A little about me
I became an Alaskan in 1977. Born in Green Bay (Go Packers!) and raised in Kentucky, after graduating Western Kentucky University (Music Ed), I went to visit some friends in Alaska. Well, I liked it...so I stayed! I met Pete at a rifle match on Summer Solstice in 1979, where I was shooting competition rifle on the Alaska National Guard team. I married him 5 months later and moved to Sitka in Southeast Alaska, where we raised our family on a small island with eagles, boating to town across open ocean for work, school, etc. There, I received my amateur radio operator license (NL7WX), and used that skill at the Unalakleet checkpoint for the Iditarod Sled Dog race. I also started my own home sewing and alterations business so I could be an "at home" mom. I loved costuming Baranof Theatre Guild productions.
In '99 we moved to Delta Junction, the official “End of the Al-Can Highway", 98 miles SE of Fairbanks. I developed a tutoring program to teach English/US Citizenship to Russian-speaking senior immigrants and got my Masters of Theology. I organized the Christmas Food Box program and started a welcome service among other community projects. My passion is leading short-term mission teams to Philippines, Uganda, Russia, and Cambodia, as well as bringing teams to do remote village mission work here in Alaska under the flag of Aglow International. (www.aglow.org). And I still play piano and lead worship at my home church whenever I can.
We also enjoy cars and camping, and spend each March camping at the racetrack for the famous "12 Hours of Sebring" Le Mans race. (We particularly enjoy the Dodge Vipers and the Mazda Miata MX5.)
A little about Go Fish!
Inspired by Janet Mangum, Director of Aglow Transformation Ministry, I began to create jewelry from various fishing lures and flies to raise funds for my mission trips. I collect beads, lures and flies as I travel, as well as shop US stores, to make jewelry which, unless you are an avid fisher-person, you might not know the original purpose of the components is to catch fish! The flies are usually hand-tied standard patterns you would find in fly-tying books (e.g. Grey Ghost). The hooks are snipped and treated with a pretty bead for safety. The lures are mostly spinners and spoons, and are lead-free. All are my original designs and certified "Made In Alaska".
Licensed in 2012, Go Fish! designs jewelry can be found in gift stores and fishing lodges around the state, with more 'on the line'. I hope you enjoy shopping in my store.
Go Fish! designs
by Fran Hallgren
Me and my redfish in Texan waters.
Kim White, Owner ~ Smiling Moose Gift Shop, Delta Junction, AK (www.smilingmoosegifts.com)
Fran's GoFish! jewelry has been one of my best selling earring lines for over two years. My customers are attracted to her earrings, necklaces and bracelets because they are not only made from fishing lures, a novel idea already, but because they are unique, classy, and a novelty all rolled up into an extremely affordable and likable product. Some people don't even realize they are made out of lures! They fit most people's taste, and make great gifts. Many who buy them for themselves like them so much, they own more than one pair, like me.
Russ Talvi, Husband, Fisherman, and Alaska fishing lodge owner (www.portashtonlodge.com)
Go Fish! design's fishing lure style earrings are creative, beautiful, and a fun, unique Alaskan gift. Most importantly, each time I give my wife a new pair of Go Fish! earrings, I get permission to go fishing again!