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!
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 MEETING
SPEAKER: PAT WAY
“STEELHEAD, THE GRAND RONDE, THE CLEARWATER AND THE SNAKE RIVERS”
By: Jodi Fitts, Vice President SFF
In September, our presenter is Pat Way of Northwest Outfitters in Coeur D’ Alene. He is very excited to speak to us about steelhead techniques used on the Clearwater, Snake and Grande Ronde Rivers. He also plans to demystify all the various equipment and nomenclature involved in fly fishing with a spey rod.
Pat spent his early years in Denver with his mom. He was lucky enough to have a Big Brother, through Big Brothers of America. That man started his passion of fly fishing. When Pat was in the 4th grade, his mom, a single mother, moved them out of Denver and into the Pacific Northwest. Here, he continued to learn and teach himself how to fly fish.
The presentation will start at 7:00 PM. Please come early for good seat.
Pat Way and Mike Beard are co-owners of NW Outfitters in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho. It is the only independently owned Orvis store and they are very lucky to have one of the few certified Orvis Fly Fishing Schools. Everyone in the store is a self-taught fly fisherman and they truly understand the needs of the beginner. Their shop’s philosophy is, “There is no such thing as a silly question.” Their shop is a great place to take a fly fishing class, a casting class (they have their own pond,) or learn to tie flies. NW Outfitters are proud supporters of all the local fly fishing clubs, Project Healing Waters, Casting for Recovery, Spokane Women on the Fly, and they volunteer with the Life Sport classes at Post Falls, CDA and Lake City Schools.
FOOD AT MEETINGS
By: Claude Kistler
Although we have a great group of men from Project Healing Waters to help in the kitchen, it’s critical that we have a chairperson to coordinate the purchase and delivery of the food. If we aren’t able to come up with a volunteer to chair this activity, we will have to cut back and only offer cookies and coffee at meetings.
OCTOBER PRESENTATION, OCTOBER 12, 2016
Molly Semenik will be our presenter. Molly started teaching fly-casting back in the 80’s after she left the Midwest and landed in Utah. In 2000, Molly and her family moved to Livingston, Montana, where she began a 15-year guiding career. During this time, Molly started Tie the Knot Fly Fishing, became an outfitter and Master Certified Casting Instructor through the IFFF.
Another move took her further west to Birch Bay, Washington. A two-handed fly rod is now her go to method in the Pacific Northwest.
Molly has a recent book out titled 25 Best Off-the-Beaten Path Montana Fly Fishing Streams by Stonefly Press. She is currently on the Casting Board of Governors and Board of Directors of the IFFF.
At the October club meeting Molly will be discussing this book, 25 Best Off-the Beaten Path Montana Fly Fishing Streams. If you ever wanted to know where to go and not be bothered by crowds of people, this is your chance to get the scoop. She is a wonderfully witty and informative speaker and it really will be a night, so please join us in October. The presentation will start at 7:00PM. Please get there early for a good seat.
Molly has also offered to teach casting classes for our club members on October 12th. These classes will be on October 12th and the first class will be for beginners, from 11-1:00. The second class will be for advanced/intermediates from 2-4:00. We are hoping to hold the class at the City Park on Medical Lake, on the water. It will be October, so you might need to bring boots and waders. These spots will fill up fast. To get on the list to attend the casting classes please email me, Jodi Fitts at email@example.com. I will need your payment ($40) as soon as possible, to hold your spot.
Molly has offered to teach a casting class on the water for up to six people in the mid-day, prior to the regular club meeting. The cost is $50 per person and will be well worth the price. Please contact Jodi Fitts to get on the list and if there are more than six members interested, we will have a drawing at the September meeting for the six slots.
Please look Molly up on Facebook or at tietheknotflyfishing.com.
NOVEMBER ANNUAL FLY AUCTION
It is not too early to start planning for your participation in our November Fly Auction. As most of you know, there are several ways to participate. You may begin now by tying flies to donate, purchase flies to donate and most importantly, consider a generous budget so you are not outbid on those special collections of flies that are critical to your fly inventory.
This function is a major fundraiser for SFF with proceeds financing much of our functions, printing, postage and speakers for the year.
This is always a fun meeting and a chance to pick up incredible flies tied by some of the club’s and Inland Northwest’s best fly tyers.