jan 20, Feb. 24, Mar. 24, and Apr 14, 2018. Located on Siesta Key, named Best Beach in America, the schools will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. Instructors, Capt. Rick Grassett and Capt. Ed Hurst will also cover leader construction, fly selection, and saltwater fly fishing techniques.

The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills.

The cost for the school, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $175 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle and lunch.

Capt. Rick Grassett works with a student in a previous clinic.

Capt. Rick Grassett works with a student in a previous school.

Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or info@cbsoutfitters.com to sign up or for more information.

Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guides Capt. Rick Grassett and Capt. Ed Hurst instructing a previous CB's Saltwater Outfitters Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing clinic.

2017 MCFF/CCA “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” Results

The 13th annual MCFF “Fall Fly Fishing Challenge” was held on Saturday, Oct. 21st. Anglers gathered at The Meadows Country Club Community Association building on Friday evening for the angler meeting and on Saturday afternoon for angler check-in and an awards luncheon. The tournament benefits the conservation and/or education programs of CCA and Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers.

Anglers could fish any water on the west coast of Florida using flies only in a catch, digital photo, release format fishing tournament for reds, trout, snook and more. All fish were photographed and immediately released. Winners of each division were awarded Orvis Recon fly rod outfits and handsome plaques. Other winners also received a plaque and donated gift certificates. The event also featured an upscale raffle and a silent auction.

A special thanks to donors to the event; Orvis, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Economy Tackle, Chouinard Outdoor Associates/Simms & Umpqua, Andy Thornal Company, Rattlin’ Jack, The Compound, West Wall Outfitters, New Pass Grill and Bait Shop, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO), Jeff Brue, Steve Gibson (Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing) and Saltflys.com (Craig Smothers). Without them the tournament wouldn’t be

Open Division-based on total inches (guides, anglers fishing with guides and any other angler wishing to compete)

Grand Champion (slam)-largest snook, redfish and trout 55"
Capt. Colby Hane, Sarasota, FL

Grand Champion Runner Up (largest snook and trout) 40.75"
eff Brue, Tampa, FL

Snook 223.75"
Jacob Shields, Sarasota, FL

Trout 82.5"
Capt. Andy Cotton, Sarasota, FL

Redfish
No winner

Fly Angler Division-based on a point per inch format for redfish, snook, trout and multiple other species (no guides allowed in this division)

1st place- Bob Cameron. Bradenton, FL 245 points
2nd place-Jim Knowles, Bradenton, FL 228.75 points
3rd place-Ken Babineau, Sarasota, FL 214 points
4th place-Tony Hershberger, North Port, FL 129 points
5th place-Jay Tinsky, Sarasota, FL 97 points

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right)  presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Open Division Grand Champion, Capt. Colby Hane, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Open Division Grand Champion, Capt. Colby Hane, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right)  presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Open Division Grand Champion Runner Up, Jeff Brue, from Tampa, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Open Division Grand Champion Runner Up, Jeff Brue, from Tampa, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right)  presenting award to 2017  "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Open Division snook winner, Compund Board Shop owner, Jacob Shields, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Open Division snook winner, Compund Board Shop owner, Jacob Shields, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right)  presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Open Division trout winner, Capt. Andy Cotton, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Open Division trout winner, Capt. Andy Cotton, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right)  presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division winner, Bob Cameron, from Bradenton, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division winner, Bob Cameron, from Bradenton, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right)  presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division 2nd place winner, Jim Knowles, from Bradenton, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division 2nd place winner, Jim Knowles, from Bradenton, FL.

Tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right)  presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division 3rd place winner, MCFF president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota, FL.

Tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division 3rd place winner, MCFF president Ken Babineau, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division 4th place winner, Tony Hershberger, from North Port, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division 4th place winner, Tony Hershberger, from North Port, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right)  presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division 5th place winner, Jay Tinsky, from Sarasota, FL.

MCFF president Ken Babineau (left) and tournament committee member Capt. Rick Grassett (right) presenting award to 2017 "Fall Fly Fishing Challenge" Fly Angler Division 5th place winner, Jay Tinsky, from Sarasota, FL.

 
 

Orvis introduces the world’s most accurate fly rod, the Helios 3

The Helios 3 is developed from the ground up with new materials in tip section, new tapering, and new ways of laying up the graphite to make it the most accurate fly rod on the market.

After the highly successful Helios and Helios 2, the Helios 3 is the first rod designed for accuracy! Place the fly exactly where you want it.

The Helios 3 is “accurate from anywhere” whether you’re chasing schools of redfish on the flats or trout fishing dry flies in a stream. The Helios 3 comes in two different flavors, the “D” for distance casting, and “F” for finesse.

The Helios “3F” is every dry fly trout fisherman’s dream. The “3F” has the traditional feel and finesse of most fly rods; however it is enhanced for accuracy.

In fly fishing, success can be measured in inches. The Helios 3D is made for distance, and perfect for laying over larger flies more accurately.

Proudly made in the USA, the Orvis Helios 3 has a 25-year warranty and comes in a rod tube and a protective sock.

  • Matte Storm blank
  • Reel seat is type III anodized aluminum Midnight black w/ Matte Storm carbon insert
  • Green accent wrap
  • Black/gray main wraps
  • REC recoil snake guides
  • Sic/titanium stripping guides
  • Aluminum rod tube made in USA

Come in and cast the most accurate fly rod today!

Introducing the SAGE SALT HD

The Sage Salt HD won “best of show” at ICAST 2017. Proudly made in the USA, the Salt HD features Konnetic HD Technology from the successful “X” rod for a strong, slim, ultra light rod that helps reduce fatigue and cut through the wind.

Offering more pulling power than standard fast action saltwater rods, the Salt allows anglers to target fast saltwater species with quick shots and even quicker second shots.

 Salt HD Specs:
Model
Line
Length
Weight (oz)
690-4
6
9’0”
3 3/4
790-4
7
9’0”
3 7/8
890-4
8
9’0”
3 15/16
990-4
9
9’0”
4 1/16
1090-4
10
9’0”
4 7/16
1190-4
11
9’0”
4 7/8
1290-4
12
9’0”
5

Reach the fish further, quicker, with lighter presentations.

  • KonneticHD Technology
  • Squid Ink blank color
  • Black thread wraps with Blue trim wraps
  • Oversized Ceramic Fuji stripper guides
  • Hard Chromed snake guides and tip-top
  • Heavy-Duty Stealth Black anodized aluminum reel seat
  • Integrated hidden hook keeper
  • Laser etched line weight on side band
  • Super Plus full-wells cork handle
  • Black rod bag with Blue logo and model tag
  • Blue powder coated aluminum rod tube with Sage medallion

Stop by CB’s Outfitters for all your Sarasota fly fishing needs!

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CB’s is proud to support grassroots advocacy for our nation’s 46 Million Anglers, and we hope you will, too.

There’s a lot of politics in fishing. No really, there is. From bans on your tackle to the creation of no-fishing zones, our nation’s pastime is often under threat of being over-regulated, or worse, being completely taken away.

Through policy, science and conservation, the Government Affairs team of the American Sportfishing Association works to minimize access restrictions, promote clean waters and restore fish populations.

Anglers could fish any water on the west coast of Florida using flies only in a catch, digital photo, release format fishing tournament for reds, trout, snook and more. All fish were photographed and immediately released.

New this year were a Grand Champion Runner Up award in the Open division and 5th place award in the Fly Angler division. Winners of each division were awarded Orvis Recon fly rod outfits and handsome plaques. Other winners also received a plaque and donated gift certificates. The event also featured an upscale raffle and a silent auction.

A special thanks to donors to the event; Orvis, CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Economy Tackle, Chouinard Outdoor Associates/Simms & Umpqua, Andy Thornal Company, Fishing Bandit, The Compound, West Wall Outfitters, New Pass Grill and Bait Shop, Doug Forde, Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO) and Saltflys.com (Craig Smothers). Without them the tournament wouldn’t be possible, so please support them whenever you can.

For more information, visit www.keepamericanfishing.org
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