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.
By: Mike Berube
CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION RAFFLE MARCH 11, 2015
By: Mike Berube
The annual Raffle to support conservation and education activities will be held at our March meeting. For this wonderful program, we contact local fly fishing and sporting goods stores to ask for donations. We also ask you, our members, to donate new or gently used items and/or services which can be raffled off for this good cause. Last year’s raffle included many fishing trips, books, flies, tying materials and a lot of fishing items. We even had a pontoon boat. If you have items to donate, please call the people below to arrange to drop off your items:
Southside: Fred Howe 448-4707
Far North: Mike Berube 999-8235
Valley: Kurt Tempel 270-6016
We’ll also be accepting items at the February meeting. Those who get their donations in early, by March 7th, will be eligible for a special drawing for a $50 gift card.
The actual raffle begins by members purchasing tickets and then dropping them into bags representing each item. You can put your tickets in separate bags for a chance at winning many items or, load up one bag to increase your chances of winning something you REALLY want.
This is a marvelous money maker for the club. It provides the funds for our conservation projects and education programs and makes for a wonderfully fun meeting.
ADVANCE CONSERVATION RAFFLE TICKETS purchased at the last meeting will be available for pick up at the March meeting. You’ll then be ready to place your raffle tickets for the items of your choice. Cash, Checks, Visa, MasterCard and Amex will be accepted at the March meeting.
We are looking for volunteers for various jobs. Your help is appreciated.
You may call the chairperson, Mike Berube at 999-8235, with any questions.
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.
NORTH IDAHO FLY CASTERS SWAP MEET
Wishin’ you were fishin’?
Get your gear at the North Idaho Fly Casters Swap Meet!
February 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge located on 1170 W. Prairie Avenue
in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. Many raffle prizes and a free grand prize drawing for a Loop Fly Rod!
Tickets bought in advance are $20 which include pizza and two refreshments. Proceeds go to conservation projects. Join us for a fun, fly fishing filled evening! Call 208 929 0634 for tickets today!