Activities and Upcoming Events

Yearly Activities

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.

Upcoming Activities



Host: Dan Ferguson

The one fly is being moved to West Medical Lake. Browns Lake Campground had some recent storm damage and is in the midst of a tree removal project. There is no guarantee that it would be open in time for the outing.

Dan Wight reports the lake is damn near dry anyway! WAY low for this time of year. See last months Barbless for one fly specifics. Check in your fly between 9 and 10.



Hosts: John & Lisa Hudson

We are getting ready for the CDA North Fork this year and looking forward to a different fishing experience.
The river is usually high and fast, maybe a little cloudy but due to the absence of snow and run-off the fishing could be awesome.

We will be at Devils Elbow Campground for the weekend and will have breakfast Saturday morning at 8:00 and a get together Saturday evening with snacks.

To get there, take I-90 east to Kingston exit. Turn left over the interstate and follow the For-est Road 9, Old River Road, to Devil’s Elbow Campground.

Para Drake, Para Adams, Cripples, Royal Wulffs, and Stimulators should be doing well. Bring the standard 4-6 wt rods, floating line.

Hope to see you there.

Any questions call John (509) 413-7482 or email


Hosts: John & Lisa Hudson

We’re looking forward to another great trip to Kelly Creek. This is the fourth year we have hosted this great trip.

We will be camping at Kelly Forks Campground which is the confluence of Kelly Creek and the North Fork of the Clearwater River. We will have a dutch oven breakfast on the morning of July 18th at 8:00 AM. (PDT). The campground has good water and clean restrooms with shady campsites.

This year will be a different make up for the river as the run-off will be way down.

For all the new members this is a trip you must make. Great fishing every year and always nice sized fish. It is a trek to get there but it’s always worth the trip. It will take 4 ½ to 6 hours to get there depending on what type of rig you’re in. I tow a 25.5 foot fifth wheel and have no problems with access. Tents and tent trailers are the norm here though.

There are two ways to get there. One is via I90 to Superior, MT, then over Hoodoo Pass on forest service roads. The other way is through Orofino, ID. This is the longer way but the road is better.

Call or email for information or possible car pooling. Mentoring is available and I’ve never known anyone to get skunked fishing here.

Any questions call John (509) 413-7482 or email
Hope to see you there!


Host: Rick Newman

Rick Newman will be hosting the St Joe Outing again this year. As we have for years now, we’re planning on staying at Fly Flat Campground. This is a nice medium size campground with 14 sites suitable for tents and small to medium sized trailers. Although, some campers have CAREFULLY maneuvered larger RV’s and 5th wheelers. There are two really nice, well maintained, outhouses and a pump with typically cloudy, but potable water.

There is a chance that we won’t be able to find room at Fly Flat as there are no reservations available. In this case. we’ll be moving to the “Big Meadow” one mile from the main road. Look for the club banner.

There are two ways to reach Fly Flat. The easiest and longest is via St. Maries. Go through town and take the turn to Harrison/Avery. Take a right turn in about a mile. Take a very leisurely and relaxing drive past mile marker 76. Look for the turn onto the Upper Joe Road. Three miles on a one lane paved road to the campground. Please allow time to stop at The Idaho Fly Fishing Company in Avery for a sandwich or ice cream and pick up a few flies and such. Licenses are available across the road at Sheffey’s Store as is soda, beer, ice and pricey gas! Fill up in St. Maries.

You can also take I-90 to St. Regis, Montana, and head over the mountain. Get gas and such in town and a fishing license at Cantrell’s Fly Shop, just north of town. Exit the freeway and take a left to the four way. Left again and about a mile to Little Joe Road. Left again for 28 miles up and over, left just past mile marker 77. The 14 mile Montana side is gravel that can get a bit rough and dusty.

The “Joe” is a very fine cutthroat fishery, with fish ranging from 8 -18 inches. (The water is much lower than normal as are all area rivers. I have been working in the St. Joe River area and we have been getting rain fairly often, hopefully it will help keep the river’s sources fuller than otherwise. 5/31/2015)

You’ll always have great luck with caddis patterns and also do very well as comparaduns, tan and olive working well. Fish a stimulator, humpy or Turk’s tarantula with a small nymph dropper and swing soft hackles during the evening. Don’t overlook hoppers, ants, and bees! Purple Haze Parachutes were very
successful last year.

This is a great chance for the novice fisher, as cuts are always hungry and we will have plenty of “experts” available. It is a relatively easy river for wading and it should be warm enough for those who do not have fancy breathables yet. Perhaps we can have an “on the water clinic” Saturday morn-ing if we have some experienced St. Joe fishers that want to help out.

This is a great outing to bring the non-fishing partner and the kids or grandkids. Bring the bikes, BB guns and slingshots! We plan on arriving Thursday. Please be prepared to share camp sites as we can get cozy with all the folks on this outing.

We will have a late lunch on Saturday. You can eat, take a siesta and be back on the water by 6! The lunch Saturday AFTERNOON will be around two will be brats and corn on the cob.

With: A – F bringing desserts, G – N side dishes, and, O – Z salads.

We realize with this being a bit more remote outing that this might not work for all.
Friday evening we‘ll have a BYOB (bring your own beef) feed. I will have a BBQ setup for you to cook on.

Give Rick a call if you have any questions at 509-990-286 or email before Wednesday July 29th as I hope to be up on the Joe by Thursday.



By: Dan Ferguson, Outings Chairperson

At this point the Lochsa outing is cancelled due to lack of a host. I sent an email to those who had signed up to attend asking for help, but didn’t get any takers. Maybe next year!
Hosting an outing doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. All that’s needed is someone to be a contact person. I would be helpful if you’ve been there before though. You could go as far as having a great potluck (main course paid for by SFF) or as simple as S’mores and scotch around the campfire.


Host: Jim and Jo Gooley

As always, we are looking forward to the Missouri River outing – primarily a float trip. For those of you who are “camping” we will be at the Stickney Creek Campground downriver 4.5 miles from Craig MT. Cross the bridge straight through Craig and turn north (left) on Recreation Road. To get to Craig go east on I-90 past Missoula and turn on to Highway 200 at the Bonner exit. Follow Highway 200 to milepost 100 and turn right and drive about 18 miles to Wolf Creek. Travel north on I-15 for 11 miles to Craig – Exit 234.
If you would like to make other lodging arrangements you can Google Wolf Creek MT or call the Trout Shop in Craig at 1-800-337-8528 for information.

**** There is limited lodging anywhere close to where we will be fishing if you are planning on this type of arrangement Be Sure to call EARLY.

The Missouri River has an abundance of fish but by September they have been well schooled on artificial flies so this river is a rewarding challenge. Nymphs that have worked in the past are Cooper Johns, Zebra Midges, Caddis Pupa, PT’s, Purple Lightening Bugs, Streamers (Wooly Buggers) – or your favorite nymphs. Dry flies that have worked are Caddis, Parachutes, Hoppers – and again your favorite dry flies. The Trout Shop will have all the latest information!

Watch for the September Barbless Flyer for information in regard to specific details about the weekend. If you have any questions call Jim or Jo at 509 253 4590 or email to


By: Carla & Dan Ferguson

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. (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:

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 enjoy fishing in this recently stocked lake. We will also install the recently elected SFF Board and the awards for 2014-15 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 Ar- ea 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! Call Carla or Dan at 325-8885 if you have questions.



We’ll be keeping this on the agenda as a no host outing. A boat or some type of float is needed to fish this lake.

Recommended flies are chironomids, wooly buggers, Olive Willys, Bionic Worms, stillwater nymphs, etc.

How do you get there…take I-90 to Exit 272 (Route 902). Continue on 902 into the town of Medical Lake and make the 90 degree left turn where it becomes Lefevere Street. Go south on Lefevere (which becomes Salnave Road) until you get to the south end of Medical Lake, then look for a sign to Eastern State Hospital. Turn right at that sign (on Fancher Connection) and then take your first left (Fancher). This will take you straight to the West Medical Lake Marina. Public access is just past the marina.


By: Mary Kovatch

Casting For Recovery is an national program for women who have or those who are in remission to learn how to fly fish. The nation is divided into regions and Spokane is in the North Idaho Eastern Washington region.

Women who fly fish enjoy the sport at many different levels—being outdoors in fresh air, sharing an- other’s company, having time to reflect, or simply catching a fish. For these and other reasons we encourage women to participate in the CFR retreat to be held this July 17-19. It will be at the Orvis Flying B Ranch just east of Lewiston. All of the money for the retreat comes from fund raising activities and donations, thus there is no cost to the participants. All equipment is available so there is no need for a participant to have her own.

The program has sessions Friday and Saturday on fly tying, casting, insects, how to fish the water, releasing the fish, etc. On Sunday there will be a real chance to fish, and hopefully catch one.

Women who have participated in the past three years have indicated that this is one of the best experiences they have ever had. There have been women who are wheelchair bound and some who are in stage 4 cancer. There are enough women who volunteer so that those with physical or emotional needs can be helped. (There is a medical professional on staff.)

Applications for this coming retreat are due by May 1, 2015. There are application forms available on the CFR web site:

If you need any additional information, contact Mary Kovatch.



 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),

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