Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Where is the snow? I was sitting in a JBER staff meeting weeks ago when the Air Force weatherman briefed us on the current weather situation. He said a high pressure system is hovering over Alaska pushing the low pressure system south into the lower 48 states which we know now was the big Buffalo, New York snow storm. He also stated the high pressure system is staying up here through at least late January. You could have heard a pin drop throughout the room. It sure looks like his is right so far, but let us hope something will change soon or our spring and summer will be significantly different than past years.




We are excited to announce the Alaska Fly Fishers' website is officially under construction. The picture above is a teaser of what the cover page may look like as we prepare to launch the site in early 2015. The board voted last month to work with a web designer and Wild Apricot software to construct our new site. You can expect to see online club registration and payment, merchandise sales online, event announcements and yearly calendar, fishing blog, 30+ Rainbow Club, 100+ Halibut Club, Fly Tying Contest announcement and results, Photo Contest announcement and results, Sponsors, and much more. We are fortunate to have a military spouse with exceptional web skills willing to help us get this project off the ground. We are looking for members interested in learning and taking over the website management in the future. If you are that person, please contact me.


Finally, we are extremely pleased to welcome our next vice president, Pat Malone, past president Mark Huber, and new members at large, Chris Pouncey, Jason Powell, and Josh Bell to the 2015 AFF Executive Board. We also express our sincere thanks to those departing board members, Jennifer Cook, Keven Kelewno, and Jan Schnorr. We appreciate our past board members support, dedication, and great successes and look forward to our new board members passion and commitment to leading us into the future.


Happy holidays and as always, keep those lines clean and fish on!

Bill Huber
December 1st
7 pm Millennium Alaskan Hotel

December is our Holiday, Friends, and Family meeting. We are looking forward to Keven Kleweno's presentation on AFF Fishing Buddies Adventures always a crowd pleaser with many laughs and a few members' ribbings. Keven is a great storyteller, fine photographer, passionate fisherman, and a lot of fun. We also will do our annual member gift exchange, a yearly highlight event. Every member is encouraged to bring a $25 or less gift in exchange for a ticket, which we will draw to determine the order of the member's random gift redemption selection. All gifts will be place on tables and members will select their gift as their ticket is drawn. The most exciting part is Santa adding several wonderful gifts to the table so don't be surprised if you walk away with a Sage reel, Winston rod, or guided trip...we will just have to wait to see how good we were this year and what Santa brings to the table.
christmas gift clip art


 from Art Peck

The Annual photo contest is rapidly approaching. If you haven't already, start sorting through your photos from the past year, get them printed and enter them in the annual AFF photo contest. As usual there will be some great prizes. Please see the attached for rules and entry form. Again this year we are requesting digital copies of your photos for the slide show.


 from Jan Schnorr

2014 Alaska Fly Fishers Scholarship Announcement


For the past several years, the Alaska Fly Fishers has awarded a $1,000 Fisheries Scholarship to undergraduate/graduate students enrolled in educational programs related to Alaska fisheries or fisheries management.  The AFF Scholarship committee is pleased to announce Kevin Fraley as the recipient of the award this year.

Kevin Fraley is enrolled in the Master's Degree program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS). His research focuses on resident rainbow trout including their habitat use and seasonal movements in Willow Creek using implanted radio telemetry tags in 40 adult rainbow trout. Several anglers reported catching the tagged fish during 2013 and reported the trout appeared healthy and healing nicely after the surgery.  Habitat mapping was completed during the summer of 2014 and he will analyze the data and write his thesis during this academic year.  Updated information about his research project can be viewed at  Besides his busy schedule, Kevin won several other awards for professional presentations and he is serving as President of the UAF American Fisheries Society Student sub-unit for 2014-15. 


Congratulations Kevin!



 by Bill Hauser


by Bill Hauser



Some of you may remember this article about taimen from some time back. For those of you who have missed it, we thought it was well worth running it again.It's worth the read - or reread. 


I was enjoying coffee with a colleague recently and not surprisingly, we were talking about fish. That meandered around to a discussion salmon and the importance of anadromous salmon to other freshwater fishes. What do you suppose was the basic question? Why are salmon and steelhead (and some other species as well) anadromous?


Why would a fish adopt an anadromous lifestyle? What is the advantage? After all there are some disadvantages, it takes a lot of energy to migrate from freshwater to the ocean and back and there are all sorts of big predators in the ocean. But the great advantage is that there is a lot more food in saltwater than in freshwater. So much more food that anadromous fish grow bigger and faster than freshwater counterparts.


Think about the difference in size between anadromous steelhead and freshwater rainbow trout at the same age. Kokanee are a landlocked version of sockeye salmon. Landlocked Atlantic salmon do not grow as large as anadromous Atlantic salmon. It is the same for Dolly Varden, rainbow smelt, sturgeons, and more.


Somehow, our discussion led us to an interesting query about taimen.  


Find out more


Do you have a question for FISH TALK? 
Contact Bill at


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

Congratulations to Katie Puterbaugh for winning the October Facebook photo contest with 80 votes for her unnamed photo, taken on the Russian River. She earned a gift card to Bass Pro Shops. 

Runners up include Ryan McCormick's Turk and Jim Walt's Luck Fish taken on Yantarni Creek.
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 Don't forget to Tag, Like, and Share your photo.The photo with the most Likes wins!


from Chad Gage

         Parachute PED Cream Puff

The blind folded woolly bugger competition at our November 15th tying clinic was entertaining to say the least. According to our Facebook comments, Jolynne had the best looking egg sucking leech and will have bragging rights until next year. 

Thank you to Pudge for giving a demonstration on her northern pike flies, they looked great in the swim tank. 

I would also like to thank everyone who helped with the clean up at the end of the day, we have a great group of folks always willing to lend a hand.

If you are new to tying or seasoned behind the vise, stop on by our next clinic on Saturday, December 20 for some cream puffs and coffee. We meet at the William Jack Henandez Fish Hatchery at the corner Reeve Blvd and Post Road from 9am to 3pm. The clinic is free and open to the public. Materials and vices are on hand if you don't have them.

At 12:30 at our December clinic we are going to have an Iron Fly competition. There will be a "pantry" of materials to use. When the clock starts each competitor will be handed 2-3 "secret ingredients" that must be used and visible in the fly that they create. We hope to see you there. 

Upcoming winter tying events:

December 20 - Tying clinic - Yes Les, I will bring the cream puffs! At 12:30 we will have an "Iron Fly" competition. The AFF Fly Tying Competition categories and rules will be announced.

January 17 - Tying Clinic - Rich Johnson will be demonstrating different mouse patterns for big Alaskan bows 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 demo 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, November 15th. 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. Pudge Kleinkauf will be demonstrating some of her favorite Northern Pike flies. At 12:30 we are going to have a 
blindfolded woolly bugger competition,  
materials will be provided. 


Chad Gage                                        
clip art fly
submitted this month by Pudge Kleinkauf

Take a look at the trailer for patagonia's award-winning documentary, DamNation, at

After viewing the trailer, you may visit this site and join the petition asking the President to crack down on deadbeat dams, beginning with four especially harmful, federally operated dams on the lower Snake River in southeastern Washington: Ice harbor Dam, Lower Monumental Dam, Little Goose Dam, and Lower Granite Dam. This petition was created in conjunction with the documentary film DamNation, and supporting partners patagonia and Save our Wild Salmon. Please visit to learn more.

Make a Difference
Get Connected

If you are interested in helping on any committee, please let any AFF board member know. Currently we are in need of volunteers for the First Annual Fly Fishing Festival & Spey Clave, the Annual Fundraising Auction, the Spring Seminar, the Annual Picnic, the Kenai River Cleanup, and more!  



Let us know about any cool things our members do! 
from Jan Schnorr
PHW logo

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. recently announced a Length of Service Award for volunteers who attended planned events and contributed to the success of the PHW mission.  The award includes a certificate of recognition along with a special PHW pin noting two or five years of service to the program. Please extend a special thank you to the PHW volunteers who have staffed weekly tying clinics, casting and other educational sessions, and 50+ fishing trips which involved more than 20,000 volunteer hours to the program during the past five years.

Individuals Who Have Devoted 5 Years to PHW


Damond Blankenship 
Mike Harsh

Mike Malone

Dave Rooker

Jan Schnorr

Frank Stevens


Individuals Who Have Devoted 2 or More Years to PHW


Stan Bissonette 
Diane Morelli

Mike Morelli

Ken Orr

Chris Pouncey

Katie Puterbaugh

Bob Wallick

Dean Williams

PHW fish


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

Thank you for your continued support.  


If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world. 

                                                                              -Will Rogers

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In this issue: 

  • Tying Clinic News
  • Facebook photo contest winners
  • AFF Scholarship Announcement
  • 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.

These dates may change!


December: 1st - General Meeting & Gift Exchange, Member Presentations, Millennium Hotel
              20th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

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

          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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Fly Tying Outreach
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Members' Corner

ads, comments, requests, pictures 

My name is Patti King. My husband was Russ King, for any of you who might have known him. He was really into fly fishing and fly tying. 

I think I finally got all the fly tying supplies together and there is a lot of it! 
  • Beads
  • Capes
  • Dubbing
  • Feathers
  • Fur
  • Hides
  • Hooks
  • Tails
  • Threads
  • And stuff I don't know the name of!
I have items from $1 to a couple of hundred dollars and all of it is for sale.

I also have a hand made wooden fly tying box, I think he won it at a meeting in the early '90s. If you are interested in one or all, please call me at 907-529-0651 to have a look.

Thank you!



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