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.
By Jodi Fitts, VP
Joe Rotter of Red’s Fly Shop
January 11, 2017
Wow, the New Year is fast approaching and with it comes the return to our presentations.For the January 11, 2017 meeting, Joe Rotter will be presenting “Steelhead in Central Washington.” He will be focusing on his home waters and how to steelhead fish those rivers. This presentation will be open to the public. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you all there. He will also be doing a “Tie Along” for us at the Wildlife Council from 2-4 PM that same day. The cost per person will be $10.00 to cover the cost of the room and to negate some of the cost of the tying material. The “tie along” session is for current Spokane Fly Fishers Club members only.
2017 NORTHWEST YOUTH CONSERVATION AND FLY FISHING ACADEMY
June 18-24, 2017 at Gwinwood Community Center
Hicks Lake in Lacey, WA
Applications will be accepted starting: January 1, 2017 until April 15, 2017.
This academy is available for girls and boys, 12-16 years old! It will teach basics of fly fishing, fly tying and conservation skills. The event is one full week with some staff and all youth living in clean, warm cabins at the Gwinwood Center. All meals are provided. Students need to bring their personal belongings, i.e., sleeping bags, pillows, rubber boots, etc. All fishing gear and fly tying equipment is provided, however, students may bring their own fishing gear.
Each student applicant must submit:
1. An application.
2. A short essay explaining why they want to attend The Academy.
3. A letter of recommendation from a school teacher, home educator or counselor.
The cost for each student is $300.00. Financial assistance is available. The 2017 Application will be downloadable from www.nwycffa.com