Hurricane Dorian bought destruction to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands early this month with wind speeds up to 185 miles per hour and gusts up to 220 miles per hour. With the storm surge rising to 20 feet, the brutality of the storm, for many who have lived on the island for generations, said it was the worst they had ever experienced.

All tole, the hurricane left 43 dead and hundreds missing. The devastation will have a profound impact for years to come not only on the islands but also for the fly fishing community.

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association, Yellow Dog Community & Conservation Foundation and Angling Trade have formed a single coalition to collect funds that will go directly toward relief efforts to support the fisheries and those in the fly fishing community, who lost their livelihoods to Hurricane Dorian.

To date, the Coalition has raised over $150,000 and have paid for the delivery and logistics of three relief flights into Grand Bahama in support of the guides, lodge employees and their families living on Grand Bahama and Abaco Island with the basic necessities—food, clean water, diapers, clothing and more.

The Coalition is asking for your support with a tax-deductible donation collected through the Yellow Dog Community & Conservation Foundation. The money raised will not go to the repair or rebuilding of lodges. Click on the Donate button below.

In addition to direct Donations, the Coalition will announce a silent auction that will include guided trips from around the country, gear from a growing list of manufacturers and more. Every dollar will make a difference in the lives of “our fly fishing family” in the Bahamas.

Photos courtesy Yellow Dog Community & Conservation Foundation