April 2014 FLY LINES

Reeling Stoner


by Bill Huber



Get those hands ready to raise your bid cards, because the AFF Annual Fundraising Auction is just around the corner. On April 11th, I hope to see you, your friends, and their friends at the Millennium Hotel. An evening of exaggerated fly fishing stories, eyeball cash and carry items, and compete for prized goodies in the silent auction but for me it will be an answer to this fisherman's prayers to win a guided fly fishing adventure when Keith returns to cry the live auction items. For a copy of the rules, please click here.
Exciting news from the Great Alaska Sportsman Show; twenty-eight new members signed up at our booth! This is a great outcome towards increasing our membership as well as a great indicator of the interest in perpetuating our mission. Thank you to those members who volunteered at the AFF both. We had some of the best fly tiers in Alaska demonstrating tying techniques, and a great deal of dedicated members speaking to the benefits of membership. We also had tremendous support for the Ghillie Raffle, Kids' Raffle (we had a hard time getting those tickets to go until we explained the raffle wasn't to win a kid, but for a kid to win a prize!), and the Spring Seminar.
If you did not get a chance to see our fly tiers at the Great Alaska Sportsman's Show, you will have another opportunity at the new Cabela's store grand opening events on April 12-13, from 11 am to 5 pm, or if you are interested in tying for the events, please contact Chad Gage or Art Peck.
Be sure to scroll through this entire newsletter, as you will find in the fly tying clinic section a link to an Anchorage Daily News article about our tying clinics at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery. Chad Gage has done an exceptional job taking the tying clinics to the next level. Can they expand the program any more?!
Lastly, the May 5th meeting at the Millennium Hotel will feature a discussion on membership benefits.


Bill Huber

AFF President


Millenium Alaskan Hotel
There is no general meeting in April.
Please join us for the annual fundraising Auction, Friday, April 11 at the 
Millennium Alaskan Hotel 

 from Chad Gage

Many thanks to Rich Johnson for photographing all the flies in the tying contest and providing the following photos of all the winning entries. 
In case you missed the special edition with the winning entries, a "smaller" version is shown below. 
Congratulations to all the winners!


 from Rich Johnson

Fly Fishing Seminar
Last call for Volunteers!

Starting this month!


 Monday, April 7th                7:45 to 8:30PM


KNOTS - The last half of the first session is a hands-on clinic covering the knots used in a fly fishing system. The handbook shows a few of the most basic, from the backing to the fly. The club provides string, monofilament, and hooks; you simply demonstrate and teach the knots you use fishing. Location: BP Energy Center, Birch Room.


Monday, April 14th           6:30 - 8:30PM

FLY TYING & Knots II - Demonstration and hands-on instruction of fish-catching patterns.  The seminar handbook shows and discusses 26 general fly patterns but we would like you to tie what you fish. Fly tyers of all skill levels are requested. This is one of the most popular sessions. We'll also be following up with knots from the previous Monday. Location: BP Energy Center, Birch Room.


Monday, April 21st           6:30 - 8:30PM

Join in on a lively open discussion with a panel of selected club members, shop owners, and ADF&G biologists. Bring questions, the topics will be driven by questions from the attendees. We encourage where, when, how, and why. Location: BP Energy Center, Birch Room.  


Monday, May 12th           6:30 - 8:30PM

FLY CASTING - Again, this session can use all levels of proficiency. The people attending the seminar need to know fly casting is an ongoing learning process, and you can be successful fishing without being a master caster. You will need to bring a balanced outfit including an old leader. The club will provide yarn to represent the fly.

Casting will be done outside, so plan to dress warmly.

Location: BP Bldg, Conference Room C.


The fly fishing seminar is a success due to individual club members giving of their time and energy. Seminar attendees tell us every year it is the interaction with our regular members they enjoy the most. Please plan on helping educate a new, budding fly fisher, and contribute back to your club.


If you plan to being there to help, please contact Rich Johnson at 243-1093 wk/ 243-1043 evenings/ 440-1830 cell, or by Email purnellphoto@gci.net.  Thank you!



 by Bill Hauser

Fish Talk
by Bill Hauser

Homeward Bound
How do mature salmon find their way from mid ocean to their home river?

There is no easy answer but first, here is a quick overview of a generalized salmon life cycle beginning with the egg.

Eggs are deposited during summer and incubated until mid-winter when the fish hatch and in spring, become free swimming fry. After some development and growth, they become juveniles called parr or fry until they become smolts that migrate to the ocean. In the ocean, they grow and mature until they migrate back to freshwater to spawn. This sounds easy enough but the details are often more murky. To read the rest of Bill's article, 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



from Ben Rowell

AFF Hosts April Vokey
 - Register Now! 


April Vokey



After discovering a passion for fly fishing in her teens, April Vokey soon dedicated her life to the pursuit, eventually culminating in her founding Fly Gal Ventures in 2007 at age 24. She has established herself as a respected authority in the sport and has traveled the globe in pursuit of gamefish on a fly rod. 


Her writing has appeared in numerous industry leading publications including Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, and Fly Fusion magazines. In July 2012, April became the first female fly angler to be featured in Outside magazine for their "XX-Factor" segment.


Also a popular TV personality, April has been featured on the Outdoor Channel's Buccaneers and Bones series and as a host on Fly Nation TV.
She is an FFF certified casting instructor, a fly-tying instructor, an active conservationist and a traveling speaker.
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from Chad Gage

Thank you to AFF for the use of the tying vises and tools which went to the Winter BOW (Becoming an Outdoor Woman) retreat, March 7-9. Twelve women signed up to learn to tie flies, and were able to tie Wooly Buggers, Elk Hair Caddis, and Ken's Crazy Ants. The ladies had a great time and don't be surprised to see some of them at future tying clinics!
Don't forget, AFF has 10 vises and tool kits available to our members for use to instruct youth.
Contact Chad Gage at swingingleeches@yahoo.com to schedule the use of the vises and to get a list of instructors.


from Chad Gage


This month, the tying clinic received media attention from Jackie Bartz and Marc Lester of the Anchorage Daily News. If you missed it, today is your lucky day! We know where it is! Please click here to see the article about the art and science of fly tying.

Chad Gage
   fly fisher
from Jan Schnorr
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Float tube paddling practice

Casting and Float Tubing Practice


Special physical therapy continues for the PHW participants through March. This program teaches casting and the use of float tubes under the supervision of a physical therapist and PHW volunteers. All activities take place Tuesday afternoons at the Bartlett Pool.

Casting improves shoulder strength and mobility while paddling in float tubes improves leg strength and mobility for individuals who have leg and back issues.  We want to thank the staff from the Bartlett Pool for donating the pool time.  Visit us on Facebook to see additional photos of these and other activities. 


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Rod building instruction
Guide alignment

Rod Building


The national organization, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, has teamed with the Hook & Hackle to sponsor rod building for participants. All rod building kits are provided free of cost to participants. The Wednesday classes are coordinated by Damond Blankenship with assistance from Dean Williams and Mike Morelli.


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Focused on tying flies

 Fly Tying


Wednesday tying sessions continue with Dave Rooker at the Fisher House for disable veterans receiving treatment through JBER or the VA. 

Thursday tying clinics take place at the Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) on JBER. Active injured military service members as well as disable veterans receiving treatment at the VA Clinic are welcome to participate in the tying clinics. 
Please contact Frank or Jan at PHWAlaska@gmail.com for additional information.


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Recognition of PHW Sponsors


Please take time to see the list of businesses and individuals who donated to PHW during 2013, and if possible thank them for supporting PHW. For more information on any of the above listed programs, please contact PHWAlaska@gmail.com.


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


Thank you for your continued support.  

our members do amazing things!

Alaskan Mini Jet Boat Build & Test
Alaskan Mini Jet Boat Build & Test
One of our young members is currently working on a "mini jet boat" with thoughts of running farther up rivers than possible with bigger jet boats. Check out the video above. 


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 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! 

Don't tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish. 

-Mark Twain





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In this Issue: 

  • AFF Members do amazing things!
  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser 
  • News From Project Healing Waters
  • Fly Tying Outreach
  • More!

 Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2014 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.

Click here for a membership application.
AFF Happenings

All General Meetings: First Monday of most months, 7:00 pm.

All Tying Clinics: Third Saturday of each month, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

April:   7th - Spring Seminar, 7:45-8:30, BP Energy Ctr. Birch Room
            11th - Fundraising Auction, Millennium Hotel
            14th - Spring Seminar, 6:30-8:30, BP Energy Ctr. Birch Room
            19th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery
            21st - Spring Seminar, 6:30-8:30, BP Energy Ctr. Birch Room
May:   5th - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel - Bob Rima, Drifters Lodge, World Fly Fishing Escapades
          12th - Spring Seminar, BP Energy Center, BP main building, Conference Room C
           17th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

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

July:    7th - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel - Mark Huber, Time to go Spey Casting
           19th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

August: 4th - Members' Picnic
            16th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

September: 6th - Kenai River Cleanup
            20th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

October: 6th - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel
            18th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

November: 3rd - General & Annual Business Meeting, Millennium Hotel
            15th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

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
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PHW Fundraiser
National Defense Service Fly

PHW Fund Raiser. 
National Defense Service medal ribbon flies are still available. If you are interested in a fly for yourself or a military friend, you can obtain them at one of the following shops who have graciously volunteered to include them in their inventory: Mossy's Fly Shop,  Mountain View Sports, and 3 Rivers Fly Shop.
The suggested donation 
amount is $10. 
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