June 2014 FLY LINES

Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber
Happy Memorial Day, everyone! Let's start the rain dance and pray for those firefighters up north and down on the Peninsula. As the rainbows complete their spawning and the reds start their journey home, we are putting away our winter toys and bringing out the fishing goods, tying flies, cleaning lines and reels, and planning for our opening weekend adventures. I wish you all outstanding fishing during the June 11th opener on the Kenai River. If you see me there, say hello!

The club is looking forward to hosting Ms. April Vokey, May 31st through June 2nd. April will be conducting casting and fly tying clinics over the weekend and is the featured presenter at our June monthly meeting.  April is one of British Columbia's top Steelhead Guides, has been featured in several fishing magazines, and has made presentations around the world.   We are excited to welcome April to Alaska and hope everyone can join us at the Millennium Hotel, 7:00 pm, Monday, June 2nd to enjoy her presentation.
We are planning the club picnic, Spey Clave, and the Kenai River cleanup this summer and looking for volunteers to help plan, coordinate and execute these events. If you are interested in getting involved in these great club events, please contact an AFF board member. Our club is as good as our members and it is your outstanding support that makes these events a great success.
Again, let us all do the rain dance, keep the fire fighters in our prayers, and get ready to enjoy another safe fishing season. Look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Monday!
Until we meet again; keep the lines clean, the slack out, and the fish on!
Bill Huber


Millenium Alaskan Hotel
April in June!

April Vokey
Please join us on June 2nd for Swinging Flies for Trout & Steelhead, presented by B.C. steelhead guide April Vokey. April's presentation is perfect for our fisheries and geared towards those who are looking to expand their knowledge beyond the dead-drifting technique and try their hand at swinging flies.


While in Anchorage, April will be conducting casting workshops, which are sold out, and fly tying workshops exclusively for AFF members. There are a couple of seats available for April's steelhead fly tying workshop on Sunday, June 1. If you are interested, contact Ben Rowell at rowell.benjamin@gmail.com.


April Vokey began fishing as a toddler... by the sixth grade, she was saving her allowance for weekend visits to the local tackle shop where she eventually stocked her hand-me-down Plano box with every lure and bait she could afford.


Counting down the days for the opportunity to attain her driver's license, by the age of 16 she spent every summer, fall & winter seeking an escape through the salmon and steelhead migration that wound its way through the countryside.

Such ventures drove her to self-discovery, realization, motivation and a hunger to escape a troubled environment in the city she called home.


After discovering a passion for fly fishing in her teens, April Vokey soon dedicated her entire life to the pursuit, eventually culminating in her founding Fly Gal Ventures in 2007 at age 24.  The company was built on the basis of the promotion of both education & encouragement to those who looked to chase their dreams.  She has since 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, 60 Minutes Sports, The Steve Harvey show, Discovery Channel's Refined and as a host on Fly Nation TV.


She is a FFF certified casting instructor, a fly-tying instructor, an active conservationist, traveling speaker and an eternal student.



 by Bill Hauser

Fish Talk
by Bill Hauser

Salmon Spawn

Salmon deposit eggs during summer that incubate until mid-winter when the fish hatch as alevins and, in spring, after the yolk sac has been absorbed, 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 and die. That's it. Three short sentences that describe the life history of salmon. 

This sounds easy enough but the details are often more murky.

To read the rest of Bill's article, please click 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 Rich Johnson

Mark Huber leads the casting session of the Spring Seminar
This year's total registrations reached 59 people, with 40 to 45 attendees at each session. This makes the Seminar about average as far as raw numbers. What made it exceptional were the attendees. They were amazing. Engaged, interactive, and eager to learn; this year's group was, in my opinion, one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I can only hope most of them will become active members of Alaska Fly Fishers; we will be enriched greatly by their enthusiasm. Make sure to say "Hi" to new faces during our upcoming meetings and activities; a friendly group is a healthy group.
AFF members are a critical part of the Seminar coming off smoothly. I may organize it, but it is the volunteers who make it work. Ben Rowell and Jolynne Howard made sure the registration process went smoothly, and John Horstkoetter arranged the BP Building for casting. 
Knot tying, fly tying, and casting instruction were provided by the following members: Pat Malone, John Landt, Damond Blankenship, Ed Atwell, Pudge Kleinkauf, Art Peck, Chad Gage, John Toomer, Dave Rooker, Jan Schnorr, Martha Peck, Steve Shamburek, and a few others that didn't log in so I'd know they were there. Dan Bosch (ADF&G), Mike Hudson (3 Rivers Fly Shop), Keith Graham, and Jan Schnorr did a great job answering questions on the panel discussion evening; and, as always, Mark Huber was excellent as our lead casting instructor on the 12th. I'd like to give a special thanks to Mark Huber for donating two hours of casting instructions as one of three Grand Prizes drawn the final evening. The winner, Sandy Mahoney, was excited. Mark is available for casting instruction on an appointment basis for both single hand and two handed (spey) casting.
Also a special thanks to Damond Blankenship (AFF member), who arranged a fishing trip on the Kenai River as an additional Grand Prize. Alaska Fishing & Lodging, owned by "Ty" VanLier, generously provided a day trip for winner Lee Stark. She (wisely) chose it over the fly fishing outfit the club sponsored. Alaska Fishing & Lodging also works with AFF and Project Healing Waters. Ty and Damond both deserve our thanks and support.
Casting Session from the Spring Seminar
The club sponsored Grand Prize of a 6 weight fly fishing outfit; including rod, reel, line, leaders, tippet spools, flies, and an AFF hat was won by a young man named Ryan, who couldn't believe all that stuff was for him. I thought he might just explode right in front of me.
Next year's Seminar will be our 41st and is already scheduled for April 13th, 20th, 27th, and May 11th. Mark those dates in your calendar. I'd welcome your help in bringing another group of great people into the fly fishing world.

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 from Jan Schnorr

photo by Jan Schnorr
Fishing Buddy List Are you ready for fishing and you want to go with a "buddy?" Join the AFF Fishing Buddy List to link up with the others who want to fish on Alaska's lakes and rivers. We welcome beginners who want to learn how and where to fish as well as seasoned Alaskan fishers who are eager to help others learn. If you want to connect with other passionate fly fishers, meet with Jan Schnorr at the May meeting to get the latest information about this networking opportunity. Click here to download the enrollment form. Further instructions can be found on the form. The list will only be distributed to AFF members who sign the consent form. This network enables members to connect with others who have similar fishing interests.
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 from Jan Schnorr

Tangle Lakes Solstice Trip 

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If you have never caught a grayling, be sure to mark your calendar for this trip. During June, the ice melts from the lakes and rivers and the grayling come alive. They are ravenous and eager to take almost any fly you cast.  Bring your camping gear and enjoy 24 hours of daylight and fishing opportunities for grayling, whitefish and lake trout.  We also host an evening potluck so bring a dish to pass! Tangle Lakes is located approximately 300 miles north/northeast of Anchorage. The recommended route to Tangle Lakes takes you through Glennallen to Paxson and then west 21 miles along the Denali Highway (all paved roads) to the entrance of the BLM Campground. If you plan to participate in this trip, please RSVP to Janiceinak@gmail.com so we can help locate a campsite for you.  Additional planning will take place at the June 2nd AFF meeting. Some members arrive prior to June 20th and leave several days after June 22nd just to take advantage of the great fishing!

our members do amazing things!
One of our members produced the following video a few years back. While it's a pretty cool video, the really amazing thing about it, is it was done completely on an Iphone. The video, the audio, and the editing, all on an Iphone.

big swing teaser
big swing teaser

Make a Difference
Get Connected

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 Annual Fundraising Auction, the Spring Seminar, the Annual Picnic, the Kenai River Cleanup, and more!  



Let us know about any cool things our members do! 


from Chad Gage


If you are just getting started or it has been awhile since you have tied, the Club has several vises, tools and materials for the beginners table, with members willing to give you a hand.  As always, there will be plenty of good fishing stories (some true), hot coffee and cookies. I hope to see you there, Saturday, June 21st.  Drop me a line if you have any questions.

Chad Gage
   fly fisher


from Chad Gage

Remember, 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.
WILD & CLEAR - Fishing Montana's Backcountry
WILD & CLEAR - Fishing Montana's Backcountry
from Jan Schnorr
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A beautiful rainbow
The first fishing trip of the year to the Kenai River and Drifter's Lodge proved to be magical and exciting. On Friday, the group traveled through a blizzard in Turnagain Pass, however,  the clouds parted on Saturday, and we drifted the scenic Kenai below Sportsmans. This was the first fly fishing trip for many of the participants who quickly mastered flinging their thingamabobbers with 10-foot fly rods. A very special thanks to Bob Rima and all his guides who donated their services.

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Mom coaches daughter


On May 8th, Project Healing Waters participants had an opportunity to practice fly casting under the guidance of certified casting instructors Mark Huber, David Little, and Mike Malone.   Thank you, gentlemen, for volunteering for this event.  Participants, spouses and children all enjoyed the practice session.  The photo above shows our youngest caster - a two year old with her mother.  
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In this Issue: 

  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser 
  • More!

 Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2014 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

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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. 


June:  2nd - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel - April Vokey
           21st - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

July:    7th - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel - Chugach National Forest Recreational Opportunities - Hike-in Lakes and Cabins
           19th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

August: 4th - Members' Picnic
            16th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

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 - Tying Clinic, 
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