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Fly Fishing Guides/Outfitters seek Loans/Unemployment Benefits Amidst Coronavirus: What the New Federal Aid Bill Means.

By CD Fishing USA

Self-employed guides and outfitters in Montana can now file for unemployment benefits under the federal aid package aimed at coronavirus relief. Last week, Congress passed a $2 trillion spending bill aimed at providing economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic. The federal aid package, signed by President Trump, allows for self- employed, gig workers and freelancers to file for unemployment benefits. This life-line comes amidst a directive from the State of Montana to close all non-essential businesses, including guiding and outfitting. Guides and outfitters have been reaching out to their accountants for advice on how to survive what is beginning to look…

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The Coronavirus Sickens the 2020 Outfitting Industry: Guiding Through Uncertainty

By CD Fishing USA

2020 will be a tough year for guides and outfitters due to impacts from Coronavirus, what can you do to stay afloat? It has been said, “you can’t swing a dead cat in a Missoula bar without hitting a fishing guide.” Well, right now you could, as the bars are closed and all the guides that I know are out fun fishing, the spring trips that they rely upon to jumpstart their bank accounts before the summer rush, canceled. No matter the business, uncertainty runs amok, but the hospitality industry, including guides/outfitters, is going to be especially hard hit in…

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Barracuda Fly Fishing in the Bahamas: Broken Lines, the Blues and a Red Sunrise

By CD Fishing USA

Pursuit of the barracuda can leave anglers with broken tackle…and hearts, as Justin Karnopp recently discovered on a fly fishing adventure in the Bahamas. An initial scan revealed a marauding missile, the outline of the fish was umistakable and I was about to get my shot at a big barracuda. From a high vantage, sun at my back, I had a frigatebird’s-eye view of a translucent lagoon. I’d followed two sets of barefoot tracks inland, from the sea, and discovered flats fishing paydirt. I took a deep breath, calmed my nerves, and assessed the scene, scanning the shoreline for potential…

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