Sunday, December 17, 2017

Now is the time for all good fly tiers...

To come to the aid of their favorite clubs and causes. January marks the beginning of "conclave" season, those 1-2 day events, often sponsored by clubs, that feature programs, fly tying demos, casting demos, exhibitors, and more. All are open to the public, and most are free.

While these events serve to promote our sport and educate novices and advanced anglers alike, they also raise money for special causes.  In addition to offsetting the cost of the event, raffles, silent auctions, and other fundraising at these events support local charities, and/or conservation and educational projects.  Even the growing number of fly fishing tournaments raise money for special causes and can use donations.

The most popular items in raffles are boxes of flies.  With cold, wet weather forecast the next two weeks, and with the holidays, take this opportunity to tie flies for the season ahead. And as you do, put a few aside for donation to one or more events.  A box of 6 to 10 flies makes a great raffle item!  If your skill is unique, then that donation will likely go to a Gamblers Draw or silent auction.

Check the LFF Calendar out for upcoming events. Make plans to attend at least one this winter/spring, and if you tie flies, donate at least a box or two of your flies. Thanks!