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.
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.