Poster for Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited Fishing Gear Swap. (Courtesy Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited)

Poster for Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited Fishing Gear Swap. (Courtesy Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited)

Trout Unlimted gear swap to return, expands to include outdoor gear

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its second annual Fishing & Outdoor Gear Swap on Saturday, May 11, at Soldotna Creek Park, but is already accepting items for donation or commission.

Dave Atcheson, an outreach coordinator for the chapter, said Tuesday that the event, which debuted last year, saw great feedback. Where the original swap featured only fishing gear, this year they’ve expanded the offering to include outdoor gear like tents, sleeping pads or camp stoves.

Any fishing or outdoor gear in good condition can be either donated for the gear swap or set for commission. All proceeds will be used to fund the chapter’s events and conservation efforts in the area, like the kid’s camp, or stream surveying and rehabilitation.

This year’s event is also being hosted in collaboration with the Kenai Watershed Forum, and Atcheson said their facility near Soldotna Creek Park is the primary location for drop-off. To coordinate drop-off in Soldotna, contact Brandon at 907-398-4304.

More information and other options for drop-off can be found on the chapter’s Facebook page at “Trout Unlimited Kenai Peninsula Chapter.”

In addition to the gear swap, the event on May 11 will feature a picnic, updates on the local chapter’s plans for this year and an “Intro to Fly Fishing” session that will cover equipment, casting and other information.

Atcheson said the event, in early May, is a great opportunity to pick up gear and prepare for summer activity.

For more information, find “Trout Unlimited Kenai Peninsula Chapter” on Facebook.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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