Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber



It is difficult to believe 2015 is nearly upon us, as well as a new fly fishing season. Set aside some time soon to visit one of our great sponsors and pick up a crisp, new fishing license.  I am heading over to my neighborhood haunt next week to get mine, and hope to see a few members there.  


Each of us has fond memories of 2014 fly fishing adventures, including fish we landed as well as those record breaking big ones that got away.  Upcoming day trips, raft trips, and even lodge trips are foremost in my anticipation. Where are you planning to go this spring, summer, and fall to lure your favorite sport fish? If you are undecided at this point, don't worry; I hear the auction committee is progressing extremely well planning our annual fundraising event. Perhaps the auction will help fill in some of those unknowns. Already I am told several trips will be up for bid... mark your calendar for April 17th! We are always looking for volunteers to help with the planning, coordinating, and executing club events, the auction included; if you are interested in lending a hand, please contact a board member. A job, big or small, awaits you.


Look for the launch of the new AFF website early in 2015. The new site will have not only a fresh, new look, but affords features not available on the old site.


Finally, I wish you all a very happy New Year and thank you for a wonderful 2014.  The Alaska Fly Fishers an outstanding club with many fine sponsorships, programs, and contests.  Our strong membership is what makes it happen. Thanks for all you do!


Happy Holidays and as always, keep the lines clean and the fish on!


Bill Huber

AFF President


January 5th, 7 pm
Millennium Alaskan Hotel
AFF will kick off 2015 with a presentation by Tim Troll, executive director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust (Trust) at our January 5, 2015 general meeting. The Trust is dedicated to the preservation and protection of Salmon and wildlife habitat in the greater Bristol Bay region including Wood/Tikchik State Park, Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks and several national wildlife refuges. Twenty five years ago, the land trust movement began in Alaska with the enactment of the Uniform Conservation Easement Act.  Shortly after passage of the act, the Trust began operations and was the second land trust organized in Alaska. In 2014, the Trust was recognized with the National Land Trust Excellence Award from the Land Trust Alliance.

In addition to it work in educating the public about treasures of the Bristol Bay region, the Trust also acquires otherwise developable property and places it into a land trust protecting it and the surrounding area from the adverse impacts of development. The Trust also established the popular Bristol Bay Guide Academy to train young people from the regions villages for positions in Alaska's lodging and guiding industry. Since establishing the Guide Academy, the Trust now collaborates with Trout Unlimited, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, BLM and AFF to host the Guide Academy each summer. In recent years, the popular Guide Academy has grown to 20-25 students each year.

Come out on January 5, 2015 to celebrate the New Year, connect with friends and hear about the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust from its director Tim Troll.

 from Art Peck

Entries due January 5th!
from Damond Blankenship


The rod building class starts January 6th and meets on following Tuesdays at 6:00 pm at the Educational Building at BP. The address is 900 E. Benson Blvd. Please call Damond at 351-6810 for more details.


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Yow: Icelandic for Yes! 

Fly Fishing Film Tour - March 26th, Bear's Tooth Theater & Pub

 by Bill Hauser

The King is Dead! Long Live the King!

by Bill Hauser

chinook salmon 


"The King is dead, long live the King!" You have heard this proclamation, haven't you? And you know what it means, right? Although a monarch has died, the monarchy will continue on indefinitely in the line of succession. What does this have to do with fish? Several things, actually. For example, in the grand scheme of things, the survival of one fish is not important; but rather, overall, it is the species that survives. In other words, if while one fish in a school is caught and killed by a predator, others will survive because of the sacrifice. Continuance of the species is paramount � just as with a monarchy.



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 Ben Rowell

Spencer Cook won the November Facebook Photo Contest with his photo, "Van with his practice rod learning to cast even though it's cold!"

Congratulations, Spencer!

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. Keep the photos coming!

The photo facebook photo contest is currently running. Enter you fishing themed photos to www.facebook.com/alaskaflyfishers. Don't forget to Tag, Like, and Share your photo.The photo with the most Likes wins!


from Chad Gage

Alaska Fly Fishers 2015 Fly Tying Contest


Josh Browning - 2014 Winner, Advanced Streamers



Contest Dates: December 20, 2014 through February 21, 2015


Rules and Contest Information:

  • Entrants must either be a member of, or related to a member of, the Alaska Fly Fishers Club or the Midnight Sun Fly Casters Club of Fairbanks.
  • There are three divisions:
    • Youth Division: 15 years of age or younger
    • Adult Division: 16 years of age or older
    • Advanced Division: Open to all members. Anyone who has previously won this division, or the adult division, in the last 3 years is encouraged to enter this division.
  • There are 4 categories:
    • Dry Fly
    • Mouse Pattern
    • Streamer
    • Nymph / Emerger
  • All flies will become the property of the Alaska Fly Fishers and will be used for fundraising for the club or donated to charitable causes.
  • Members may enter up to 10 flies in total, in no more than any 2 categories. Youth members may enter 1 fly in any category.
  • Each fly must be accompanied by two 3x5 index cards, specific with the following information:
    • Card 1 - Category of Entry, Fly Name, Name of Entrant including address, phone number, and email address
    • Card 2 - Name of Fly with a detailed tying recipe
  • All entries must be packaged so that minimum handling is required prior to judging
  • The final date and time for all entries is February 20, 2015 at 3 pm.
  • Entries can be delivered in person to Chad Gage at the club meetings on Jan. 5th or Feb 2nd , or at the fly tying clinics  on Dec. 20th, Jan. 17th, or Feb. 21st , or you may mail them:

Chad Gage

7201 Ticonderoga Pl.

Anchorage, AK 99502


**Note: The club is not responsible for delays in mail delivery. **

  • The People Choice Award will be voted on and all award winners will be announced at the March 2nd  meeting.
  • Judges and prizes are designated by the Alaska Fly Fishers Club and all decisions are final. There will be over $800 in gift certificates and fly tying related prizes in this years competition.
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from Lance Hankins

Alaska Public Media (KAKM-TV Ch 7) will begin airing the series 

FLY TYING: THE ANGLER'S ART at 4pm on December 27th. FLY TYING: THE ANGLER'S ART offers expert instruction on the art and craft of tying flies for fishing. With decades of fly-tying experience and fly-fishing success stories to share, professional fly-tiers LeRoy Hyatt and Carolyn Sells demonstrate tying three to four fly patterns per episode. The hosts' good-natured, competitive banter and thoughtful questions provide useful tips on technique and materials, along with discussions on fish psychology and the conditions where these flies work best.

Watch live if you can or set your VCR or PVR and record the show. We'll be starting with the first episode of Season 6.

If you're interested in prior episodes or just want to take a look at the show, YouTube has a selection of 10 episodes in a playlist at this address.

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from Chad Gage


With seven eager participants in the Iron Fly competition at December's tying clinic, fur, feathers, and elbows were flying for 40 minutes. At the ring of the starting bell, the competitors ran to the pantry for supplemental supplies to add to the hooks, craft fur, and flash, the "secret ingredients," of the first annual AFF Iron Fly. Much to Chad's dismay, the chefs were all too polite. The winner of the drawing, one ticket for each fly tied per participant, was Bob Wallick. 

Join the January 17th tying clinic and learn about mouse patterns with Rich Johnson. Rich has seven different patterns planned. The first three; a simple deer hair pattern, the Hemroidal Mouse (a variation of the simple deer hair pattern), and the Morrish Mouse, all utilize the technique of spinning deer hair. Other patterns include foam and hair in the recipe and are curiously named, Hair Mouse, Articulated Water Rat, Mr. Hankey, and Hood Rat. If you're wondering what a Hemroidal Mouse looks like, well, you're not alone. Come out to the clinic, find out what it is, and even better, learn to tie one!

Thanks, Chad, for planning and organizing fun tying clinics!

Upcoming winter tying events:

January 17 - Tying Clinic - Rich Johnson will be demonstrates different mouse patterns for big Alaskan rainbow and pike.

February 21 - Tying clinic - 3:00 pm is the deadline for submissions to the 2015 tying competition. Art Peck will be holding a tying demonstration on classic Spey patterns.

March 2 - Fly Tying Competition Results at our general meeting.

March 21- Fly tying clinic - Dubbing brushes demo with Rich Johnson

April 2-5 - Members tying at the AFF booth at the Sportsman's Show

April 18 - Tying clinic

May 16 - Tying clinic - Rich Johnson will be demonstrating smolt patterns for those spring rainbows and greyling.

If you are new to tying or seasoned behind the vise, stop on by our next clinic on Saturday, January 17th. We meet at the
William Jack Henandez Fish Hatchery at the corner Reeve Blvd and Post Road from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The clinic is free and open to the public. Materials and vices are on hand if you don't have them. Rich Johnson will be demonstrating a variety of mouse patterns.


Chad Gage                                        
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The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) has a new feature, ClubWire Online News Service and it's as easy as 1-2-3.

The ClubWire Online News Services is a resource for IFFF Clubs and Councils. Read club/council newsletters with interesting stories and reports about their activities. You will also find IFFF announcements on new programs or incentives posted to the page.

     1. Visit IFFF's website at www.fedflyfishers.org
     2. Point at the blue tab "Resources" - then "Council and Club            Resources"
     3. Click on ClubWire Newsletter
from Jan Schnorr
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PHW Tying Clinics

During December, PHW focused on tying flies to mount inside glass bulbs for Christmas decorations as well as Christmas trees tied with deer hair.  Mike Harsh demonstrated several different tying methods producing some spectacular results.

During December, PHW focused on tying flies to mount inside glass bulbs for Christmas decorations as well as Christmas trees tied with deer hair.  Mike Harsh demonstrated several different tying methods that produced awesome results.

PHW fish


PHW Awards Celebration



The Annual PHW Holiday/Awards Celebration was held on December 11th at the Soldier Family Assistance Center on JBER where volunteers, participants, and sponsors enjoyed a relaxing potluck. Participants who tied flies and went on sponsored fishing trips were recognized and received a special PHW buff.  Several other special awards were also presented to participants including certificates to the following:
  • Best Rod Building of Year - Cory Kittle
  • Most Improved Caster - Manfred Aponte
  • Most Improved Fisher - Rigoberto Luviano
  • Most Improved Tier - Kong Ly

Sponsors who traveled to participate in the celebration were recognized including individuals from the Elmendorf Officer's Spouses' Organization, the Bureau of Land Management - Anchorage and Glennallen, Kenai River Drifter's Lodge, Tangle River Inn, and Mendeltna Lodge.  The Monty Williams Volunteer of the Year Award was bestowed upon Mike Harsh for his leadership in managing the Medal Fly tying program including teaching everyone how to tie the flies and his commitment to managing the equipment and donations over the past five years.  Thank you, Mike, for being so dedicated and generous.

 PHW fish


PHW Rod Building Program 

Every year, PHW in conjunction with the Hook and Hackle Company, sponsors a rod building program and contest for participants.  The purpose of the program is to give the participants of PHWFF the experience of building their own fly rods to further their physical and mental rehabilitation through the sport of fly fishing.  It also gives them the possibility to win prizes for their rod building abilities to include the opportunity to further their rod building experience by attending a bamboo rod building school or attend a PHWFF National fly fishing trip. All materials and instruction are provided free of cost to participants.  


Damond Blankenship will be coordinating the rod-building classes scheduled to start around January 14th.  The classes will be held on Wednesdays at the Soldier Family Assistance Center on JBER from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Special accommodations will be made for individuals who have to work until 5:00.

PHW fish 



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

Thank you for your continued support.  


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Get Connected

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
  • Facebook photo contest winners
  • Fly Fishing Film Tour Teaser
  • 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.


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!


January: 5th - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel
              17th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

February: 2nd - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel                   21st - Tying Clinic, 
WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

March: 2nd - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel
    21st - Tying Clinic
    26th - Fly Fishing Film Tour - Bear's Tooth Theater

           17th - Annual Fund Raising Auction
           18th - Tying Clinic

May: 4th - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel

           16th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

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
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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