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.
Fourth Annual Riverkeeper Spring River Cleanup
April 12th Spokane River
Join Spokane Riverkeeper, Gonzaga Journal of International Law (GJIL) and Gonzaga University Alliance for Social Justice for the Fourth Annual Spring River Cleanup event, being held Saturday morning, April 12th starting at 9:30 a.m.
We will gather at the parking lot just upriver of TJ Meenach Bridge (http://bit.ly/AC1RKD) at 9:30 a.m. where volunteers will pick up gloves and trash bags, as well as some coffee and snacks.
Groups will head out from the parking lot to both the north and south banks of the Spokane River and both upriver and downriver of TJ Meenach Bridge to clean trash from the banks of the River. This is pretty mild terrain, but you should wear shoes and dress expecting to get dirty.
This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning, and an even better way to make a measurable difference in the health of the Spokane River and the appearance of this great city.
Kids are welcome (and encouraged) to attend, all we ask is that there be adult supervision.
KIDS FISHING DAY – MAY 3RD
Kids fishing will be held at the USAF Clear Lake Recreation Area on May 3 this year. This is a fun event where we help with groups of a couple hundred kids coming through every 45 minutes by baiting hooks and untangling lines! Hours of entertainment!
Sign up to be part of this active, fun experience at the April meeting.
Trout in the Classroom
May 15 Bear Lake
May 16 Liberty Lake
The 600+ kids from numerous local grade schools that raised trout from eggs in their classrooms this year will release the fry on May 15th at Bear Lake and May 16th at Liberty Lake. After releasing the little trout into the lake, the kids move from station to station learning about entomology, hydrology, and other subjects including Fly Casting. We need 6 or 7 folks on each day (May 15 and May 16) from about 10:00 – 2:00 to instruct small groups of kids to cast a fly rod. It’s great fun and they provide lunch! Contact Dan Wells @509-731-0116 to sign-up.
SFF AWARDS PICNIC – MAY 17, 2014 STARTING AT 11 AM
By: Sherie Patano
Come out to the Fairchild AFB Recreation Area at Clear Lake for our year end pot-luck 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 2013-14 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 Area 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!
If you have questions or need more information you may contact Sherie Patano (509) 220-8638.
By: Dan Ferguson
The club is running a raffle board for a chance to win a Loomis 13′ 8wt. Spey rod W/Reel and line!We have a double random 144 square board at $5 per.We’re about 60 % full right now and would LOVE to fill before our picnic in May. The rod was anonymously donated and the funds will be used for door prizes at our meetings. Great (and cheap) way to get started in the exciting sport of Spey fishing. See Dan Ferguson or Linda Howe at the meetings. If you want to buy $20 minimum in squares, we’ll take credit or debit over the phone. Dan at 325-8885
2014 WASHINGTON FLY FISHING FAIR
Saturday, May 3, 9:00am
Kittitas County Event Center, Ellensburg, WA
By: Dan Ferguson
The 2014 Washington Fly Fishing Fair is presented by the Washington State Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (WSCIFFF). The Fly Fishing Fair will feature Fly Fishing Workshops, Seminars and Programs; Fly Casting Workshops, Demonstrations, Classes and Games; Fly Tying Demonstrations and Lessons; Vendor Exhibits and Displays; Raffles; Silent Auctions and an Awards Banquet and Live Auction.
Admission Cost ? General admission $5.00. Free for IFFF members, and for Youth under the age of 16.
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. Applications should be submitted by the end of March..