This fight has gone on long enough.
For over a decade, the threat of an environmentally, economically and culturally devastating open-pit copper and gold mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay has reared its head—and for over a decade, anglers, hunters, naturalists and concerned citizens by the millions have raised their voices again and again in opposition to the mine.
Yet, in spite of the exceedingly clear reality that the finite short-term economic windfall for foreign mining interests pales in comparison to the permanent loss of the most productive and pristine salmon spawning habitat in the world, over 14,000 jobs, a $1.5 billion annual economic engine, and the irreplaceable backbone of native Alaskan cultures, the beast simply won’t die.
On August 24th, basin + bend and the greater fly fishing community is rallying for Bristol Bay, and we want you to be a part of it.
Fly shops, manufacturers, guides, outfitters and lodges nationwide have banded together for A Day for Bristol Bay to raise much-needed funding for the Bristol Bay Defense Fund – the front-line group that is going toe-to-toe in D.C. with the foreign mining interests behind the Pebble mine.
As you may know, we always donate 2% of our revenues to a rotating quarterly conservation partner. On Saturday Aug 24th, we will be upping the ante by donating 5% of our revenue directly to the Bristol Bay Defense Fund.
As an added incentive for folks to come by and support Bristol Bay and the incredible fishery that it is, we will be having some incredible one-day-only end of Summer sales in-shop only. Everything from rods and waders to fishing packs and more will be marked down substantially. It will be a great day to come and restock on supplies you went through during the Summer, and also gear up for what should be some of the best Fall fishing we've seen in the past five years.
We'll have the grill going with brats and dogs and cold beer and beverages to boot.
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