FORTY FOUR WRAP UP THIS YEARS FLY FISHING SCHOOL
By: Gale Allen
This year’s school concluded their program under bright sunny conditions at Medical Lake. There were even a few strikes by some fish but none were caught and, fortunately no students or instructors had to have any hooks removed from our tender bodies. We did get some excellent instruction from Judy Kaufman and Mike Berube on how to remove hooks when we do ultimately catch ourselves (probably the result of a wind gust I’m sure).
I want to thank all of our instructors; Dan Ferguson did double duty covering “Equipment” and fishing “Moving Waters”, Brad Thompson on “Knots”, Judy Kaufman on “Fishing Stillwaters”, Al Odenthal on “Entomology”, Don Tietz and Carolyn Sells on “Water Safety”, Kurt Temple on “Fish ID”, and Walt Balek on “Warm Water & History of Fly Fishing”. Again, Len Zickler donated time from his busy schedule to lead our “Casting Program” with assistance from many of our Club members taking time from their Saturdays to lend some one on one time with the students.
Our students often come to us for the class because they hear from club members about our program. But we in the Club, because this is a fund raiser for us, and the students that took part in our program, need to send a special thanks to Rich Landers at the Spokesman Review. It was, and has been in past years, his efforts via the paper, that gets the word out to the public and consistently puts the school before the public and linking us with the majority of our students.
Students…join in the Club’s outings and fish, fish, fish. Tight Lines!!!