JUNE 2015


Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber

I hope everyone enjoyed our wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Lets not forget Memorial Day is a time to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation, protecting our freedom, and preserving democracy worldwide.  We should all take a moment to thank our great Americans that pursue National Service.  Chris Pouncy is one of those great Americans and above shows us all the Kings are back in Ship Creek!  Congratulations Chris on being the first to catch a Ship Creek King and most likely the first King catch this year in Alaska Rivers!

I stopped by the final night of the Club's Spring Seminar for the casting demonstration. It was wonderful to see so many club members helping Rich Johnson and Mark Huber demonstrate casting skills and techniques.  It was also impressive to see so many enthusiastic students interested in learning the art of fly tying and fishing.  Thank you, Rich, and the Spring Seminar volunteers for making this such an overwhelmingly successful club activity.

Our upcoming club activities will include the August Fly Fishing Spey Clave, Casting Demonstration, and Picnic.  Mark Huber is the Project Leader for this event, Saturday, August 22nd  at Mirror Lake.  If you are interested in joining the planning team please contact Mark Huber, Jolynne Howard, or Josh Bell to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Finally it may seem too early to be thinking about the Kenai River Cleanup, but the planning team is now looking for volunteers to help coordinate and execute this year's club capstone event.  If you are interested in getting involved in this event please contact Bill Huber.

Memorial Day weekend begins our 101 critical days of summer safety (May 23rd - September 22nd). Please always keep safety at the forefront of everything we do in our fishing adventures.  Take a few moments in your planning preparations to conduct safety checks ensuring a trip plan has been filed with a friend or relative. Perhaps have a portable strobe light, a lighter, backup cell phone power, flares, and pain medication, to mention a few items, in your safety bag. Everyone's bag will be unique and hopefully never needed; but if and when it is, let's make sure we are prepared to meet the challenge. Now, let's all get out there fishing, have a relaxing day, and most important be SAFE!
As always, keep the lines clean and the fish on!

Bill Huber

JUNE 1st GENERAL MEETING     Millennium Hotel
from Pat Malone

This month's General Membership meeting will feature Ms. Andrea Tesch, a Fish Culturist III from the William J Hernandez Fish Hatchery and/or another representative from Alaska Department of Fish & Game sharing with the club the latest info on current ADF&G fish stocking programs and great local fishing opportunities.  
We are also fortunate to have club member and former board member Jan Schnorr step out of her summertime second home (aka her float tube) to outline for those of us who might be new to float tubing or perhaps just want to catch more fish, the needs for a successful stillwater fly fishing trip.  To include topics such as gear, locations, and tactics.
As always, we will have announcements, merchandise sales, fly of the month, and the ghillie raffle.    

Hope to see you there and bring a friend,

Patrick Malone
Vice President

Traditionally, AFF General Membership meetings had been held at the West Coast International Inn.  After a time, certain factors - mainly rising costs, forced the club to search out alternative options where to hold monthly meetings.  The Millenium Hotel ended up being the choice made by the club and board as the best fit for our monthly meetings.  Then again a couple years ago, talk had surfaced about rising costs being incurred to hold meetings at the Millenium.  After continued periodic discussion last year during board meetings prompted a review of the budget early this year, leading to decision by the board to only re-new the contract with the Millenium until July.  With the August meeting being the AFF Club Picnic and Speyclave at Mirror Lake, August 22nd, and the September meeting being at the Russian River Ferry at the Kenai Clean-Up September 11-13. The next regularly scheduled meeting is will be October 5th.  The committee formed to find new location options consisted of Chris Pouncey, Josh Bell, and myself.  We narrowed down the list to two sites, Gallo's on Dimond and Old Seward and The Anchorge Elks Lodge located inside the Northway Mall.  Below is a list of criteria we used to narrow the list and comparison information between Gallo's and The Elks Lodge.

Location Gallo's - Old Seward and Dimond Elks Lodge - Northway Mall
Room Cost $0 (with $300 food/drink purchase) No cost to club
Parking Ample Ample
Accessibility Room is on 2nd floor, no elevator available Ground floor
Bar Yes Yes, however an Elks member must purchase drinks
Food Yes, available for purchase from the menu or buffet Kitchen and BBQ available, may bring off-premises food 
Capacity Over 100 Over 200
Contract Yes Yes, if desired
Screen/projector No/no No/no
Storage No Yes


We will be taking additional comments/feedback at the June 1st General Membership Meeting at the Millenium Hotel and also at the June 9th, 6:00 pm Board Meeting at the BP Energy Center.  You may also comment through Alaska Fly Fishers Facebook page, or via Email, board member contact info is available on the AFF website.


May the fish be large and plentiful,

Patrick Malone
Vice President
Alaska Fly Fishers
from Ben Rowell

Below, please find the list of the sponsors for the Spring 2015 fund raising auction. Thank you each for your generous contributions. If you get the opportunity to thank these donors or use their services, please do so.



Cheryl Cline
Dave Rooker
Wild on the Fly
Mike Harsh Damond Blankenship GCI
Scott Lee Fred Lind
Chris' Custom Rods Steve Lambert
Picture This Jitters Kulik Lodge
Jolynne Howard Martha Peck Wildman's
Mark Huber Kory Murdoch
Bear Trail Lodge Blueberry Island Lodge Sea Hawk Air
Michael Zavozky Mossy's Fly Shop Major Marine Tours
Tom Rueter Alaska On The Fly Alaska Railroad
Women's Fly Fishing Pudge Kleinkauf Paul Blanch
Renee & Jared Behrendt Keven Kleweno Folstaf Company
Janice Altman Jim Galea The Farm Lodge & Lake Clark Air
Fish Alaska Magazine Top of the World Graphics G. Loomis
Phantom Tri-River Charters SPOT Satelite Messenger Northern Industrial Training
Alaska Angling Addiction Alagnak Lodge
Miller's Landing Alaska Fly Fishing Tours PenAir
Alaska Aces Ray Troll Norm Norlander
Bristol Bay Guide Academy Bass Pro Shops - Anchorage Alaska Raft & Kayak
Jim Teeny



-Ben Rowell

Auction Coordinator



 from Rich Johnson

Spring Seminar Thank Yous


Our 41st Spring Seminar was a great success given the marvelous attendees, and the AFF members who showed up to help work with the new fly fishers. There were over forty separate registrations this year, and our highest attended meeting was 53 attendees. My personal opinion is that we had a great group of people this year and I'm looking forward to seeing them at our meeting and activities. Please make sure to extend a warm welcome to all of our new members as you meet them.


As always, there are a few people who deserve my special thanks for their assistance and contributions to the Seminar. Jolynne Howard was there every night making sure registration and new membership went smoothly. Kudos to Mark Huber for lending his talents as a casting instructor and leading our final session. John Horstkoetter once again worked as our liaison with BP for our casting location. It's a great venue and I'm continually thankful for John's assistance in arranging the BP building and front lawns.


My sincere appreciation goes out once again to Matt Miller at AK Dept of Fish & Game for arranging a couple of area biologist to be at our panel discussion. AFF members Damond Blankenship, Orlando Gonzales, Jan Schnorr, and Christopher Pouncey sat on the discussion panel and shared their experiences and points of view. Thank you to (Past President) Bob Churchill for filling in for me as MC that night, as I was out of town.


As always, I am truly appreciative of the support the Seminar receives from individual AFF members for the knot tying, fly tying, and casting sessions. Here goes the list of names: David Rooker, Tom Rueter, Pat Malone, Al Nyback, Jarred Behrendt, Cheryl Cline, Chad Gage, Frank Stevens, & Art Peck. Others members mentioned earlier also helped with individual sessions. I know there were others, but if I missed you, you didn't sign in on my volunteer list. (You know who you are.)


In addition to our normal Grand Prize of a fly fishing outfit (a 6wt won by Stephen Johnson); Damond Blankenship donated a day trip up the Middle Kenai on his personal boat, and Mark Huber donated (with help from his brother) two hours of casting instruction. Given the choice of the three, the first attendee drawn chose casting with Mark. Congratulations to everyone.


Once again, welcome to all of the attendees who join AFF through the Seminar. Thanks to all those that helped make this year's Seminar a success. And remember; it takes all of us working together to be successful caretakers of our precious resources.


Rich Johnson - Seminar Chair


If you have any questions, please contact  Rich Johnson at rich@2guysflyfishing.net or by phone 243-1093 (office)

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.   


 by Bill Hauser

Fish Learning - Is it wrong?
Beginning this past summer, I have been proud to recite that 2015 marked my first centennial anniversary of studying and learning about fish... and I am still learning. Most recently, today. A minor article in an emailed document alerted me to what appears to be the discovery of a newly-identified fish species, a small shark.

This actually presents a small dilemma for the answer to the perplexing question, "how many species of fish exist in the world?" I have found counts or estimates from 24,000 to 27,300, to 32,000, to 32,800 species. So, to one of these, we must now add one more.
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


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, June 19th, 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

During May, PHW sponsored three clinics on Thursdays at the Soldier Family Assistance Center on JBER from 4:00 - 5:30 pm as well as three clinics at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.   The clinics featured fly tying, knot tying, and fishing techniques in preparation for the Green Lake Family Fishing Picnic scheduled for May 28th.

Damond Blankenship, Dave Rooker, Dean Williams, Chris Pouncey, Frank Stevens, and Jan Schnorr staffed these sessions and Dave Rooker continued to staff the Wednesday tying sessions at the Fisher House where veterans live while receiving medical treatment in Anchorage.


Mike Malone provided the casting instruction.  In the photo below he is giving instructional suggestions on how to load the rod for better casting performance and how to increase the line speed by pulling the line down when learning the single haul. Wow, just look at the flex on those rods!




Starting in June, the Thursday PHW Tying Clinics will be held only at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery from 5:30 - 7:30.  Sessions will no longer be held at the Soldier Family Assistance Center.


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Mendeltna Creek




Project Healing Waters participants and volunteers drove 150 miles to the Mendeltna Creek Lodge for a three-day fly tying retreat. The spectacular drive took us through the pristine Matanuska Canyon where the scenery changed from coastal spring conditions to the winter wonderland of snow covered mountains and frozen rivers and lakes even though the daytime temperatures reached 50+ degrees. Everyone tied flies and talked about previous fishing trips and the upcoming fishing season! Some individuals who spent time in the outdoor hot tub also saw the northern lights around 1:00 am.  It was truly a wonderful way to kick off the 2015 fishing season!


A special "Thank You" goes out to Mabel and Russ Wimmer, owners of the Mendeltna Creek Lodge, and to Dean Williams for helping to sponsor this tying retreat.




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Summer PHW Events


Four special events for PHW participants are scheduled during this summer. 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 - 7:30 to obtain additional information about becoming a PHW participant and how to become eligible for future trips. Information about PHW can be obtained at the Facebook page - Project Healing Waters Alaska or by sending an email to PHWAlaska@gmail.com.  


May 28th
Trip #2. The Green Lake Picnic is a family oriented event that allows everyone to fish on a small lake on JBER.    AK Fish and Game stocks the lake prior to our event so everyone has a great time practicing casting on the lake and catching trout. It is a fun filled event.
June 25th - 28th
T rip #3 The Tangle Lakes (600 miles round trip) is the longest road trip, and has been held for the past four years.  Tangle River Inn and the Glennallen BLM sponsor this trip, which is held close to the Solstice.   During the day, fishing focuses on grayling in the rivers and lakes and during the twilight, participants can elect to fish for lake trout or grayling.   It is not uncommon for beginning fly casters to catch and release over 50 fish per day some of which can be 16 - 20 inches.    It is a unique and truly remote fishing experience!
July 23rd - 26th
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 22nd
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, hotdogs, 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.


Project Healing Waters participants are invited to the Green Lake Family Fishing Picnic!  Some additional volunteers may be needed also.  If you are interested, please send an email to PHWAlaska@gmail.com  listing your name, phone number & email address.

Base Access: Individuals who do not have base access passes should send an email to PHWAlaska@gmail.com to arrange for an escort. Individuals who are escorted on base will need to park off base and ride with a designated driver to and from Green Lake.

Recreational Passes: Everyone, including active duty military, must obtain and sign in/out using the iSportman system. Additional information about obtaining the pass and how to sign in/out can be found at https://jber.isportsman.net/

Fishing Licenses. Project Healing Waters will pay for PHW participant's fishing licenses. Please bring a copy of your license and payment receipt for reimbursement or make arrangements with a PHW volunteer for the purchase of the fishing license prior to the event.

Destination: All individuals, with the exception noted above, are responsible for providing their own transportation to the Green Lake Cabin located on JBER (Elmendorf). A map, showing the location of Green Lake on JBER EDF in Area 1, can be accessed at https://jber.isportsman.net/files/Documents%2fMaps%2fJBER_Recreation_2015_15x25c.pdf .

Description of event: This picnic is designed for all PHW participants, their family members and service/therapy dogs. All expenses including food, fishing equipment and casting and fishing instruction will be provided at no cost to participants. The casting/fishing activities start at 3:00 pm, but please come after 5:00 if you have to work until then. Dinner will be served around 5:00-6:00. The best fishing is usually after 5:00. 

Join the Group: Please help us plan by clicking on the "Join" button on our Facebook page located at Project Healing Waters Alaska if you hope to attend this event.


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Special Events - Women's Veteran's Fly Fishing Event


On Saturday, May 9th, Project Healing Waters Volunteers staffed three sessions at the VA Anchorage Clinic Spring Health and Wellness event for women Veterans. The event included numerous community partners who provide a variety of services to veterans. Thank you to the many volunteers who taught fly tying, knot tying, and casting during the sessions.




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On April 21st , the JBER Force Support Squadron presented special Presidential Awards to nine PHW volunteers who donated more than 100 hours in support of the PHW program during 2014.    All volunteers received a special pin, a JBER Coin, and a certificate.    Mike Morelli and Chris Pouncey were awarded the Bronze pin for devoting 100 to 249 hours; Mike Harsh, Mike Malone, Dave Rooker, Frank Stevens, and Dean Williams were awarded the Silver pin for devoting 250 to 499 hours; and Damond Blankenship and Jan Schnorr were awarded the Gold pin for devoting more than 500 hours during the year.



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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

RE-New your Membership!

If you're not a member, join today!

The cost for membership is:   
$25 Individual Annual
$30 Family Annual
$250 Lifetime
Be sure to get your membership card and save on fly tying materials.  Discount details printed on the back of your membership card.


What'cha been tying?

What's every body been tying lately? Share a picture of your latest ties with us at http://goo.gl/SWJNAN 

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!


June: 1st - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel
           20th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

July:  6th - General Meeting

August:  Annual Picnic& Fly Fishing Fesival / Spey Clave

September:  12th - Kenai River Clean-up!

October: 5th - General Meeting
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