The Spokane Fly Fishers meet on the second Wednesday, September – April, of every month at 7 pm.
Location: St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy
Meetings usually consist of a guest tier before the meeting, a brief business report, and a guest speaker. We always have a small raffle to support our video library. For our March meeting we have our conservation raffle to support various projects through out the year. November is our fly auction which is a large part of the clubs support. December is the annual Christmas party with plenty of great food and gifts for all. Of course, St. Nick makes an appearance. Our March meeting is the Conservation raffle and April is our ever popular Extravaganza. We hold our May Awards Picnic off site.
We skip meetings in June, July and August as most all are too busy fishing anyway!
Please feel free to attend as a guest of the club and enjoy our hospitality!
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
ANNUAL FLY AUCTION
By Fred Howe
Our Annual Fly Auction will be held Wednesday, November 11. I am pleased to announce that Rick Butterfield will once again be our auctioneer. He is sure to entertain us.The fly auction is a major fundraiser for the club and its success depends on the participation of club members as donors and bidders. It also serves as a showcase for the many talented tiers in our club.
Please bring donated flies to the meeting along with your checkbook, debit/credit card, or cash. Also invite friends and neighbors to attend and bid on the many unique flies that will be up for auction. Come early to get your bidder number and to allow time for your donated flies to be checked in properly (between 5:30
and 6:45 PM). There will also be time before the auction to preview flies.
We still need donated flies, so get tying or even consider purchasing some flies to donate.If you have any questions, please call Fred Howe at (509) 448-4707.If you wish to donate flies and can’t make it to the auction, please call and we can arrange for your flies to be dropped off or picked up.
FOOD FOR THE AUCTION
WILL BE AVAILABLE
FROM 5:00 TO 6:45 PM
DECEMBER 9, 2015
SFF CHRISTMAS PARTY
By: Rick Newman
This year’s Christmas party is being chaired by Rick Newman. His crew will be cooking turkey, ham and salmon with mashed potatoes, gravy, and rolls. The rest of the food will be potluck. See next month’s Barbless for the items requested for you to bring. Yes, we will have more salmon than last year!
We need volunteers to help with; preparing food, setting up tables, setting up the rest of the room, decorating tables, inserting flies into glass ornament balls, serving food and laying out serving line, cooking food, greeting people, washing dishes and cleaning up after the party. 10 to 12 people helping out will make the job easier on everyone. This year we also need a person to shadow Rick Newman’s activities so they can do the dinner in 2016. He doesn’t want to hog all the fun!
Contact Rick via email; firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 990-0286. We look forward to a great team effort to provide a wonderful party and opportunity to meet and greet your fishing friends.
The food will be great, the company charming and fun had by all.
Again this year, our Christmas Party will include a few marines to collect our member donations for Toys for Tots. Last year there was quite an array of toys that I’m sure were appreciated by the children who received them.
Let’s make this Christmas memorable for even more little tykes.
OCTOBER 14 – 7:00 PM
and Conservation Issues
Across the Steelhead’s Range
Josh Mills is a local steelhead advocate, avid steelhead fisher and game bird hunter. He gets to enjoy these addictions when he has moments of free time. Josh lives in Spokane with his wife, Kallie and two boys, Carson and Mason. He is on the Board of Directors for the Wild Steelhead Coalition and works a full time job in advertising sales. Josh writes a blog called “Chucking Line and Chasing Tail”, which you can find at millsfly.blogspot.com. If you are not familiar with his blog, please check it out. His blogs are full of great stories with the wit and the excitement that only comes from truly loving a sport.
At the October meeting, Josh will speak to us on the timing of our inland steelhead fishing, steelhead flies and gear set ups that have been successful for him, conservation issues that we deal with here and across the steelhead range and he will share great stories from the river.
“I have engaged in the conservation arena because I want to know that what we have now will be there for my children when they grow up. I have to know that I have given back to the things that I hold so dear. As sportsmen and sports-women, we cannot just take and expect others to do the dirty and hard work to maintain our sporting heritage. Get out there, get involved. Now.” Josh Mills
Come to the meeting and hear him speak. It will be an informative and very enjoyable evening. We hope to see all of you on Wednesday, October 14. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM.
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
SEPTEMBER 9 MEETING
Steve Temple has guided and fished western Montana since 2007 where he and his wife live. With the great number of fishable rivers and streams in western Montana, there is little reason to venture very far away from their home waters. Raised on trout fishing in the Eastern Sierras, fly fishing to all species in all types of waters became a passion groomed over time. Guiding has become a way to transfer some of this knowledge to fellow fishermen.
Steve is particularly fond of carefully teaching those new to fly fishing the skills needed to succeed at a day of fishing from the drift boat. Those new skills learned on the Clark Fork can then be transferred to stream fishing and mountain lake fishing. For the hard core angler there is nothing more rewarding to both the guide and angler than getting that experienced fisherman onto the big fish we both know lives in a particular spot.
Steve and his wife, Peggy, live in Superior, Montana along the banks of the Clark Fork and frequently fish the local waters for their own satisfaction. Steve is also an active pilot and has been known to fly into the back country for a fishing trip or two. The back country provides some of the same solitude we enjoy on the lower Clark Fork. It is not uncommon to spend a day here on the river and not see another boat—an experience different from the busier rivers like the Snake, Big Horn or Madison. The Temples have a son and grandson living in Missoula which places an increased meaning to passing on the values and experiences of fishing our Montana waters. You are encouraged to call Steve and inquire about the condition of the river, hatches, river flows, river clarity, lodging and camping in our area.
Steve Temple 406-382-016