Bucky Buchstaber

Fly Fisher,

As Founder and Executive Director of Fly Fishing Collaborative, Bucky Buchstaber provides twenty-plus years as a development-focused leader.

Central to Bucky’s life is a strong compassion for serving children, especially those who have been victimized. In 2010, he became a camp director for the non-profit, Royal Family Kids Camp. For four summers Bucky devoted his time organizing and leading weeklong camps for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

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Using Fly Fishing to Help Stop Poverty & Human Trafficking

Bucky is the Founder and Executive Director of Fly Fishing Collaborative. The collaborative has been mobilizing the fly fishing community since 2013 to create sustainable solutions to stop poverty & human trafficking around the world. This non-profit helps communities build environmentally safe and sustainable aquaponics farms for orphanages and schools preventing kids from entering human trafficking. Join us to learn how these farms are built and how you might help the cause. Visit the Fly Fishing Collaborative website to learn more about what they do and how you can help.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What is the mission of the Fly Fishing Collaborative?
  • What motivated you to start FFC?
  • What does FFC actually do?
  • Why did you use fly fishing as a means to your fundraising?
  • What are your methods of fundraising?
  • What is aquaponics farming?
  • Who builds the farms?
  • What foods are harvested from the farms?
  • How does building an aquaponics farm help stop poverty and human trafficking?
  • What authors do you look to for their writing skills and style?
  • How can the fly fishing community help your organization make difference?

In 2013, Bucky’s passions were realized as his love for kids, creative ingenuity, and entrepreneurship were combined to found Fly Fishing Collaborative (FFC). Through his leadership he has inspired FFC to flourish into an international non-profit building environmentally safe and sustainable aquaponics farms for orphanages and schools preventing kids from entering human trafficking. This has been accomplished by establishing a global network of partners in fly fishing and beyond who use their passions to give financially and through works of volunteer labor. Partners of FFC include Adventure Sun Valley, Teton Valley Lodge, Little Creek Outfitters, a number of Simms and Patagonia ambassadors, and hundreds of fly shops, fly tiers and expert guides. When Bucky is not on the river fishing with FFC collaborators or building a farm in a developing country, he’s treasuring the time he has with Britta, his wife of 20 years, and their four kids, Lucy, Crosby, Griffin, and George, who all share the same passion for their non-profit work.


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