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.
AMBER LAKE OUTING FLOAT
Date: April 23rd 3:00 PM
Host: Jack & Linda Mayfield 926-8017
Directions: Take I-90W & take exit #270 to Cheney. Go through Cheney & at the end of town look for Mullinix Rd sign on your left & and take it. Continue on Mullinix for about 10 miles to Pine Springs RD. Turn right & stay on Pine Springs until you find a small Amber Lake sign. Here, turn left & follow the dirt road to the parking lot. From the parking lot you can drive down the hill to unload your watercraft, but you have to park in the lot on top.
Special Requirements or Restrictions: Must have WA. Discover Pass. Contact WA. ST. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife 892-1001. Internal combustion motors prohibited. Very little shore casting available. Catch-&-release. Amber Lake could still be cold and windy for this outing.
Coffee: Coffee will be available in the parking area near the club banner.
Sign-In: Everyone is required to sign in with the host to provide their cell phone #, emergen-cy contact name & cell phone #, and sign the club’s waiver form. Please see the host before you head out or the sign-in station near the club banner.
Flies: Damsel. Dragon fly nymph patterns. Leeches. Chironomid may work well. Please check with the Host for any questions.
Lake Updates: Silverbow (924-9998) website has weekly updates on some area lakes/rivers, along with recommended flies.
KID’S FISHING DAY – MAY 7TH
BY: Craig Adams
Kid’s Fishing Day will be 7 May 2016. Registrations are due by April 20th and the forms are available at wdfw.wa.gov.fishing/youth.html. If you know of any kids interested in participating, I urge you get them signed up as soon as possible. Cost again this year is $10 and the kids can keep their rod and reel.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience this fun event, I encourage you to think about volunteering this year. It is held at the Fairchild AFB facility at Clear Lake (the same place we have our club get-together). Kids fish in shifts and on average 950 participate at the event.
We (club members) usually meet at the Iron Skillet (Medical Lake exit) at 6 AM for breakfast and then head to the lake. We normally just help the kids to bait hooks, some casting, and help to land fish. It runs from 8 AM until approximately 3 PM. You do not have to stay all day if you don’t want to, but time flies by when you are having fun. If anyone can arrange their schedule so they are available to help take down the net pens after the event (same day, approximately 3PM) it would be greatly appreciated.
Any questions call Craig Adams 999-5660, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLEAR LAKE OUTING – FLOAT – MAY 14TH – 8:00 AM
Host: Mike Berube (710-4227) & Kurt Tempel (270-6016)
Directions: East or West bound on I-90, take Exit 264 (Cheney/ Medical Lakes Exit) and go North. Turn Right onto Clear Lake Road on the North side of I-90. The US Air Force 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. There is a gate there (either Kurt or Mike will be there to greet you and open the gate). If it’s open, proceed to the parking lot/boat ramp and check in with Mike or Kurt.
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 prior to hitting the water. Mike and Kurt will be at the boat launch near the main office pavilion.
Special Note: This is a great opportunity to get out and fish a local lake and enjoy the comradery of club members. You can fish for a couple of hours prior to the club picnic. There is a boat launch if you have a boat or you can launch your pontoon boat/float tube right at the beach area at the main office pavilion. The WDFW Spokane Kids Fishing Day will be held here the week prior so the likelihood of lots of fish in this area will be great. It has in the past! This outing is conducted in
conjunction with the Annual Awards Picnic which begins at 11 AM. Look for another article for information on the awards picnic.
Flies: Some popular flies for this lake are the:
Rickards Stillwater Nymph
Olive, Sz 14 -10
Beadhead Woolly Bugger
Sz 14 -10 Olive/Black/Brown/Wine
Carey Special (traditional)
Sz 12 – 8
Six Pack (traditional)
Sz 12 – 8
Olive Willys (traditional)
Sz 12 – 8
Lake Updates: The lake should be fishing good. There should be lots of catchable size rainbows, some to 20 inches. Last year some of us caught some brown trout. Remember to stop by your local fly shops for flies, if you don’t tie your own, or to get a fishing report. The Silverbow Shop (924-9998) website has weekly updates on area lakes, along with recommended flies. Swedes (323-0500) also has local fishing reports and a great assortment of flies.
Don’t forget our friends at the Sportsman’s Warehouse and the North 40 Fly Shop in CDA.
SFF AWARDS PICNIC – May 14, 2016 – 11:00 AM
Host: Claude Kistler
Come out to the Fairchild AFB Recreation Area at Clear Lake for our year-end potluck 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.
Cost is $5.00 per family (or single person) and 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: Last Name: A – G Salads, H – O Side Dish, P – Z Desserts. 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 Kurt Tempel. Enjoy fishing in this recently stocked lake.
We will also install the recently elected SFF Board and the awards for 2015-16 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.
Call Claude 747-2268 if you have questions.
WEST MEDICAL LAKE FLOAT – MAY 19TH – 3:00 PM TO 7:30 PM
Host: Claude Kistler (747-2268) & Rick Diffley (979-4284)
Directions: From Spokane drive west on I-90 to Exit 272 to Medical Lake. Turn right onto WA-902. Continue into the town of Medical Lake. At the intersection of WA-902 & “Lefevere” street, turn left go all the way through downtown. Remain on WA-902 which becomes “Lake Shore Lake Tyler Rd.” Look for the street signs: “Fancher Connection” & “West Medical Lake” turn right. Drive about 3 blocks & there will be a “West Medical Lake” street sign. Turn left onto west “Fancher” Street & drive until you see the lake on your right. Drive into the “Public Fishing” parking area. There is a boat ramp to your right & another straight ahead.
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.
Flies: Olive Willy (Size: 14-12 Color: Olive). Damsel, Dragon fly, 6 Pack, Doc Spratley (Size: 12-10
Color: Olive). Balanced Leech (Size: 14-12 Color: Olive, Black). Wooly Buggers (Size: 6 & 8 Color: Olive, Black). Chironomids – “Snow Cone” or any other type (Size: 16-20 Color: Olive, Black, Red) There *may be* a hatch of Callibaetis: Parachute Adams dry fly (Size 14-18 Color: Tan). Callibaetis Cripple (Size 12-18 Color: Gray or Tan.).
Meal: Join hosts, Chef Claude & Chef Rick, for hot dogs & beverages. Food served starting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. It is suggested you bring a chair to sit in to be more comfortable to enjoy the fine meal.
Lake Updates: Silverbow (924-9998) website has weekly updates on area lakes along with
Club Website: For additional detailed fly information go to the tab “Links” & scroll down to “West-Fly Entomology.”
BADGER LAKE OUTING FLOAT – MAY 26TH – 3:00 PM TO 7:00 PM
Host: Bill Lundin (509) 999-7849
Directions: From Spokane take I-90 West to the Cheney Exit #270. Go through town and look for South Cheney Plaza Road & turn left. Follow the road for 8–10 miles until you get to Williams Lake Rd, turn right. Follow the road until you see South Badger Lake Rd, turn right again. You’ll see the lake on your right. Follow the road until you see the public access/boat ramp sign on your right. Turn right down the dirt road & you see the access area. Rest rooms will be on your right when you get to the upper parking area.
Parking: A Discover Pass or Vehicle Access Pass is required.
Sign in: Everyone is required to sign in with the host to provide their cell phone #, emergen-cy contact name & cell phone #, and sign the club’s waiver form. Please see the host before you head out.
Flies: Olive Willy (Size: 14-12 Color: Olive). Damsel, Dragon fly, 6 Pack, Doc Spratley (Size: 12-10 Color: Olive). Balanced Leech (Size: 14-12 Color: Olive, Black). Wooley Buggers (Size: 6 & 8 Color: Olive, Black). Chironomids – “Snow Cone” or any other type (Size: 16-20 Color: Olive, Black, Red)
Lake Updates: Silverbow (924-9998) website has weekly updates on area lakes along with recommended flies.
Club Website: For additional detailed fly information go to the tab “Links” & scroll down to “West-Fly Entomology.”
COEUR D’ALENE RIVER OUTING & CLINIC
Please carefully read all of the below:
Dates: Outing June 24th, 25th, & 26th Clinic June 25 with Dave Hughes & Rick Hafele
Host: Outing Gale Allen and Ken Babin
Clinic Education Committee Kurt Tempel, Chair
Separate Registration is required for both Outing and Clinic
Outing: Registration for the outing is required and includes a nonrefundable fee of $15.00 to cover the cost of portable outhouses & roasted pig. Please contact Gale Allen at 465-3272 to register no later than May 31st. Site area for camping may be limited. Bring your own tents, food, campers and supplies. Units over 25 feet may have difficulties. This is private
property with no improvements. Forest Service campgrounds are available 15 to 20 miles upriver.
Clinic: The SFF Education Committee, chaired by Kurt Tempel, is presenting a hands-on Fly Fishing Workshop beginning at 9 AM. and ending late afternoon, June 25th, on the river with experts Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele. The workshop will cover insect collecting and identification, fly pattern selection, rigging, and basic tactics for catching cutthroat trout. This event is for members only. You will need waders and boots for insect collection and fishing the river. SFF members can sign up for this workshop by sending Kurt Tempel an email at Katempel@aol.com to confirm a spot for this workshop. If you are only staying for the day and not camping overnight, we are asking for a $5.00 contribution for the pig roast.
Meals: There will be a pig roast Saturday evening as part of your outing. Ken & Gale will be roasting the pig. If your last name begins with A-F bring a dessert; G-N side dish; O-Z salad. Please bring your own flatware, plates,
napkins and drinks. Each evening we’ll have discussions and stories around the camp fire. Those not camping at the site or coming up for only Saturday may come to the pig roast with a contribution of $5.00 that evening.
Directions: I-90 east to Idaho exit 43 (Kingston exit). At the exit stop sign take a left crossing the I-90 overpass heading north. Continue on the Coeur d’Alene River Road (stay on the main road…some GPS have you turn off the main road) for 20.5 miles to the property on your left with the SFF sign for check in. There is also an additional site for camping just beyond the first camping area.
Campsite: Trailers and campers need to be self-contained units. Tent camping is welcomed. The non-improved campsites (not necessarily level, no water, power or dumps) are on private property. We will be renting porta-potties for use by all campers. There is potable water where you can fill small containers. Both properties are close to one another. Large travel trailers (25ft or larger) may have maneuvering problems.
Flies: The North Fork is one of the premier cutthroat fisheries in the area. Cuts in the 14 inch class are not uncommon and typically a 17 to 18 inch will be caught during your day. Primary patterns during this time of year include Mayflies imitating Blue Winged Olives, Pale Morning Duns, Brown Drakes, Green Drakes all in size 12 and 14’s. There will be some Golden Stones (size 10 & 12), Yellow Sallies (12 & 14), and tan caddis (12 & 14). Occasionally you’ll see large hatches of ants (14). Hoppers (10 &12) also begin to show at this time. Pheasant Tail and Red Copper John’s (12 & 14) and flashback nymphs in green and purple (16) work well under the surface near the bottom. We’re not familiar with streamers for the river.
FLY TYERS NEEDED
By: Mary Kovatch
John Newberry of the Washington Council of the IFFF needs 9-10 fly tying assistants for instruction at Chewelah High School on May 2nd and 3rd, 2016. Instructors will help individual students learn to tie flies. Starting time is at 8:30 AM and will continue to the end of the school day at 2:30 PM. There will be 6 periods of class instruction lasting one hour each on both days.
If you can help, contact Mary Kovatch or Carl Johnson, WSCIFFF President,
email email@example.com or phone 425-308-6161.