The Valley streams are going to open up any day. Okay, that’s not accurate but the sunshine and warmer temperatures sure made it seem like it. The truth is that it’s still cold and streams are locked up in a thick layer of ice.
With the creeks still frozen, it’s now time to get our gear ready for when that first bit of water opens up and that means stocking fly boxes and prepping tackle now instead of putting it off until May.
A good opportunity for fly anglers to sell new or lightly used gear is at the upcoming Alaska Fly Fishers (AFF) Annual Fundraising Auction. For years, AFF has offered fly anglers the chance to place gear into a silent auction with 10% of the final sale price going to support AFF initiatives.
Here’s how it works…
Let’s say you have a lightly used rod that has been collecting dust in the corner of your garage. Bring that rod to AFF on April 2nd or 3rd. Set the opening bid on your rod and the sale price will only go up from there. If the rod sells for $200, you get $180 and AFF gets $20. It’s that simple.
I get that no one wants to drive to Anchorage but consider that getting items in front of 150 fly fishers will likely lead to a higher selling price than listing on eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook.
Attending the Great Alaska Sportsman Show on Sunday? Drop off gear after the show then use the proceeds from the silent auction to pay for your sportsman show purchases. For commuters, a short detour to drop off gear will extend Monday’s drive home by just 30 minutes.
Here are the details:
Gear Drop Off
April 2nd & 3rd
Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery
3:00 pm – 7pm
Drop off also available by appointment by contacting Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cuddy Hall, UAA
4:30 pm – Registration
5:00 pm – Doors open and silent auction begins
7:00 pm – Live auction
AFF members – $20
Non-members – $25
Under 16 – Free