February 17, 2009 Newsletter and Auction Update
Sport Show Schedule and Call for Bristol Bay movie nights
After a hiatus in the home office (and a chance to see my wife and dogs for an extended period) I’m headed back on the road on Feb. 20. Volunteer extraordinaire Mark Hieronymus has just flown back north to Alaska after running the show the past two weekends. He co-hosted a terrific Bristol Bay party in Portland with over 80 folks in attendance to see Equilibrium and Red Gold. Mark said there was a standing ovation at the end of the night.
That’s what happens when folks see these films and learn about the tremendous battle being waged over the world’s most productive salmon fishery. We need to get them shown as far and wide as possible – all across the country! If you are interested in helping host a showing of these films in your area, give me a call or send an e-mail. I’m guessing if one person steps forward in your area we can get a few more to pitch in. We’re working on having a “how to” guide put together to host the movies either in a house party format or a larger venue.
In the meantime, here’s what’s left for the SAA road show 2009 edition:
- Feb. 21-22 Pasadena CA
- Feb. 27- Mar. 1 Pleasanton CA
- Feb. 27 - Mar. 1 Glendale AZ
- Mar. 5-8 Fort Worth TX
- Mar. 6-8 Bloomington MN
- Mar. 7-8 Warren MI
- Mar. 12-15 Minneapolis MN
- Apr. 18-19 Waynesboro VA
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If you are interested in volunteering at any of the shows listed above, please contact email@example.com. We could really use a few hands for the shows in Arizona, Texas, Minnesota, and Michigan. Reports from volunteers at earlier shows this year are very positive, and many of these fine folks are looking forward to helping again in 2010.
Bristol Bay Coverage in Men’s Journal magazine
Men’s Journal magazine’s March issue features an article about the Bristol Bay issue and a rafting trip north of the Pebble Mine site. One of the participants on the trip is Carol Ann Woody, one of the most prominent fisheries scientists in Alaska (and also a face familiar to those who’ve seen Red Gold). Pick up a copy at the newsstand, or read it here.
Tell Fred Meyer Jewelers “No Gold from Bristol Bay!”
Seven leading jewelry retailers, including Tiffany & Co., Ben Bridge Jeweler and Helzberg Diamonds have pledged to protect the Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale gold mining.
We're asking Fred Meyer Jewelers – the third largest US jewelry retailer – to join this leadership group. As a signatory to the Golden Rules, Fred Meyer has declared its commitment to more responsible sourcing of gold. Signing the Bristol Bay Pledge will make that commitment real.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Fred Meyer that their customers want to know that the gold they buy won't come at the expense of the world's greatest salmon fishery and the communities it supports.
Bristol Bay Online Fundraising Auction Update
The second annual fundraising auction for Bristol Bay is off to a great start, with gross proceeds already topping $14,000. Thank you to the blogs, web sites and magazines who are helping spread the word. The greater the number of people visiting the auction, the better the odds that we can raise some serious money to help fight for Bristol Bay. Last year’s gross was over $50,000 which is helping raise awareness about Bristol Bay all across the country.
This auction is possible due to the very generous contributions of so many companies, lodges and artists. Please support them and support the campaign for Bristol Bay’s future by bidding on an item or two. There’s a great selection, and you should be able to find something you need or want. All starting bids are set below 65% of retail value (with one exception noted by an asterisk below), so you could get a good buy and help a great cause at the same time.
The inventory for the auction is basically set up on a rolling basis, with new items being added every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All listings run for seven (7) days, so there are always items nearing the end of their run.
To see active listings, click here.
- St. Croix “Avid” Series 6-wt fly rod – Sold to Jerry in TX for $194.90
- Koktuli River float trip for 2 – Sold to Mike in AZ for $4,000.00
- Fishpond “Dakota” rod & reel carry-on – Sold to Mike in AZ for $90.00
- “Tarpon-Red Streamer” print by Derek DeYoung – Sold to Travis in CA for $152.50
- Rainbow River Lodge trip for 2 – Sold to Paul in MI for $7,600.00
- Cloudveil 8x Pro Waders and Boots – Sold to Michael in NC for $380.00
- Nautilus FW5 fly reel + SA line – Sold to Steve in IN for $276.50
Items up for bid right now:
- Trip for 2 to Kulik Lodge (ends Wed., 2/18) – offered at $6,600
- Ari ‘t Hart “Trilogy” fly reel by Exclusive Reels (ends. Wed., 2/18) – selling at $1,580
- Ross Worldwide “Essence” 7/8 fly rod/reel outfit (ends Wed., 2/18) – selling at $110
- Leupold 8x42mm “Cascades” binocular (ends Wed., 2/18) – selling at $202.50
- Smith Interlock Spoiler polarized sunglasses (ends Wed., 2/18) – selling at $61.08
- Trip for 2 to No See Um Lodge (ends Fri., 2/20) – offered at $8,500
- Simms “Rivershed” boot w/ Vibram sole (ends Fri., 2/20) – selling at $112.50
- Waterworks “Force” LT2 fly reel + SA line (ends Fri., 2/20) – offered at $265
- Trip for 2 to Rainbow Point Lodge (ends Mon., 2/23) – offered at $7,495
- CA School of Fly Fishing choice of class (ends Mon., 2/23) – offered at $500*
- “Taku” polarized sunglasses by 7eye (ends Mon., 2/23) – selling at $65
- “Three Hiltons” artistic photograph by Jeff Bright (ends Mon., 2/23) – offered at $150
Items to be listed in next seven (7) days:
- Women’s Flyfishing Alaska’s Denali Highway trip for 1 woman angler + dozen flies + Redington “Chena River” women’s waders – offered at $525 (great package deal!)
- Breathable 5-Layer stockingfoot waders by Filson – offered at $180
- “Guide” boots by Korkers – offered at $90
- Spey line + tips from Rio Products – offered at $160
- Trip for 2 to Royal Coachman Lodge – offered at $7,500
- Original rainbow trout painting by Tim Pearson – offered at $1,000
- “Hidden Water” 8-wt travel fly rod by March Brown – offered at $100
- Galvan T-8 fly reel – offered at $250
- Drift boat accessories package by Clackacraft – offered at $150
- Simms “Guide” boot w/ Vibram sole – offered at $110
- Trip for 4 to Legend Lodge – offered at $8,400
- Orvis ZG Helios 910-4 fly rod + Orvis Vortex VO2 V fly reel – offered at $655
The entire schedule of auction items with opening bid amounts is viewable online at the SAA Web site.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON AUCTION TRIP LISTINGS: In a nod to the economic reality of the present time, the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska is offering what may possibly be the best deals you’ll ever find on a bunch of fine fishing trips. Here’s the deal: The starting price for all trips will be just $500 over the regular price for 1 angler. That’s right. Basically, book a trip for 1 angler at regular price, and the 2nd person comes along for as little as $500 more! Find a buddy, split the cost, and start packing for your dream trip.
If the trips don’t sell on the auction, nobody wins. If the trips do sell, everybody wins. The top bidder will get a fantastic deal on a “trip of a lifetime.” The lodge will host 2 enthusiastic anglers. And the SAA gets a little more in the bank to help fight the battle to save Bristol Bay.
The SAA recognizes the fact that some of these trips, even at discounted prices, may be difficult to pay for in a single lump sum. SAA is willing to work with buyers on a payment schedule if necessary. However, all trips musts be paid for in full at least 60 days prior to the departure date. Please contact me if you have any questions on this policy.
Other Opportunities to Support the Cause
- A limited supply of “No Pebble Mine” James Prosek sockeye salmon t-shirts are available. Full details can be found here. The donations for these shirts just keep rolling in, so get yours before they’re gone!
- Have you seen the No Pebble Mine reels by Abel? Only 100 of these were made, and $200 for each reel sold goes to the fight for Bristol Bay.
- Find out how you could go on a once-in-a-lifetime Alaska moose hunt and get some incredible gear for the trip too. Chances to be drawn are capped at 1 in 500, and one donor will be very happy to have helped the cause through this special promotion. (For you non-hunters, we are offering a $5,000 cash option instead of the hunt.)
- For you wine lovers, how about an order of your favorite vintage from Stonefly Vineyards? Stonefly is the official winery of the Federation of Fly Fishers, and they’re offering a great way to support the Bristol Bay campaign.
That’ll do it for this edition of the SAA E-News and Auction Update. Throughout the course of the auction, weekly updates will continue to be issued on Tuesdays.
Thanks for all you do for Alaska conservation!
Director – Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska