JULY 2015


Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber

Fishing Season is back in full swing and I hope everyone is out enjoying their favorite body of water.   I had a great opportunity for the Opener to go out to the Rainbow River Lodge on the Copper River to enjoy dry fly, Nymph, and a little switch casting down and dirt. The weather has been speculator for the month of June but now I am hoping we will soon see a bit more rain to calm-down these fires and bring water levels up in the rivers.

As always the club activities settle down for June and July so we can all enjoy the returning Salmon runs.  However, there continues to be lots of work behind the scenes as the Fly Festival and  Spey Clave committee are hard at work planning.  This year's  event is setting up to be much bigger and better than last years with many more sponsors, outstanding presenters, great food and fun music. Please put Mirror Lake and August 22nd on your calendars for a great time with Fly Fishing Members.

We are also starting to plan the Annual Kenai River Cleanup event, September 12th, at the Kenai River Ferry Crossing site. If you are interested in participating in the planning process of any of these or other great club events please contact a board member or me at anytime.

Finally, during our July General Membership meeting we will be asking for membership approval regarding the board's request to amend the club bylaws to reduce the current AFF Board by one general member at large.  This by law change will bring the board membership back into it's original form.  Additionally, this change will reduces the President's voting power to voting only when there is a need to break a tie.  I strongly support this change and look forward to having your support.

As always, keep the lines clean and the fish on!

Bill Huber
JULY 5th GENERAL MEETING     Millennium Hotel
from Pat Malone

Greetings Alaska Fly Fishers! I hope you are having a bountiful fishing season and have been able to get out and wet a fly more than I (gotta pay the bills somehow).

Our July presentation will be from Club Member and previous presenter Tony Weaver. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet Tony or attend one of his sessions, you will be in for a real treat! If you have had the opportunity to spend some time with Tony, then you are well aware how knowledgeable he is and how easy it is to learn from him.

Tony is an author, photographer, guide, and television host of "Alaska Outdoors" on OLN. He has been fishing in Alaska for over 40 years. Tony is one of only two IFFF Certified Master Fly Casting Instructors in Alaska. Tony's fishing adventures have taken him around the world and he has many experiences and knowledge to share.

Join us July 6th at 7:00 pm at the 
Millennium Hotel for Tony's program, "How to improve your angling success" accompanied by a mini fly casting clinic. It will also be the final general membership meeting at the hotel formerly known as the "Millennium". We will resume regular General Membership meetings at our new location the Anchorage Elks Lodge, inside the Northway Mall, next to Carrs grocery store.

We hope to see you there and bring a friend!

Patrick Malone
Vice President


Beginning with the October general meeting, AFF will hold our monthly gatherings at the Elks Lodge in the Northway Mall. Al monthly, (or general) meetings will be conducted at the Elks Lodge and will continue to be held there until further notice.

Patrick Malone
Vice President
Alaska Fly Fishers

August 22nd!!!


 by Bill Hauser

chinook salmon

(This FISH TALK is from an article that you may find interesting. It was written by Dr. Nick Hughes, University of Alaska Fairbanks, for fishery biologists. My comments are added in parentheses and italics. (If this is hard to follow, skip to the Summary at the end.) Bill Hauser.) 

Natural selection has resulted in the evolution of salmon that can migrate upstream economically producing some impressive anatomical, physiological and behavioral adaptations. (Salmon can 
swim upstream easily because they have evolved some special physical, physiological and  behavioral features.) In this short article I'll discuss some of their behavioral adaptations for  energy conservation (swimming strategies to save energy).

to read the rest of the article, please click here.

Do you have a question for FISH TALK? 
Contact Bill at karelbill@gci.net


Bill recently published Fishes of the Last Frontier, Life Histories, Biology, Ecology, and Management of Alaska Fishes and previously, Letters from Alaska, the Inside to the Outside

Are you ready to go fishing and you want to go with a "buddy"?  Join the Alaska Fly Fishing (AFF) Fishing Buddy Program to connect with others who also want to fish around Alaska.  The program includes beginners who want to learn how and where to fish as well as seasoned Alaskan fishers who are eager to help others. 


If you want to link up with others who have a passion for fishing, meet with Jan Schnorr at the May meeting to get the latest information about this fishers' network or click on this link to download the enrollment form.  The form is user friendly. Either download it, fill it out, and submit it via email (no paper required!) to Jan at Janiceinak@gmail.com, or print it and bring it to the May meeting. 


The list will only be distributed to AFF members who return/sign the consent form.   


from Chad Gage



Tying clinics will continue through the summer, same time, same place, thanks to Dave Rooker. Dave will be manning the post so I can get out and enjoy Alaska on the weekends. As always, if you have any ideas for a demonstration, please contact Dave (you'll find him at the next general meeting). 


Feel free to come hang out from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the William J. Hernandez Fish Hatchery on Saturday, July 17th, and August 15th. The hatchery is located on the corner of Reeve Blvd and Post Road. C'mon down, it's free to the public and the coffee's always on.



Chad Gage                                        
clip art fly
from Jan Schnorr
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Tying Clinics Update


Two tying clinics were available for the first three Thursdays during May for PHW participants.  The first session occurred at the SFAC. The second session occurred at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery (WJHSFH) and the third was at the Fisher House on Wednesday evenings. Thursday tying clinics will continue to be held at the Hatchery only from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Tying clinics will no longer be held at the SFAC.


The Wasilla Vet Center requested our assistance in establishing a tying clinic at their facility.  Mike Malone volunteered to coordinate the clinics, which will met on June 8th and 22nd. 


During the past several months special casting clinics were conducted to help participants prior to upcoming fishing trips.  In addition, volunteers helped participants make lanyards. 


For updates regarding specific activities please see the PHW Facebook page at Project Healing Waters Alaska or contact PHWAlaska@gmail.com for additional information.



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Local Representation at National Event


During June, two local Project Healing Waters participants traveled to the lower 48 for an opportunity to fish with other PHW participants and PHWFF National Headquarters Staff members. All expenses were paid by the PHW National organization. Todd Green participated in the trip to Cottonwood Camp on the Big Horn River near St. Xavior, Montana, held June 2 - 6. Todd was treated to fishing from a drift boat for three marvelous days.


Manfred Aponte was invited to participate in the Mossy Creek Invitational near Bridgewater, VA; this event is one of PHWFF's most important events.  It is similar to other tournament fundraisers such as he 2-fly Tournament.  The trip also included fishing on the Thornton River near Sperryville, Virginia, prior to the tournament and shooting sporting clays at the Flying Rabbit in Harrisonburg, Virginia, after the tournament.  For information about the invited participants, go to the PHWFF website.  



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Summer PHW Events



Fishing Picnic at Green Lake. The picnic drew a large group this year; forty-seven individuals attended the event. Everyone enjoyed Capt. Bob's wonderful culinary talents at the grill. After eating, we took time to say "Good Bye" to Dean Williams, one of our active volunteers and trip leaders, who is moving to Maine. Everyone will miss him. Volunteers and participants then scattered across the lake in float tubes, pontoon boats, canoes, and fishing boats for a phenomenal evening of fishing!


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Special Events 

Five special events for PHW participants are scheduled through September 2015. Each is described briefly below. If you know any injured/disabled active duty or veteran, invite them to attend a tying clinic at the William Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM to obtain additional information about becoming a PHW participant and how to become eligible for future trips. Information about PHW activities can be obtained at the Facebook Page - Project Healing Waters Alaska or by sending an email to PHWAlaska@gmail.com.


July 23-26
Trip #4 Women's Trip to Bear Trail Lodge in Bristol Bay (a fly out trip). Trout Unlimited SouthCentral, Bear Trail Lodge, and the Grenold and Dorothy Collins Alaska Charitable Trust are helping to sponsor this special trip. Four women veterans will have the opportunity to fish for three days on the Naknek.
August 22
Trip #5 Alaska Fly Fishers Spey Clave & Picnic. This is an event at Mirror Lake located approximately 28 miles north of Anchorage. The Alaska Fly Fishers sponsors this event and they provide hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, etc. for the whole family. 
In addition to the picnic, special casting 
information sessions will be held. Additional announcements about this event will be published in the August issue of the Alaska Fly Fishers Flylines.
September 11-13
Trip #6. AFF Kenai River Clean Up. This is an Alaska Fly Fishers annual event designed to clean up trash along a 12-mile stretch of highway near Cooper Landing (230 mile round trip) as well as fish during various time periods. 
Usually about 75 - 100 volunteers participate in the weekend event. This will give PHW participants an opportunity to perform some community service while meeting Alaska Fly Fisher members and others in the fishing 
September 19-20
Trip #7 Middle Kenai River trip (300 miles round trip to Soldotna). During September, record numbers of big rainbows (20-36") congregate in sections of the Kenai River below Skilak Lake so this trip enables our participants to 
catch lots of big bows, Dollies, and salmon. Our participants love this trip! Alaska Fishing and Lodging (Damond Blankenship is one of the guides) and Alaska Fishing Services are the sponsors of this trip.
September 26-27
Trip #8. Upper Kenai River Trip (220 miles round trip). This is usually the last trip of the season and everyone is eager to catch one more big rainbow (20-30 inches) before everything freezes over. Bob Rima, owner of Drifters 
Lodge, donates all the lodging, drift boats and guides. 


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PHW would not be possible without the support of the 
Alaska Fly Fishers

Thank you for your continued support.  



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If you are interested in helping on any committee, please contact any AFF board member. Currently we are in need of volunteers for the Second Annual Fly Fishing Festival & Spey Clave, the Annual Fundraising Auction, the Great Alaska Sportsman's Show booth, Spring Seminar, the Kenai River Cleanup and more! Even if you only have a little time to spare, please consider volunteering. Every minute is valuable to us.  



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In this issue: 

  • Tying Clinic News
  • Spring Seminar News
  • More!

Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2015 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

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Below are some of Ben Rowell's favorites...


AFF Logo Raffle!

All members who wear Alaska Fly Fishers logo merchandise to the monthly meetings will be eligible to enter a drawing for a great gift. Drop by the merchandise table, show us your AFF gear and you'll receive a ticket to be eligible for the free drawing.  
AFF Happenings

All General Meetings: First Monday of most months, 7:00 pm at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Redington Ballroom.

All Tying Clinics: Third Saturday of each month, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the WJ Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery at the corner of Post Road and Reeve Blvd.

All dates are subject  to change!


July:  6th - General Meeting 7:00 pm, Millennium Hotel
         20th - Tying Clinic 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

August:  22nd Annual Picnic& Fly Fishing Fesival / Spey Clave, Mirror Lake

September:  12th - Kenai River Clean-up!

October: 5th - General Meeting 7:00 pm, Elks Lodge, Northway Mall
to All AFF Fundraising Auction Donors
Cheryl Cline
Damond Blankenship
Dave Rooker
Fred Lind
Janice Altman
Jim Galea
Jolynne Howard
Keven Kleweno
Kory Murdoch
Mark Huber
Martha Peck
Michael Zavosky
Mike Harsh
Paul Blanch
Pudge Kleinkauf
Renee & Jared Behrendt
Scott Lee
Steve Lambert
Tom Rueter

to All Kenai River
Clean-up Sponsors
British Petroleum
Cast Alaska
Cooper Landing Grocery
Russian River House
The Shrew's Nest
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