January 2014 FLY LINES

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Coast International Inn
  Same Time, 
Different Place!
January 6, 7 p.m. - General Meeting
Coast International Inn
3450 Aviation Drive
Will Rice
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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 photographerHis 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
Will plans to treat us to a slide show of photos from trips to Christmas Island, the Seychelles, Andros, the Yucatan, and even a few things from Baja. This presentation promises to provide eye candy for those of us frozen in Alaska. We're looking forward to it!



Announcing Our New Facebook Page!
We are pleased to announce the creation of AFF's Facebook Page. The new page compliments the "group," so please visit the new page soon and be sure to LIKE and SHARE us!

Fly Lines and AKFlyFishers.net remain the primary sources for news and information about AFF, but the new Facebook page, which will be updated with content from the website and newsletter, will provide yet another avenue for those who wish to share experiences and ideas with others and stay connected to our events and meetings.


from Art Peck


clip art cameraPhoto Contest Entries are due at the January Meeting. 
Photos with a completed entry form are due at Monday's meeting.  Please include an electrronic copy of the images, both to save us the labor of scanning and also to ensure the best possible resolution is available for any possible future use of the photo by the Club. 


Mike Brown at Mossy's has promised a 7 wt Scott rod with an as yet undecided reel and line for the "Gear Photo" prize.  This prize is sponsored by Mossy's Fly Shop.


Camera Land NY has again agreed to sponsor the contest and help with the prizes. 


Please support these sponsors as they support our contest and other efforts. 


If you have any questions feel free to contact Art Peck at hapeck@hotmail.com.


from Chad Gage

13 Master Streamer Monty Williams

Fly Tying Contest
In Memory of Monty Williams

Bring in your entries for the 2014 Fly tying contest. All entries must be received by February 15. All entrants must be a member of either the Alaska Fly Fishers, or the Midnight Sun Fly Fishers.

Please click here for the tying contest flyer.
Please click here for the tying contest rules. 
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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

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

The December tying clinic was a success. From seasoned tiers, to a hand full of first timers, we had a great turn out.
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The next clinic will be Saturday, January 18th at the William J. Hernandez fish hatchery on Reeve Boulevard from 9am - 3pm. Rich Johnson will be demonstrating hair wing techniques with an emphasis on AFF signature fly, the Alaska Mary Ann. We would lie to have a "themed" table each month. If you have a technique or pattern you would like to share with the club, or have an interest in learning a new fly pattern, please get a hold of me at the email address below with any suggestions.
Chad Gage
   fly fisher

 by Bill Hauser


         First You Hatch, Then You're Fry  


FISH TALK by Bill Hauser


Salmon fry. What do you know about salmon fry? 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 begin the story with the egg. The egg is deposited during summer and incubated through winter until the fish hatch and later 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 it is really not so simple. Lots of stuff is going on 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 Jan Schnorr
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 Monte Williams Volunteer of the Year Award


Project Healing Waters (PHW), sponsored by AFF, announced a new award in honor of Monty Williams who passed away in July.  The Monty Williams Volunteer of the Year Award will be given to a PHW volunteer who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the program.  Monty's commitment to PHW included the development of special Medal Flies used as our fund raiser and taught volunteers how to tie the flies. Monte was regularly seen at the weekly tying clinics as well as at his "Man Cave". He lead many trips, and served on the PHW board. Needless to say, along with Monte's veteran status and his countless volunteer hours, Monte was an inspiration to both volunteers and participants.  


This year's recipient of the Monte Williams Award is David Rooker. Dave's involvement with PHW was extensive. He established a weekly tying clinic at the Fisher House, volunteered at other tying clinics, assisted with fishing trips, helped with special events, aided in establishing personal contacts with participants, and served on the PHW board service. Please thank Dave for his commitment to the program.  


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PHW Holiday Celebration


On December 12th, PHW, sponsored by AFF, held the First Annual Holiday Celebration at the Soldier Family Assistance Center on JBER.  Sixty-five participants, volunteers, sponsors, and in-kind donors attended the event. 


PHW Holiday Party

During the Holiday Celebration, PHW Anchorage presented numerous awards to participants related to their involvement in activities during 2013.  Please join us in congratulating the following individuals for their achievements.

  • Most Improved Caster of the Year - Joe Tate
  • Best Rod Builder of the Year - Todd Green
  • Biggest Rainbow of the Year - JT Turner
  • Biggest Fish of the Year - Kelley Pearson
  • Participant of the Year - Dustin Roach
  • Air Force Volunteer of the Year - Chris Pouncey
  • Army Volunteer of the Year - Nathan Henderson


Recognition of PHW Sponsors


Please take time to see the list of businesses and individuals who donated to PHW during 2013, and thank them for supporting PHW. 


And thank yourselves! PHW would not be possible without the support of the Alaska Fly Fishers


Thank you for your continued support.  

our members do amazing things!
Please let us know if you have any news, we're always looking for cool stuff to post about our members!

"Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point."

 -Thomas McGuane




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In this Issue: 

  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser 
  • Photo Contest News 
  • News From Project Healing Waters
  • Special announcement
  • More!

 Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2014 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

New Year; RE-New your Membership!

Renew or join the AFF at the January 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.  
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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