The Spokane Fly Fishers is active in a number of youth and family activities. If you want more fun than you can handle, head to Kids fishing Day. This event is held early every May at Clear Lake. Nearly 1200 kids and families rotate through for 45 minute fishing expeditions with over 5000 hungry Trout waiting to be caught. The club is one of many sponsors involved in this great event.
September brings us to Bear Lake County Park for water resources day. 300 fifth graders gather for a day participating in mini seminars relating to our water resources. These include; panning for gold, conservation, riparian habitat and fly casting. Four or five help with the casting and ten or twelve with tangles! We actually manage both tasks with six or seven members.
Our March meeting is the Conservation Raffle. This is a terrific opportunity to throw a ticket or two in the pot for some great items. We typically have professionally guided trips, not so professionally hosted trips, waders, rods and reels, fly’s, nick-knacks and generally everything you’ll need for you fly vest (we might even have the vest!).
Growing larger and better every year is our Extravaganza. Held at our April meeting, we bring representatives from Washington and Idaho Fish and Game, The Forest Service, Outfitters, Shops, Demonstration Fly Tiers and the Federation of Fly Fishers. We also get the regional fishing forecast from Washington Fish and Game. This is a great chance to learn not just about the club, but fly fishing in general.
Outings, tons of them. Twenty were scheduled in 2014 to be exact. We hit most of the local lakes early in the spring and head to the rivers after the snow melt. In the past we’ve fished the Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe, Kelly Creek, North Fork of the Clearwater, and Lochsa Rivers. These Idaho Rivers are smaller and afford a great opportunity for families to experience fly fishing on a comfortable level. The Clark Fork in Montana is always on the schedule and we might make it to the Big Hole, Bitterroot, Missouri, Clark Fork, Yellowstone and the list goes on. These are typically hosted by one of our resident “experts” and we’ll have an evening family BBQ at some.
We don’t want to forget the “One Fly” contest. Pick a fly, fish a local lake for three hours without loosing it, check in with the host and wait for the official count. You might win a terrific prize! Followed by a gourmet BBQ and awards ceremony.
Check our calendar page and the newsletters to find out specifics. The calendar page is also where you’ll find updates on any cancellations or changes.
This is just the beginning of what we, The Spokane Fly Fishers, do. Check us out the second Wednesday of the month at Ft. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy at 7pm. September to April.
ELECTION OF SFF BOARD FOR 2015-16
The nominating committee, consisting of Chairman Kurt Tempel, Judy Kaufman, Mike Berube, Dan Ferguson, and Fred Howe presented the following nominations at the general club meeting on March 11th, 2015. Voting for these positions will happen at the April general meeting.
Vice Pres–Charlie Simpson
Board 1–Connie Tedrow
Board 2–Jodi Fitts
Board 3–Craig Adams
Past President–Gale Allen
Sgt. at Arms–Will be announced shortly.
The new board will be installed at the May picnic.
AMBER LAKE OUTING – APRIL 4TH
Host: Jack Mayfield
Amber Lake could still be cold and windy for our outing on 4 April. I’ll test the waters and give everyone that signed up a lake/fishing report on the 11th (Friday afternoon). The table with muffins and coffee will be set-up near the boat launch by 8 AM. Damsel and dragon fly nymph patterns, leeches and chironomids should work well. Very little shore casting available – selective gear rules, internal combustion motors prohibited, catch and release.
Directions: Take I-90 west to the Cheney Exit. Go completely through town and then left on Mullinix Road. Continue on Mullinix for about 10 miles to Pine Springs Road. Turn right and stay on Pine Springs until you find a small Amber Lake sign where you’ll turn left and follow the dirt road to the parking lot. You can drive down the hill to unload, but you have to park in the lot on top.
Questions: Contact Jack Mayfield at 509-926-8017.
DRY FALLS OUTING – APRIL 10TH /12TH
The Dry Falls outing is a joint venture with the Northwest Fly Anglers. You must register with them on the website: http:// www.northwestflyanglers.org/outings.htm
At Dry Falls Lake the quality fly fishing is matched by some of the most unique scenery in the world. At the end of the last ice age a colossal flood poured out of Canada through the Columbia Basin. Dry Falls Lake is the site where the flood carved out the largest known waterfall in the history of the world. The lake has a healthy population of large browns and rainbows. Tiger trout – the hybrid brown-brook trout – are also caught here. The many weedy shoals in Dry Falls make this lake in north central Washington tremendously productive. And nearby Banks Lake has schools of large carp cruising the shallows. If these species are on your bucket list, then attending this outing is a must.
The club has rented Camp Delany, the spacious educational facility at Dry Falls. So we will have a kitchen, dining room, indoor sleeping facilities, and showers! Floating devices mandatory. Fee covers all weekend food. $60 fee covers food and lodging (with showers!) for two (2) nights. Washington State Parks Discovery Pass required.
WILLIAMS LAKE OUTING – WEDNESDAY, April 29th NO HOST.
Williams Lake is an excellent lake for the beginning fly fisherman new to lake fishing and the experienced fly fishers who may want to try out their new patterns they’ve tied over the winter. The lake is stocked heavily each spring, which improves the odds for success.Williams Lake is located South of Cheney. To get there, take the Cheney exit off I-90. Follow through town to Mullinix Road, which is about one mile west of Cheney. Turn left (South) on Mullinix Road to Williams Lake Road. The lake is about 10+ miles from Cheney. Turn left (East) and look for the sign (which may be partially hidden by a tree) for the public launch. Take that road to the parking and launch area. The outing starts at 3 PM.A boat or some type of float is needed to fish this lake. Recommended flies are chironomids, wooly buggers, Olive Willys, bionic worms, still water nymph.
9th Annual Washington Fly Fishing Fair
By: Dan Ferguson
The 2015 Washington Fly Fishing Fair is presented by the Washington State Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (WSCIFFF). The Fly Fishing Fair will feature Fly Fishing Workshops, Seminars and Programs; Fly Casting Workshops, Demonstrations, Classes and Games; Fly Tying Demonstrations and Lessons; Vendor Exhibits and Displays; Raffles; Silent Auctions and an Awards Banquet and Live Auction.
Admission Cost ? General admission is $5.00. Free for IFFF members, and for youth under the age of 16.
Washington State Council International Federation of Fly Fishers
Washington State Council Federation of Fly Fishers
9th Annual Washington Fly Fishing Fair
May 1st & 2nd, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday
Admission is free to IFFF members!
Dear Spokane Fly Fishers,
Please join us at the 9th Annual Washington Fly Fishing Fair, on May 1st and 2nd (Friday and Saturday), at the Kittitas Valley Event Center and Fairgrounds in Ellensburg, WA. It’s going to be a great event! The Fly Fishing Fair runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday and from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday. IFFF members and kids under the age of 16 get in free, for everyone else the entry fee is $5.
This year’s 2015 Fly Fishing Fair will feature:
FLY TYING DEMONSTRATIONS – On Friday and Saturday, there will be over 75 fly tiers demonstrating their favorite patterns. You’ll not only see some beautiful tying, but you’ll also get a lesson on the habits of the critters they represent. All of our talented fly tiers are excited to share their love of fly fishing and fly tying with you. There isn’t a bad seat in the house!
CASTING – On Friday and Saturday, There will be casting games (including a nine-hole casting course), casting competitions, casting demonstrations, and instructional workshops on casting one and two-handed rods.
On Saturday, there will be special casting workshops, taught by some of the best casting instructor in the Northwest, and designed by to be informative, fun, and to achieve some advancement along the path to becoming a better fly fisherman. The workshops cost $30 each.
Private 30-minute casting lessons, taught by some of the best casting instructor in the Northwest, will be available on Saturday. These private lessons can be reserved online, or by signing up at the event; the cost is $15.
All instructors are certified by the IFFF Casting Instructor Certification Program (CICP). Biographies of the individual instructors are available on the Fly Fishing Fair registration site and on the WSCIFFF website.
To register for the casting workshops and the private lessons please go to the 2015 Fly Fishing Fair electronic registration site (listed below). You can also get to the registration site by going to the WSCIFFF website (also listed below).
FLY FISHING SEMINARS- Free seminars will be offered on both Friday and Saturday. Spend some time listening to the experts talk about how to succeed fishing familiar and exotic fly fishing waters.
YOUTH FLY FISHING WORKSHOP – For kids ages 12 through 16, there will be an Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshop on Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The workshop will cover the basics of fly fishing and will include tying and casting instruction. The Workshop fee ($40.00) and includes a fly rod and reel outfit and lunch. Class size is limited to 20 participants.
AUCTIONS & RAFFLES – There will be some great auctions (both silent and live) and raffles on Friday and Saturday. Items include: fly selections; bamboo rods; custom built rods; rod and reel outfits; reels, lines and leaders; fly tying materials; fly tying tools; specialty baskets; fly fishing books; fishing trips; rare fly plates; plus our Legends Fly Plate.
DINNER BANQUET & LIVE AUCTION – Friday evening, May 1st. Tickets can be reserved online until April 26th. The cost is $35.
CAMPING – There is limited camping (wet and dry) available on site. To reserve a spot go to the 2015 Fly Fishing Fair electronic registration site (listed below).
MOTELS & HOTELS – Many of the motels and hotels in the Ellensburg area are offering special Fly Fishing Fair rate packages. For a list of the motels and hotels providing discounts, and their contact information, please go to the WSCIFFF website (listed below)
To register, click on the link below to go to the 2015 Fly Fishing Fair electronic registration site:
For additional information go to the WSCIFFF website at:
We look forward to seeing you at the Fly Fishing Fair. If you have any questions or problems please call me or email me.
WSCFFF VP of Communications
Host: Mike Berube
Why change a good thing! Fishing in the morning and picnicking in the afternoon. Sounds good to me.We’ll conduct this outing right before the club’s annual award picnic which has been a great time the last couple of years. The outing will take place at the USAF Clear Lake Recreation Area. We can fish for a couple of hours prior to the picnic. I’ll be there at 8 AM and we can fish until the picnic starts at 11 AM.There is a boat launch there if you have a boat or you can launch your pontoon boat/float tube right at the beach area at the main office pavilion. The WDFW Spokane Kids Fishing Day will be held here a week or two prior so the likelihood of lots of fish in this area will be great.Standard lake patterns will work: Stillwater Nymphs, Wooly Buggers, Carey Specials, Six Packs, and Olive Willys should do the trick.Directions: East or West bound on I-90, take Exit 264 (Cheney/ Medical Lakes Exit) and go North. Turn Right onto Clear Lake Road on the North side of I-90. Clear Lake Recreation Area is clearly marked at the corner of Clear Lake and Salnave Rd. The Recreation Area is then just a short distance down Clear Lake Road on the Left. From Fairchild AFB, take Hwy 2 West to Brooks Rd and turn left toward Medical Lakes, right at the stop sign in Medical Lakes, Left on Clear Lake and travel about 1 mile to Clear Lake on your right.
KIDS FISHING DAY – MAY 2ND
By: Carla Ferguson
Kids fishing will be held at the USAF Clear Lake Recreation Area on May 2nd this year. This is a fun event where we help with groups of a couple hundred kids coming through every 45 minutes by baiting hooks and untangling lines! Hours of entertainment!! There are also opportunities to assist with registration, hand out shirts and fish bags or distribute rods.
Sign up to be part of this active, fun experience at the April meeting .
Our plan is to meet at the Iron Skillet Restaurant at 6 AM for breakfast. Medical Lake exit, turn left.
DIRECTIONS: East or West bound on 1-90, take Exit 264 (Cheney/Medical Lakes Exit) and go North. Turn Right onto Clear Lake Road on the North side of 1-90. Clear Lake Recreation Area is clearly marked at the corner of Clear Lake and Salnave Rd. The Recreation Area is then just a short distance down Clear Lake Road on the left.
There will also be a rod assembly event on April 15, 6-9 PM at the Wildlife Council building.
The more the merrier!
SFF AWARDS PICNIC – MAY 9, 2015 STARTING AT 11 AM
By: Carla & Dan Ferguson
Come out to the Fairchild AFB Recreation Area at Clear Lake for our year-end potluck picnic and annual awards presentation. Food, friends, and fun promise to be the theme for this year’s event. We have reserved a covered pavilion next to the water’s edge – just in case it rains. There will be games for all – even a long-distance casting competition for those who are up to the challenge. (Also a new surprise activity that will be lots of fun.)
COST is $5.00 per family (or single person)–payable the day of the picnic. Our club is providing burgers, brats, hot dogs and soft drinks. Feel free to bring other beverages of your choice. Please bring a potluck side dish, salad or dessert according to the following plan:
H-O Side Dish
This is a family friendly event so bring your spouse and the kids and enjoy. Get there real early and participate in the Clear Lake Outing hosted by Mike Berube and enjoy fishing in this recently stocked lake. We will also install the recently elected SFF Board and the awards for 2014-15 will be presented.
DIRECTIONS: East or West bound on 1-90, take Exit 264 (Cheney/Medical Lakes Exit) and go North. Turn Right onto Clear Lake Road on the North side of 1-90. Clear Lake Recreation Ar- ea is clearly marked at the corner of Clear Lake and Salnave Rd. The Recreation Area is then just a short distance down Clear Lake Road on the left.
HOPE TO SEE ALL OF YOU THERE! Call Carla or Dan at 325-8885 if you have questions.
WEST MEDICAL LAKE – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3RD – 3 PM
We’ll be keeping this on the agenda as a no host outing. A boat or some type of float is needed to fish this lake.
Recommended flies are chironomids, wooly buggers, Olive Willys, Bionic Worms, stillwater nymphs, etc.
How do you get there…take I-90 to Exit 272 (Route 902). Continue on 902 into the town of Medical Lake and make the 90 degree left turn where it becomes Lefevere Street. Go south on Lefevere (which becomes Salnave Road) until you get to the south end of Medical Lake, then look for a sign to Eastern State Hospital. Turn right at that sign (on Fancher Connection) and then take your first left (Fancher). This will take you straight to the West Medical Lake Marina. Public access is just past the marina.
CASTING FOR RECOVERY
By: Mary Kovatch
Casting For Recovery is an national program for women who have or those who are in remission to learn how to fly fish. The nation is divided into regions and Spokane is in the North Idaho Eastern Washington region.
Women who fly fish enjoy the sport at many different levels—being outdoors in fresh air, sharing an- other’s company, having time to reflect, or simply catching a fish. For these and other reasons we encourage women to participate in the CFR retreat to be held this July 17-19. It will be at the Orvis Flying B Ranch just east of Lewiston. All of the money for the retreat comes from fund raising activities and donations, thus there is no cost to the participants. All equipment is available so there is no need for a participant to have her own.
The program has sessions Friday and Saturday on fly tying, casting, insects, how to fish the water, releasing the fish, etc. On Sunday there will be a real chance to fish, and hopefully catch one.
Women who have participated in the past three years have indicated that this is one of the best experiences they have ever had. There have been women who are wheelchair bound and some who are in stage 4 cancer. There are enough women who volunteer so that those with physical or emotional needs can be helped. (There is a medical professional on staff.)
Applications for this coming retreat are due by May 1, 2015. There are application forms available on the CFR web site: www.castingforrecovery.org.
If you need any additional information, contact Mary Kovatch.
SFF RIDE SHARE PROGRAM
By: Connie Tedrow
Some of our members may not attend SFF meetings regularly due to concerns about driving; we all would like to save money on gas. To address this problem we would like to develop a Ride Share Program. The idea is to link members who live in the same geographical area with members willing to provide rides with members wanting rides.
The program has many benefits – getting more members to meetings, saving money, getting to know members better (and maybe even gleaning some good fishing information from each other).
We need both riders and drivers to make the program work. The basic information needed is: Your name, address, phone number (and whether or not you have texting), your e-mail address and the general area where you live: North, South, Valley, West. If you are providing rides, please let me know how many persons it would be convenient for you to pick up. Sign-up sheets will be available at the meetings – find me, I will try to be up front and available after the meeting.
Or, you can contact me directly: Connie Tedrow, 509 220-4179 (I have texting), firstname.lastname@example.org.