As outdoorsmen and fisherman, Filson is proud to support the Save Bristol Bay road show. We’re thrilled that they began their tour right here in our home city. If you couldn't make it to the event, the organization has provided us with a informative recap of the event.
The Save Bristol Bay Road Show had an auspicious start in Seattle Monday night at the Leif Erikson hall in Ballard. Nearly 300 Washington residents including fishermen, Alaska Natives, and sportsmen turned out to watch the award-winning film Red Gold and get engaged in the campaign to stop Pebble mine.
Most of the people in the crowd signed thank you letters to Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray for their support of the fishing industry. Those letters were then used during a drawing for some great gear giveaways, including three $50 gift cards to The Fly Shop and an Orvis fly rod and reel worth $500.
Snopac Products, a family-owned, Seattle-based fish processing company showed up with three generations of family members in tow, and they donated the Bristol Bay sockeye that was prepared as delicious salmon chunks by Christine Keff of Flying Fish and as salmon cakes by Wayne Johnson of Andaluca. There was also a lot of appreciation for the four delicious beers from Pike Brewery Co.
The crowd was also wowed by angler extraordinaire, Kate Taylor, of Rogue Angels blog fame. Kate literally flew in from four months of guiding fly fishing trips in Bristol Bay, hopped in a cab at the Seattle airport and came to the event to speak out on behalf of lodge owners and fishermen whose jobs depend on Bristol Bay.
At the very same time this group gathered in Seattle to talk about the importance of Bristol Bay to the Washington state economy and way of life - Alaskans celebrated as the Lake and Peninsula Borough in Bristol Bay announced the results of a recent ballot initiative that gives local people a say in how large mines in Bristol Bay will be developed.
On the lighter side, people enjoyed posing at a fun photo booth, with props ranging from feather boats to fishing waders and a net. Plenty of No Pebble stickers went home with the crowd and should be making appearances all over Seattle.
The Save Bristol Bay Road Show continues in Portland, Corvallis, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Denver this month, spreading the word about the proposed Pebble Mine. Learn more or RSVP at: