Don’t Lose Your Shop’s Insurance

Did you know it is becoming common for insurance companies to not renew existing policies of fly and tackle shops that also have guiding operations as part of their business? We can help.

Fly tying materialsWhy are shop owners losing their insurance?

Simply put, it’s a catch-22. Insurance companies who like insuring fly and tackle shops do not want to insure the liability exposure of guiding operations. The insurance companies that do insure guide liability do not want to insure retail operations.

What can you do?

Contact Cross Current before your insurance is canceled or not renewed to find out more. We specialize in insuring the fishing and outdoor industries, and we have a unique, long-term solution for this dilemma. We have helped many shop owners across the country solve this problem, and we can help you too!

Cross Current Insurance

Fly fishing rod on wooden tableWe are an insurance brokerage born out of the concept of helping businesses and professionals in the fishing industry while also giving back to the causes we all care about. As avid anglers ourselves, we understand the unique challenges you face, both on the water and in your business.

Contact us with any questions:

Email Pete  or 860-817-4964
Email Augusto or 860-817-3100
Email Rollin or 860-559-0697

Cheeky Schoolie 2022

It was another amazing tournament out on Cape Cod. Cheeky’s annual celebration of the striped bass is something every angler should experience. Anglers come from around the country for the World’s Largest Fly-Fishing-Only Tournament.

Cheeky Schoolie Tournament presented by Simms logoThursday kicked off with a free women’s event hosted by Cheeky and Cross Current Ambassador Abbie Schuster at West Dennis Beach. It was a space for all female-identifying anglers participating in Schoolie to connect with the women’s fly fishing community.

Even though it is an epic fly fishing event, the weekend is really about supporting the nonprofit organizations that work diligently to ensure stripers are still around for future generations to enjoy them. This year’s tourney will support Keep Fish Wet, the American Saltwater Guides Association, and Stripers Forever.

Cheeky Schoolie Media Day

The weekend continued with conservation partners and industry representatives spending Friday at the first Striped Bass Science Symposium. Conservation of the striped bass was the running theme and there was a lot to talk about making it an information-rich session. Segments of discussion included:

  • Lessons on why post-release mortality is one of the main reasons for fishery decline from Keep Fish Wet. If you really must remove a striper from the water, 10 seconds or less is recommended.
  • A recap of Amendment 7 was given by ASGA’s John McMurray of ASGA and Mike Woods and Chris Borgatti from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
  • Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries presented data from their striped bass tagging research which shows striped bass tend to return to the same areas each summer. 
  • Using social media to encourage new and existing anglers to weave conservation practices into their fishing endeavors brought out new ideas. It is not only for grip-n-grins!
  • And to complete the session, ASGA announced a False Albacore tagging research project to learn more about Albies to help guide their future management.

Thank you to The American Saltwater Guides Association, Costa Sunglasses, and Cheeky Fishing for hosting the Symposium.

On to the main event. The rules on Saturday were quite simple. Catch and release. Two feet on the ground. Stay east of the Cape Cod Canal. Only four 20-inch stripers or longer can be recorded. Go time was 5:30am, after a stop at Dunkin!

It was a whirlwind of a day traversing around the Cape. It really felt like a few different days with the changes in weather from beginning to end. We can talk about our score the next time we see you in person.

It was great seeing many familiar faces and meeting even more new ones. At Cross Current, our motto is protect your passion, and supporting a fundraiser like this is right in our wheel-house. We are proud to be a sponsor of this important event and look forward to doing so in the future.

In 2021 $21,000 was raised for striper conservation. With the pandemic further into our rear-view mirrors, this year should be even more successful than the last.

Tight lines everyone!

Cheekie Schoolie 2022 Sponsor logos grid

Black Salmon – A Cobia Story

Cross Current Insurance is proud to sponsor Black Salmon – A Cobia Story.

As a leader of insurance in the fishing world, we were excited to partner with Jamie Howard and his company Howard Films as a sponsor on his film which was officially selected for the 2022 Fly Fishing Film Tour. 

The annual Fly Fishing Film Tour is a traveling roadshow of the best fly fishing films in the world. Through a submission process, films are selected by a jury to bring some of the best content to the big screen in your hometown.

About the Film:

The Cobia In the Chesapeake Bay don’t eat a fly so much as they inspect it at high speed. A fish that is known in many places as an easy quarry and a tasty meal, is anything but in the Chesapeake (a water system where it has grown wary from all the attention, especially from conventional anglers). The result is a fish that tests Blane Chocklett’s mettle, patience and skill in the mid-atlantic sun.

The Cobia, a shark-meets-catfish, has become a target for fly anglers when it floats up in the water column. Captains Tyler Nonn and Jason Barham trade thoughts on the state of the fishery and strategies on how to intercept them before they move to offshore habitat in Fall. What ensues is a reminder that no matter how much you know, you’ve always got more to learn.

Inspired by a shrinking biomass and an uncertain future, Black Salmon shines a light on the wary Cobia’s issues today. As decreasing numbers and warming waters lead the fish north into unregulated regions, as we all try to keep up.

See the full film!

See the Fly Fishing Film Tour one at Outside+

Great Interview with Jamie by Flylords

About Howard Films

Howard Films is the creation of Jamie Howard. It all began with a modest investment in a small independent film called In Search of a Rising Tide.

Released in 2005, In Search of a Rising tide helped start a movement of fishing and outdoor films. Now, countless film-makers are submitting their fly fishing creations to the Fly Fishing Film Tour, and others like it on an annual basis.

Ever since, Jamie and his team have spent thousands of hours chasing Tarpon, Bonefish, Largemouth Bass, Black Salom and Striped Bass, and more, giving us all a window to passionate stories about these fish, the anglers who pursue them, and the conservation efforts to help them stay strong.

Cross Current Insurance supports the Guide Relief Program

Cross Current Insurance believes in giving back any way we can to support organizations like the Guide Relief Program, which supports guides on and off the water.

Led by cofounders Mollie Simpkins, the Executive Director, and KynsLee Scott, Director of Outreach and Guide Services, the Guide Relief Program realized there is no social safety net in place for guides and no organization that provided access to even the basic benefits traditionally offered by employers.

GRP started during the COVID-19 crisis to support Montana’s fishing guides, fly and conventional, by providing critical information and resources regarding unemployment, grants and loans, and financial relief.

By supporting the Guide Relief Program (GRP), you will help support their mission of supporting the physical and mental health of fishing guides on and off the water. The Guide Relief Program offers financial support in the way of small grants to guides who are in crisis. Additionally, approved guides will have immediate access to two months of mental heath services at no cost.

So please consider supporting the Guide Relief Program today!

Learn more about the Guide Relief Program and how you can support them.

Fly fishing guide in drift boat on the river