. . . you should support a team who is!
This one has my vote: Team Bear Trail Lodge, fishing for the future of Bristol Bay, Alaska!
A few weeks ago, I dared you to fish for 24 hours to raise awareness for the sport of fishing and the places in our hearts of fishing that might need a little help. Under the organizational genius of Recycled Fish, this contest raises awareness for special places on the bring, while raising funds for the cause of conservation. Of course, I am biased toward the organization as I am on the Board of Directors, top if off I work in the cause to protect Bristol Bay.
Who is Team Bear Trail?
Well, Nanci Morris Lyon is co-owner, manager, and fearless leader of the lodge and team of Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge. The lodge sits on the Beautiful Naknek River, seen here at sunset. One can't say enough about the lodge and more importantly the work that Nanci does. She is a consumate supporter of the campaign, she is devoted to educating the future guides of Bristol Bay at the Guide Academy, and generally engaged in the life of the Naknek/King Salmon community . . Oh yeah, she can fish, too!
Kate Taylor is one of Nanci's fearless guides, fly fishing world traveller extraordinaire, and head angel over at Rogue Angels. She has ties to Recycled Fish, as well, by way of a guest appearance on the Fish Schtick Podcast. And, like Nanci, she can (of course) fish:
Check out what she has to say about fishing in Bristol Bay on SaveBristolBay.org.
As you know, if you read the fly fishing press or frequent thes pages of this blog, Bristol Bay is threatened by a proposal to build North America's largest open pit mine - The Pebble Mine. No need to go into more detail on that here. What is important is that of the 25 teams in the 24 Hour Fish A Thon, Team Bear Trail is A) the only Alaska team, B) one of three fly fishing only teams, and C) the only all female team.
There are many reasons to support this team, some noted above. I have no doubt that these ladies will rock the Naknek for big rainbows, for several big causes. Of course, I as I noted, I am biased toward this team for two reasons. Top it off, proceeds raised by this team will be split between Recycled Fish and the Bristol Bay fisheries protection campaign. If you donate to this team, you help two causes!!
So, if you wont or can't fish for 24 hours, then you might as well support a team who can and will!
Oh yeah, the winner of the Fish A Thon gets a trip to go fishing for trout in Montana or chase Red Fish in the Gulf of Mexico!
Support them by clicking HERE!
Here is a solid story on another fly fishing team in the Fish A Thon, Team Roaring Fork Anglers.