Fly Fishing Travel Will Never be the Same


AmericanFlyFishingVacations, a Major Fly Fishing Travel Website, Breaks New Ground

Booking travel over the Internet has exploded over the last 10 years and shows no sign of slowing down. Fly fishers are tech savvy and have expressed a desire to do their own thing and bypass the time and expense of working through traditional fly fishing travel agents. That’s why Gary Eblen and Peter Blackman, owners of AmericanFlyFishing.com, created AmericanFlyFishingVacations.com, an online vehicle for fly fishers to easily book their own fly fishing travel directly with the owners of lodges, vacation rental property and fly fishing guide services.

(PRWEB) September 14, 2006 — Booking travel over the Internet has exploded over the last 10 years and shows no sign of slowing down. Fly fishers are tech savvy and have expressed a desire to do their own thing and bypass the time and expense of working through traditional travel agents. That’s why Gary Eblen and Peter Blackman, owners of AmericanFlyFishing.com, created AmericanFlyFishingVacations.com, an online vehicle for fly fishers to easily book their own fly fishing travel directly with the owners of lodges and guide services.

Through the AmericanFlyFishingVacations.com portal, fly fishers are able to communicate directly with the owners of the lodges, guide services, rental properties and private waters. Angler questions can be answered immediately by those who know the answers, eliminating delays and uncertainties caused by the traditional “middle man” model. Providers of fly fishing services have traditionally had to pay high commissions to travel agents and fly shops to book fly fishing customers. AmericanFlyFishingVacations.com has totally eliminated commissions and replaced them with a small listing fee. By linking the fly fisher directly with the owner, there will be a huge savings of time and money for both the angler and the owners.

A recent survey shows overwhelming favorable support among the owners of lodges, guide services and private waters for this new business concept, and initial signups have been brisk. Bill Lowe, owner of Bill Lowe’s Guide Services, says: “This tech stuff really works. In a three month test, (conducted by AmericanFlyFishing.com and Bill Lowe), I received 7 inquiries that resulted in 6 paid guide trips. A great conversion rate. I am sold on this business model and have already signed up. It’s the biggest bang for the buck I can get for my advertising dollar.”

AmericanFlyFishingVacations.com has established affiliations with Orbitz, Hotwire, Budget Car Rental, Delta Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Travelex Insurance, Medjet Assist, Patagonia, REI, Ex-Officio and many helpful websites such as The Weather Channel, MapQuest, Moon & Tide Charts and the US State Department.

Gary Eblen and Peter Blackman owners of American Fly Fishing Co. have been operating a full-service retail fly fishing shop for over 10 years. Very early in the e-commerce era they started AmericanFlyFishing.com, which has become one of the Internet’s most successful e-commerce sites. They are recommended on-line dealers with Sage, Scott, Redington, Winston and Simms; the major manufacturers in the fly fishing industry.

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