Last week, posts started making the rounds on Instagram and other social platforms about Justin Aldrich, a fly tier from Georgia. Aldrich makes a living tying flies – something all of us can tip our lucky fishing hat to – but after his wife lost her job due to the pandemic, and Justin’s own medical issues have prevented him getting back behind the vise, the future of him and his family is uncertain.
So, as we’ve seen countless times before, the fly fishing community has rallied behind Justin. If you’re interested in helping cover some of his medical bills so this father and husband can get back on his feet, there’s a GoFundMe set up.
You can also support Justin by participating in one of the many auctions being held by fellow tiers on Instagram using the tag #AllforAldrich, where individual tiers are donating flies to help raise money for Justin.
If you have any questions about other ways to help, contact Stephen Vermilyea on Instagram or email Marshall Cutchin at MidCurrent (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can see some of Justin’s incredible tying work here.