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The Little Miami Conservancy and their fleet of Big Shoals Rafts to do conservation work

In 2006 and 2007 I spent one of the best years of my life working for some pretty amazing people at For Impact | The Suddes Group. Their whole thing is helping organizations raise money to fund their visions. Tom's (the old guy, OG) thing was to help other people have an IMPACT on the world. His whole goal was to turn the language around on not-for-profits and get people to be about what they FOR, like having an IMPACT not what they are not, profit. Today we delivered four Big Shoals Rafts to the Little Miami Conservancy . The boats were paid for with Ohio Division of Natural Resources funds collected from fishing license money. They will be using the rafts to take donors and...

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Big Beers and Small Boats Swap Meet, NOV 11th 2017, at SmithFly HQ

SmithFly is proud to announce our first annual Big Beers and Small Boats Swap meet at SmithFly HQ. Show it, sell it, swap it, trade it, or just sit down and drink a fantastic locally brewed beer.The goal of the boat show is to raise money for a feasibility study for a river access point on the Great Miami River on Water Street.  Show sell trade and oogle - RAFTS • DRIFT BOATS • SKIFFS • JON BOATS • ROW BOATS • CANOES • KAYAKS • PADDLE BOARDS  We welcome anyone with a boat under 18' to show or sell or trade. 10x20 space is $20. All proceeds benefit Troy Community Works.  We will be featuring beers from local Micro-Breweries and small...

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Big Shoals raft on the International market with Killer Loop Fly Fishing

We are excited to announce we have our first international distribution partner for the Big Shoals Raft. You can now purchase a Big Shoals Raft through Killer Loop Fly fishing's website for delivery around the globe. Killer Loop is based in the UK and offers a great variety of top notch gear and trips for international travelers.  We look forward to seeing our boats on some waters around the world.

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Getting called up to the Big leagues, SmithFly now available on

So if ever there is an entrepreneurial equivalent to getting called up to the big leagues it's having your stuff picked up by a Big Box store like Cabela's. It's pretty much what every small time bush league start up guy like me dreams of. This week, after months of hard work and digital connecting of back end compliance whctchy-ma-doodles SmithFly modular soft goods for fly fisherman started going live on the Cabela's website. Over the next couple days the complete line of soft gear will be available there, shipping directly from SmithFly World HQ. Three years ago, I would have been beside myself with enthusiasm for this monumental day. But right now, given the myriad other fires I have going on...

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2017 MLK Jr Day - A day of reflection

Today we remember the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At my current age of 38, it's hard for me to fathom the impact he had on the world as one person with only 39 years of his own existence. Think about that, he was only 39 years old. We should all begin acting like we can change the world at a much earlier age."Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase" My favorite quote from Dr Martin Luther King Jr. is the one above about faith. It was this quote repeated in my mind, that nudged me towards starting this venture and helps me take leaps of faith every day. Take that first...

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