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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
FEBRUARY 11th SPEAKER Rick Hafele
By: Kurt Tempel
Our February 11th, 2015 speaker is Rick Hafele. Few fly fishermen have Rick’s knowledge about the world in which trout live. Rick will share his knowledge during his evening presentation, Nymph Fishing Rivers and Streams.
This presentation is for anglers who want to learn more about the world trout live in, what they eat, how they behave, and how to catch them. It covers equipment, insect behavior, patterns, and tactics. Everything you should know, even if you don’t want to know it!
Rick is also providing a workshop titled, Hatches & Tactics for Moving Water. This workshop is for SFF members only: The three hour slide/lecture workshop covers all the key hatches, patterns, and tactics for rivers and streams in a manner that helps anglers of all skill levels gain new insights into fishing moving waters. This 3-hour class starts promptly at 2:00PM at the INWC building. Cost is $10.00 per person.
This workshop covers the key hatches, patterns and tactics for stream fishing. This means you will need different patterns and tactics to be successful. The focus will be on mayflies, caddisflies, dragonflies/damselflies, and midges. Tactics discussed will include fishing deep water, mid-depths and the surface. While comprehensive in scope the material is delivered in a clear, simple manner that helps anglers of all skill levels gain new insights into fishing moving waters.
Here’s a link to Rick’s biography: http://www.rickhafele.com/Biography.html
Here’s a link to Rick’s “Bug Blog” http://www.rickhafele.com/Bug_Blog/Bug_Blog.html
By: Mike Berube
We will soon begin to plan for the raffle. Any inputs or suggestions for the raffle will be appreciated. Donations will be accepted starting in January. The annual raffle will be at our regular meeting in March.
If you have good fishing gear, or equipment that you don’t want or don’t need, keep the raffle in mind.
After Christmas sales? Pick up something you can donate to help our conservation efforts.
SFF RIDE SHARE PROGRAM
With winter weather now here the Ride Share Program is even more important. Not only does the winter weather make driving more hazardous it also means that some of our members are more limited in their opportunities to get out and visit with others. We hope that folks will make an effort to either contact Connie Tedrow or offer a ride to those that you know might need a ride.
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.