Fly Fishing Community Initiatives

For decades the fly fishing community has been finding ways to give back to various organizations and support conservation efforts nationwide. I have seen first hand the power of these organizations and how support from the community drives their missions forward. Every organization supports something different, from safe handing of fish to river clean ups or getting survivors on the river. This community of anglers is centered around helping! Helping other anglers, helping the community, helping the environment, helping build this incredible network!

This is far from a complete list of organization, this is simply a snapshot of popular ones I have come in contact with. If you have others that you LOVE, leave them in a comment below! Together we can bring awareness to all the fantastic organizations out there supporting fly fishing!

 

Keepemwet 

Keepemwet® is about releasing fish in the best condition possible. It’s a motto for minimizing air exposure, eliminating contact with dry surfaces, and reducing handling. It’s a movement to empower anglers to take small, simple steps to responsibly enjoy and share fishing experiences. Our goal is to minimize the impact of catch & release angling on fisheries by uniting conscientious anglers, organizations and companies to promote science based practices for handling fish that are released. 

Keepemwet Principles 

1. Minimize Air Exposure 

2. Eliminate Contact With Dry Surfaces 

3. Reduce Handling 

Share The Movement #keepemwet

Want More Information? https://www.keepemwet.org


Photo By Holly Finn (@hollyfinnfishes)

Photo By Holly Finn (@hollyfinnfishes)

Fill the Net 

 

A movement of elegant simplicity. One net, full of trash, every time you go.

 Share the Movement #fillthenet

Want More Information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1779147678790626/about/

 


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#5050onthewater 

From women-specific gear development, to education & adventure experiences, to nonprofit partnerships and women-centric storytelling, 50/50 On the Water is here to inspire and celebrate women in the sport we all love.

 

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What More Information https://5050onthewater.orvis.com

Registered Events https://5050onthewater.orvis.com/events/


Casting for Recovery 

Casting for Recovery (CfR) provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. CfR’s retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience healing connections with other women and nature. The retreats are open to women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery. For over 20 years, women from all walks of life have benefitted from CfR’s inspiring program model.

 

Why fly fishing and breast cancer?

Our healing program is unique! For women who have had surgery or radiation as part of their breast cancer treatment, the gentle motion of fly casting can be good physical therapy for increasing mobility in the arm and upper body. Couple that with the emotional benefits of connecting with nature, and you’ve got powerful medicine. Our retreats are unconventional and described by many women as life-changing.

 

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Want More Information https://castingforrecovery.org/about-casting-for-recovery/

 


Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.™ is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) began in 2005 serving wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, PHWFF has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics.

Project Healing Waters brings a high-quality, full-spectrum fly fishing program to an ever-expanding number of disabled active military service personnel across the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, in Military Hospitals and the Warrior Transition Command. We focus our resources wherever the need is greatest and expand our partner base in the process. PHWFF has become recognized as an innovative leader and model in the field of therapeutic outdoor recreation for the disabled, through its successful application of the sport of fly fishing as a rehabilitation tool.

 

Share the Project #projecthealingwaters

Want More Information http://projecthealingwaters.org


The Mayfly Project

Our mission is to build relationships with children in foster care through fly fishing and introduce them to their local water ecosystems, with a hope that connecting them to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for foster children to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection with the outdoors.  

 

The Mayfly Project's standard program is to mentor a foster child through five sessions we call "stages", just like the life cycle of a Mayfly.  Within these stages, the children learn line management, casting techniques, knot tying, some etymology, river safety, mending tactics, hook setting, catch and release tactics, and the value of conservation. At the end of the five stages the child is given his or her very own fly rod, reel, pack, fly box, flies, tippet, indicators, etc. Our hope is for the child to continue to pursue fly fishing and to have a tool to access the outdoors.  Each project is unique and may contain more or less stages, but the goal is to provide a well-rounded and safe fly fishing experience for children in foster care. 

Looking For a Project in your Area? Find One Here

Share the Project #themayflyproject

Want More Information: https://www.themayflyproject.com


Stream Access Now 

Public Waters Access Pledge!

All Americans should have the opportunity to enjoy our nation’s great outdoors. Access to our public waters is crucial to upholding our outdoor traditions. While private property rights must be respected, I believe that everyone should be able to access our rivers and streams. The ability to hunt, fish and float these waterways should not depend on an individual’s economic means or social standing. I pledge to defend our opportunities to access America’s waterways and to join others in sustaining our outdoor legacy. 

Looking for your local chapter? Find Your Chapter Here

Want More Information https://www.backcountryhunters.org/stream_access_report


Trout Unlimited

Today TU is a national organization with about 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.

The organization remains committed to applying "the very best information and thinking available" in its conservation work and has developed cutting-edge tools such as the Conservation Success Index (CSI), a sophisticated framework for assessing the health of coldwater fish species throughout their native range. Whether this range encompasses a few hundred miles or multiple states, the CSI helps the organization target its efforts toward those populations most in need of protection or restoration.

The CSI also enables TU to measure its progress in achieving the bold goals laid out in its mission and vision. These goals require the organization to work at increasingly larger scales, and to collaborate with other conservation interests, local communities and state and federal partners to begin to rebuild the natural resiliency of watersheds. Such efforts are crucial if North America's trout and salmon are to survive climate change and the host of threats facing them at the start of the 21st century.

Nearly 50 years after its founding, no other conservation organization is as well placed as TU to make a difference for the nation's coldwater fisheries.  

Our Mission

To conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Our Vision

By the next generation, Trout Unlimited will ensure that robust populations of native and wild coldwater fish once again thrive within their North American range, so that our children can enjoy healthy fisheries in their home waters.

 

Looking For Your Local Chapter: https://www.tu.org 


Take Me Fishing 

Get your fish on and plan your next fishing and boating adventure here. 

Need State Specific Information - Locate Your State Here

Get Your Fishing License - Purchase Online Here

Want More Information: https://www.takemefishing.org

 
 

** Information about the above organizations was taken directly from their websites **