Thank you to our amazing supporters in 2017!

YDCCF is deeply grateful to all the the amazing individuals who supported YDCCF in 2017.  Wow!  We raised nearly $28,000 in December alone.  We are also indebted to our fifty two lodge matching partners who help leverage more resources for the fisheries and fishing communities your care about.  On qualifying trips, these partner lodges are donating funds on behalf of Yellow Dog clients, which are, in turn, matched by Yellow Dog and donated to YDCCF. In 2018, we expect this program to leverage at least $30,000.  This means that the money that you spend when booking a trip through Yellow Dog has a very direct and meaningful impact in the areas that you visit and fish. 


Thanks to you, we had an amazing inaugural year and leveraged nearly $45,000 for projects around the globe:


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Cook Islands (South Pacific)
Florida Keys
Mexico (Yucatan)
South Carolina

It's Giving Tuesday! Give thanks to the fisheries and communities you love.

In celebration of Thanksgiving and "Giving Tuesday", I wanted to reach out to tell you about the incredible "community" of anglers and supporters of YDCCF.  Anglers will go to great lengths to pursue game fish and, in turn, work tirelessly to help protect and enhance the fisheries, wild places and communities where fish live.  YDCCF supports the local fisheries, ecosystems and communities where Yellow Dog customers travel and where great angling is found.  In our inaugural year, we leveraged $45,000 for grass-roots projects in Alaska, the Bahamas, Belize, Cook Islands, Cuba, Florida, Idaho, Mexico and Montana.  Many individuals and industry partners joined us to make these grants possible and we are extremely grateful to have had such a successful first year.  A few grant and project highlights include:

  • Completely rebuilt the local public school bathrooms in the fishing village of Punta Allen, Mexico.
  • Supported the advance of “Stream Access Now”, an effort to educate and motivate citizens to uphold and protect stream access across the country.
  • Sustained efforts to stop illegal gillnetting in southern Belize along the Honduran and Guatemalan borders in an efforts to protect and preserve the area fishery.
  • Provided 17 young leaders from rural Bristol Bay communities with guide training, allowing them to pursue jobs in the recreational fishing and outdoor tourism industry.
  • Helped restore access to hurricane ravaged Sandy Creek in the Bahamas.
  • Created a fly fishing curriculum in Cuba to teach youth about fly fishing and potential jobs and careers in outdoor recreation and tourism.
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52 of the lodges that Yellow Dog works with and represents are joined with YDCCF and are donating funds for every Yellow Dog client on qualifying trips: amounts that are then matched by Yellow Dog and donated back to YDCCF.  Click here to see a list of partners.

In 2018 we intend to double the number of projects we support and the amount of funding we award.  By giving to YDCCF, you can help us double our efforts for the communities and fisheries you care about. YDCCF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support, help ideas and consideration.  

Sarah Tilt
Executive Director

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Gives Back to the Communities and Fisheries Anglers Care About

The Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation (YDCCF)  was established in October 2016 by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures to support the local fisheries, ecosystems and communities where Yellow Dog customers travel and where great angling is found.  During this inaugural year, YDCCF has leveraged nearly $45,000 for grass-roots projects in Alaska, the Bahamas, Belize, Cook Islands, Cuba, Florida, Idaho, Mexico and Montana. 

The Board of YDCCF met on October 26, 2017 and approved four new grant awards to projects in Alaska, Bahamas, Belize and Florida.  These newest grants include funding to support the Ocean Academy in Caye Caulker, Belize, the Crooked Island Redevelopment Fund in the Bahamas, the Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy, and the Guides Trust Foundation in the Florida Keys.  In addition YDCCF recently facilitated funding for Bonefish E2’s Way in the remote Cook Islands, a film detailing the community of Punta Allen Mexico, and the Redside Foundation in Idaho.

On hearing of their grant award Joni Miller, Co-Founder and Project Director of Ocean Academy, commented “We are so pleased to partner with Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation and appreciate their support to help the youth of Caye Caulker to engage a new generation of environmentalists and professionals”.

Also in 2017, YDCCF launched a partnership program with a number of the lodges that Yellow Dog works with and represents. This “matching funds” program allows YDCCF to leverage even more resources for projects across the globe.  These partner lodges are donating funds for every Yellow Dog client on qualifying trips: amounts that are then matched by Yellow Dog and donated back to YDCCF.

Giving back is the right thing to do and YDCCF puts our money where our mouth is.  “The Yellow Dog model has always included philanthropy”, says Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Co-Founder Jim Klug, “and now through YDCCF together we can support more relevant projects and leverage more money in the communities where we work and fish, and protect the places that we love – both now and into the future.”

Finding Tarpon and Not Gillnets!


Wednesday was one of those days where it started out with lots of rainfall in the early morning and by mid-day, it was hotter than hell. Even the climate change deniers would have to acknowledge the effects of global warming.  That morning, when you looked out at the sea, the water was smooth as glass.  It was so calm and serene.

I said to my brother, who was visiting from Chicago, “This is perfect weather for the jacks (which means the illegal fishers would be out.)  I bet if we go down to the border area now, we will find them and we can chase them off.  After all, they are destroying our fisheries with all those gillnets.”   He looked at me and said, “Look man, I am here on vacation. If you’re talking about fishing, then I am in. But I don’t know about chasing off no illegal fishers.”  I chuckled at him and Immediately grabbed some rods and instructed him to get some ice and beer and meet me at the dock in half an hour as the weather was perfect for fishing.  He was game for that.  I called two more friends and said, “Fishing!”  and they too were on board. (after all we need more than two of us to haul nets)

By 3 PM, we were underway and when I turned the boat south they all looked at me and said, “Hell no! What the hell are you doing?! No one fishes south of PG! That area is full of gillnets.” I calmly replied, “Hold tight, guys. Things are changing here.”  My brother settled back in the boat and popped open a beer.  “Just don’t set us up for any fights,” he said. 

I kept heading south and kept an eye out for gillnets. After getting close to the border, I was extremely surprised to not find any nets because fishing conditions were perfect. It was impressive and gratifying to not see any nets in the area, especially since there were some illegal fishers here just last week.  We had called out the authorities to step up and perform their duties of protection and conservation in the area.  The absence of nets is testimony that ours and their patrol efforts seemed to have helped keep gillnets out of the waters here. 


Upon arriving to a quiet spot, I told the guys to keep a watch out for birds… jacks would appear soon.  Less than five minutes after saying that, what a sight to behold! There were literally hundreds of tarpon swimming around, happily chasing bait fish and having a great time doing it.  None of us could believe what we were seeing.  Immediately a line went out and before the beer can go down the line was tight.   Oh mien, what a feeling to see the silver king Jump!  It’s tough to have a bad day when you are surrounded by nature’s beauty and then the exhilaration of an awesome catch just topped off our day, especially when we were in what is known as gillnet territory.  But the proof is in the pudding we keep on the authorities and shame them enough and eventually they do their jobs.  When we got back to town, I asked almost every fisherman I know when was the last time a tarpon was caught in that area.  No one could recall such an event as it had been so long since one was caught. 

I just want to thank those of you who continue to support us in our endeavors to protect and patrol this area. The amount of bait fish that is in this area is incredible and it is so rich because of the three rivers that empty into the bay. If we can continue to keep the nets out of this area, I am positive that the fishery will return and more great fishing will come alive for all of us to enjoy and appreciate. Thanks again and thanks for letting me share this story with you.

Happy Friday!!


YDCCF Turns One

One year ago, September 15, 2017, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures launched the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation to support the conservation needs, community projects, and educational efforts where Yellow Dog is doing business. To date we have provided more than $15,000 to 14 grantees and leveraged an additional $13,000 from individuals and tournaments for remote communities and projects. YDCCF has also partnered with 55 of the lodges Yellow Dog works work with to raise additional funds that will directly support on-the-ground projects across the globe. YDCCF protects, preserves, and enhances the places that matter to anglers. 

We hope you will be part of our community and we continue to grow and expand our efforts in 2018. 

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Sarah Tilt