2004 Caddis for Kids fly-tying fund raiser

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
As the press release below explains, this year's event promises to be bigger than ever with celebrity fly tyers, demonstrations and a drift boat load of raffle prizes. All proceeds help support the uncompensated care program at Children's Hospital. My hat's off to Don and Nathan for making this such a special event. So mark your calendars and I'll plan to see you there,



The 2004 Caddis For Kids Fly Tie-A-Thon & Fly Tying Expo to Benefit Seattle Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center

Hosted by the Avid Angler Fly Shop


Don Johnson: 360-432-0402 / 360-970-9197

Nathan Keen: The Avid Angler, 206-362-4030 / 877-347-4874

Kira Haller: Children's Hospital 206-987-4987

Seattle, WA - Don Johnson's Fourth Annual "Caddis for Kids" Charity Tie-a-Thon will be held Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6 at the Avid Angler, 17171 Bothell Way NE, A130, Lake Forest Park, Washington.

For the past four years fly tyer Don Johnson has organized this fun and important event to raise funds and awareness for children's pediatric services. Don donates his time and tying prowess; you help by donating much needed funds. All donations accepted, large or small, with net proceeds benefiting the uncompensated care program at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, the Northwest's leading children's hospital.

The uncompensated care fund serves almost 200,000 patients each year whose families lack resources to cover the full cost of their child's medical care. This year the hospital expects to provide over $38 million in medical care through this fund in support of these families and your contribution does make a difference!

The Caddis for Kids Tie-a-Thon begins at noon on Friday, November 5. Friday afternoon will be highlighted with a guest appearance and tying session by the legendary Alec Jackson. On Saturday, the Tie-A-Thon ends at noon but the tying doesn't stop! Fly-tying demonstrations by many of the Pacific Northwest's finest fly-tyers will begin at 10:00 am and include a presentation by steelheading guru Jim Teeny.

There will be a HUGE prize drawing Saturday afternoon at about 3:00 pm with items from St. Croix, TFO Rods, Sage, Ross Reels, Pacific Fly Group, Jim Teeny Inc., Trophy Lakes, Daiichi, Angler Sport Group, Whitefish Studios, Rainy's Flies, The Norlander Company, Scintilla Dubbing, Alpine Innovations, Giraffe Lighting, Oasis Tying Benches, McLean New Zealand Weigh Nets, Coyote Eyewear, Gudebrod, The Yorkshire Flyfisher, Canyon Creek Angling & Mercantile and many others! Tickets for the drawings are ONLY $1.00!

So, come by the Avid Angler Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6 and enjoy tying demos and presentations, buy some tickets for a chance at the great tackle items donated by our sponsors and help assist Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in their mission to provide the best pediatric care available to every child in need.

Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
I have donated for the Caddis for Kids raffles:

A full day of professionally guided saltwater fly fishing for Sea Run Coastal Cutthroat Trout on the beaches of North Puget Sound and Admiralty Inlet near Port Townsend, Wa.

Spend the day enjoying the beautiful beaches and learn about fly fishing with a naturalist's appreciation of the Coastal Environment and it's diverse indigenous species.

The trip is for one angler and includes morning coffee, snacks, lunch and soft beverages. This is a Hike & Wade trip, Fly Fishing Only, Catch & Release, barbless single hook flies. Local custom fly patterns provided. License required. Advance booking required. Valid for the 2004/2005 fishing season. Second angler negotiable.

All Proceeds to benefit the Children's Hospital Fund.

It may be possible to purchase tickets for this raffle in advance through "Caddis for Kids", as shown above. Contact: Don Johnson

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
Now this is the kind of fishing related event that gets my attention.
While I do not attend many social fishing 'events' the special Childrens Hosptial Charity aspect of this one turns it into a 'must go' event.
Thanks and congrats to Don and Nathan for making this happen.

Updated event particulars

Thanks for the post Kent!

This year's event has the potential to not only surpass last year's, as far as the amount raised is concerned, but it has the potential to supercede the combined total of ALL 4 of my other Tie-A-Thons combined.

Last year I had 2 major companies donating product for the drawing. This year I have 18 and still haven't heard back from many more as they were busy preparing for the Denver tackle show. There will be rods from Sage, TFO and St. Croix as well as a CUSTOM BAMBOO ROD made by Tom Bowden. Bob Trigg's guided trip is certain to trigger a lot of ticket sales as well and I much appreciate his contribution to the cause. All this and much more and the tickets for the drawing are only a buck each!

I look forward to seeing and meeting many of you there; please contact me directly if there are questions. and thank you for your time and support of this endeavor!

Don Johnson
A NEW event update

Recently added to the looong list of stuff for the drawings:

Very talented amateur bamboo rod maker Tom Bowden is offering a custom made "Caddis for Kids" bamboo fly rod, with all proceeds benefitting the Caddis for Kids donation to Children’s Hospital.

For this drawing, the winner chooses the taper that fits their fishing needs. The rod will be a 2 piece with 2 tips and will include premium components donated by Golden Witch Technologies.

Taper choices for the winning fisherman are:

· 7 foot 4-weight “Sir-D.”...a popular modern bamboo rod taper, developed by famous Rodmaker Wayne Cattanach from Michigan. It is a fast action dry fly rod; perfect for small trout streams. An interesting feature designed into the taper is a subtle “slow spot” in the butt section which makes the rod great for roll casting.

· 7-1/2 foot 5wt. “Dickerson 7613.”...a classic taper by Lyle Dickerson that has amazing power for its size. Dickerson tapers incorporate swelled butt sections that add stiffness while distributing weight in a way that makes the rod feel light in the hand. This is a very versatile rod for medium sized trout streams.

· 8 foot 6-weight “Garrison 212E.”...a taper designed by the legendary Everett Garrison, author of the book that started the renaissance in bamboo rod making. This is a smooth, medium action rod that’s a pleasure to cast and fish. The action is light enough for small dries and light tippets, but strong enough to punch out large stonefly and October caddis imitations.

The Winner will pick a taper and then the rod will be made “from scratch” starting with a raw culm of Tonkin cane. It is expected that the rod will take two to three months to complete. The rod will have premium grade components donated by Golden Witch Technologies, including chrome guides, nickel silver ferrules, choice of cork grip and reel seat styles, a wool rod bag, and a simple PVC rod case. The words “Caddis for Kids 2004” will be written on the rod as a memento of your donation to this great program.

This fine bamboo rod will be part of the items given away during the drawings at the 4th Annual Caddis for Kids Tie-A-Thon on Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th at the Avid Angler in Lake Forest Park, WA. For more information, please contact Don Johnson at [email protected] or the Avid Angler at 206.362.4030 or 877.347.4874. Proceeds of Don Johnson's Caddis for Kids benefit Seattle Children's Hospital.

Tim Cottage

Formerly tbc1415
Today is the 'big' day for this event.
Avid Angler has lined up an impressive group of celebrity fly tyers. No matter what style of fly you are interested in, there will likely be someone there tying them.
The various drawings have an equally impressive line up of products and services for only a buck a ticket.
I spent a few pleasant hours there yesterday afternoon talking with Alec and Don and filling out drawing tickets.

MacRowdy said:
so how did it go?
I may be biased--as the lucky winner of the bamboo fly rod--but I thought it was great! It was a pleasure to listen to Les Johnson, Jim Teeny, and Doug Rose; to once again meet Don Johnson; and to speak with some of the many tyers from various clubs. Most of all, it was inspirational to be among such a great group of folks to have taken their love for fly fishing and channelled it into such a positive force. Hopefully the good vibes will follow us all back to the water.

I'm looking forward to hearing how much money was raised. I will definitely keep a spot open on my calendar for this event next year.

Andrew Toynbee
aka Riverdog
2004 Caddis for Kids RESULTS:

392 flies in 24 hours. A bit down from last year's 501 but this year I had a more labor-intensive drawing system because I had an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE more stuff to give away! 4 rods, 1 reel, guided trip, fishing time at Trophy Lakes, etc., etc., etc.... a whole lot of stuff! It took more time to explain what was going on, which took time away from the vise but there were other reasons as well.

Having Alec Jackson spin yarns about NW steelheading legends for about 7 hours on Friday was more interesting than tying and I am not a decent muti-tasker. I guess you could say my lolly-gagging cut down on the productivity but that's how it goes sometimes. As it turns out, I had more people buying tickets for the drawings than I did filling out pledge forms for pledges-per-fly so I didn't really miss out on a significant amount of $$$ for the charity.

Now, the important part:
As it stands now, a tad over $2500 was raised over the weekend. There are still some contributions in the mail and some pledges that need collecting but overall the best year thus far as far as actual collections are concerned.

This brings the total for all events ever held (in both Spokane and Seattle) to about 15K over the four year history of the event that has been raised for pediatric healthcare services.

Thanks to all who came out in support of the event, the sponsors, donors and congrats to all the winners...and there were many of those, especially the kids!

There is still time to donate and to do so all you need to do is send a check to me MADE OUT TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL at the address listed below.

Don Johnson

Caddis for Kids
2411 Saint Andrews Drive
Shelton, WA 98584

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