Our Smiling President and his latest message:
By: Doug Keene
I want to thank the Nominating Committee and the members of the Club for choosing me to be your new President for the 2017/2018 year. I am very pleased with the outstanding members chosen to be the Board Members for this year, and the hard working Committee Chairpersons who tirelessly drive the many events and functions of the Club. I especially want to thank Claude Kistler for his leadership and exceptional hard work as our President over the last two years.
I feel we are on the way to a really fun and productive year. We have become a large organization, with almost 300 members at last count. We are the “go-to” place for those who are experienced as well as those that are just beginning the wonderful sport of fly fishing. We are highly respected for our educational activities as well as our affordability and focus on the fun of our sport.
Looking forward, we are going to be looking at how we can enhance the quality and scope of our many services to our
members, building on the many improvements put in place by previous administrations. We want to assure that our Board of Directors is responsive to the membership, and that the members remain involved in the planning and operations of our many activities.
We have some great outings ahead during the summer months, and I hope that you all jump in and get involved. We live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and outings will get you out to experience it with like-minded members, along with the prospect of catching that 18 inch trout waiting just for you. Go for it with Gusto!
We need a volunteer for the Chairperson of the Outings Committee NOW! Fun job, rewarding work. Plenty of support from Club. Call Doug Keene: 509-998-1297 or Email: email@example.com
As I complete a two-year term as your President, I’d like to thank our officers, board members, committees, veterans, volunteers and members for their great work and support. We have worked to further the mission of the Spokane Fly Fishers, expanded our educational programs, outings, enjoyed exceptional speakers, served veterans and youth and brought new men and women into our sport.
While the club has an excellent library as a resource, I’ve found the greatest resource to be the men and women of our club who so willingly share their expertise and knowledge with others.
You all are truly exceptional servants of this wonderful sport and it has been my honor to serve with you.
For next year, you have elected another great group of men and women under the
leadership of Doug Keene to serve on our behalf and all he and the board and committees will need is your continued support and increased volunteerism in order to continue the growth and service of the Spokane Fly Fishers.
Thanks for allowing me to serve and I look forward to working with you all next year.
Thanks to Miguel Ferrera for chairing the Conservation and Education Raffle again this year. Thanks also to the many volunteers who helped out. The raffle was a success with over 140 items donated from members, local fly shops and fly fishing companies. It was great to see a large turnout and especially participation by new members from our Fly Fishing School. We hope you continue to participate and take advantage of the many activities and events offered by the Spokane Fly Fishers Club.
Our April general membership meeting will feature fishing forecast presentations for streams in the area as well as a report on fishing prospects in our area lowland lakes.
For the second year in a row our club fishing outings have gotten off to a slow start (Coffeepot Lake – cancelled) due to ice and access issues. Please see the Barbless for our April outings. Also, remember that our annual Awards Picnic is Saturday, May 13th, at the Fairchild AFB Recreation Center on Clear Lake. (see Barbless.)
Your club will be electing officers for next year at the April 12th General Membership Meeting. The nominating committee presented a slate of officers at the March meeting and nominations will also be accepted from the floor prior to our vote. Please join us for this important activity.
As we enter our more active Outing season, please remember that each club member must sign a waiver in order to participate in the outing. This is a legal and insurance requirement of the club. Each outing host is responsible for gathering the signed waivers. The waiver you sign as a condition of your club membership covers our meeting facility. On-site waivers are required for each water outing.
Lastly, please remember to renew your dues for 2017/18 by May 31, 2017. June 1st starts our new fiscal year and it’s critical to our budget to have received your renewal.
ELECTION OF SFF BOARD
BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT
By: Gale Allen, Past President
Based on the club’s bylaws, the Past President chairs a nominating committee with three other individuals appointed by the President. To that end, Claude Kistler, our President, appointed Judy Kaufman, Larry Ray, and Linda Howe to serve on the committee. After a number of emails and a meeting, we identified numerous individuals for a variety of board positions. We then proceeded in discussions with each leading candidate to determine their interest, answered their questions, and find out a little more about each. From those discussions, we then formally asked to serve. Based on the above, the committee presented our results to you at our March 8th general meeting. Those nominated include the following for your consideration: President, Doug Keene; Vice President, Al Odenthal; Treasurer, Rick Diffley; Secretary, Connie Tedrow; Board Position #1, two years remaining on the term, Wayne Jordan; Board Position #2, full three year term, Miguel Ferrera; Board Position # 3, one year remaining on term, Devon Greyerbiehl. Note: The Sargent at Armsis nominated annually by the President and is to be confirmed by a vote of a the regularn membership.
Voting shall take place at the April general meeting of the membership in attendance.
Nominations from the floor are allowed prior to the vote at the April meeting.
The Board of Directors is proposing a change in the club By Laws in order give us flexibility in filling the position of President next year. Due to the resignation of our Vice President last month and several board members not wanting to move up to the presidency, the selected candidate (Doug Keene) will not have served a one year term on the Board as required by the By Laws. Doug is being appointed to fill the position of Vice President for the remainder of this year (March- May).
The proposed change to the By Laws is as follows:
Section C. ELIGIBILITY AND TERMS OF OFFICE: Members of the Board…The President must have been a member of the Board of Directors for a minimum of one year before accepting office. Other Officers shall be… It is proposed that the phrase “for a minimum of one year” be dropped from this By Law. Club members will be asked to review and vote on the By Law change at the March meeting.
Other Club items: Please support the Conservation/Education Raffle with your donations and purchase of raffle tickets at our membership meeting on March 8th.
Board Member Connie Tedrow is chairing our April Meeting Extravaganza, which will be a review of Eastern Washington waters for the upcoming general season as well as a talk on fishing our regional streams.
Outings…we need a host for our Saturday, May 13th Clear Lake Outing, which precedes our Annual Club Awards Picnic. The club Awards Picnic and BBQ also needs a host/coordinator. Please step forward and participate in these fun events.
Finally, please review the list of club outings and volunteer to host. Chair Rick Diffley and committee have put together a great list of outings and hosts are needed. If we don’t have hosts, the events will be cancelled as club events due to insurance and legal regulations. Rick has put together an overview of host responsibilities and upon review; you will find hosting is not a daunting task. Again, please volunteer.
Happy February. Hopefully we’ve got the majority of our winter weather behind us with longer days and a bit warmer temperatures.
This is the time of year when there are a number of classes going on in your club. Both the beginning and intermediate fly tying classes are in full swing and thanks go out to Mary Kovatch and Mike Berube for the great work they are doing to prepare and present these classes.
On February 16th, our annual Fly Fishing School begins (see additional information on the Education page.) Our February speaker is Skip Morris and his wife Carol. In addition to his general meeting presentation, Skip is presenting an afternoon tying session.
In March, we will conduct our annual Conservation/Education Raffle with proceeds supporting our conservation and education efforts. In April, we will again present our annual Extravaganza with details to follow next month.
In addition to these events, Kurt Tempel has held an Education Committee meeting, Rick Diffley has held an Outings Committee meeting and Jodi Fitts has held a Speakers Committee meeting. These folks are doing great work on your behalf. We thank them and all who have volunteered to serve on these committees. Additional committee work will soon begin to identify officer and board candidates for next year, draft a budget and select our club award winners.
I hope to see you at our February meeting for another excellent speaker presentation.
We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and wish you all a Happy New Year. If you received duplicate or replacement fly fishing gear for Christmas, please remember our March Conservation and Education Raffle.
ALL DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED.
SFF Club Survey a Success
The survey taken by the Spokane Fly Fishers at their January meeting supplied the SFF Board, the Outings Committee and the Education Committee with valuable information.
First off, there were 53 surveys collected. We received responses for both experienced and inexperienced fisher persons and believe the survey represented a valid overview of our interests, educational needs and general guidance for the direction of the club.
Here is a generalized summary of the results:
- The outings we provide are one of our most popular activities. Almost everyone responding had participated in at least one outing and indicated they wanted to continue to do so. Most people indicated the outings were helpful and enjoyable.
- Most of the membership responding had not hosted an outing indicating they had a lack of information of what to do and most of those indicated either co-hosting an outing, or having a class on hosting an outing would be helpful. Many thought both would be helpful. (It should be pointed out that last year Outings Committee Chair Rick Diffley developed a guide for members hosting an outing which provides a lot of helpful information for hosts.)
- The survey also identified several members who indicated they would be willing to host an outing, and some members who were interested in being a part of the Outings Committee.
- The survey also identified many places members want to go fishing, a pretty even split between rivers and lakes with local lakes and rivers, such as the St. Joe and North Fork being very popular.
- The survey indicated there was about a 50-50 split between members wanting a mentor on an outing, and those not wanting or needing a mentor for an outing. For those who indicated they would like a mentor, most wanted someone to help them get started in the morning – figuring out lines and tippet, flies to use, techniques to use and places to fish. Many also wanted their mentor to check in with them at the end of the day to see how things had gone and help with questions.
- The idea of presenting a class (one on lakes and one on rivers) for inexperienced fly fisher persons was the most popular question on the survey with 46 positive responses. The Education Committee already has responded to this request by offering two outings this summer for inexperienced fisher persons, one at a lake and one on the river. Please check the Barbless Flyer’s Outings list for dates, or check with Kurt Temple.
- Nymphing, reading water and matching flies to the hatch were the most popular responses to education ideas. Another popular idea was to offer a class on mentoring, and one on hosting an outing for the membership.
Finally, 51 out of the 53 respondents indicated that taking a short survey during a membership meeting was a good way to get information for club members.
The board wants to thank everyone for participating and will consider additional surveys for the membership to be a meaningful way to get a clearer idea of your interests.
Connie Tedrow, Secretary, SFF
I write this just after the recently concluded Annual Fly Auction. Thanks to Rick Newman who co-chaired this event with me and to all of our many volunteers who made this event such a success.
Thanks also to our generous donors and of course thanks to our generous bidders. This event is a very important fundraising event for our club and your participation is greatly appreciated.
Our annual Christmas Party is coming up on December 14th and Carla Ferguson and Linda Howe, her assistant, would greatly appreciate any help that you can offer. There is everything from set-up and decorations to kitchen prep, cooking and cleanup.
Your board and committee chairs continue their work on Outings, Conservation, Education,
Beginning and Intermediate Fly Tying and the annual Fly Fishing School. As a result of board action in November, the scope of work of our Conservation Committee will be more aligned with actual conservation efforts and activities and not on coordinating the need for volunteers to participate in the various fly casting demonstrations we are often asked to do.
We are looking to establish another committee to take on that role as well as similar type community activities that we are often asked to participate in.
Thanks again to all who step up and participate in the work of your club. If you have not yet volunteered, please do so. You will meet a great group of men and women who share your enthusiasm for fly fishing and who give of themselves so that all can enjoy the work of the club. Please join us as a member and as a volunteer.
I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Party.
Thanks again to Jodi, our VP and Program Chair, for yet another excellent speaker at our October meeting. Molly Semenik gave us a great presentation based on her book “25 Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Montana Fly Fishing Streams”. I know I’ve identified a few places that I’d like to fish and I hope you have too.
For some of us, the coming winter season gives us time to turn our attention to improving our fishing skills through reading, video and taking classes. Our club library is an excellent resource for your reading and video needs and our Beginning and Intermediate Fly Tying classes are also excellent ways to grow your fishing/tying skills. Please look to the Barbless and our website for information on our upcoming classes.
Our major educational initiative is our annual Fly Fishing School. Please consider inviting a friend, family member, relative or neighbor to this outstanding class. If you are like me and need to freshen your fly fishing skills, this class provides an excellent opportunity to do so.
From the Board…at our recent Board meeting, it was decided not to pursue charging a fee for non-members to attend meetings and listen to speakers.
Lastly, please note that our club can only be successful when we volunteer. Throughout the year, we need numerous volunteers and I’m concerned that we see so many of the same faces volunteering for our activities and events. Please take an active part in your club and volunteer when and where you can. You will join us in performing the great work of our club in education and conservation and you will be working alongside some truly great folks. Look for sign-up sheets at the membership/information table as you enter the meeting room.
I look forward to seeing you at our November Fly Auction.
Please remember that our Annual Fly Auction is Wednesday, November16th. This is one time change to our meeting schedule (3rd Wednesday) due to a conflict with the church schedule. Help us get a jump-start on the auction by bringing your donations to our October 12th meeting.
September was a busy month for SFF volunteers with fly casting
demonstrations to over 500 5th grade youngsters taking part in the
Liberty Lake Water Festival, the Spokane River Clean-Up and fin clipping at the Spokane Fish Hatchery. Thanks to all who participated. Also, two club outings are scheduled for October Lake Lenore, (Oct. 15-16) and the Grande Ronde (Oct. 21-23).
The board also appointed a committee to review a proposed contract with the national Project Healing Waters organization as well as discussing a dues structure for our local Veterans and Project Healing Waters members.
With the loss of our Club House last spring, we are looking for a new location to host our Beginning Fly Tying classes. If you have ideas on a location, please let me know. The board has also asked Mary Kovatch to review class needs regarding class supplies, printed material, tying vices and class enrollment costs.
At the September Board meeting, your board discussed charging non-members a $10 fee to listen to speaker presentations. While the general membership meetings are open to the public, a fee is being considered for speaker presentations to help offset the rising costs of speakers, club insurance, meeting facilities and other rising club expenses. If the person becomes a member within 30 days, the $10 fee would be applied towards their annual membership cost. The board will continue to discuss and make a decision by the January 2017 meeting.
I’m happy to report that club member Doug Keene is helping Mark Gardner with membership activities at our monthly meetings. Also, Rick Newman will join me as co-chair of the November Fly Auction, and I will join Jody Fitts as co-chair of the annual Fly School. Club Secretary Connie Tedrow will also assist in these activities. If you are new to the club, volunteering on these and other activities is an excellent way to get to know other members, and help your club grow in service as ambassadors to fishing, education and conservation.
The Washington State Council of the International
Federation of Fly Fishers awarded the Spokane Fly
Fishers the 2015- 2016 Education Award. This was given
to the club at the April WSCIFFF Fly Fishing Fair in
Ellensburg. The award is given for excellence and
commitment to educating all ages of persons and for all
aspects of fly fishing, especially fly tying and fly casting.
The award especially noted the excellent Fly Fishing
School the Spokane club offers each year.
Mary Kovatch accepted the award at the April Fair and
presented it to the club and current President, Claude
Kistler, at the September meeting.
Welcome to another year with the Spokane Fly Fishers. I hope your summer was enjoyable with many opportunities to fish and enjoy the outdoors. I was finally able to get out and enjoyed two productive days on Flint and Rock Creeks in the Philipsburg, MT area.
Thanks to Outings chair Rick Diffley who coordinated our hosts and hostesses for our summer outings this year. There are still a few outings remaining so check your Barbless and our website for additional information.
Thanks to Gale Allen and Kurt Tempel for coordinating our two excellent education seminars during June and July. We received great information and enjoyed great participation.
As we start the year with our great slate of officers and committee chairs, we still have a few areas where we need members to step forward and volunteer.
Our membership chair, Mark Gardner would like an assistant to help facilitate taking membership information and money at the meetings. Mark has a very busy work and travel schedule and is not able to make most meetings. Mark will continue to work the database but needs help at the meetings.
We also need someone to coordinate food at the meetings. We have a great kitchen crew from Project Healing Waters but I need some relief as far as coordinating the purchase and delivery of the food on meeting nights.
Next, I need someone to step forward to chair our November Fly Auction. This is a critical fundraising event for our club and we need to fill this role very soon. Finally, Gale Allen and I are looking for someone to coordinate our annual Fly Fishing School. The school is one of the most important activities of our club. Please consider stepping forward and helping in one of these areas and join our great group of volunteers who contribute to the success of the Spokane Fly Fishers.
Before I signoff, please note that due to a schedule conflict with the church, our November meeting and Fly Auction will be held at the church on the third Wednesday in November (Nov. 16th).
It’s a pleasure to serve as your President again this year. Making this activity even more enjoyable is that I will be serving with pretty much the same Officers and Board as last year.
A summary of our activities this past year is impressive as we addressed the Waiver Form to satisfy legal and
insurance requirements, the organization of our club outings improved, our Conservation Committee and involvement in teaching and learning was very active, our meeting speakers for this past year and our upcoming year is strong, educational and informative. We had a great year of educational programs and another outstanding year is underway. Our Fly Auction and Raffle fundraising events were very successful. The fly school was again a resounding success. The work on the Barbless is outstanding. Our Christmas Dinner was again an outstanding event and we are growing our participation with Project Healing Waters. I know I am forgetting to mention other activities and apologize as it is not intentional, just a sign of aging.
Thanks to all club volunteers for your participation and for your help in making this past year very successful and
Have a great summer, participate in our club outings and activities and enjoy your families and loved ones.
“The great charm of fly fishing is that we are always
learning.” – Theodore Gordon
REMINDER: LEE DAVISION CASTING INSTRUCTION
By Gale Allen
We still have a couple of openings for Lee’s single hand casting instruction that runs July 22, 23, 24. The classes cost $50.00 and run for four hours with limits of six students per class.
Contact Gale Allen at 465-3272 to enroll.
As we bring this year to a close there are so many people to thank for making this a very successful year. Not wanting to forget someone I’ll just say your entire board, officers,committee chairs and volunteers. We have accomplished a great deal by updating our waiver form, defining outing host responsibilities, identifying outings, conducting a very successful fly auction, conservation and education raffle and held several excellent educational seminars and workshops. The library continues to be an excellent resource for all members. We also had an excellent year of speakers who provided a wealth of knowledge as well as entertainment through their presentations. The Fly School was again very successful.
One area that needs continued work is volunteerism. While we have an extraordinary core of volunteers, we need to expand this core and make sure that we aren’t always relying on the same folks. If you are new to the Spokane Fly Fishers please join us in volunteering. This is an excellent way to meet other club members, grow your participation and increase your fishing opportunities. We had an excellent core of folks who provided services to Project Healing Waters (we need more) and at the same time received great support from PHW members in our kitchen again this year. This is a gratifying partnership that we must continue to grow.
Your SFF leadership team will be pretty much the same core of people as last year so we will hit the ground running on your behalf and carry on our mission of serving our members through conservation and education.
I hope to see you at the picnic on May 14th.
By Claude Kistler
A huge thank you to Miguel Ferrera for chairing this year’s Conservation/Education Raffle. Thanks also to the many volunteers who also helped out. The raffle was a great success with over 180 donated items from members, local fly shops and fly fishing companies. It was great to see a large turnout and especially participation by new members from our Fly Fishing School. We hope you continue to participate and take advantage of the many activities offered by the Spokane Fly Fishers Club.
The April Extravaganza has been reformatted this year with fishing forecast presentations only. See the Barbless for additional information. While our outing schedule got off to a slow (cancelled) start in March, there are two activities scheduled in April (see Barbless.) Outings pick up in May with the annual awards picnic on May 14th at the Fairchild AFB Recreation Center on Clear Lake. For additional outing information see the Barbless.
Your club will elect officers for next year at the April meeting. With some slight shuffling, this slate of officers and board is much the same as the current slate of officers and board. Please join us at the April meeting for this important activity.
Lastly, please remember to renew your dues by May 31, 2016.
2016-2017 SFF OFFICER AND BOARD ELECTION NOMINATIONS
By: Gale Allen
The nominating committee, consisting of Chairman Gale Allen, Mike Berube, Fred Howe, Judy Kaufman and Kurt Tempel presented the following nominations at the general club meeting held on March 9, 2016. Further nominations can be made by SFF members present at our general meeting on April 13, 2016. A vote for office positions will take place once nominations for the positions are closed that evening. The nomination committee submitted the following names for open office positions:
President: Claude Kistler
Vice President: Jodi Fitts
Treasurer: Joe Papenleur
Secretary: Connie Tedrow
Director Position #1: Al Odenthal
Past President: Gale Allen
PREZ SEZ March 2016
By Claude Kistler
What a terrific presentation by speaker Phil Rowley, “Advanced Chironomid Fishing Techniques” at our February meeting. Phil also anchored an excellent lineup of speakers this year that provided valuable flyfishing information to club members and guests. Jodi Fitts and committee are working as this is being written to provide you with another excellent lineup of speakers for our 2016-17 year. We will have one more program of speakers at our April meeting as Randall Osborne from WFWD will give us a fishing report on Eastern Washington waters and Sean Visintainer of the Silver Bow Fly Shop will speak to us about fishing the Spokane, North Fork of the CDA and St. Joe Rivers.
Of great importance at our March meeting is our annual Conservation and Education Raffle. This activity provides much needed funding for our various conservation and education projects. There is additional information about these activities in the Barbless as well as information on how, when and where to donate your raffle items. Then, of course, the raffle takes place on March 9th so please attend, purchase tickets and perhaps walk away with several items that will enhance your enjoyment of fly fishing as well as supporting club activities.
Also, please make note of the many club outings that Outings Chair, Rick Diffley and committee have put together that are due to begin as early as March 13th. Also note that due to insurance and legal regulations, there must be an assigned host (please volunteer) at each outing. If not, the outing as a club-sponsored event will be cancelled. Also, it is most important that each participant have a signed Waiver/Release form on site as well. In addition to the waiver form, we will be asking that each participant provide contact information on the form. This all may seem rather onerous but necessary to ensure
compliance with club insurance and legal requirements.
And finally, we are still searching for a facility or room to facilitate storage of our various clubhouse items. We also need space for our beginning fly tying class, materials and supplies storage. If you have knowledge of such space please let me know.
PREZ SEZ February 2016
CLUB HOUSE/MEETING ROOM REPLACEMENT
The Spokane Fly Fishers needs a new location for our various club activities. If you can recommend a place for us to check into please let me know. Also if you know of someone who knows about such facilities that would also be helpful.
Our needs are as follows:
Accessible storage space (approx.. 10’ x 12’) for club items. Storage of items such as over 25 rods, reels and lines for our various teaching activities. Shelf space for fly tying materials and supplies, storage of club signs and printed teaching materials. Storage of outing supplies such as three ice chests, gas grill, propane tank, misc. BBQ and cooking supplies as well as 6 – 8 tables and 12 – 15 chairs.
Small classroom space 15’ x 20’ for teaching fly tying and small meetings.
In the larger context of our various club activities we rent space as follows:
St. Francis Church – general meeting space for 75 – 125 with the appropriate number of tables and chairs. The general meeting space requires room for audio and video systems, and 15 to 20 display tables for our Fly Auction and Raffle activities. Prep kitchen for annual dinner and monthly meetings preferred.
Wildlife Council Building – host various education meetings and fly tying classes. Space for speaker with audio visuals, with tables and chairs for approx. 30 to 50 attendees.
Ideally we would like to spend as little as possible so that our funds can go to conservation, education and other club desired activities.
Many thanks to Rick Newman and crew for a great Christmas dinner at our December meeting. Thanks also to the other men
and women (and elves) who contributed to the success of this event. Also, thanks to “Snapshot” (Cheryl Allen and others) for their wonderful musical entertainment.
As we head into January your board, committee chairs and volunteers are hard at work lining up education, conservation, fly tying, fly school and outing activities for the remainder of the year. Coming off the successful Steelhead panel in December, your education committee has a great fly tying and Desert Lakes seminar presented by Matt Paluch of the Desert Fly Anglers (Ephrata) set for January 19th at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council Building. Please look to this issue and future Barblesses and email announcements regarding these activities and note the various sign-up deadlines. Your participation is vital to the success and growth of our club as well as individual skill enhancement that will increase your enjoyment of fly fishing.
While we’re talking about skill enhancement. please join us for our monthly meeting on January 13th when Mike Lawson of Henry’s Fork Anglers will speak to us about “Difficult Trout.” Mike is a noted author, fly tyer and lecturer. Mike is also a strong supporter of conservation efforts to protect our resources. He is a founding member of the Henry’s Fork Foundation and the Upper Snake River Fly Fishers. He is a member of the Madison River Foundation and a life member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Please join us on Wednesday, January 13th – 7:00PM for a presentation by one of the premier authorities on fly fishing.
Lastly, please be thinking of our March Conservation Raffle and supporting the raffle with your donation(s) and of course through the purchase of raffle tickets. The success of this annual event is critical to the conservation efforts of your club.
PREZ SEZ December 2015
by Claude Kistler
Thanks are in order to so many for the success of our November Fly Auction. From the great coordination of everything by Fred Howe and his crew of volunteers to the auctioneering of Rich Butterfield and entertaining emcee work of Dan Ferguson, you all helped make this a successful evening. Most of all, thanks to our generous donors (especially Mr. or Ms. Anon) and of course our generous bidders. This is a very important fundraising event for our club and your participation is greatly appreciated.
The month of December is busy as Rick Newman and numerous volunteers will be working hard on our annual Christmas Party. Please help when and where you can. Also in December, Rick is coordinating an educational program on Steelhead Fly Fishing. (Notice a familiar theme here regarding Rick?)
Additional work by your officers, board of directors and committee chairs will be to work on our need as a club to come up with a new location to hold our board meetings as well as come up with a new place to store materials/supplies for our various club activities. Our deadline to do so is the end of May, 2015.
Also, our conservation, education and outings chairs continue their work to identify and plan activities for club members. Of additional importance is our work to continue to build on our relationship with Project Healing Waters so that we can grow our ability to mentor and provide fishing opportunities for our area veterans.
As I get to know more and more members each month I am continually impressed by the can do attitude displayed by so many. If you have not yet stepped forward to participate in the work of your club, please do so. You will meet fantastic men and women who share your enthusiasm for fly fishing and have a willingness to give of themselves so that others can enjoy the work of our club. Please join us.
PREZ SEZ November 2015
by Claude Kistler
At our October meeting we had a good turnout for speaker Josh Mills who gave us a great presentation on steelhead fishing. As we heard from Josh, fall steelhead fishing is at its peak. As we move further into fall and then into winter our typical trout fishing slows and it will be time to turn our attention to other ways in which to enjoy and enhance our fly fishing opportunities or skills. As this is being written, our Education Committee Chair is working to put together several education programs for our skill enhancement. Also, club members are working hard to finalize plans for our annual Fly Fishing School, and Beginning and Intermediate Fly Tying Schools. Please look for announcements in the Barbless Flyer, on our web site and at our meetings.
Of great importance to the club during November is the annual Fly Auction at our general meeting on November 11th. Please tie or purchase files to donate to this most important club fundraiser. Then attend the meeting to purchase flies. The club enjoys the participation of many excellent fly tiers and when you purchase you will receive flies of excellent quality and value at any price. Fly Auction Chair, Fred Howe and crew are looking forward to your donations and purchases. As we did last year, we will enjoy the auctioneering of Rick Butterfield, so come prepared to donate, purchase and have a good time.
In September, Judy Kaufman chaired a meeting of the Volunteer Committee. As part of our discussion, Judy identified club activities and events that require over 200 volunteers in order to serve our club as well as various education and conservation events/activities in the area. Please take an active part in your club and volunteer when and where you can.
And speaking of volunteers, my thanks to Miguel Ferrara who has stepped up and volunteered to take on the role as Conservation Chair and Board Member. Miguel, myself, and others on our board, is relatively new to SFF and was willing to jump in and begin to serve. This bodes well for the future of SFF and our educational and conservation service to others. Please talk to Judy, me or any of our officers and board members about serving. You will be glad you did.
MARCH RAFFLE WINNER HAS GOOD TIME
By: Bill Lundin
Norm Smith was the March raffle winner of Dan Wight’s guided float trip down the Kootenai River. Norm had outstanding success catching many trout, which included a surprise hit from a hefty bull trout that attacked a fish he was landing.
PREZ SEZ October 2015
Our September meeting schedule started out very nicely with a presentation by Steve Temple and his wife on “Secrets of the Clark Fork.” Our October program with local steelhead expert Josh Mills speaking on “Steelhead Tricks” promises to be a great program as well. Please join us on Wednesday, October 14th for our next membership meeting at 7:00 PM.
I am pleased to announce that Mark Gardner has volunteered to take on the position of Membership Chair. Jodi will begin to transition Mark to this position as Jodi continues to serve our club as Vice President and Program Chair. Thanks to both Jodi and Mark for your service to the Spokane Fly Fishers.
SFF has two remaining outings and they both promise to be great opportunities to participate in your club, fish and make new friends. Jim and Jo Gooley are hosting our end of September Missouri outing and Rick Newman has stepped forward to host our early October outing on the Grande Ronde River. Check this Barbless and the SFF website for additional information.
Your club members are busy with additional volunteer activities as several members volunteered for the Spokane River clean up on Sept. 19th and Judy Kaufmann had several club members lined up to participate in fin clipping at the Spokane Fish Hatchery on Sept. 22nd. Thanks to all who participated and a special thanks to Judy for organizing volunteers for these activities.
Thanks to Fred Howe for stepping forward to chair our November Fly Auction. This is a critical fundraising event for our club and I am most thankful that Fred is taking on this very important activity. Please support Fred and your club with your personal or purchased donation of flies and of course please participate by attending and purchasing these flies.
Lastly, our club extends our heartfelt sympathies to club member and SFF Sgt. At Arms, Al Odenthal for the recent loss of his daughter. We are all deeply saddened and wishing you and your family comfort during this difficult time.
PREZ SEZ September 2015
By: Claude Kistler
“If I’m not going to catch anything, then I’d rather not catch anything on flies.”
That pretty much sums up my experience when I drove up to the club outing on a Saturday for a day on the St. Joe River. Nonetheless, I had a great time getting to meet and talk with club members and enjoy a great lunch and event hosted by Rick Newman. Your club has a few more outings scheduled so please participate if you can.
“What a tourist terms a plaque of insects, the fly fisher calls a great hatch.” Patrick McManus. Start thinking about preparing for that next hatch by participating in our annual fly auction at our November meeting. During our September and October meetings we will solicit members to either tie or purchase flies to donate to the auction. This annual auction is one of our largest income producing club activities and provides critical support for club activities. This is a great way to support your club and re-stock your fly box for the next great hatch. We will have sign-up sheets at the table as you enter the meeting room in September and October so please be prepared to offer your help and support.
In my summer 2015 Prez Sez article I mentioned the importance of volunteers who can step forward and help the club perform our core mission work. As I write this article in mid-August there is still a great need for members to step forward and help your club. In October, I want to hold a leadership/volunteer workshop to orient interested members on the leadership and committee needs of SFF. A sign-up sheet will be available at the September meeting.
As I write about ways to support your club thru the fly auction and volunteerism, please remember the initiative started near the end of last year regarding “optional giving initiatives.” This is a great way to provide additional funding for our education, conservation, youth and Project Healing Waters initiatives.”
Again…a summary of my St. Joe outing…”for the supreme test of a fisherman is not how many fish he has caught, not even how he caught them, but what he has caught when he has caught no fish.” John H. Bradley
Hello from your President and Board of Directors.
It is an honor to serve with you this year. While I’m sure I am the least experienced fly fisher to serve in this role, I will do my best to work with our board, our past officers, volunteers and members to continue the great work of this organization.
Our year closed in May with our Annual Awards Picnic at Clear Lake. The event, hosted by Dan and Carla Ferguson was a great success and thanks to all who made this such an enjoyable Spokane Fly Fishers event. Great job everyone! As we move into the summer months I hope you’ve been able to take advantage of our casting classes and enjoy our spring club outings. More great outings are in store for the summer so please attend when you can and participate in your club. I too hope to get out and meet more of our members and share fishing experiences. If you are interested in participating in upcoming outings please review the outing schedule in past Barbless publications or view the schedule on our website.
Throughout my term of service I will be emphasizing the tremendous importance of our volunteers and work to encourage additional volunteer participation. We have a core of volunteers who give so much and while it’s important that we continue to learn and grow as a result of their hard work, it’s most important that more of us step forward, lend a hand and join this great group of men and women so that our club can continue to grow, prosper and serve the education and conservation mission of our club.
In addition to volunteerism, other items that we will address as a board will be maintaining our legacy of quality speakers, growing our fund raising thru increased member donations and participation in our annual fly auction and raffle, and support for our optional giving initiative. On the business side of things, we will continue to pay attention to our annual budget and continue a review of our club insurance and liability requirements. Most importantly, we want to make sure our club represents you and grows in our ability to support conservation and provide educational opportunities for you. We have tremendous re-sources in the men and women of our organization who have been more than willing to pro-vide us with top quality educational opportunities. Let’s all support their efforts to improve our stewardship of fly fishing and improve our enjoyment of fly fishing.
Have a great summer, become more involved in your club, participate in club outings and enjoy your families and loved ones. Tight Lines.
“The great charm of fly fishing is that we are always learning.” – Theodore Gordon
Messages from Gale Allen below;
By: First Lady Cheryl Allen &
Straw Boss Gale Allen (President)
“A real woman will not make you choose between her or fishing; a real woman will make you take her with you and proceed to catch the biggest fish!”
The day Gale quit baiting my hooks, I quit fishing. You see, I don’t like wiggly, slimy, segmented things that have to be jammed onto a hook. And he was busy enough teaching our kids to fish…he didn’t need another pole to maintain, right? I get it! Well, I figured if I wasn’t going to fish I’d better learn to row (to earn my spot in the boat, right?). And as a rower I really began to learn about the beauty of fishing. I began to “read the river”. I learned how to angle the raft to the edge of the river so the fishers could get the best cast. I learned how to row upriver to bring us back into a good run of water. I began watching for back eddies and dark, deep waters and the V in the river. Now Gale had a built in guide! It was a great partnership! And then it dawned on me: There are no wiggly, slimy, segmented things that have to be jammed onto a hook in fly fishing! Smart person that he is (and knowing how tricky it is to teach your wife anything), Gale asked a friend to teach me to cast a line. Under the patient instruction of our friend, Gregg Edelan, in the middle of Georgetown Lake…with nothing around for me to get hooked up on, I learned the pulse and rhythm of the pole and the presentation of the fly on the water. Since then, our partnership on the river has changed a bit. Now, Gale and I take turns rowing and fishing. He bought me a nifty tool for releasing fish from their hook so I don’t have to touch the slimy, wiggling buggers. And I can tie on my own hooks! Life is good! Last fall we were fishing on the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. I tied on a pale morning dun. I found a deep hole in the shadows of a rock wall, cast my line perfectly upriver and watched it float over the fish in the pool. SLURP! The fish took the hook. I set it and started reeling in laughing and whooping, “Fish on!” I pulled in the biggest fish that day, but we both enjoyed the fun. Gale took my picture (yes, I was holding the fish…yeeech!) and we have the picture displayed on our living room wall. I am very proud of that fish. For me, it represents a journey with my best friend. There’s just something special about the time spent fishing with friends. We have lots of new members and new fishers in our club. Make new friends and go fishing!
“Great cheese comes from happy cows!” Unknown. As this is my last “PEZ SEZ”, I’d like to thank the Board, Committees, PHW members and their volunteers, and membership for all their work in furthering the mission of the Spokane Fly Fishers. We’ve come together in many areas, particularly our expanded education programs, world renowned speakers, growth in PHW efforts, outings, and a truly special library. In other words, “we’ve made exceptional cheese” this year.
I saw once where Walter Isaacson asked Steve Jobs; “What was the most important item he brought to apple—was it the iPhone, IPad?” Steve responded, “No—an organization that could carry on the mission”. You have elected a strong Board led by Claude Kistler for next year that can “carry on the mission”. All that is needed is that you, as members, continue your support.
Thank you for letting me…us… serve…tight lines.
“It’s so dry the trees are bribing the dogs.” Charles Martin
Our March outings have had a little difficulty getting off the ground… literally. Coffeepot Lake water levels were so low the outing was formally cancelled. Some brave hearts went ahead and drug their pontoon boats out to the water and worked diligently to get through the gap to the main body. In contrast to Coffeepot, the Clark Fork got blown out with exceedingly high waters as a result of a two day rainstorm on top of a reasonable Montana snowpack. Don’t give up. We have some great outings on the schedule yet and the fish are getting hungry.
“Going so soon? I wouldn’t think of it. Why my little party’s just beginning” Wicked Witch of the West. Wizard of Oz.
We had over 125 participants at the Conservation/Education Raffle. It was an exceptional success with many donations from members and local fly shops. I thank Mike Berube and his staff for all the work they put into the program. But wait…it’s not over! The April Extravaganza continues with another event sure to pique the interest of all. Please come and join us for this exchange of education, programs, and sharing ideas. Feel free to invite a non-member and expose them (oops, Cheryl says I shouldn’t use expose in this case) introduce them to our world of the outdoors and comradery. But wait…there’s more!! The awards picnic is scheduled for May 9th at the Fairchild AFB recreation center on Clear Lake. It includes a potluck with the club providing soft drinks and main course much like the Christmas party, though the fare is primarily picnic oriented foods. Please look for the details in this Barbless. Word has it that the women are working on their distance and accuracy casting. Look out Mary Kovatch (current champion).
“My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fiber….” Douglas Adams.
It’s that time once again to elect the politicians of the SFF to our Board of Directors. Please be there at the Extravaganza to vote. Actually, in reviewing those nominated, I see a group of highly motivated, well qualified individuals who can take us to the next level. On second thought, perhaps we should be sending them to Congress instead.
“The little I have learned only shows me how very much there is to learn.”
Rich Hafele is known for sharing his fishing entomology knowledge with anyone willing to listen. He did not disappoint us, sharing his “bug” knowledge and presentation techniques at a level even I could grasp.
Your speaker committee is currently working on another strong lineup for next year. It’ll be a difficult task to top our own Jeff Voight and Leroy Hyatt who spoke last fall, Kelly Galloup’s presentation last January followed by Rick this past month. If you see Brad Thompson, your speaker committee chair, give him a word of “thanks”.
“It’s always darkest before the dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.” Unknown
Dan Ferguson, your outings chair, has put together nearly twenty outings. For you that are new to the club, these are fishing trips to various bodies of water located across our great northwest. Normally they are multi-day events staying in campgrounds on or in the vicinity of the lake or river targeted to be fished. It is perhaps the best way to develop friendships within the club, learn about fishing a particular lake or river, and expand your fishing knowledge. I don’t think you’ll find many newspapers to snitch, but you may be able to pocket the hot fly of the outing from its owner.
“The man smiled. ‘All the trout are never caught out. Sometimes they get very scarce, and the fewer there are the wiser they seem to get. Some become too smart to be taken even by the most expert, and these fish constitute the seed that keeps the streams stocked.’” Ray Bergman
At the time this quote was written, stocking programs and habitat improvements were just beginning to come to the forefront. Over time, as our knowledge has moved forward, we have learned more about the environment where fish live and fisheries in general. Today, we do not have to live with the peaks and valleys of a fishery in a lake or stream…we have the knowledge to maintain a better balance. Whether it be an aerator for a put-and-take lake such as West Medical ( sponsored with funds from SFF), or working with stream habitat improvement at Kalispell Creek or spawning streams such as the one that feeds Browns Lake (the club provided labor and knowledge), we can improve our local fisheries. Through education and hard work, we can make a difference. Please consider donating your time and efforts to this recreation we all in the SFF partake in. Begin with contributions to the Conservation/Education Raffle and consider helping with those labor intensive projects that come up from time to time.
NORM SCOTT — THANK YOU!
By: Gale Allen
Norm Scott is retiring as Chairperson of Project Healing Waters. Norm began his leadership role over five years ago. The program has flourished under his direction and has become one of the leading PHW programs in the Region. He has also assisted other organizations in getting their programs off the ground. Norm’s leadership will be sorely missed. The SFF Board, SFF membership and Project Healing Waters participants thank you, Norm, for your contributions to this great cause.
“The best fishermen I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them.” John Gierach
WOW! Hope you heard Kelly Galloup speak at the January meeting. The information presented was made in rapid fire succession sprinkled with humor between bites. If you weren’t there I highly recommend you engage those that were to get at least a flavor of the myths he broke and the solutions that replace them.
“A trout lives in a secret world. It is a small world in which many dramatic events are played out in watery obscurity, veiled from the keenest eyes and even though he is stalked and pursued relentlessly by the most attentive land creature on earth, his life-style remains much of a mystery.” Vincent C. Marinaro.
Rick Hafele is our speaker for February. He combines his formal education in entomology with his love of fishing; translating his current research to us of the fishing world in an understandable format that helps to unlock the mystery of trout. For our general meeting he will be focusing on nymph fishing in the underwater world.
“…buying a fly rod in the average city store, that is, joining it up and safely waggling it a bit, is much like seeing a woman’s arm protruding from a car window: all one can readily be sure of is that the window is open.” Anatomy of a Fisherman by Robert Traver.
Equipment for fly fishing is only one of the many topics covered by the SFF Beginning Fly Fishing School. There are only a couple of weeks left to sign-up for the course. Spending your hard earned money on equipment that does not fit you or your needs can be a significant mistake. Take advantage of the opportunity and get off on the right foot by enrolling in the school.
“Treat the earth kindly, my friends, and it will give you comfort, security, and all a man may need.” Louis L’Amour, Comstock Lode.
The SFF conservation raffle is just around the corner. Help support our conservation efforts through donations and your participation in the raffle. The funds go toward habitat improvement and education programs such as the aerator at West Medical Lake and Trout in the Classroom.
“Fly fishermen are born honest, but they get over it.” Ed Zern. The conversations at this year’s Christmas party were going hot and heavy most of the evening. It was well attended and I’m sure there were some fishing trips where some of the successes of the past year were stretched some. This year’s program appears to have been one of the most well attended that we’ve had, at least during my tenure with the club. I want to thank Rick and his crew for their organization, hard work, and timeliness before, during, and after the event. I’ll not make any attempt to name names because we had a slew of volunteers helping this year. Speaking of honesty and stretching the truth, I closed the meeting thanking all those who worked hard on the program. I also thanked the quartet “Moon Glow” for their program. However I thanked them as “Moonshine.” Oops! The quartet will never let me live that one down. It’ll cost me.
“An expert is a man who tells you a simple thing in a confused way in such a fashion as to make you think the confusion is your own fault.” William Castle. Our speaker this month is Kelly Galloup. He will also be giving some tying lessons in the afternoon and presenting a program on “Streamer Fishing for Large Trout” for the general meeting. Kelly is known for his straight forward programs and no nonsense techniques…no confusion with his presentations. Plan to be there.
“The great charm of fly fishing is that we are always learning.” Theodore Gordon. The SFF education docket really takes off in January with a class in beginning fly tying and a class titled, “Dry Fly Fishing On Moving Water” at the end of the month. We are also approaching the end of the sign-up period for both the Beginning Fly Fishing course and Intermediate Fly Tying class as both programs begin in January. All are exceptional offerings that focus on multiple skill levels…take advantage of them.
“Fishing, if I, a fisher, may protest, of pleasures is the sweetest, of sports the best, of exercises the most excellent. Of recreations, the most innocent. But now the sport is marde, and wott ye why? Fishes decreases, and fishers multiply.” Thomas Bastard, 1598. History continues to repeat itself. Our Conservation Committee is diligently working on the issue of fish to fisherman ratios at the local level as well as other conservation issues. Please start thinking about donations for the Conservation Raffle in March. By the way, to fully understand the quote I’d suggest you look up the word “marde” on the internet. I couldn’t find it in a modern dictionary.
“That’s what the holidays are for—for one person to tell the stories and another to dispute them. Isn’t that the fly fisherman’s way?” Adapted from Lara Flynn Boyle
This is the time of year when fly fishers (all but the hardiest steelheaders who don’t mind dodging ice flows and frozen rod guides) put their fly rods away, tie some flies, catch up on reading about fishing and focus on the holiday season. Tis the season to spend time preparing for the upcoming SFF Christmas party and sharing fishing tales with our families and friends about the whoppers that got away.
AUCTIONEER. n. “The man who proclaims with a hammer that he has picked a pocket with his tongue.” Ambrose Bierce 1842-1914.
The fly auction at last month’s meeting was a success clearing approximately $3,200. The auctioneer was nearly as entertaining as Don Tietz and Carolyn Sells using each other’s bid cards for bidding. Don scored the first hit taking Carolyn by surprise. Not to worry, Carolyn eventually got even. A special thanks goes out to Brad and his crew who put together a well-organized program that moved forward smoothly without a hitch.
“Every girl loves when a boy softly whispers in her ear those three magic words…LET’S GO FISHING” Anonymous
The holidays are often a time when we reflect on the past and focus on those memories that are close to our hearts. As my wife Cheryl recently retired from her job (and from her unofficial status as my sugar-mama), she likes to tell a story about my mother and father. My mom hadn’t worked for a number of years when the day came that my dad retired. Now Dad was not one to sit back and relax but was one always on the move. Shortly after his retirement, Mom heard a bunch of noise coming from the kitchen. She went to the kitchen and discovered dad rearranging “her” cupboards. Mom asked, “What are you doing”? He replied, “Making the kitchen cupboard space more efficient”. Mom didn’t say a word, but went outside and left Dad to finish his task. After a while Dad wondered what she was doing and went outside to see what was going on. Not finding her outside in the yard, he went into “his” garage. There she was rearranging his work space…tools, fishing gear, and shop supplies. He asked her, “What are you doing?” She replied, “Making the garage more efficient?” Dad paused…looked at her and smiled…then said, “C’mon, let’s go fishing”. Some other time I’ll tell you the story of the time he hooked up his electric motor backwards on the battery which reversed the prop direction and blamed Mom for not pushing the boat out far enough as he kept coming back into shore. Go make some memories for your family to share and keep them close to your hearts.
“It took fifteen minutes of casting to get the fly down just right. I could feel it tick gravel at just the right spot. The fish clearly moved its head and the line stopped momentarily, I lifted and felt the solid throb of life.” John Randolph, “Fly-Fishing-Tales.”
Fall Steelhead fishing is now at its peak and will soon slow while trout fishing with flies is beginning to slow down with the cooler weather, lower water, and fewer insect hatches. Cheryl and I recently came home from a trip to Glacier Park where we enjoyed nature’s kaleidoscope of colors layered against majestic mountains observing natures change from summer to fall. This change of seasons will soon be followed with the tran- sition from fall to winter when our fly fishing opportunities continue to slow. It is at this time that the SFF also changes focus from outings to education. Your SFF Education Committee has established a full education program this year that began the end of October with the casting class and will peak during the months of January, February, and March. Watch for further announcements from Kurt Tempel, your Education Committee chair, via our Web Site, in the Barbless Flyer, and at our regular SFF meetings. You too can get the fly down just right, sense it tick gravel at just the right spot, see your fly line momentarily stop, and feel the solid throb of life at the end of your line.
“Some act and talk as though casting were the entire art of fly fishing…This is a great mistake and pernicious in its influence. Casting is but a method of placing a fly before the trout without alarming it and within its reach. It is merely placing food before a guest. The selection of such food as will suit, and so serving it as to pleasure a fastidious and fickle taste, still remain indispensably necessary to induce its acceptance.” Henry P. Wells, “Fly-Rods and Fly Tackle” 1885.
I’m not sure what “pernicious” means, but don’t forget the fly auction this month. Please tie or purchase some flies for the auction. It’s one of our primary fund raisers for the Club. There will be food for our guests…polish sausage…again… for the pleasure of your fastidious and fickle taste. Claude Kistler’s wife, Sharon has ‘volunteered’ to take over the kitchen duties. Thanks, Sharon.
“Lead me not into temptation;; I can find the way myself.” Rita Mae Brown.
I know from my own thought processes that on numerous occasions I considered getting involved in the business of SFF but never quite took the last step. It took Judy Kaufman to twist my arm hard enough that I ‘volunteered’ to be a Board member… that commitment only lasted three days when Judy decided to change my commitment to the Treasurer position. I do need to thank her because getting involved at this level has lead me to many new and deeper friendships, to the selfishness of feeling good about giving to others, and gave me a way to contribute to moving the club forward in its mission of bringing fly fishing to others. As we get into this period, there are many opportunities to get involved with programs and events. Talk to me or any Board Member and we’ll steer you in the right direction…or we’ll sic Judy on you.
“I had difficulty timing the cast and setting the hook once the fish took the fly. Skip grew frustrated during our first practice sessions because I was leaving too much slack on the water. That’s a bad thing because if the fish takes the fly, you can’t tighten your line fast enough to create the tension needed to hold a fish on the barbless hook. If you give the fish too much slack, the trout will spit the fly out of its mouth and take off for the underwater grocery store. This is where the traditional fly-fishermen greeting ‘tight lines’ comes from.” Henry Winkler