August 2013 FLY LINES

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AFF Annual Picnic - Mirror Lake
Annual Picnic


 August 5th Mirror Lake 5:00 p.m.


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Our Monday, August 5th meeting will be held at the Mirror Lake Picnic Grounds. The BBQ will begin shortly after 5 PM and fishing, casting, and lying (oops! fish stories) will continue until 9 PM.  On July 16th, ADF&G stocked the lake with 8 inch rainbows, so bring the whole family and let the kids catch some fish! Club members are encouraged to bring extra fishing equipment including rods, reels, canoes, kayaks, flies, etc. to share with beginners.  This is an opportunity for everyone to learn a little more about casting and fishing, particularly on a lake.  Remember, if you plan to go out on the water, bring your PFD (personal flotation device).
Wear your AFF logo and be entered in a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate to Mossy's! See Steve L. at the picnic for your ticket.


We'll be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, brats! (Yup, we told ya to bring the kids!) Bring your own beverages (no alcohol, please) and a side dish to share.  


The following is recommended:

  • Last names A through M - bring a salad, chips or side dish and serving utensils 
  • Last names N through Z - bring a dessert with serving utensil if needed


Directions to Mirror Lake from Anchorage: 

  • North on the Glenn Highway
  • Pass Mile Post 23
  • Take the "Mirror Lake" exit
  • Right on the Old Glenn (south)
  • The picnic area is less than a quarter-mile on the left side of the road.  The covered picnic shelter is next to the lake.
Directions to Mirror Lake from Palmer/Wasilla:
  • South on the Glenn Highway
  • Take "Mirror Lake" exit
  • Turn Left and go under the Glenn Highway
  • Turn Right, south, at the Stop sign
  • The picnic area is less than a half mile on the left side of the road.  The covered picnic shelter is next to the lake.


Please RSVP by Sunday August 4th to Include the number of individuals in your group.  Thank you!  


  map to mirror lake


We are looking forward to seeing you at the picnic. 



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Kenai River Cleanup - Russian River Ferry Parking Lot
September 7th
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Save the date! 

For the annual Kenai River Cleanup
Meet other members in the ferry parking lot.  
Food, prizes, and fun!


Redington Ballroom Millenium Hotel
October 7, 7 p.m. 
General Meeting - Millenium Hotel
Join us in October for the general meeting and spend an informative time with Mike Schoder as he shares his recent trip to Baja and Kintimati (Christmas Island.) Expanding on Tony Weaver's presentation, Mike will tell all about big saltwater gamefish including tarpon, roosterfish, durado, giant travalley, bonefish in double-digits, and milkfish.
mike scoter 2
mike scoter


from Frank Stevens

The summer schedule at the W.J.Hernandez fish hatchery continues to draw attention, not just from our members, but from visitors drawn to the hatchery to see the fish, who just drop in. 

A BIG thank you to Dave Rooker for managing the fly tying clinic on July 20th. While I was on the Kenai with a PHW fishing trip, Dave was teaching tying to some youngsters and their parents. Flies were tied and fun was had! 
Vern & Dave
Vern and Dave at the tying clinic
We are always looking to our membership to bring their skills and knowledge about fly tying to our clinics. Whether you have a new technique, want to share how to tie one fly you always have in your box, or helping a beginner learn to tie wings on a dry fly, there is always an opportunity and space for you at a tying clinic. Please contact me!
Jolynne's Aztecs
Jolynne's Aztecs from previous clinic
Remember, the tying clinics are the third Saturday of each month, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the W.J.Hernandez fish hatchery on Reeve Blvd.
From the bench to the river,
Frank Stevens
   fly fisher


from Frank Stevens

Thanks to Scott Work and David Rooker, our outreach program is reaching the youth and the art of fly tying is finding a new generation.
On June 18th, a group of Palmer youth were introduced to fly tying and learned some new skills.
AFF has 10 vises and tool kits available to our members for use to instruct youth.
Contact Frank Stevens at to schedule the use of the vises and to get a list of instructors.
Frank Stevens
                                                              golden stone
from Jan Schnorr

jan on an ice flow
Jan at Tangle Lake in June!

Twenty-three AFF members participated in the annual pilgrimage to Tangle Lakes for the 2013 solstice.  While the ice was still on the lake, it soon warmed to 84 degrees and the friendly mosquitos arrived in time for the Saturday picnic.  

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 by Bill Hauser





by Bill Hauser


I was fortunate last fall to take a trip to South America that included a five day trip near Manaus, Brazil on the middle Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers. Then, I felt even more fortunate to come home with a truly unusual souvenir. It is a fish scale. (You know, of course, that I am a bit of a fish nerd.) But this is not just an ordinary fish scale. This scale is from a representative of a species that is one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world. The scale is nearly 3 inches long and 2�  inches wide. The fish it came from was estimated to be about six feet long and weigh more than 300 pounds. A modest size for this fish.


please read the rest of Bill's article


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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

Our members are amazing people!




By Keven K Kleweno


During my lunch hour on May 17, 2013, my Dad and I had the longest telephone conversation we have had in years.  Due to his health, I was unable to understand him, but it was a good conversation.  I could tell he was trying to tell me something important and I was willing to listen.  It was the last time I talked to him.  On May 18, 2013, my Dad passed away.  On May 30, 2013, his ashes were interned near his parents in the Pines Cemetery located in Spokane Valley, WA.


On June 3, 2013, I received an email from my sister informing me that I would be receiving a package from Dad's Attorney in the next few days.  She informed me that all the monetary assets would go to the care of my Mother, who is currently living in an Alzheimer's care home.  I was informed Dad felt I lived in a state where I could do the things that I love such as fishing and hunting, I had a great family, I traveled, and Dad felt that I had a life pretty close to perfect.  After reading the email, I now understand what Dad was trying to tell me on Friday, May 17, 2013.   


Friday, June 14, 2013 was a day fishing memories were made.  John Landt and I were fishing from one side of the boat while Frank Stevens and Stan Bissonette were fishing the other side of the boat.  John and I caught and released over 30 rainbows on Friday.  It was not ideal conditions to catch large rainbows, the day time temperature was in the mid to high 70's, clear sky, with a light breeze.   It really was not ideal conditions to catch large rainbows but it happened. 


A fish for Keven's Dad  


Late Friday evening John and I determined we caught and released 4 rainbow trout 30 + inches; 6 to 8 rainbow trout, less than 20 inches; and the remaining fish were between 20 and 30 inches in length.  The two 30+inch rainbow trout that I caught and released, one was caught on my 7 wt road and line with a 13 foot leader and a leech while the second one was caught on a 8 wt rod (Frank's rod), and a 8 wt sinking tip fly line (John's line) with a natural pheasant tail teeny nymph (that I tied).  The first fish was from the boat while the second fish was taken from the shore.


My first 30 + inch rainbow, was caught in a very interesting manner.  It was early morning (7:00 AM, the photographs have me still in my heavy long sleeve shirt), I had just casted out my fly and strike indicator with 13 feet of leader when I realize that my fly line was a mess.  Loops and knots, I had to let the fly and strike indicator drift downstream as I detangled the mess. As I worked on getting the loops and knots out of my fly line, my line, strike indicator, and fly worked their way into a position behind the boat. Once I had the line free, I started to take in the line for another cast while working it around two other sets of lines, strike indicators, and flies.  At that time, the fish took my fly.   The fish started to take line as it moved up stream, while we were trying not to get the two other sets of lines, strike indicators, and flies wrapped around my line.  Another boat left their drift to allow the guide to maneuver the boat to allow John to net the fish.  Without taking the fish out of the water, we headed to shore to measure the fish. 


As we were heading back up stream for another drift to see if we could boat another large rainbow (which we did!), I remembered back to the June 1988 trip to Clear Creek  with John Raich and Dad.  One early morning (4:30 AM) we were fishing out of John R.'s boat in the mixing zone between the clear water of Clear Creek and the mudding water of Talkeetna River when Dad hooked into about a 25 lb King.  His Mitchell Salt Water spinning reel stopped working.  We were all using different lines so we could not tie his line onto another rod and reel.  So Dad worked his rod, I put a pair of cotton gloves to act as the reel, while John operated the boat.  John was able to land the boat and net Dad's fish.


The similarity between the problems of landing both fish was very clear in my mind as we were heading up stream.  Was Dad visiting me during my June 14, 2013 fishing trip?  I believe he was.  I believe he was showing me that I really was living a near perfect life in his eyes.  How else can one explain how John Landt and I were having a memory making day of fishing.  All I can say is, Thanks Dad.  


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from Jan Schnorr
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With the ice out of the Tangle Lakes only one week prior to the PHW trip in June, the fish were hungry. 


Many thanks to the BLM from Glennallen, Fairbanks, and Anchorage, for the three jet boats for participants to travel up and down the river, enabling them to catch 20-inch grayling. Naidene and Jack Johnson, owners of the Tangle River Inn, provided meals for the participants.


Daniel Galhardo, owner of Tenkara Rods, introduced Tenkara fishing to everyone.  Big grayling on 13-foot limber rods was great fun!

Tangle Joe grayling
Joe with a grayling


roach first grayling
Roach with a grayling on Tangle Lake
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We would like to thank Rick McMahan, owner of Denali Fly Fishing, Kathie and Mike White, owners of the Backwoods Lodge, and Sandy and Aleta Blanchard who provided a backcountry BBQ along the riverside for their generous support to help make the PHW's June 14th trip to Cantwell such a success!
PHW fish
PHW hosted a "Chuck and Duck" clinic for to prepare for fishing for red salmon on the Russian River July 20th.  After an explanation and demonstration of the "Chuck and Duck," there was a  "how to" on the  preparation of gear for the swift water around the Ferry. 
It's a very busy time for PHW. Find out more about what the group has been up to in the September issue of Flylines.
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 "There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm."

                                                                          Patrick F. McManus 




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In this Issue: 

  • August 5th Picnic
  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser
  • Fly Tying Clinic News  
  • News From Project Healing Waters
  • AFF Logo 
  • More!

Banner photo "Reeling Stoner"     by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2013 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

Have you renewed your membership yet?  Mail it in, or bring the completed membership form to our next meeting or fly tying clinic.

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 Board Openings
Make a difference!
Join the AFF board! Now is your opportunity.  Several positions are waiting for you! Be on the team in 2014! Contact Rob, Jan, or Jolynne at


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.  
Wear your gear with the AFF logo to the annual picnic and be entered to win a $20 gift certificate to Mossy's.
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Fishing Buddies
Are you ready to go fishing and you want to go with a "buddy?"  Joining the Fishing Buddy List will link you up with others who want to fish.  All levels of skill are invited, from beginners who want to learn how and where to fish, as well as our more skilled members  who are eager to help others.  For information about this program, please see Jan Schnorr at the June general meeting. 
Please fill out the release form and return to Jan at either the monthly meeting or electronically to
(the list will only be distributed to members who sign the form)


PHW Fundraiser
National Defense Service Fly

PHW Fund Raiser. 
Project Healing Waters volunteers still have some National Defense Service medal ribbon flies 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 Sports3 Rivers Fly Shop, and World WideAngler.
The suggested donation 
amount is $10. 
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