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By: Dan Wells



The raffle was again a big success this year with the hard work of the chairman, Dan Wells, and his many helpers. The club owes thanks to Mike Keegan

(who recorded and numbered the items) , Brian Durheim (once again our quick ticket salesman), Brad Thompson (our emcee who kept the raffle moving),

and the many volunteers who arrived at 4:30 to set up the room and the items, worked through the raffle and didn’t leave until the room was clean

and back in order. But mostly thanks are owed to the 48 members, the Orvis Northwest Outfitters, Castaway Fly Shop, Coeur d’ Alene

and Big R Sandpoint, who provided over 100 items to try for. And, a big thank you to the 127 ticket purchasers.


Mike Fortney extends a special thank you to the Kitchen Crew who did a spectacular job in his absence.

We raised nearly $4000 for our conservation and education programs that include Trout in the Classroom,

Kids Fishing Day, Water Resources Day (more kids!), work with the WDF&W and Forest Service. We also

help fund special education programs for a Youth Fly Fishing Camp, Eagle Scout Projects, Casting for Recovery

and seminars and workshops for club members continuing education.



22-28 June 2014 by Dan Wells


The deadline for our nomination of a child to attend the Fly Fishing Academy camp is soon approaching….April 7th.

Our club would like to sponsor one mature and serious minded youth (ages 12 – 16) willing to learn about conservation and the sport of fly fishing to attend this camp! Excellent meals are provided and the kids stay in clean, warm, cabins with showers and comfortable bunks. All costs associated with attending the camp are covered with the exception of transportation to and from Lacy, Washington. The applicant must write an essay, stating why they’d like to attend The Academy and they’ll need a letter of recommendation from their school counselor or science teacher. So, if your child or grandchild is interested in applying, please complete the application ASAP and return it to a board member by April 1st, 2014. Please don’t delay as the deadline to submit applications to the Youth Conservation and Fishing Academy is April 15th, 2014.

Applications and additional information are available online at nwycffa.com or you can contact me at 731-0116.

The Academy is also looking for a few dozen flies for the kids to use. Please let me know if you’re interested in doing some tying. Here’s a couple of pictures of the happy fisherman and nice letter he sent the club.


Craig Wells letter to SFF

 Craig Wells with fish 2Craig Wells with fish 1