HOLIDAY PARTY REPORT
By: Carla Ferguson
Congratulations to everyone who participated in making our evening run so smoothly. Not just one person sticks out in my mind because everyone joined together to make this an evening to remember; from the people that took the garbage out, swept the floors, washed the dishes, decorated the hall, to those making the gravy, carving the turkeys and hams and taking care of all the little things. We can’t forget those
wonderful mashed potatoes. Nor can we forget the terrific entertainment and the special dishes from home that brought everything together.
We have a Great Club with Great People.
Thank you all.
Until next year.
SPOKANE FLY FISHERS FLY AUCTION 2016
By: Rick Newman and Claude Kistler
Claude and I volunteered to co-chair the 2016 Fly Auction; neither of us having done it before. It wasn’t difficult and I recommend others stepping up for club activities. Linda and Fred Howe have both had extensive experience running and organizing it and were very helpful in providing direction and access to documents and printed materials from previous auctions. We also had a pleasant group of folks that helped us out prior to and during the event. Spokane Fly Fishers has a lot of members ready to help out when needed.
Not all of the action for auction takes place on the night of the auction. There is advertising, volunteers to roundup, kitchen staff to wrangle, confirming our funny and talented Auctioneer Rich Butterfield, pre-registering and re-packaging fly donations. We tried something new this year. Some, but not many of you, are familiar with the considerable amount of fly tying materials that have been donated to the club or somehow collected and infrequently used. Mike Keegan and Miguel Ferrera showed up at my house the Saturday before the event and went through a few (14) boxes of materials so that these items could be shared and raise some money by their sales. Lessons were learned as to how we might redo this in the future and if folks have some ideas on how we might better share these items, we are open to suggestions.
In addition, Mike, Miguel and I went through the already donated flies and fly boxes to label and register them. The evening of the event folks showed up at 4:00 PM to prepare for the auction and the last of us left at 10:00 PM. Everyone was a pleasure to work with and did a great job of making the event a success. Mike Keegan did a lot of work to pre-register the flies and then sent me a file so I could add additional flies and note unused numbers. I did my work on a newer computer than Mike and unfortunately my newer software was not compatible with his when it came time to run the event. I would like to apologize to Mike whose efforts were and are appreciated. Sorry about the confusion Mike!
We had 128 items to auction, donated by about 45 generous members who either tied or purchased the items for the auction. My initial count of the monies collected was over $3,000. That number does not reflect the total sales less expenses. I will let Joe Papenleur provide that total.
I would like to thank everyone that purchased flies and tying materials. I hope that they bring you good luck and pleasant times fishing. Our club is very fortunate to have a quality group of members that provide donations and spend their money to support our other functions and events through their generosity.
I am open to suggestions as to how we can improve our auction and fundraising events. Please contact me, Rick Newman, Claude Kistler or any other board member to share your ideas. You can also send an email to email@example.com.
GRANDE RONDE OUTING REPORT – OCTOBER 21-23
By: Rick Newman
Previous to the outing, the fishing reports and fish counts over Lower Granite Dam did not bode well for catching steelhead. The weather report and the weather prior to the event were both positive for good weather for the outing. Both the weather and the catching predictions turned out to be true. The weather was warm, dry and clear and not many fish were caught by anyone along the river corridor where we and others were fishing. We had a nice group of folks attending and pleasant times were enjoyed. Scott Redman hired a guide from Silverbow for his Friday fishing and was rewarded with four steelhead hooked and retrieved. It is often stated that, if you want a better chance a catching fish, hiring the services of a
guide can be fruitful. From all indications, both while we were on the river and reports and conversations during the next week, Scott was the lucky angler of the weekend. They primarily used an indicator above a weighted beachhead type nymph. All three days I was there, the busiest person I saw was the Department of Fish and Wildlife creel checker. While I saw her driving up and down the road a considerable amount she didn’t get to see many fish. The story that I cannot verify is that it took 500, yes five hundred hours per fish based on her creel checks. Somehow the steelhead either didn’t get the memo that they should be
available to catching or not many actually arrived which was confirmed by the number ofsteelhead over the dam systems.
With all that being said, I can report that the weather was wonderful and the group fun and friendly. Dan Wight and I collaborated on a meal for Saturday night with some great sausages from Egger’s meats and some fine beans from Walmart! Scott Redman contributed some sauerkraut and some tasty beers were provided by others. All in all, a great time was had.
Since we didn’t even get a bite or a nibble, I can’t report which fly or technique was best. I guess they were all equally good or perhaps bad from the fishes perspectives. Bill Murphy, Dan Wight and I co-hosted the outing and had a pleasant time doing so. Attendees included Scott Redman, Gary Nicolai, and Craig Johnston. It was a pleasure to host the outing and to get to know the folks that showed up. It was nice to have fish in the river and to have some success.
Thanks to all that attended.
MISSOURI RIVER OUTING REPORT– SEPTEMBER 14 – 17
By: Jim and Jo Gooley
Once again the fish that inhabit the Missouri River provided for good fishing and challenging “catching” for the eight fisher-folks who attended the outing. Big strong fish were the norm with many in the 16 to 19 inch range. There were also several 20 inchers and one that measured 21 inches! Nymphing was the preferred fishing mode but there were also several good hatches throughout the day that provided for some dry fly action.
The weather was good each day – even though the fisher-folks would have liked a little more overcast skies and a little less bright sunshine on some days. Fortunately, the 40 to 50 mph wind gusts waited until Saturday night to arrive!
We gathered together at Stickney Camp Ground on Friday night for a group meal provided by the Searfoss’s and the Gooley’s which gave every one a chance to compare fish stories, enjoy each other’s company and Jerry and Carlene’s desserts.
Also, be advised that someone might get a cell phone call from “Missouri River – Big Fish” as there was a cell phone that got left behind in the river.
ST. JOE OUTING REPORT – JULY 29TH – 31ST
By: Rick Newman
Once again the St. Joe River outing was enjoyed by many SFF members. Some of us arrived on Thursday the 28th of July with the main contingent arriving Friday. The weather was pleasant, not too hot, not wet, basically just right. Fly Flat Campground had few visitors other than club members. We discovered that we can no longer suspend our club banner without prior approval from the Forest Service. Something about having it tied to trees! Apparently none of the USFS personnel had ever seen our banner displayed before. Call the St. Joe District Ranger office a week or two ahead of time if you ever host this trip and want to post a banner.
On to the activities and such. Friday found a variety of us trying out fishing fairly close to Fly Flats, with Red Ives being a popular destination. Numerous flies and presentation styles were tried but only a few fish were duped. Gary West and Mark Gardner took the long trek to a less travel section of the river and were rewarded with better luck! Friday night found us sharing a BBQ. After dinner a group of us traveled downstream a few miles to investigate the first, big long flat water we could find. We were rewarded with plenty of rising fish and a major hatch of caddis and mayflies. However the fish didn’t appreciate many of the flies we presented. They suggested that we should be using emergers by the way they were taking the bugs. Too bad we didn’t figure that out while we were fishing! Driving back to camp we were presented with a huge showing of flying bugs, too bad it’s difficult to ID a smashed mayfly!
Twenty-one folks participated and enjoyed meeting their old friends and making new ones. Lots of stories were shared during the gathering. Those present were: Bill Murphy, Marilyn Keith, Bill Lundin, Craig Adams, Mark Gardner, Paul Olsen, Jon Bowne, Miguel and Kendal Ferrara, Jim Marshall, Ken and Alicia Moore, Gary West, Victor Frazier, Mark Krider, Dick Williams, Art Crane and myself Rick Newman. It was a real treat to visit with an old high school friend of mine. Doug Nance and his daughter Clarissa (I hope I got that right) also showed up. Doug is a new member. We both attended school in Ellensburg, WA and once lived just a few houses apart. I haven’t seen Doug since 1969 or so when we graduated. They sent along some pictures that I have passed along to Linda Howe for possible inclusion in the Barbless.
Saturday morning I gathered six or eight of our newer fly fisher folks and returned to the site of the multiple rising fish from Friday nights endeavor. Not as many bugs but the fish were still there. I greatly enjoyed helping those folks work on their fishing skills. Casting, achieving drag free drifts, water reading skills, travel on up rip rap surfaces and how to spot fish were some of the things we worked on. I got to fish too and had a few try to impale themselves on my flies. The ever popular Purple Haze didn’t seem to be on the menu. Some of us ventured all the way to Avery to partake of the fine milk shakes there. A couple of quarters were donated to feeding the fish in the Avery cement pond too.
Saturday afternoon the group worked together to set up the fine dining area, grill some Eggers
sausages and share the wonderful foods that people brought. I know that I wasn’t the only one to eat way too much! Some of the folks disappeared to fish some more but a bunch of us enjoyed stories and conversations. A few more fish were caught, new friends were made and learning new things about old friends also occurred. I’m not a cribbage player but that was also a popular pastime amongst those addicted to that game.
There is no water available in the campground any longer so bring your own if you come up. Sunday morning found people packing up, telling even more stories and heading back to home. I for one to-tally enjoyed myself and had a great time. The St. Joe outing is always a great time. Hope to see a fine bunch of folks there next year!
JUNE’S COEUR D’ALENE RIVER OUTING REPORT
By: Gale Allen
The Coeur d’Alene River may never be the same after the SFF outing there in June. A record number attended. We had around 50 club members arrive on Friday to brave the rain, park in the mud and enjoy the fishing and festivities at the Babin’s and Allen’s. By Saturday the weather cleared and we gained another 30 or more guests and all were busy. Some of us were fishing. Some of us were learning about identifying and matching the hatch with Rick Hafele and Dave Hughes on the river to guarantee a better fishing experience. Some of us were visiting the Spragpole Museum in Murray to learn more about the history of the community and try out the pizza at the Bedroom Goldmine Bar. And some of us stayed behind and caught up on conversation and sleep.
While the rest of us were out and about, our hosts, Ken and Gale stayed behind to see to the completion of roasting of the pig. The roasting process began early Thursday morning building the fire to develop coals, followed by stuffing, wrapping and burying the pig to let it slow cook for two days. Cooking a whole pig is a process that requires time and patience. By the time we gathered for dinner on Saturday and laid out the pot luck, the roasted pig was being hauled out of the pit and carved for serving. Carving the pig was such an exciting time that Carla Ferguson jumped out of the audience to join in the carving process. We all know that you can’t get the kitchen out of Carla or is it Carla that we can’t keep out of the kitchen. No one went away hungry but there was little pork left over.
After dinner, festivities continued with a concert by Ken’s son’s band, “One Louder”, and later Ken’s Aunt Bonnie joined us providing a little Blue Grass music as well. We all got a surprise when Rick Hafele joined the band with his harmonica and also provided us with a drum solo during the evening. Our Babin hosts lit up a Swedish candle (a hollowed out log about 5 feet tall that functions like a chimney with a flame out the top) in the fire pit that kept us warm through the evening.
By Sunday the sun was shining, the mud had dried up and the river was ready again to provide more memories of good fishing, good fun and good friends. Thanks again Ken for hosting.
KELLY CREEK OUTING REPORT – JULY 8TH-10TH
By: John Hudson
BADGER LAKE OUTING REPORT – MAY 26TH
By: Bill Lundin
There was a good turnout for the Badger Lake outing. The weather was a bit breezy, but “catchable size” trout were cooperative and feisty. Everyone had a good time.
ONE FLY CONTEST REPORT – BROWNS LAKE – JUNE 10 TH TO 12TH
By: Mike Berube
This year’s One Fly Contest was an awesome event. There were six anglers, some new faces in the bunch….great to see. There were several more club members there, but only six participated. This year the Outing’s Committee was spot on when they decided to pick a lake, Browns, that the club had not fished in awhile or had an event at. The weather was questionable that weekend. The weather even around the 10th of June can be interesting at Browns Lake with its location just north of Usk, WA. We found out who the hearty campers/fishermen are in the club because the temps were down and the wind and rain were up!
Although the weather was questionable all weekend, there were lots of fish caught. This lake has rebounded and hopefully will be back on our radar for future events. As long as you were prepared (we all were) with rain gear, hats and gloves, the fishing was actually pleasant. Thanks to all the hearty club members who attended and made it through the weekend.
Everyone hit the water at 10 AM. Prior to that, the formality of registering your “One Fly” and discussing event rules was conducted. More importantly, we got some great info on locations of fish and tactics to use from Randy Ishihara and Jeff Voigt. Thanks guys! They both had 25 + fish days on Friday! A combination of rainbows, cutbows and cutthroat. A lot of the cutties stretched to 18”. Most armed themselves with a full sink line and their favorite lake pattern. A Black Leech pattern sz 10-12 or a similar size Olive Willy were the flies of choice. The Black Leech seemed to be the most productive. Randy had eight in his net in the first 30 minutes then lost his fly. He crossed his fingers for the next 2 and a half hours. That was the winning total. I finished second with seven, and Jeff Voigt took the third spot with six. In total, 27 fish were caught in three hours! Add the 12 more Judy caught (she didn’t register or she would have won) and that’s a pretty impressive total for three hours of fishing.
Randy, Jeff and I each won a gift a card to a local fly shop ($30/$20/$10). This event usually has a little picnic following the fishing but due to some personal events I had going on in the evening there was none this year. Thanks to everyone who helped with putting the event on and persevering the weather. I would encourage all members of the club to consider hosting an event. There are some club rules you need to operate by but you really can put your personal twist on an outing. Tight lines!—Mike
PICNIC REPORT – MAY 14TH
By: Claude Kistler
Thanks to Gale and Cheryl Allen and my wife, Sharon, for their help in organizing and making the annual picnic and awards ceremony a success. Thanks to Gale Allen, Kurt Tempel and Norm Smith for their work at the grill. Also, thanks to all who contributed great salads, sides and deserts. About 50 folks who attended on a somewhat cool and blustery day enjoyed food, fun and games.
2016-17 Officers and Board were installed:
Claude Kistler – President
Jodi Fitts – Vice President
Secretary – Connie Tedrow
Treasurer – Joe Papenleur
Board Position #1 – Al Odenthal
Board Position #2 – Miguel Ferrera
Board Position #3 – Craig Adams
Past President – Gale Allen
Contest winners were:
Distance Casting – Women – Connie Tedrow
Men – Gale Allen
Accuracy – Women – Connie Tedrow
Men – Steve White.
By: Claude Kistler
Jodi Fitts coordinated the various awards sub-committees who selected our award winners.
Thanks to all for their work and to Kurt Tempel for again coordinating the engraving.
Our deserving award winners are:
Lambert Award – Gale Allen
Founders Award – Gale Allen
Fly Fisherman of the Year – Rick Newman
Mover and Shakers Award – Craig Adams
Conservation Award – Miguel Ferrera
Unfortunately, there were no pictures taken of Miguel or Craig receiving their awards and Rick Newman was not able to
attend the picnic.
WEST MEDICAL LAKE OUTING REPORT– MAY 19TH
By: Claude Kistler
Co-hosts Claude Kistler (wife Sharon) and Rick Diffley welcomed three anglers who showed up to brave the cool and windy weather. Unfortunately Craig, Dave and David experienced very slow fishing with each angler catching and releasing two to three fish.
At the end of the afternoon, all were treated to grilled hot dogs, snacks, assorted beverages and spirits to help ease the disappointment of the catch.
While the fishing did not live up to expectations, the fun and fellowship was enjoyable and all had a good time.
Clear Lake Outing Report – May 14TH
By Mike Berube
The weather could have been a lot worse for this outing. There was a bit of wind, but no rain. When we put in at 8 AM the temps were at high 50s and when we got off the water at about 11 AM it was about 65ish.
Thanks to the WDFW planting approximately 10,000 catchable rainbows and some really big ones also for the prior week’s Kids’ Fishing Day, there were plenty left for us. Even I caught some fish! Everyone getting off the water at the USAF Resort reported catching several 12-16 inch rainbows and the odd 20 inch fish. All action was subsurface on buggers, nymphs, and leeches. Black seemed to be the color.
Thanks to all who attended.
2016 CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION RAFFLE REPORT
By: Miguel Ferrera
This year we had another successful raffle, netting over $3,600. Donations, ticket sales and attendance were all up.
Many thanks to everyone who supported this event through their donations, purchasing tickets, or both. Also, many thanks to SFFC members who gave of their time and energy to organize, set up, clean up and prepare food to make this event come together successfully again.
LAKE FISHING FOR LUNKERS
OR FLY FISHING IN GREAT COLUMBIA BASIN LAKES REPORT
By: Rick Newman
On January 19th, fifteen fly club members tried their hands at tying four different flies with Matt Paluch from Desert Fly Angler. Chironomids and a streamer were tied. It seemed like everyone had a good time and overall had good success.
In the evening Matt continued his presentation and discussed some great techniques for fishing three lakes in the Columbia Basin. Too bad I can’t tell the name of them because we all swore we wouldn’t reveal their names! Just kidding. Lenore, Quail and Homestead Lakes, their fish and insect populations were discussed. Chironomids, callibaetis, damsels, and dragonflies are important insects to be aware of when preparing for local area and Columbia Basin lake fishing. Matt discussed specific flies, locations, access points, trouble spots and Judy Kaufman’s favorite reptile, rattlesnakes! When to use each type of fly, what conditions are best. The best times to fish each of the lakes was also covered. Twenty-four folks were enthralled with the knowledge presented. Matt also showed us a picture of a rattlesnake fly that he designed, tied and caught trout with.
Not only did we discuss really small bugs we also learned about some streamer flies, where and when to fish them. Matt related that Lenore Lake is coming back from the poaching incident of a few years ago. That is great news.
I think that the trout in the Basin should be wary because well armed Spokane Fly Fishers will soon be coming to a lake near them.
Here are a few pictures of participants and one of the flies we tied.
The Spokane Fly Fishers recently undertook an interesting experiment. An enthused group attended a moderated panel discussion concerning fly fishing for steelhead in the winter time.The concept was to provide a variety of viewpoints and ideas so that the attendees might have choices in the quest for steelhead fishing techniques and tactics. Rick Newman organized and moderated the discussion. The kind folks that donated their time and efforts were all experienced fly fisher people with a strong interest in fishing for steelhead.
A variety of topics within the scope of the subject were covered; what is different about steelhead in winter, how to select more suitable structure for finding steelhead, whether or not anyone believed in “Magic Flies”, rivers to fish, what to wear to stay warm and the possibilities of actually catching a nice steelhead in the winter time. Two observations that we agreed upon were; one, organized folks that keep their flies in the water the longest will catch the most fish and two, steelhead are only found in a small portion of any river and finding them is a lot like hunting. You have to know where to look to be successful.
Caroline Sells a noted fly fisher and fly tyer presented primarily nymph fishing techniques with a
two-handed spey rod.
Randy Campbell another local long time angler believes very strongly in only swinging flies for steelhead and therefore concentrated on the methods that have worked for him.
Bob Newman, a highly experienced commercial fly tyer has also fished for steelhead year-round for many decades. He reinforced many of the concepts and ideas presented by the other folks. He
utilizes a variety of techniques.
Britten Jay, a guide that works for Silverbow and also a fly designer for Catch Fly Fishing was our last panelist. Britten utilizes both nymphing and swinging flies as time and circumstances dictate. Single and double-hand spey rods can be found in his quiver of rods. He shared many useful ideas with all present.
I believe that the panel format was successful and the comments from those that attended confirmed my impressions. It was enlightening to hear the corresponding and contrasting thoughts on techniques and tactics. It was a rewarding experience for me to organize and moderate the panel. Thanks to all that braved the wild winter weather and participated and attended!
2015 SPOKANE FLY FISHERS CHRISTMAS DINNER REPORT
By: Rick Newman
I have really enjoyed chairing the Club’s Christmas dinners. It has been a pleasure to organize and coordinate the meal. Having spent more than 50 years in kitchens, usually for families and occasionally for commer-cial operations, the SFF Christmas Dinner has been the most fun. The ovens at the church are always a challenge but with practice the results are fine. I was glad to see that everyone got to have some salmon this year. For those that didn’t get to enjoy the meal we had salmon, ham, roast turkey and many fine contributions from our members.
While I have received many compliments on the food and the meal, I have to suggest that it was the fine crew of volunteers I recruited that made it happen. More than one-third of the folks eating helped with preparing the meal, setting up the facility and cleaning up after-wards. My hat is off to all of you.
I want to extend my deep appreciation for Betty Smith-Lambert for tying the flies for the ornaments and to Jodi Fitts for inserting the flies into the ornaments.
Carla Ferguson and Linda Howe approached me as the dinner ended and volunteered to take over the Christmas Dinner for next year. It was a pleasant surprise. Hogging all the fun forever was never my plan. These gals have a great deal of experience with organizing and preparing the meal prior to my time behind the wheel.
One of the best things about working on the Club’s dinner was working with all the club members that volunteered to help out. These gals and guys were great to work with and made everything relatively easy. I hope that our club members will continue to help out in the future.
The Marines appreciated our efforts to gather toys for the annual Toys for Tots program. Thanks to all who participated in this worthy event.
I’m pleased to report that, once again, the Fly Auction was a success. This year we made about $4,000 to support the club’s activities. This success is due to the contributions of our great members who came across with beautifully tied flies and the generosity of the members bidding on the selections.
Rich Butterfield, our auctioneer, was entertaining and kept the bidding going, encouraging bidding competitions. Dan Ferguson (emcee) and Mike Berube (camera man), deserve special thanks
as do those who helped set up the room, checked in the flies, tabulated the purchases, and those who acted as runners to keep the action running smoothly. Also, thanks to Rick Newman for providing the pictures of the event. The PHW crew really came across when asked for fly donations.
This club has a lot of wonderful members.
SPRAGUE OUTING REPORT – SEPTEMBER 19
The weather for this outing was very windy but the sun was shining. If you were not in the shade it was even comfortable.
The fishing was not very exciting but it is believed that Mark Gardner and Jim Gooley had a little luck.
Carla Ferguson proved, once again, that she is a great outing hostess,
making everyone feel welcome and well fed.
Thank you, Bill Lundin, for the pictures. The group picture was taken after a lot of members left.
The beautiful Missouri River . . . . Sixteen folks enjoyed the Club’s annual trip to the Missouri River – for some it was their first trip.
It was a time of great fishing (nice weather and no wind!); marginal catching (although each of the four days at least one person caught a 21-in fish) misplaced/lost anchors; forgotten fins; float-away pontoon boat; broken water pumps; folks helping each other through difficult issues (not to mention the two women in a kayak who rescued the pontoon boat!); good food (Jerry Searfoss coordinated a pulled pork dinner complete with wonderful desserts at the campground on Friday night and we shared potluck hors d’oeuvres Saturday night); camaraderie; fish stories; and a killer view of the nearly full moon every night from the campground – too bad no one was there for the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse on Sunday.
As always, The Missouri showed all of us a wonderful time – in spite of a few anxious moments.
John Holen provided a link to his pictures which can be downloaded by clicking the icon at the bottom of a photo and using the password Missouri.
GRANDE RONDE OUTING REPORT – OCTOBER 9-11
By: Rick Newman
Fall is a wonderful season to enjoy the beauty in the Grande Ronde country. Leaves are changing colors, the air can be crisp in the mornings and occasionally a steelhead gets caught. This year’s trip had all three, plus high winds, low barometric pressure, high tem-peratures, wind and rain!
The temperatures on Friday and Saturday were almost 90 in mid-afternoon. A strong low pressure system swept in from the Pacific. The WeatherUnderground.com website recorded it as 29.47 which brought in heavy clouds, strong winds of 30 to 40 mph, cooler tem-peratures and rain on Saturday night. Bill Wagstaff caught two native steelhead while nymphing with a bead on Saturday and Rick Newman caught a native Friday morning on his Rainbow Butt pattern fly. A few trout were caught and some new fishing skills explored. Bill shared his knowledge of nymphing and had several folks trying it out. Gordon McCammond reported that he had a couple of possible bites and did catch a few Rainbow trout. The wind and the barometric pressure had an affect on most everyone’s fishing attempts, even the guided folks we visited with. We couldn’t control the weather or the fish but we did manage to have an enjoyable time.
Beside Bill and Gordon we had Bruce and Michael Jolicoeur, Guy Gregory, Mark Rounsavell and myself, Rick Newman. Instead of the yellow jackets that visited the St. Joe trip, we had uncountable numbers of gnats that came to camp each evening to enjoy our headlamps and lanterns. They were not welcome guests. I hope it freezes soon so the next trip will be gnat free. There were a few October caddis flying around and dropping their eggs onto the surface of the water in their effort to perpetuate their species.
The most spectacular event that I observed was the alignment of early morning stars and the moon on Saturday morning. The fishing seems to be best early in the day so I was up before dawn and grabbed a quick picture of the eastern sky.
It was a pleasure to host the outing and to get to know the folks that showed up. It was nice to have fish in the river and to have some success. Thanks to all that attended.
MARY KOVATCH, SFF Coordinator
Casting for Recovery-North Idaho and Eastern Washington is a support and educational program for breast cancer survivors providing psychosocial and medical support, using the sport of fly fishing to promote mental and physical healing. Since 1996 Casting for Recovery has served over 4,500 women. The casting motion used in fly fishing provides a gentle exercise for joint and soft tissue mobility
The annual retreat this year was held at the Flying B Orvis Ranch near Kamiah, ID. The women met on Friday afternoon and were greeted by 16 volunteers. The program has a variety of activities most importantly fly tying and casting classes on Friday and Saturday. Sunday morning is devoted to actually fishing the pond at the Ranch. The pond was stocked just for the CFR program with catchable size rainbow trout. For the pond fishing, each of the fourteen women has a mentor. Most of the mentors are men who are members of the North Idaho Fly Casters and the Spokane Fly Fishers.
There are other activities including massage, medical sessions, entomology, and crafts, such as making a panel for a quilt representing their year of participation.
All of the women agree that this program is one of the most important events in their lives. “The program literally changed my life,” said Jane Freed of Moscow, who attended in 2010 as a participant and has been a volunteer ever since.
Application to participate will begin around the middle of March for the 2016 retreat which will be in June. It will also be at the Flying B Ranch which fortunately was saved from the recent fires. There were only two participants from Spokane this year, so I would like to encourage SFF members who know of any woman who is in remission or currently has breast cancer to apply.
For more information contact your SFF coordinator, Mary Kovatch, or consult the web site: http://www.castingforrecovery.org
We moved the One Fly to West Medical after a storm caused significant damage to Browns Lake Campground. It was a really nice day for a fishing contest! Carla Ferguson and Linda Howe put on the much anticipated feast.
Jeff Voight was our big winner with at least a dozen (I threw out the list!), Mike Berube second with maybe 5 or so and third was Mark Gardner with less than Mike!
Thanks to the dozen or so who joined us at the outing.
NORTH FORK OF THE COEUR D’ALENE OUTING REPORT – JUNE 26-28
By: John Hudson
WOW! It was VERY hot and the fishing was extremely slow. We usually get blown out on this trip because of high water and marginal visibility but we had VERY low water and were done with catching anything by 11:00 AM. Sunday before 10:00 AM as it was already 100 degrees.
I believe the club had about three fourths of the campsites in the campground which was very clean as usual.
We had a good turn out with quite a number of new members. Hopefully next year’s trip will be back to a more normal flow and cooler temps.
The weather was hot, the water was low and the fishing was…well slow.
We had a good turn out for the trip this year with some new members making the trip. The water was very low as everywhere else and it made for a new experience look-ing for spots to fish.
Had more people fish the Clearwater River below the campground this year looking for more water and they did OK.
I believe everyone caught fish but most were smaller than in past years.
On Friday evening when the Spokane Fly Fishers gathered around the Ferguson’s and Howe’s BBQs, the yellow jackets were in heaven. Plenty of tasty food to eat. Some of them might have made it to heaven if they got swatted or smashed!
Anyway, many folks enjoyed cooking and eating after braving the construction delays on Lookout Pass. I heard reports that there was a major glitch in the government’s GPS system that detoured some folks up to the top of Bluff Creek! Those that arrived early enough to enjoy the fishing had good luck with the native West Slope Cutthroat trout ranging from a smallish 3” to a reported 18”. A variety of flies ranging from Pat’s Rubber Legs to Lightning Bug Nymphs did the trick. People showed up on Wednesday through Saturday to experience the annual SFF St. Joe outing.
Club members Jim and Jo Gooley, Dan and Carla Ferguson, Linda and Fred Howe, Doug and Lee Keene, Ron Lyon, Dave Williams, Paul Olsen, Norm Smith, Gordon McCammon, Mike and Karen Berube, Mike Ainsworth, Rick and Donna Newman, Fred Timms, John Melzer, Jerry Foster, and Claude Kistler showed up. We were also joined by some Project Healing Waters Veterans that aren’t members yet, Bill ‘Murph’ Murphy, Ray Bell and his father-in-law and daughter, and Thomas Haynes attended. Mike Berube brought along Richard and Crystal Ortega who work with him at FAFB. Crystal learned just how strong the tippet was on her rod when she enthusiastically endeavored to land her first ever fly rod caught fish. They brought their daughter Josephine along to camp with us.
After an enjoyable group dinner on Friday, night folks headed to bed thankful they weren’t trapped in the triple digit heat back in Spokane. The 48 degree morning temperature was welcomed by all. After this summer, the cooler temperatures were very pleasant. Saturday morning saw a group of six PHWFF Veterans took off early to try their hand at St. Joe River style fly fishing. Instructors Mike Ainsworth and Fred Timms led the charge and John Melzer, Bill Murphy, Jerry Foster and Thomas Haynes learned a great deal about navigating the banks of the Joe and fishing in the low water conditions of approximately 85 cubic feet per second. The weather had been cooler in the days proceeding our outing so the water temperatures were so cool that a few folks even complained about cold feet. While not all the vets caught fish their knowledge base was expanded. Later in the day, Ray Bell, a new recruit to PHW ,showed up and joined the group on the river.
Rick Newman offered an introduction to St. Joe River fishing on Saturday morning and had five or six folks learn about micro drag and it’s effect on cutthroat trout. Hopefully some of the folks will also remember how to do a strip strike when they fish in similar conditions in the future. The PHW folks have been working on their fly tying skills, however while developing these skills the flies are often much larger than the insects that populate the St. Joe at this time of year. Eyes popped when they saw the size of flies that did match the bugs in the river. Exclamations of “how am I ever going to see that thing” were popular. When some foam Chernobyl Ants and grasshoppers were donated to them, they were much happier. The trout taught some lessons in the need for quick reaction times. “What do you mean I missed it? I didn’t see anything.” was often heard along the river.
Saturday afternoon bought the group together for a sausage and corn fest accompanied by a huge selection of tasty foods brought by the members. Outstanding salads, great deserts, beans, muffins and more filled up the group. I noticed a few people that headed to their tents after the meal to nap. A local deer kept wanting to join the group but our contingent of guard dogs protected us. It was funny to watch the doe stamp her feet trying to get one of the dogs to move.
I, for one, had a wonderful time. My impression is that the entire group had a great time. As a representative of both the club and Project Healing Waters, it was highly rewarding to see the interactions that transpired. It is great to be a part of both groups and be able to share fishing knowledge, a bunch of great stories and watch new friendships being made. I would like to thank all that helped me out to share the hosting duties. Hats off to all that attended!
Carla first wants to thank Karen Berube and Linda Howe for all their help in making the annual club picnic and awards ceremony a great success. The weather was as near perfect as it could get with next to no wind and 70 degrees. We had 50 folks show for food, fun and games. Connie Tedrow took 1st in the women’s casting division with Cheryl Allen 2nd. Jeff Voight was 1st in the men’s with Randy Ishihara taking 2nd place. Brothers Thomas and Ethan took 1st and 2nd in the youth category!
The new board for 2015-16 was installed and the annual awards were presented to some very surprised winners.
This picture is of the new board members that were in attendance at the picnic.
We really appreciate all the help everyone gave to make the picnic run smoothly. I should do a better job of writing names down…maybe next time.
ANNUAL AWARD CEREMONY
By Mike Berube
As the appointed Chairperson for the annual awards this year I wrangled up some subcommittees to determine our annual awards. Thanks to all of the committee members who helped pick the award winners. A special thanks to Kurt Tempel for coordinating all of the engraving.
All of the awards winners were very deserving as all made great contributions to the club this year. Here is a list of this year’s award winners:
The Lambert Award – Mary Kovatch
The Founders Award – Kurt Tempel
Fly Fisherman Of The Year Award – Jim & Jo Gooley
Mover & Shakers Award – Charlie Simpson
The Conservation Award – Linda Howe
By: Dan Ferguson
The turn out of children was a bit lower this year than in the past. We didn’t have the number of kids in the PM that we typically have.
This event is down to a fine art and science and runs smoothly thanks to all that lend a hand with both the rod assembly and the Kid’s day itself.
The weather was great with plenty of sunshine and next to no wind. We’ve done this in the rain, snow and sleet, so this was a pleasant change!
CLEAR LAKE OUTING REPORT
By: Mike Berube
We couldn’t have asked for better weather for this outing. When we put in at 8 AM the temps were at low 60s and when we got off the water at about 11 AM it was about 70. A very light wind made it an enjoyable event. Thanks to the WDFW planting approximately 10,000 catchable rainbows and some really big ones also for the prior week’s Kid’s Fishing Days, there were plenty left to us.
Everyone getting off the water at the USAF Resort reported catching several 12-16 inch rain-bows and the odd 20” fish. All action was subsurface on buggers, nymphs, and leeches. Black seemed to be the color. Thanks to all who attended.
Once again, our April Extravaganza meeting was well attended. There was an informative and interesting group of exhibitors. We wish to thank all who participated.
Thank you, Rick Newman, for all the pictures in this issue.
CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION RAFFLE REPORT
Mike Berube, Conservation Chairman
The raffle at last month’s meeting was a very successful event again this year. No doubt it was successful because of the volunteers who made the event run smoothly.
Thanks to the conservation committee and all of the volunteers who helped us out. There are too many names to mention, but I do have to say a special thanks to Linda Howe for keeping me focused.
The raffle grossed over $3500.
Another thanks to all who participated with ticket purchases and donations.
2014 SFF CHRISTMAS PARTY AND DINNER
By: Rick Newman
The fly club members were greeted by a cheery HO, HO, HO and a candy cane from Santa and his Reindog as the members entered the well decorated St. Francis School multipurpose room. Each of the tables had a glass ornament ball with a hand-tied fly suspended within. Thanks go to Betty Smith-Lambert for tying all the flies and to Dan Wells for installing them. A Christmas Tree was surrounded by gifts that members had brought for sharing for with others, Fred and Bob Kowal setup the tree and decorated it. Just a short distance away a large table held many toys that members had brought and contributed to Toys for Tots, something that the club has been doing for several years now. Two Marines stood guard over the table and, after a while, shared details about this fine program with the assembled crowd. There were really quite a few nice toys provided, I’m sure that many children will have a better Christmas.
When you moved to the far end of the room a wonderfully decorated table organized by Charlie and Amy Simpson and Norm and Cheryl Scott featured cheese, crackers and other treats. Those that felt the urge could also make a donation and enjoy a libation, be it a fine wine or a cold beer. If you turned slightly to the left you could gaze upon a fine spread of deserts. Club members not only brought deserts, they brought wonderful salads and outstanding side dishes. Nearby was a long table filled with the salads and main dishes. The club purchased hams, turkey and sockeye salmon for the main dishes. A large pan of mashed potatoes stood near a big crock pot of turkey gravy. The smells emanating from the foods were heavenly.
Many folks gathered round the scattered tables and held rousing conversations, hopefully all about fishing! Many smiles were observed and friends that hadn’t seen each other for a while enjoyed each others company. A slide show of club members on activities, pictures of fine fish and photos from Project Healing Waters were viewed and Claude Kistler provided Christmas Music CD’s for a pleasing atmosphere.
After we had had a chance to enjoy the excellent foods we were serenaded by the angelic harmonies of the lovely quartet Moonglow. Many beautiful songs were enjoyed by the club. A great addition to the dinner, thanks gals. After this enjoyable entertainment those who brought gifts exchanged with others that had also brought gifts. Tickets were given out at the door and 48 lucky individuals took home the pretty ornaments (flies tied by Betty Smith-Lambert and assembled by Dan Wells). I don’t know if a count of diners was made but almost all of the possible 124 seats were filled.
We recognized Mike Forney, Dan Wells and Linda Howe whose contributions to the Spokane Fly Fishers and the community have been exemplary.
The sockeye salmon seemed to be very popular this year, a fifty percent increase over last year didn’t prove to be enough as the last of the diners didn’t get very much. Next year there will be more! Rick Newman was ably assisted by many wonderful volunteers that worked diligently to cook and serve the foods. Dan Wells, Harold Waters, Claude Kistler, Sharon Kistler, Dan and Carla Ferguson, Linda and Fred Howe, Gale Allen, Ray Manspeaker, John Melzer, Steve Wright, Norm and Cheryl Scott, Amy and Charlie Simpson, Dan Wright, Hilary Hart, Jodi Fitts and Jon Pool are the names I remember. If I missed someone please forgive me. (Upon entering info onto the website I noticed that I forgot Santa and his Reindog and his driver. Thanks too, Linda and George Davis, Sanford the seeing eye dog.) Not only did this fine crew help with food preparation they setup and decorated the Christmas tree, donated the use of cooking gear, washed and peeled potatoes. Turkeys were spatchcocked (butterflied) and cooked prior to the evening, while the hams and salmon were readied and baked at the church. Plenty of pans of potatoes were mashed and a great gravy was stirred up. Many dishes were washed while we got ready and afterwards the crew hauled garbage, washed more dishes, then swept and mopped the floors. A quick wipe down with clean washcloths and the church kitchen was ready for the next event.
I cannot thank everyone enough that made this possible. I made a request for volunteers and the response was overwhelming. November and early December were a couple of tough months for my family and I, the support offered by all was and is very appreciated. It was a great team effort, I heard many compliments from club members. It’s great to be a part of the Spokane Fly Fishers!
By: Dan Ferguson
I want to extend a heart felt thank-you to all who helped make our Toys for Tots drive a success. Once again our membership were more than willing to contribute. Having the Marines present was a real plus. Given the number of military retirees in the club, they were very
My plan is to continue doing the T4T event every year and know I can count on your future support. Thank you again, Dan Ferguson.
By: Brad Thompson
The 2014 annual fly auction was a great success this year raising over $3000 for club activities and speakers.
Over 80 different lots of flies were auctioned off as well as some very nice pieces of art. Thanks to all who attended and donated flies for this important event.
The auction was fun and fast moving with our new auctioneer keeping the bidding going. Special thanks to those who volunteered to help with the event and make it happen.
NORTH FORK OF THE COUER D’ALENE OUTING REPORT –
JUNE 28/29 By: John Hudson
We had a good turn out this year at Devils Elbow Campground. Fishing was a little slow but everyone was catching some fish.
The water levels were a little on the high side but not as bad as years past I thought. It rained…and rained and then rained.
Sunday was a little better weather but Saturday’s weather bumped the river on Sunday.
There was not a lot of peace and quiet as there was a mountain lion in the camp area for the past few weeks and he could be heard just across the river “meowing”. They called in a hunter with hounds so we listened to them most of the day Saturday and Sunday morning. It was a little different experience listening to the lion’s calls in the middle of the day.
My dinner left a little to be desired as I left my larger grill at home but there wasn’t a mutiny so we all survived.
Thanks to all who came up.
KELLY CREEK OUTING REPORT –
JULY 18/20 By: Lisa and John Hudson
Another great trip to my favorite spot. I didn’t get up as early as I had hoped due to work but made it up…in the nick of time. We got in at midnight on Friday and then got up at 6:30 to start breakfast. We had a hearty Dutch oven meal and everyone headed out to fish.
According to the early arrivals the campground had been crowded all week but by Saturday noon it was thinning and by Sunday it was nearly empty.
Saturday fishing was good for most everyone and Sunday turned out to be a little better but on Monday afternoon after everyone was gone, the fish really started on the bite. I caught some very nice fish on the NFCW.
I didn’t venture up Kelly Creek too far as everyone said the road was horrible and it was just in the short distance I travelled. The Black Canyon road was closed due to a rock slide just east of Hidden Creek Camp so everyone who came from Montana side had to come over Deception Pass and down Kelly Creek road.
Water levels were about the highest I’ve seen it in the last 6 years but the last time levels were around this the fishing was great and the fish were big. Fishing wasn’t as hot this year but we caught some big fish.
We only had one brave soul from the coastal fishing club show up but he had a good day on Friday and seemed to be happy he made the trek from Clark Fork where he was fishing prior.
Thanks to all who came out and making this my favorite trip of the year. Fishing with friends was great.
St. Joe Outing Report
August 1, 2 and 3 by Rick Newman
Bang! Flash! Crack!
That doesn’t describe the fishing conditions on the St. Joe on the annual visit to that wonderful fishery, however it does describe some of the weather we had. Lightning strikes right above our heads followed by an immediate thunder clap startled all that were awake. Earlier in the day the wind was strong enough to break off trees along the river corridor. A couple of the fishermen were really into catching fish but the breaking trees soon had them rushing for their truck and back to camp. The rain poured down and another fishing adventure story was in the books.
The wonderful thing about fishing in the mountains is being in such a majestic place and accepting and enjoying all that Mother Nature provides, be it wonderful fishing, amazing scenery cozy campfires or exciting weather. this years St. Joe trip had all of that plus a great group of folks to enjoy it with. Peter Mokry, Mike Berube, Mark Gardner, Daniel and Katie Brereton, Craig Bader, Dan Ferguson, Fred Howe, Rick Newman, Jim and Joe Gooley, Larry Garner, Dick and Mary Brereton, Dave Sorg and Craig Adams all attended.
Numerous flies were sacrificed to the fishing gods but the fish were excited to see a wide variety of flies and responded with strikes and hookups. The Purple Haze and Red Rage Parachutes, Adams, both regular and parachute style, emergers, a variety of nymphs all worked. Most of the fish were smaller in size, those that I observed being caught were 11 inches or less. I didn’t reports from all the fisher people but some of the group had their best St. Joe fishing that they have ever had. Must have been the thunder and lightning.
As Jimmy Buffet has sang more than once, “we ate till we ate way too much” at our Saturday late afternoon meal. Corn on the cob, both roasted and boiled, excellent salads, Costco sausages, fresh fruit, great cookies, chips, salsa, cheese curds and more were enjoyed. Nobody went fishing hungry, although some of them may have been sleepy! Mentions of naps were heard as the diners shuffled away from the site of the food enjoyment.
It was my pleasure to host my first Spokane Fly Fishers St. Joe outing. I appreciated all the help from everyone that attended. It was truly a group event. A couple of the folks were either new fishermen or had just returned to fly fishing after a hiatus. They reported good luck with catching and were very thankful for the assistance and guidance provided by the rest of the group. I would have to say that it was a successful trip for all
KOOTENAI OUTING REPORT
AUGUST 15—17 by Dan Wight
2014 MISSOURI RIVER OUTING REPORT
By: Carolyn Sells
We had 8 fisher people and 2 shuttle ladies on the trip this year. The river was at 4100 cfs (cubic feet per second) and water temperature was 58. Weather was beautiful, mid 80’s. It was windy as usual.
On Friday, we fished Wolf Creek to Craig;; the fish were hitting purple Lightening Bugs, Peacock Stones, Egg Sucking King Prince, black or brown Zebra Midges and 20 Inchers. We caught some monster fish! Even the old lady who escaped from the home, see the picture. After getting off the river, we had a group dinner at the Izaak’s. It was a noisy good time after a few beverages! Thanks Jo for getting our reservations.
On Saturday, we fished Stickney to Mountain Palace. There were more weeds on this run, lots of smaller fish, which is a great sign for the river. The fish were hitting Peacock Stones, Egg Sucking King Prince, black or brown Zebra Midges, Krystal Flash Midges, Green Machines and purple Lightening Bugs. After getting off the river, we met at Stickney for Snack Night in Jo and Jim’s trailer. There were a lot of good fishing stories and some great food!
On Sunday, most of us headed home. Judy, Don and I fished Wolf Creek to Stickney. Fishing was slower, lots of recreational floaters around. The fish hit Peacock Stones, Egg Sucking King Princes, black Zebra Midges, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Brooks Sprouts and a purple Carolyn’s Chutes.
Thanks everyone for another great outing!
CLARK FORK RIVER OUTING REPORT
By: Don Tietz
The Clark Fork River outing on September 13-14th was lightly attended with only four Spokane Fly Fisher members in attendance. Bill Lundin, Bill Harris, Jerold Vincent and Don Tietz met up at the OK Café for breakfast then bought flies and licenses at Cantrell’s Fly Shop next door.
The group decided on floating the 14 mile float from St Regis down river. The weather was great and the fishing was pretty good too. Fish were caught by everyone on many different flies. Hoppers, Stimulator, Royal Wullf, Pheasant Tail and many more caught fish.
Fishing was so awesome we had to row out and barely got to the take-out before total darkness set in….. Don’t you wish you’d have been there?
The Clark Fork is definitely recovering from the removal of the dam at Bonner and the bug hatches are looking like days of old. If you used to fish there and stopped when the fishing slowed down or if you never have fished there, consider making the two hour drive. It’s well worth it!