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.
Now, when the weather makes fishing difficult, is the time to do the cleaning and preparing your equipment for the upcoming fishing season. If you have gently used fly fishing items that you no longer use or need, consider donating them to our March Conservation/Education Raffle. You can either call the people listed in the Raffle article or bring them to the February meeting to be entered into the Early Donation drawing.
2016 EXTRAVAGANZA PROGRESS
By Rick Newman
The 2016 Extravaganza is progressing rapidly. This week I have confirmed Randal Osbourne will provide the oft requested fishing report. Jodi Fitts has been working with Sean Visintainer to do his presentation on fly fishing the Spokane River. Both of these activities will occur on Wednesday night April 13th at St. Francis School during the normal meeting.
This years Extravaganza will now be held on Saturday, April 16th at Manitou Park in the area of the North Shelter near the pond just off Manito Boulevard. We have reserved the shelter for our event from 8 AM to 4 PM. We will setup before 10 AM and organize the other activities such as fly casting and our new casting course that Dan Ferguson is excitedly designing and building. Come and experience the course so you can improve your casting. We will need folks to help setup both the “Let’s Try Out Fly Casting” and the casting course. Experienced casters are needed to man both of the events.
Under the big shelter will be space for tables for fly tiers and displays. Hopefully we will attract local fly fishing and conservation organizations. If the weather is nice there is plenty of space outside the shelter to have more clubs and such. Local area fly shops will be invited too. I already have contacted a variety of folks to share their particular fly fishing skills. I welcome and will be looking for many more folks to come and share their knowledge. If you or someone you know has something they would to teach about fly fishing I would love to hear about it and have them attend.
Dependent upon when the Park’s Department delivers picnic tables to all the parks we may or maynot have tables. If you have a table you can provide or bring that would be great.
My goal for this event is to provide education and make connections within the fly fishing communityin Spokane to improve fishing skills and knowledge and to build a stronger bond between thediverse clubs and organizations. Together we can do more for fish, local waters and improveour fly fishing opportunities.
I will be contacting folks to help out. You may also volunteer by via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 990-0286.
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.