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.
You are invited to attend the 2014
Spokane Fly Fishers Annual Christmas Dinner!
When: Wednesday, December 10th 6:30 PM Cocktail Hour Meeting and Entertainment 7:00 PM
Where: St. Francis School 1104 West Heroy
We are looking forward to one of the best Christmas parties we have ever had. This is the event you have to attend. You can; enjoy roast turkey, brown sugar glazed ham, baked and glazed fresh salmon, creamy mashed potatoes, wonderful gravy, fresh rolls with butter, olives and cranberry sauce.
Not to mention a very diverse selection of side dishes, salads and desserts that will be provided by you and the other members of the club.
If your last name starts with the letters:
A—H Please bring a Dessert
I—P Please bring a Hot Dish
Q—Z Please bring a Salad
There will be opportunities to converse with your old friends and make new ones during the no-host cocktail hour, Charlie and Amy Simpson along with Norm and Cheryl Scott will be handling the open bar where they will be serving both wine and beer and collecting donations for the beverages.
We will even have entertainment! Cheryl Allen and her Sweet Adeline quartet will again provide us with excellent harmony in singing Christmas songs.
Santa and his Reindog might even stop by.
If you have any questions, please call Rick at 990-0286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again this year, our Christmas Party will include a few marines to collect our member donations for Toys for Tots. Last year there was quite an array of toys that I’m sure were appreciated by the children who received them.
Let’s make this Christmas memorable for even more little tykes.
By: Claude Kistler
SFF is working to give you the opportunity to purchase logo shirts. Men may choose Long Sleeve shirts from 3 providers and two fabrics (cotton poplin or microfiber polyester rip stop.) Ladies may chose from one provider of ladies styles in two fabrics or also choose from the men’s selections with all selections featuring 3 to 5 colors.
Three or four sample shirts in the microfiber fabric style will be available for preview at the December meeting. Price points will range from approx. $47.00 to $60.00. This includes shirt, logo at $7.65 and sales tax (add $2.00 + tax for sizes 2XL up to 4XL.) Pricing is based on the purchase of 12 or more shirts. (For the entire group.)
Personal items can also receive the logo application. That cost is $10.00 (includes sales tax.) Those items will need to be brought to the December meeting for inclusion in our order.
Orders will be taken the November and December meetings. A specific price sheet will be available at both meetings. All orders must be prepaid. Examples of the shirts will be shown at the December meeting.
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.