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’s, Chris Donley. This is a great chance to learn not just about the club, but fly fishing in general.
Outings, tons of them. Twenty 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 and Lochsa in Idaho. The 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, 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.
CASTING FOR RECOVERY
By: Mary Kovach
Casting for Recovery-North Idaho and Eastern Washington, is a support and educational program for breast cancer survivors providing psychosocial and medical support, using the sport of fly fishing to promote mental and physical healing. Since 1996 Casting for Recovery has served over 4,500 women. The casting motion used in fly fishing provides a gentle exercise for joint and soft tissue mobility.
There is no cost to the breast cancer participants attending retreats. All of the funds are solicited from generous donors. The women participants are at all stages of treatment and recovery. Any woman who has experienced breast cancer is eligible to participate in the Casting for Recovery-North Idaho and Eastern Washington program. Almost 40% of referrals come from the medical community.
The Casting for Recovery-North Idaho and Eastern Washington program differs from any other breast cancer programs because it addresses issues of “survivorship,” a significant but largely unmet need of women who have fully or nearly completed medical treatment of their cancer, but are still dealing with the physical, mental and emotional effects from the disease and its treatment. At the retreat there is a volunteer medical doctor and a volunteer psychosocial professional on site. All of the staff who help the women at the retreat are volunteers.
All fishing equipment is loaned to the women at the retreat from Orvis. This includes, boots, waders with belt, a vest carrying the most necessary tools a fly fisher needs, plus the rod and reel with line leader and tippet.
During the retreat the women are taught to tie flies so they can use them on the river as a part of the fishing experience. There are also sessions on casting. On the final day the women actually use what they have learned by actually fishing on the river. There are river helpers for the fishing so that they can put into practice what they have learned.
This year, 2014, the retreat will be held again at the Shoshone Camp on the North Fork of the Coeur D’Alene river. The date is June 27-29. Any woman who is interested in participating may contact me, Mary Kovatch, 487-1224 for application information.
NORTH FORK OF THE COUER D’ALENE RIVER OUTING- JUNE 28-29
Host: John Hudson
This year’s trip is later than past years and the fishing should be much better. Water levels have always been high but we should be looking at some good fishing with the moderate weather.
We will be at Devils Elbow Campground for the weekend and will have bar-b-que brats and burgers on Saturday at 6:30 PM. This is the first year Devil’s Elbow has been open with new toilets, tables and fire pits.
To get there take I-90 east to Kingston exit. Turn left over the interstate and follow the Forest Road 9, Old River Road, to Devil’s Elbow Campground.
PARA DRAKE, PARA ADAMS, Cripples, Royal Wulfs, Stimulators should be doing well. Bring the standard 4-6 wt rods, floating line.
Hope to see you there. Any questions call John (509) 413-7482 or email email@example.com
KELLY CREEK OUTING – JULY 18 – JULY 20
Host: John Hudson
It is time for the best fishing in our area. Kelly Creek and the North Fork of the Clearwater is consistently the best fishing year in and year out. This is my family’s favorite trip for the year.
We will be up in the area mid-week to try and get the group campground for our “official” days of Friday through Sunday.
We will be serving a breakfast on Saturday morning at 8:30 AM (Idaho/Washington time) and hope to see lots of people there.
There are two ways to get there. One through Pierce, Idaho. This is a good road and is suit- ed well for trailers. The second way over Hoodoo pass from Superior, Montana, which offers a more rustic road but I’ve traveled it with a smaller fifth wheel many times with no problems. Get off at the Superior exit and travel on the west side of I-90 to Trout Creek Road which will take out over the pass. It’s kind of a draw whether you continue down Black Canyon or over Deception Pass.
It is a trek to get there and, if you have never been, you owe it to yourself to make the trip and try one of the premier blue ribbon fisheries in our area.
We always have a good number of seasoned fishermen who will be happy to help in fly selection and fishing spots.
As a reminder, this will be a combined outing with the Northwest Fly Anglers. If you need directions or car pool help please give me a call 509-413-7482 – John Hudson
ST. JOE RIVER OUTING - AUGUST 1, 2, 3
Host: Rick Newman
Rick Newman will be hosting the St Joe Outing this year. As we have for years now, we’re planning on staying at Fly Flat Campground. This is a nice medium sized campground with 14 sites suitable for tents and small to medium sized trailers. Although, some have CAREFULLY maneuvered larger RV’s and 5th wheelers. Two really nice, well maintained outhouses and a pump with typically cloudy, but potable water. There is a chance that we won’t be able to find room at Fly Flat as there are no reservations available.
In this case we’ll be moving to the “Big Meadow” 1 1⁄2 miles from the main road. Look for the club banner. There are two ways to reach Fly Flat. The easiest and longest is via St Maries. Go through town and take the turn to Harrison/ Avery. Take a right turn in about a 1⁄2 mile. Take a very leisurely and relaxing drive past mile marker 76. Look for the turn onto the Upper Joe Road. Three miles on a one lane paved road to the campground. Please allow time to stop at The Idaho Fly Fishing Company in Avery for a sandwich or ice cream and pick up a few flies and such. Licenses are available across the road at Sheffey’s Store as is soda, beer, ice and pricey gas! Fill up in St. Maries.
You can also take I-90 to St. Regis, Montana, and head over the mountain. Get gas and such in town and a fishing license at Cantrell’s Fly Shop, just north of town. Exit the freeway and take a left to the four way. Left again and about a mile to Little Joe Road. Left again for 28 miles up and over, left just past mile marker 77. The 14 mile Montana side is gravel that can get a bit rough and dusty.
The “Joe” is a very fine cutthroat fishery, with fish ranging from 8 -18 inches. You’ll always have great luck with caddis patterns and also do very well as comparaduns, tan and olive working well. Fish a stimulator, humpy or Turk’s tarantula with a small nymph dropper and swing soft hackles during the evening. Don’t overlook hoppers, ants, and bees! This is a great chance for the novice fisher, as cuts are always hungry and we will have plenty of “experts” available. It is a relatively easy river for wading and it should be warm enough for those who do not have fancy breathables yet. Perhaps we can have an “on the water clinic” Saturday morning if we have some experienced St. Joe fishers that want to help out.
This is a great outing to bring the non-fishing partner and the kids or grandkids. Bring the bikes, BB guns and slingshots! We plan on arriving Thursday. Please be prepared to share camp sites as we can get cozy with all the folks on this outing.
We will have a late lunch on Saturday. You can eat, take a siesta and be back on the water by 6! Late lunch Saturday AFTERNOON around two will be brats and corn on the cob. With
A – F bringing desserts G – N side dishes and O – Z salads.
We realize with this being a bit more remote outing that this might not work for all.
Friday evening we‘ll have a BYOB (bring your own beef) feed. I will have a BBQ setup for you to cook on.
Give Rick a call if you have any questions at 509-990-286 before Wednesday July 30 as I hope to be up on the Joe by Thursday or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPOKANE RIVER OUTING – SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 23RD
The Spokane River Outing had been cancelled due to lack of a host.
KOOTENAI RIVER OUTING – AUGUST 15TH-17TH
Host: Dan Wight
For those that have not been on an outing to the Kootenai River in Montana the options are many and all are good. At this time of the year I like to run the upper section which is just below the Libby Dam. They have finished the road construction in Sandpoint so that you don’t have to drive through downtown if you are coming from the South out of Couer d’Alene you stay to the main highway and it will lead you up over the railroad after you cross the long bridge as you come into town.
There are two routes to Libby, one is through Sandpoint Idaho on the main highway and north to Bonners Ferry, crossing the river there continuing north until you reach the junction turning right on highway #2 and traveling east through the valley to Troy and on then to Libby. Route #2 takes you from the new interchange north of Sandpoint on highway 200 around the north shore of Pend Oreille Lake with some spectacular scen- ery through the town of Clark Fork Idaho and past the Cabinet Gorge Dam continuing upriver to the Bull Lake Road which turns left or North and intersects with highway #2 just east of Troy Montana where you turn right or east and continue on your way past Kootenai Falls to Libby. On California Ave. which is the highway #37 intersection you turn left or North through downtown and follow the river north toward the Dam. For those that do not camp out ( I’m sorry about that ) but there are motels available in Libby which is about 20 miles from the Dam and 20 minutes. We will do our own shuttles.
There are two campgrounds below the Libby Dam both free and have paved boat launches. the third and upper most launch is just below the Dam itself on a gravel bar. The campgrounds are well cared for and have nice toilets and are level and on the riverbank. I will be staying at the lower of the two campgrounds which is the Blackwell Flats unit which is accessed by way of National Forestry road #228 which is on your left a few miles upriver from the forest service headquarters center just before you cross the Fisher River Bridge. This road runs up the west side of the lake behind the dam. If you cross the bridge you have missed the turn off to the campground and if you look across the river to your left you can see it. The second campground is a mile or so up the road and on your left, on the east side of the river.
The last stop for groceries is Libby and you have to BRING WATER WITH YOU the campgrounds don’t have wells but are great otherwise. The free camping will pay for your out of state license which is inexpensive. Fishing licenses can be acquired on line or in Troy or Libby. There is a tackle and fly shop a short distance north of Libby on your left. I fish this river a lot and the scenery and access to back country is close by in nearly all directions. For questions they can call me, Dan Wight at 1 509 447-2881 or email@example.com I always go over one or two days before the out- ing starts to get the site I like for the base.
Food: We will have a potluck dinner on Saturday night.
Float Trip: You will need a drift boat or a pontoon boat. Float tubes will not work here. There are several places to wade or fish from the bank. Bring your life jackets.
Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, Prince Nymphs, Black Chernobyl Ants, Pale Morning Dun, Stimulators, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Parachute Adams, emergers, rusty spinners, all forms of caddis, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, stoneflies and prince, San Juan worms, wooly buggers, ants, hoppers and tarantu- las. It has been recommended that you use Royal Ruffs, PMDs and
CLARK FORK OUTING – SEPTEMBER 13, 14th
Host: Don Tietz
September fishing on the Clark Fork River at St Regis, MT. This is the best time of year to hit this riv- er! Join us there for a weekend outing or just a day if you choose.
Directions: Go east on I90 two hours to Montana exit 33. Turn left at the end of the off ramp. At the four way stop go straight for about 1⁄2 mile to the OK Restaurant on the left side.
Camping: The Sloway campground may still be open, if not there is the Trout Creek campground by Superior, Forest Grove Fishing access or the KOA in St Regis if you want to spend the night camp- ing. There’s also a couple of Motels in the area the Super 8 and Little River Motel in St Regis, Big Sky Motel in Superior.
Fish: Rainbow and Brown Trout. The Clark Fork is rehabbing from the removal of the dam at Bonner, MT and doing a good job of it. The bugs have returned and the fish are growing larger and tougher.
Flies: Usual flies, PT’s, copper john, lightening bugs, wooly buggers, hoppers, Parachutes, caddis, caddis pupa.
Equipment: 4-6wt rods with floating line. Bring a lunch and water, camera, hat,suntan lotion and pontoon a or drift boat.
Wading is limited on this section of the river, but the St. Regis Rriver has good wading if you’re so inclined.
Meet: At the OK Restaurant in St Regis for breakfast at 8 AM Montana time. After a relaxing breakfast or coffee we’ll mosey over to Joe Cantrell’s Fly Shop for flies and advice. We’ll discuss which float is best and possibly make shuttle arrangements.
Emergency Numbers: Mineral County Hospital, 1208 6th Ave. East, P.O. Box 66, Superior, MT 59872 406-822-4821.
For those of you participating in the river portion of the Pontoon Safety Class at Corbin Park in Post Falls the weekend before we’ll use this trip as a follow up training for practical fishing experience and advice.
If you have any questions contact Don Tietz at 509-850-5076.
MISSOURI RIVER OUTING 2014 – SEPTEMBER 19TH THROUGH 21ST
Host; Carolyn Sells
This is primarily a float trip. To get to Craig, Montana, go east on I90. Just passed Missoula, take Hwy 200 over Rodgers Pass to Hwy 287 to Wolf Creek, travel north on Hwy 15, 11 miles to Craig (Exit 234).
Camping – Most of us will be camping out at Stickney Creek CG. Bring your earplugs if you planning to campout, it’s just off the freeway so it’s a little noisy. To get to the campground, across the bridge at Craig, turn north and travel about 4 1⁄2 miles on the Recreation Road to Stickney Creek CG.
If you would like to make other lodging arrangements, you can call the Trout Shop in Craig at 1-800- 337-8528
Fish – We will be targeting rainbow and brown trout. Bring your usual trout flies for stream fishing, PT’s, copper john, lightening bugs, wooly buggers, hoppers, caddis, caddis pupa, parachutes or an- ything else you have had luck with. The Trout Shop will have the latest information.
Gear – Pack a lunch and lots of water. Bring a 4 to 6 wt rod and floating line. Bring a 2 way radio (if you have one), hat, camera, suntan lotion and an anchor (this will be used in back eddies only).
Shuttle – We will all meet at the campground at 8am (mountain time) each day. We will probably make a run to the fly shop each morning to stock up on flies and the latest fishing reports. We‘ll make plans for shuttles each morning and buddy up where we can.
Friday – Most likely we will fish from Wolf Creek bridge to Stickney. We will meet somewhere for dinner, hopefully Izaak’s if we can get reservations or Missouri River Inn (just beyond Mountain Place).
Saturday – We will be fishing Stickney to Mountain Palace. It’s Snack Night! Meet at the campground after fishing. We will discuss the day’s fishing, comparing fishing stories and lies. Bring whatever you want to contribute, chips, dip, vegs, cheese, crackers, summer sausage or just surprise us!
Sunday – Fish wherever you want day.
Emergency Numbers: Benefis Hospital, Great Falls, 406-455-5000: Mercy Flight – 800-972-4000: St. Peter’s Hospital, Helena, 406-449-1432.. Hopefully we will see you on the river.