As a 501c(3) organization, the Michigan Fly Fishing Club directs the bulk of its resources back to its core missions — education and conservation.
While proceeds from the Club-sponsored Midwest Fly Fishing Expo fund the bulk of these endeavors, the Club also gratefully accepts contributions to further advance these efforts.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of the 2020 Expo and the fate of the 2021 Expo is uncertain, owing to unpredictable virus outbreaks that could impact the host facility, exhibitors and invited speaker. Contributions to enable the Club to conduct remote or virtual educational initiatives as well as river-related conservation initiatives are even more important.
Throughout its 50-year history, the Club has conducted fly fishing education programs for youths and adults, as well as financial support for Project Healing Waters, which uses fly fishing as a recovery therapy for wounded active-duty military personnel and disabled veterans. These programs focus on basic skills as well as advanced programs in casting, fly tying, rod building and etymology.
In terms of conservation, the Club has directed more than $400,000 over the years to primarily Michigan-based initiatives to protect and restore the rivers and streams that are home to cold-water and warm-water fish.