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.
ST. JOE RIVER OUTING – Wading – JULY 29TH-31ST
Host: Rick Newman
Directions #1: There are two main ways to reach St. Joe & Fly Flat Campground. Easiest & longest is via St Maries, ID. Take Dishman-Mica Road south to the intersection of WA-27. Turn right takes you to the sign to “Rockford” where you take a left (Emma St.) into Rockford. Go a short distance; take a right onto to WA-278 S. which takes you into Idaho, & the road now becomes ID-58E. You will later merge onto US-95 S to Plummer, ID. Entering Plummer you will see “St. Maries/I-5E” sign, turn left onto Cedar St & remain on I-5E. You enter St. Maries on I-5E [It is highly recommend you fill up your car with gas in St. Maries.] which becomes Main St. Turn right on 4th, go one block turn left onto College St. & look for the sign to “Harrison,” & turn left onto 3rd St which becomes ID-3. Cross over the St. Joe River, go until you see the sign to “Avery,” turn right & stay on St. Joe River Road to Avery. Allow time to stop at “The Idaho Fly Fishing Company” in Avery for a sandwich or ice cream and pick up a few flies. Licenses are available across the road at Sheffey’s Store as is soda, beer, ice and pricey gas! The Fly Flat Campground is about 30 miles from Avery on St. Joe River Rd. Turn right across the bridge on Red Ives Rd. 218 and go 3.4 miles to campground.
Directions #2: Take I-90 to St. Regis, MT, & head over the mountain. Get gas & a fishing license at Cantrell’s Fly Shop, just north of town. Exit freeway & take a left to the four-way. Left again & go about a mile to Little Joe RD. Left again for 28 miles, left just past mile marker #77. The 14 mile Montana side is gravel that can get a bit rough and dusty.
Campsite: Fly Flat CampgroundG has 14 sites suitable for tents & small-medium trailers. Some have CAREFULLY maneuvered larger RV’s & 5th wheelers. Two well maintained outhouses & a pump with sometimes cloudy, but potable water. Please be prepared to share camp sites as we can get cozy with all the folks on this outing. Look for the club banner.
Mosquitoes are always a possibility, be prepared with repellents if they bother you.
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 spreading out to one of the nearby campsites in the neighborhood.
Sign-In: Everyone is required to sign in with the host to provide their cell phone #, emergency contact name & cell phone #, and sign the club’s waiver form. Please see the host before you head out or the sign-in table near the club banner.
Flies: The “Joe” is a fine cutthroat fishery with fish ranging from 8-18 inches. Primarily a dry fly fishery, nymphs can also be very successful. Size can be an important factor with insects smaller in size at this time of year.
Flies: Many patterns will work on the St. Joe. Presentation is often more important than the specific fly chosen. Drag free drift will provide the greatest number of opportunities. Flies in the size range of: 14’s, 16’s, 18’s are good choices unless otherwise noted.
Choices include: Elk Hair Caddis in tan; Adams; Parachute Adams; Purple Haze Parachutes; Yellow Sallies; Comparadun’s Tan, Olive; Stimulators 10, 12, 14; yellow, orange; Humpies in tan, red, orange; Turk’s Tarantula’s 10,12,14 tan, olive, grey with a small nymph dropper; Swing soft hackles during evening, there are many choices. Don’t overlook Hoppers, yellow, tan, Joe’s Hoppers, Ants in black, Bees, size 12,14, Rusty Spinners, Beatles, Foam flies; Chubby Chernobyl’s, Royal Trudes, Royal Wulffs and more.
River Report Updates: Silverbow (924-9998) website has weekly updates on the Joe, along with recommended flies. “Orvis fishing report” website provides updated river reports. From the dropdown menu select the river you are interested in. This site will also provide fly patterns, images, sizes, & colors.
Special Note: This is a great chance for the novice fisher, as cuts are always hungry & we will have plenty of “experts” available. It is a relatively easy river for wading & it should be warm enough, but always bring a variety of clothing. The river is cool in the early morning and waders are often worn. However during the day “wet” wading is very popular as it can be hot out.
Meals: Friday evening we‘ll have a BYOB (bring your own beef) feed. I will have a BBQ
setup for you to cook on. We will have a late lunch Saturday AFTERNOON featuring two with brats and corn on the cob. You can eat, take a siesta and be back on the water by 6!
Please help share the lunch meal: If your last name ends with: A-F bringing desserts, G-N side dishes, and, O-Z salads.
We realize that, with this being a bit more remote outing, this might not work for all.
Give Rick a call if you have any questions at 509-990-286 or email email@example.com
before Wednesday, July 27th, as I hope to be up on the Joe by Thursday.
KOOTENAI RIVER OUTING – AUG. 19TH–21ST
CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF HOST
MISSOURI RIVER OUTING – SEPT. 16TH –18TH (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
Hosts: Jim & Jo Gooley (509) 253 4590 Jerry & Carlene Searfoss
Directions: To get to Craig go east on I-90 past Missoula and turn onto Highway 200 at the Bonner exit 109. Follow High-way 200 north to milepost 100. Turn right and drive 18 miles to Wolf Creek. Enter I-15 – towards Great Falls – under the overpass and travel north for 11 miles to the Craig – exit 234. OR, you can also travel I-90 until you come to exit 174 –
Highway 12/Garrison. Drive approximately 44 miles into Helena and then follow signs leading to I-15 and go north
towards Great Falls until you reach the exit 234 into Craig. Travel time is approximately the same either way – 5.5 to 6 hours.
Camp Site: This year’s Missouri River outing – primary a float trip – is scheduled a little earlier this year. For those of you who plan to “camp” we will be at the Stickney Creek Campground downriver from Craig MT. Drive straight through Craig, cross the bridge, turn left (north) on Recreation Road and drive 4.5 miles to the campground. Stickney is a primitive campsite with vault bathrooms and no running water on site. The daily camping fee is $7.00
Alternate Camping Arrangements: Lodging arrangements at Wolf Creek MT (Wolf Creek Angler 1-800-800-4350), Pruitt Creek MT or Craig MT (Trout Shop 1-800-337-8528) for information on places to stay. Note: There is limited lodging anywhere close to where we will be fishing. If you are planning on something other than camping at Stickney be sure to check on it EARLY.
Flies: The Missouri River has an abundance of nice sized rainbow and brown trout but by September they have been well schooled on artificial flies so this river is a rewarding challenge. A common method for catching these fish is to use a larger nymph and a smaller nymph dropper underneath with a 5 or 6 weight rod and 3x to 4x tippet. In general the hook sizes for nymphs are 16 and 18. Nymph patterns that have worked in the past are PTs;Copper Johns (olive, red, green); Purple Lightening Bugs; Zebra Midges (size 16 to 20); Caddis Pupa. Also, Wooly Buggers (size 6,8,10 black, brown, olive); Hoppers (may be too late for these). Dry flies that are often used are Parachute Adams; Caddis flies; Carolyn’s Chute. And, of course, for both nymphs and dry flies bring your favorite “go-to” flies.
Floating Laws: Montana Law requires any floating device to have a life jacket and a whistle on board. It’s also nice to have a 2-way radio – if you have one – as well as a camera, suntan lotion and an anchor (Used in back eddies and slow water only).
Watch for the September Barbless Flyer for information in regard to specific details about the weekend. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for this outing call: Jim/Jo 509 253 4590 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org