Mobilizing the Fly Fishing Community to create sustainable solutions to human trafficking.

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What we're after


We exist to use our passion for fly fishing for a good and just cause. According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), human trafficking is the world’s third largest enterprise after drugs and weapons. Over 2 million children are affected annually. Studies show that children caught in sex trafficking are victimized by 100–1500 perpetrators each year. We formed the FFC so that we can use our tools in fly fishing to give children the protection and healing they need. By partnering with professional fly fishing outfitters and guides around the world, we have the incredible opportunity to join the fight for freedom and recovery for these precious children.

The Fly Fishing Collaborative is offering professionally guided fly fishing trips and selling custom-made leather fly wallets. The money raised will be used to build sustainable farms to provide resources in areas where women and children often become currency.

Through aquaponics farming we provide sustainable livelihood and economic support to rescue and prevent more children from being sold into the sex slave industry.

Every $15,000 we raise will provide a totally sustainable tilapia farm that will be built for an orphanage or safe-home in order to provide them with food, income, water, and fresh produce. Additionally, this will empower their leaders to care for more children that would otherwise be sold into slavery.


Here are a few key terms to better understand the process along with why we've found Aquaponics to be so beneficial.


Fish: Once fish are fed, they produce ammonia rich waste. Bacteria turns the ammonia into nitrates which is absorbed into the plants. When fish grow to market size, they can be sold, and replaced with new fish reared from eggs.

Water: Water pumped through the grow bed is filtered by the plants, and then returned to the fish tank ammonia free. 

Plants: Typically suspended on floating raft platforms or planted into rock, plants absorb the nitrates as nutrients. They grow quickly in the nutrient rich water and can be eaten or sold in the marketplace.

Oxygen: Fish breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Plants absorb the carbon, leaving oxygen rich water to return to the plants. 

Bacteria: Naturally occurring bacteria converts the ammonia into nitrites and then into nitrates with new fish reared from eggs.

Why Aquaponics? In developing (or struggling) nations, momentarily supplying needs is a great thing, but there must be a point where they're working with a self sustaining system of food production that allows them a more consistent and constant channel of provision.

Hydroponics can often meet that need.

We’re finding this to be true and are inviting you to join us as we work towards global justice by giving entire villages access to tools they otherwise would have no way of gaining. 



We recognize that there are rivers, streams, and waterways across the globe that cry out for protection. Because of this, we're committed to supporting the great conservation efforts of our local rivers and their wild fish.


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+ Staff

Bucky Buchstaber: Executive Director & Co-founder. Read Bio. Email

Paul Ridgway: Aquaponics Systems Director. Email

Nikki Smith: Administrative Assistant

Nate Kupish: Creative Director

Michael McDonald: Board Member

Dan DeHaven: Board Member

Tony Overstake: Board Member

+ Collaborators: Digital and Print

  • Alaska Guide List
  • Atlantic Salmon Journal
  • American Angler
  • Be Spoke Post
  • CBC Radio-Canada
  • Chris Fischer Photography
  • Drifting Perspective
  • Feather and Fin
  • Gear Moose
  • Gonzaga University
  • HIConsumption
  • Le Mouching
  • Lumberjac
  • Metalheads
  • Mills Fly
  • News Ledge
  • Real Simple Magazine
  • Revive Fly Fishing
  • Roots of Integrity
  • River and Salt
  • Schnitzer Photo
  • Swing The Fly
  • Syzygy Fly Fishing
  • Patagonia Fly Fishing
  • This is Fly
  • The Fiberglass Manifesto
  • The Pill
  • Uncrate Magazine

+ Collaborators: Guides, Outfitters, and Fly Shops

  • Adventures Across Oregon (OR)
  • Alaska Fly Shop (AK)
  • Anadromous Anglers (OR)
  • Brian Silvey's Fly Fishing Guide Service (OR)
  • The Caddis Fly Shop (OR)
  • Confluence Fly Shop (OR)
  • Christian Fly Fishing Roundup (OR)
  • Dead Drift Flies (VA)
  • Emerald Waters Anglers (WA)
  • Fin and Fire (OR)
  • The Fly Fishing Shop (OR)
  • Home Waters Fly Fishing (OR)
  • Jeff Hickman's Fish the Swing (OR)
  • Jefferson Fly Water (OR)
  • Living Waters Anglers (OR)
  • Marty and Mia Sheppard of Little Creek Outfitters (OR)
  • North Umpqua Fly Guide (OR)
  • Royal Treatment Fly Shop (OR)
  • Red Shed Fly Shop (ID)
  • RiverBerry Lodge (OR)
  • River Runner Outfitters (OR)
  • Small Stream Outfitters (OR)
  • Southern Fly Outfitters (AR)
  • Teton Valley Lodge (ID)
  • Terry Edelmann (ID/MT)
  • Thailand Fly Fishing (Thailand)
  • Tight Lines Fly Shop & Guide Michael Reynolds (WI)
  • The Fly Shop (CA)
  • Water Time Outfitters (OR)

+ Collaborators: Fly Tying, Apparel and Gear Experts

  • Andean Anglers (OR)
  • AO Feathers (OR)
  • Bruce Berry, Beulah & Hatch Regional Rep (OR)
  • Casey Underwood
  • Echo Fly Fishing (WA)
  • Filson (Portland Store)
  • Fish and State
  • FOCO Flies (CO)
  • Hackle Gear
  • H&H Outfitters (OR)
  • Iron Bridge Fly Company (NC)
  • James Reid Bamboo Fly Rods
  • Jefferson Rod Company
  • Jim Teeney Inc. (OR)
  • Loon Outdoors
  • Rocky Mountain Fly Design (CO)
  • Simms
  • Soul River (OR)
  • True West Custom Fly Rods (OR)
  • Wasatch Custom Angling (OR)
  • Emerger Fly Fishing
  • Fish and State.

+ Collaborators: Other Friends of Fly Fishing Collaborative

  • Atlantic Salmon Federation
  • Drift Kalamazoo (MI)
  • Fish Simply
  • Hear The Cry
  • Hire Quest Foundation (SC)
  • Open Arms International
  • Native Fish Society
  • NW Fly tying Expo
  • Pennington Farms (OR)
  • The Refuge Foundation
  • Remember Nhu
  • Sandy River Spey Clave (OR)