Kevin McKay of maineflyfish.com started Flies for Kids to get more kids stoked on fly tying. Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop has since joined forces and, in 2014, the project raised enough money to buy 30 kits that were donated to young, aspiring bug twisters.
How it works:
Fly tiers from around the country donate flies that are put into Cliff Bugger Beast boxes donated by Cliff Outdoors. As each box fills to capacity another fly box is added to the mix. The full boxes are entered into a raffle. Tickets are $10, with next year’s winner to be drawn on March 28, 2015.
For every dozen flies donated, you will receive one free raffle ticket.
“All that we ask of the tiers who donate flies is that they donate unused flies. Please don’t empty your fly box and send us those old, rusted, chewed up, fished-once flies that you’re glad to be rid of. These flies are meant to attract people to donate by purchasing raffle tickets.”
Send flies or cash for raffle tickets—including name, phone number, and address—to:
Eldredge Bros Fly Shop
P. O. Box 69
1480 US Rt. 1
Cape Neddick, Me. 03902
ATTN: Flies for Kids