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.
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 3 rd – 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), email@example.com.