The pictures coming out of the Bahamas were heartbreaking. Hurricane Dorian laid waste to paradise and left the people there stranded and in need of everything.
I sat in front of my vise and thought that if I could auction off a dozen steelhead flies on Instagram, it would be a gesture of solidarity from one angler thousands of miles away to the fishing and guiding community of the Bahamas.
The bids came rolling in and #DozenforDorian was born.
The flyfishing community is a tight bunch that often rallies to help those in need, but never in my life have I seen such generosity. Photographer Bryan Gregson shared the idea with Cheech from @FlyFishFood, who coined the hashtag. We settled on directing all funds to the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation and we were off to the vice races.
Every time I refreshed the hashtag search on IG, new dozens popped up from fly tiers around the country. To say that they are some of the most talented tiers around is a big understatement.
When I started this my goal was to raise $1000; we blew by that on day one. Next, I figured $5000 would be great—and we had that by day three. Now eight days into the fundraiser, the goalposts just keep moving. We hit $25K over the weekend. As Gregson says now, “it’s $30K or bust.”
We should have that in a couple of days.
With nearly 100 contributors and counting, this community-driven effort won’t be over anytime soon. The Bahamas will need us well beyond a week or two after the storm. #Dozenfordorian is ongoing and hopefully we’ll see new flies up for bid for a while to come.
To learn more, bid on some of the flies or other items and contribute, check out #dozenfordorian on Instagram and Facebook. Or make a direct donation to the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation