December 2013 FLY LINES

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Redington Ballroom Millenium Hotel
December 2, 7 p.m. 
General Meeting - Millenium Hotel
Please join the fun on Monday, December 2nd, as we hear from Dave Goodman telling us "What's in a Fly Vest." Always the entertainer, Dave's talk will surely enlighten and educate, as well as entertain you!

In addition to Mr. Goodman, we have lined up "The Three Gray Beards" to share with you their fishing adventures of 2013. Of course most of the AFF falls into a sort of "gray beard" category, but in this case it's Keven Kleweno, John Landt, and Frank Stevens. With tales of the fishing season past, and a history of a good story or two, their program promises to bring a smile to Mr. Grinch, were he going to be in the audience.

moose with present clip art If all this isn't enough, we sill have the annual gift exchange at the December 2nd meeting. When you bring in a gift (please limit your spending to around $20) you will will receive a raffle ticket. When your ticket is drawn, you choose a gift from the collection.  Our generous ghillie sweetens the gift table with a few extra fly fishing related goodies. 

Special Holiday Raffle

Sage TCX Rod - 8 wt, 9 ft, 4 piece  -  $815 retail value

Sage 4280 Reel - Black - $309 retail value


$5.00 per ticket or 5 for $20

Drawing to be held December 2, 2013 at AFF Meeting

7:00 Millennium Alaskan Hotel

See Ghillie Art Peck for tickets


Need not be present to win / 300 tickets maximum sold / AK gaming licence #1039


from the Scholarship Committee

2013 AFF Scholarship Announced

Alaska Fly Fishers is pleased to announce the 2013 scholarship recipient, Kevin Fraley.

Kevin Fraley

Kevin is enrolled in the Master's degree program in the School of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences (SFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His research focuses on resident rainbow trout and seasonal movement in Willow Creek, using implanted radio telemetry tags in 40 adult rainbow trout. 

Several anglers reported catching the tagged fish during 2013 and the trout appeared healthy as well as healing nicely after the implant surgery. Habitat mapping will be completed during the summer of 2014.



from Ben Rowell

AFF Hosts April Vokey
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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, Frank 
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Next time you see Frank Stevens, stop and shake his hand and thank him for all he has done for AFF. After several years of running the monthly fly tying clinics and tying contests, he will be taking a step back from his post as the fly tying coordinator. I already know many of you by name and many more by face. My name is Chad Gage and I will be transitioning into Frank's position on the board as of the first of the year.
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With the temperatures finally taking a plunge, we had a good turn out at the November fly tying clinic at the William Hernandez Fish Hatchery. We had several members tying a number of different patterns.
Our next tying clinic will be December 21st. Whether you are new to fly tying or experienced, stop by and join us.  We start at 9:00 a.m., upstairs at the hatchery located at the intersection of Reeve Blvd. and Post Road. Clinics run until 3:00 p.m. Park in in the main paring lot and enter the front doors. We are at the top of the stairs to the left.
Please contact me with any questions.I am looking forward to serving on the board.

Chad Gage
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 by Bill Hauser



Life in the Redd

by Bill Hauser


Salmon eggs. What do you know about salmon eggs? There is a lot more to this than you may think.

Let's begin with a brief overview of a generalized salmon life cycle.

In fact, let's start the story with the egg. The egg is deposited to be incubated during winter until the fish hatch and become free swimming fry. After some development and growth, they become
juveniles called parr 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 it is really not so simple. Lots of stuff are going on here.  


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 Art Peck

Time has really flown the past year and it 

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is time to get your entry photos together for the contest. Photos are due at the January General Meeting and they will be set up for viewing and voting on the People's Choice Award during the February General Meeting.


If you have any questions please contact Art Peck.


Mike Brown's pick of the best "Gear Related" Photo will again win a great, but as yet unnamed, prize from Mossy's Fly Shop.


Camera Land NY will again be supporting the contest as they have for quite a few years now.


Please support these sponsors as they support our contest and other efforts. Mossy's and Camera Land NY consistently provide unmatched support, service, and products for club members.  


from Chad Gage

Don't forget, 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.
from Jan Schnorr
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 Project Healing Waters annual summary.  Click Here.


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If you are able to donate money to support ongoing activities including tying, rod building, and future trips through 2014, please contact us at  


Thank you for your continued support.  

our members do amazing things!

News from Cooper Landing: 


Darwin Peterson of Cooper Landing passed away peacefully on November 21st in Anchorage with his family by his side.  He was 84 years old.  Darwin was born in Butte, Montana on August 15, 1929 to Alfred and Emma Peterson. He was raised on the family cattle ranch in Montana's Big Hole valley with his three brothers. In 1951, Darwin joined the U.S. Air Force and served as a pilot flying C-119s in the Korean War. After the military, Darwin returned to the life of a cattle rancher in Montana. In 1962, he married Geneese Cook and the two of them started a mink ranch in Stevensville, Montana where they lived for many years and raised their children. In 1987, the couple moved to Cooper Landing where they bought property near the Russian River and built the Kenai Cache tackle shop. Darwin and Geneese owned and operated the Kenai Cache for 16 years and after selling the business they built their retirement home on 5 acres of land overlooking Kenai Lake. Darwin was known for his unique sense of humor and his generosity. He had many friends and was cherished by his family. Darwin loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. Darwin is survived by his beloved wife Geneese of almost 52 years; daughter Debora Jane and her husband Tommy Adcock of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; daughter Debra Jean and her husband Mike Tonkovich of Billings, Montana; son Andrew Peterson and his wife Sara of Anchorage; son Darwin Peterson and his wife Kristen of Anchorage; brother Dr. John Peterson of Rushford, Minnesota; and brother Harold Peterson of Wisdom, Montana. Darwin and Geneese have 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, Darwin asked that donations be given to the Cooper Landing Emergency Services (P.O. Box 510, Cooper Landing, AK 99572) or the Central Peninsula Hospice (P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669). 


Darwin and Geneese have supported the Alaska Fly Fishers for as long as any one can remember. 


From an email from Pudge Kleinkauff:


Hello fishing enthusiasts, 


My name is Marissa Tebeau and I am currently a graduate student in the Masters of Business and Sport Administration program at Ohio University. Currently, our group project in my Research Methods class is to learn more about various adult fishing clubs across the United States. We have constructed a short survey that will help provide us with extremely useful information. If you could please take the survey and pass it along to any club members, we would greatly appreciate it.  We couldn't do this without your support.


Please  note: This survey is anonymous and will not track any identifying information, unless you provide it to us.



Marissa Tebeau

Ohio University


Graduate Assistant



Link to the survey 

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"I like fishing.  It relaxes me.  It's like yoga...but I still get to kill something."  

                                                                         -- Ron Swanson 




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In this Issue: 

  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser 
  • Photo Contest News 
  • News From Project Healing Waters
  • Scholarship winner
  • More!

 Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

January's General Meeting - Will Rice

Mark your calendar for the first meeting of 2014, January 6th. AFF is pleased to host an evening with Will Rice. Will is a freelance author and photographer. His work has appeared in a number of periodicals including Fly Rod & Reel, American Angler, Flyfisherman, and Alaska Magazine. He is also the author of Fly Fishing Secrets of Alaska's Best Guides. 

AFF meetings continue to be held the first Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Redington Ballroom at the Millennium Hotel on Spenard Road. 

2013 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

New Year; RE-New your Membership!

Renew or join the AFF at the December meeting and receive an AFF patch while supplies last! Keep your eyes peeled for a "show us your patch" promotion!

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.
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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.  
December's raffle prize is a gift certificate to Mountain View Sports.
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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