Fly Fishing in Maine (FFIM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving Maine’s fisheries. Through education and conservation we aim to share our passion with others in the community and introduce newcomers old and young to our sport. Our conservation activities target preservation of our fisheries and their environment, in an effort to ensure quality fly fishing in Maine for generations to come.
FFIM was started back in 1995 as a small college project by Dan Tarkinson. Over the following years, a core community of anglers formed and began sharing their passion among FFIM’s forums. From those early years, FFIM grew from static site with a few pages of information, to a living, breathing, community with a very large and diverse readership. In 2003 we held our first official “Conclave” and our conservation and education efforts began to truly take form. Since then, we have continued to hold our major fund-raiser, the annual Spring Conclave, as well as launch several other now annual programs, such as the Statewide Spring Cleanup, our Casting For Recovery alumni Day Camp, SuperBoo, and the Youth Holiday Essay Contest.
Since the first official Spring Conclave, FFIM has raised nearly $35,000 that has gone directly toward our conservation and eduation grant program. Past award winners have included the Save the Rapid Coalition, Casting for Recovery, Saco Salmon Club, Maine TU Youth Camp, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, RRG&SA “Live the Legend” Program, Rangeley Lakes Heritgate Trust, and more.
In staying true to our mission, FFIM will select a cause(s) each year and donate 100% of proceeds of our annual Spring Conclave to further the efforts that align with the mission: promotion, protection and preservation. In addition, through our Grassroots Grants program, FFIM will provide additional funding through the year for programs that align with our mission and benefit Maine’s fisheries and the fishing community. Keep an eye out for us!
If you have a program or idea that you think should be considered for funding through FFIM, please contact us.