June 2013 FLY LINES

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June 3rd MEETING
General Meeting at the Millenium Hotel

Steve Rajeff

World Champion Fly Caster   Anchorage visit June 2 & 3, 2013


When it comes to delivering long, accurate casts or dropping a fly on a dime, nobody in the world does it better than Steve Rajeff, G. Loomis Director of Research & Development and World Champion Fly Caster.  Rajeff has dominated the world of competitive casting for over three decades.  He has no less than 34 national and 14 world All Round Championships to his credit. Steve holds the current National single hand and two hand fly casting distance records at 238 feet and 290 feet respectively.  There are few other athletes who have dominated their sport like Steve Rajeff.


For several years Steve guided anglers in Alaska and Montana before joining the G. Loomis Rod Company. In addition to being a world champion caster, Steve is an excellent instructor who serves on the FFF Casting Instructor Certification Program Board of Governors.


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Intermediate Fly Casting Workshop

Sunday, June 2, 2013, 1-5

Jewel Lake Park, Anchorage

Advance Registration and $100 fee


Alaska Fly Fishers Presentation

Monday, June 3, 2013, 7 PM

Millennium Hotel, Anchorage

Free and open to the public

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July 1 Meeting

Denny Rickards!

 June 30 (place to be announced) for an on-lake clinic. 

July 1 for normal monthly meeting at the Millenium Hotel, 7 PM.  


Denny Rickards


For the past 30 years, Denny Rickards has had an opportunity to fish and guide anglers over some of the most challenging trophy trout waters in the Western United States.  His simplistic approach and techniques on presentation have accounted for browns over 20 pounds, cutthroats to 15 pounds, and rainbows in excess of 16 pounds.


Over 250 days a year are spent doing what he loves best; guiding, writing, tying flies, conducting fly fishing schools, and field testing developing tackle manufactures' products.


As a professional fly tier, his suggestive patterns have appeared in various outdoor magazines and are on display at Cushners Fly Fishing Museum in Florence, Oregon.  Based on past reviews, his books and companion videos are now considered the "bibles" for fly fishing lakes. 


When he isn't fishing or guiding, many hours are spent studying trout behavior, their habitat and the various insects found within their environment. 


His knowledge and ability to teach other were a prerequisite to establishing his fly fishing schools/clinics which have become a priority for anglers seeking the ultimate from their angling experiences.


 taken from his website


from Frank Stevens

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The first clinic of the summer was attended by fly tiers, both old and new. Danny Purcella was in town visiting Jeff Uhlik.  Dave Semmens and Scort Work each have new Nor-vices and were putting them to work.
David Rooker worked with beginning fly tiers, including visitors from California, tying their first flies. 
The AFF fly tying clinic will continue through the summer, the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the William Hernandez Fish Hatchery on Reeve Blvd. 

June is a great month to tie up a box of flies for lake fishing and for grayling if you are planning a trip to Tangle Lakes or beyond! Please join us, come early and stay late.  Tie flies!

As always, we are looking for tiers who would like to share a tying skill or a fly pattern with our clinic participates. If you are interested in providing a demonstration, please contact me at akfrank@mtaonline.net or 907-694-3595.


From the Bench to the River,


Frank Stevens

OPPORTUNITY from Frank Stevens

Another opportunity to share your passion for fly fishing and fly tying is coming June 18th.  Please contact Scott Work at 972-5070 or scottLwork@yahoo.com for information about this clinic in Palmer to instruct youth.

Thanks to the support of the club with our ghillie raffles, we now have 10 new tool kits with our older vices to use with our outreach efforts to teach our youth the fun and art of fly tying.  Let's pass on our passion for fly tying! 

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from Jan Schnorr
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First Trip of the Season!


April 28th marked the frist fishing trip of the season for Project Healing Waters. Bob Rima, owner of Kenai River Drifters Lodge sponsored and coordinated the lodging and guided fishing. Sunrise Caf� provided some meal support.  Transportation for volunteers and participants was generously provided by Northern Industrial Training (NIT). Thank you for all of your support and assistance for this marvelous trip!


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PHW Tours USS Anchorage


On May 2nd, PHW participants and volunteers had the privilege of touring the USS Anchorage and meeting Captain Joel Stewart. Being a Montana fly angler-turned-sailor, Captain Stewart has traveled the world with a fly rod in his sea bag. During his tours in the Middle East and Iraq, he founded the Baghdad School of Fly Fishing and taught fly fishing to numerous other military personnel. After the USS Anchorage tour, Captain Stewart and Mark Huber demonstrated their casting skills on the aft deck. 


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Casting Clinic


PHW hosted a casting clinic for participants on May 16th. David Little, a FFF certified casting instructor, volunteered at the event and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the practice session.  Thanks David. 


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National Defense Service Fly   


PHW Fundraiser


Project Healing Waters volunteers still have a few National Defense Service medal ribbon flies available. If you are interested in a fly for yourself or a military friend, please visit one of the following shops who have graciously volunteered to include them in their inventory:  Mossy's Fly Shop, Mountain View Sports, 3 Rivers Fly Shop, and World Wide Angler.  The suggested donation is $10.   




from Frank Stevens

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As a follow-up to our book donations, AFF held a basic tying clinic on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Thanks to members Mike, Dean, David and Frank the clinic at the Sutton Library was a bit hit. Kids of all ages learned to tie lake leaches, bunny flies, wooly buggers and essential "purple egg-sucking leach."


Contact Frank at akfrank@mtaonline.net 907-694-3595


 by Bill Hauser


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Where Have All the Salmon Gone?

by Bill Hauser



Another FISH TALK discusses a research report about ocean acidification and the probable negative effect on food items in the marine waters important for growth and survival of young salmon. Another report addressed the issue of Chinook salmon stocks in the Yukon River and the presenter pointed out that Yukon River Chinook salmon have been steadily declining in both size and numbers since the mid 1970s.

To read the rest of the article, click here.


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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 Rich Johnson, Lance Hankins, & Dennis Johnson
Talkeetna River / Clear Creek, May 24th

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A cold spring delayed the timing of this trip, but finally made it up the Talkeetna River, just above Fish Creek.  The water was low and somewhat off color making fishing tough.  Concentrating the bulk of our efforts in the clear water mix below Fish Creek and Clear Creek, we tried a variety of spring patterns including fry and smolt on both floating and sink-tip lines. In the end, Lance's new Hevi-Bead system and Rich's modified olive Frankensculpin tube fly were the most productive. The water was covered thoroughly at each spot by all of us, so the assumption was, "We should have been there." Arctic terns were working the water, making us conclude fry were moving downstream.  Bank ice made it difficult to fish our usual haunts below Clear Creek.  Given the nature of the ice and the warm temperatures, it will be gone soon.  Later in the afternoon, ice chunks,sounding like miniature calving glaciers, were cracking and breaking away all around us. No complaints, as it truly was a gorgeous day to be on the river.                                


For more on the trip, including pictures, visit 2guysflyfishing.net
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 "Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary."

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In this Issue: 

  • June 3rd Meeting
  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser
  • Fly Tying Clinic News  
  • News From Project Healing Waters
  • New Raffle
  • Talkeetna River fishing report
  • 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 money on fly tying materials.  Discount details printed on the back of your membership card.

New Raffle!

All members who wear Alaska Fly Fishers logo merchandise to the monthly meetings will now be eligible to enter a drawing for a great gift.  The June drawing will be for a $20 gift certificate from Mossy's Fly Shop.  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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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  Janiceinak@gmail.com. (the list will only be distributed to AFF members who sign the form)


Casting for Recovery

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Casting for Recovery
 is offering fly fishing retreats to women who have had breast cancer.  Any woman, any stage, any age is encouraged to apply to attend a fun-filled weekend retreat focused on wellness through fly fishing.
This year's retreat is at North Star Camp
 near Willow, August 2-4. Please apply before May 26th.  For more information, please contact:   Heather Wolcoff 
Auction Leftovers

Unsold auction items need to be picked up at the June 3rd meeting at the Millenium Hotel.  If you have items to be claimed and you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Denise at

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