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from Bill Huber

AFF members, 


Fish On!  It is that time of year here in Alaska where we are hearing "Fish on!" in so many of our wonderful rivers.  I hope everyone is getting out to catch their share of the returning red salmon and looking forward to the silvers coming later this month. We are also enjoying the rainbow and Dolly catch taking place right behind the returning Salmon.  I don't know if you have noticed, but the Dollies seem much bigger this year than in years past.


Once again AFF has several activities planned, spanning the next two months.  I know everyone is coming out for our annual AFF picnic at Mirror Lake at 5:00pm, Monday, 4 August.  This plans to be a great time for club families to come together to tell fish stories, share fishing reports in your favorite waters, and pick up a tip in casting and flipping.  Thanks Jan Schnorr and all those who helped bring this together!


On 16 August, the Club returns to Mirror Lake for the first ever Spey Clave and Fly Fishing Festival.  The event is shaping up to be a great opportunity to try out some of the casting industries newest rods, reels, and lines.  Additionally, we have seven 30 minute presentations on spey casting and single-hand casting by several IFFF certified instructors and Alaska's top fly fishing guides.  The day will end with our long distance casting competition for youth under 16, mens, women, and professionals.  If you have never seen someone cast line into the backing it is worth coming out.  We also want to thank the sponsors helping to make this possible: Fish Alaska Magazine, Mountain View Sports, and Winston Rods. This action packed event is free and open to the public.  Tools, knowledge, and best practices will provide you with all you need to accomplish your fishing goals. See you there!


Finally, mark your calendars for 6 September 2014 to join us at the Club's capstone event the annual Kenai River Clean-Up.  This is going to be a great event where we can all give back a little to the River that gives us so much fun and great pleasure.   We will meet at the Cooper Landing Ferry Crossing in the morning for breakfast, then out to clean up, and back for great fun, prizes, food, and music.  This year, like years past, we will be giving away several guided trips, lodge nights, and much more.


I look forward to seeing everyone at these events and on the rivers.  Enjoy the great Alaska fishing and until we meet again, keep those lines clean and fish on!


Bill Huber

Mirror Lake Park

                  fly fisher              the August meeting is monday the 4th, from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, our annual picnic at Mirror Lake.
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Our Monday, August 4th, meeting will be held at the Mirror Lake picnic grounds. The BBQ will begin shortly after 5:00 pm and fishing, casting, and lying (oops! "Fish stories") will continue until 9 pm.  ADF&G stocked the lake twice this summer with 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 to the picnic and be entered in a drawing to win a prize! 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 (alcohol is prohibited on municipal park grounds) 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 4 PM Sunday, August 3rd to Include the number of individuals in your group. Thank you!

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There will not be a tying clinic in August. Instead, please attend the first ever AFF Fly Fishing Festival & Spey Clave. Sponsored by the Alaska Fly Fishers, Fish Alaska Magazine, Mountain View Sports, and R.L. Winston Rod Company. Come out for demonstrations, casting instruction, casting contests, lunch, and a lot more!
  • Mirror Lake Park
  • Saturday, August 16th
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you can help, please call Mark Huber at 244-2779.

  Alaska Fly Fishers Fisheries Scholarship 2014

Established: The Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 with the objective of furthering education, understanding, and knowledge of Alaska's sport fisheries and fisheries management, and the the sport of fly fishing to advance the goals and objectives of the Alaska Fly Fishers. The Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are Alaska residents.

Purpose: To offer financial assistance for undergraduate/graduate studies for tuition and books to natural resources, fisheries or related majors to encourage research aimed at enhancing the freshwater fisheries in Alaska, particularly Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic char, and Arctic grayling.

Amount: The scholarship amount of $1,000 for the school year will be awarded in December 2014.

  1. Applicant must demonstrate initiative, motivation, academic and leadership potential
  2. Applicant must be admitted with a declared major to a program (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student) in the field of natural resources, fisheries, or related programs
  3. Applicant must be a full-time student at an accredited college or university in Alaska during the term for which the scholarship is awarded
  4. Applicant must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 during high school or 3.0 during college years
  5. Applicant must demonstrate interest in the field of natural resources, fisheries, or related programs
Scholarship Application Forms: Click here for the the Scholarship Application form, or it can be downloaded at the Alaska Fly Fishers website, here.

Application Deadline: 
The Scholarship Application forms must be submitter to the address below by 5 pm on October 1, 2014.  

Jan Schnorr
AFF Fisheries Scholarship
3034 Brittany Place
Anchorage, AK  99504

for additional information contact Jan Schnorr at or 337-1818

 by Bill Hauser

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Chinook News
by Bill Hauser

"Welcome to Chinook News". That is what I bumped into recently. It turns out that this is from Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG). Something new. Just published within the last month or so. It is available on the ADFG website and, apparently, in hard copy at ADFG offices. The stated purpose is to provide a statewide perspective and discuss major issues of Chinook salmon in Alaska as well as management and research to rebuild these stocks. It is co-written by the Divisions of Habitat, Subsistence, Commercial Fisheries, and Sport Fish. Here is a list of topics in this 12 page, small font document with my comments thrown in.


To read the rest of Bill's article,  click here.

Do you have a question for FISH TALK? 
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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
New AFF Fundraising Opportunity

Attention Fly Fishers!    

Until August 31st, Fish Alaska magazine is donating 25% of all subscriptions sold to or by our members to the Alaska Fly Fishers to support our organization and our conservation efforts. Fish Alaska offers subscriptions from one year up to a lifetime -- which means 25% of anything from $30 to $350 goes directly to AFF.

Anyone who mention the AFF when they order or renew their subscription to Fish Alaska magazine and anyone who buys a lifetime subscription for $350 not only brings in $87.50 for AFF, but also receives an opportunity for a round trip RAVN Airlines ticket OR a North Fork Composites rod blank for free.

This is a great fundraising opportunity for us! We would love for our members to help get the word out and sell subscriptions to their family, friends and fishing buddies. It's easy to start: Either call Fish Alaska for order forms to pass around or just start spreading the word that anyone who orders a subscription and mentions the Alaska Fly Fishers when they do will be doing a great deal to help our cause. Don't forget to have them mention your name as well, because the AFF member who raises the most money over $350 through subscription sales wins his or her choice of either a RAVN Airlines round-trip ticket or North Fork Composites rod blank. Email or call 907-345-4337 to order or ask questions. This promotion ends on August 31, 2014 and it's not available online -- you must call or send in an official order form! This is a super easy way to help the AFF; don't put off subscribing or renewing your existing subscription any longer!


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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!  



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from Chad Gage

Does your visor look like this?
July 19 found a small but determined group of fly tyers at the the WJ Hernandez Sport Fish hatchery for the monthly Alaska Fly Fishers clinic. Dave Rooker hosted the session and helped beginners gain a foundation of skills for tying. Wooly buggers and coco flies were the order of the day. Huw Morris shared examples of popular flies from Ireland. About 20 people attended the clinic - some just for an hour or two, others for the full day. With a stream of visitor traffic investigating the hatchery, you never know who will stop by with a curiosity for flies and fly fishing.

The club's next opportunity for group fly tying will be Saturday, August 16, at the AFF Fly Fishing Festival & Spey Clave at Mirror Lake. Watch your email inbox for details on this exciting day!

Tying clinics will resume at the WJ Hernandez facility on September 20th. Mark your calendar, we'll see you there!

submitted by Jolynne Howard

For more information about tying clinics, to volunteer to help or demonstrate, please contact 
Chad Gage
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from Chad Gage

Remember, AFF has 10 vises and tool kits available to our members for use to instruct youth.
Contact Chad Gage at to schedule the use of the vises and to get a list of instructors.
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In this issue: 

  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser
  • Fly Fishing & Spey Clave announcement
  • 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. 


August: 4th - Members' Picnic
             16th - Fly Fishing Festival & Spey Clave, Mirror Lake (no tying clinic in August)

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 - TyingClinic, 
WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

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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.  
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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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