Well Saturday night turned out to be a fabulous evening at the Patagonia store in Santa Monica, where we premiered the film “Finding Joe Brooks”. It was all to benefit two important non-profit organizations making a difference in our fly fishing community, The Joe Brooks Foundation and CastHope, San Diego Chapter. We began at 5pm with a bad-ass tailgate party, including Traeger’s barbecued pork loin sliders, and sides provided by Maple Block, in Culver City which included potato salad, cole slaw, and mac n cheese. Everyone who purchased a their $20 ticket also received a raffle ticket and two drink tickets with choices of a bourbon tasting, soft drinks or IPA beer. We had musical guests, Par Avion, serving up some hip surf music for ambience. Our raffle item table was full of prizes ranging from a loaded Traeger Tailgater wood burning barbecue, a Yeti 45 to $100 dollar gift certificates from AFTCO. Some of our vendors present displaying information and products were Alex Ramirez with Sage/Redington, Dwight Hwang of Fishing with Gyotaku, The Sierra Pacific Club tying Joe Brooks Blondes, Cast Hope and the Fishermens Spot. The party moved across the street at 7pm where we held the first half of the raffle, did introductions, played a short of Dwights Gyotaku printmaking process and began viewing the film. It was a very powerful film about how one man changed fly fishing forever, a film every fly fisherman should see. After the film the raffle continued with some of the larger prizes like the Traeger, Yeti, Patagonia Tenkara package, a Hatch fly reel, an original Gyotaku and much more. Everyone mingled around afterwards, grabbed a cup of Joe and some chocolate chip cookies for the road and all left with big smiles on their faces…
Kudos to Judson, store manager and his fantastic staff for making the evening look effortless, it was a lot of work and much appreciated…
Special thanks to all who participated behind the scenes, all our local fly clubs for supporting this, and mking this evening very special to me and everyone who attended.
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until our next adventure together…