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from Bill Huber
opening day on the Kenai
Save the date! We are in full planning mode for the first ever Alaska Spey Clave on Saturday, August 16th at Mirror Lake Park. This is sure to be a great time and an opportunity to learn more about spey casting, try out different spey rods and learn how to fish spey rods in Alaska. 
The organizing committee has been hard at work lining up support to include Mossy's Fly Shop, Mountain View Sports, Fish Alaska Magazine, and many others. We also are planning for many expert presenters, including our very own Mark Huber and Tony Weaver, along with Kate Taylor (featured in the March edition of Fish Alaska) and Brian Styskal with Burkheimer Rods. We are also working to secure event sponsors and other expert presenters to be announced later in July.  

Finally, the organizing committee is considering a
single hand distance casting competition in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more on the casting competition in the near future. We are very excited about the early interest and quick response so early for this great event. If you would like to get involved with the planning please contact Mark Huber at mhuber@gci.net

We are also very excited to welcome the new Alaska Bass Pro Outpost opening in Anchorage on July 9, 2014. I have it on good authority the store interior and inventory is going to be extremely impressive and will meet all our Alaska fly fishing needs. We look forward to welcoming this new store to our community and their support to the Alaska Fly Fishers.

Also, please save the date for the August Annual Club Picnic on August 4th. Jan Schnorr is heading the planning committee for the picnic. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jan at janiceinak@gmail.com. Additionally, we have the Kenai River Cleanup rapidly approaching on September 6th. Keven Kleweno and myself are committee leads and welcome all volunteers! Contact either of us, whuber2@me.com or keven.kleweno@alaska.gov and we will happily give you a task. AFF volunteers are critical to ensuring success for both of these events. Come on out, meet new people and get involved in making these events happen.
The next time you see Ben Rowell, take a moment to thank him for his dedicated effort and great work bring April Vokey to Alaska for casting instruction, fly tying instruction, and a wonderful membership meeting presentation. Ben did an incredible job planning, programming, and advertising for this very special guest. Ben, job very well done!

It was great seeing so many of you on the Kenai River for the opening on June 11th. It sounds like everyone caught many Rainbows and are now catching the red salmon as they are making their way back home. The Alaska rivers are coming alive all around the state. My son, William, and I were down on the Russian River and limited out on reds in just a few short hours. Many anglers limited much more quickly... it was just a great day and a fun time to be there when the reds came through in big numbers. I hope everyone is enjoying the incredible weather and wonderful start to our summer!
Keep your lines tight and the fish on!
Bill Huber

Alaskan Millennium Hotel

Come out to the July 7th AFF  monthly meeting to hear about recreational and fly fishing opportunities in the Chugach National Forest.  Paul Clark, Recreation Planner and Trails Manager for the Chugach National Forest will be our featured presenter.  The Chugach National Forest spans from the Cooper River Valley to the Kenai Peninsula.  There are endless trails, lakes are rivers in the Chugach.  The focus of the presentation will be those recreational and fly fishing opportunities located south of Anchorage.  Learn about access points, trails, public use cabins, lakes and river within this section of the forest and how to access them in this presentation.

Please note there is no general meeting in August. Join us at Mirror Lake for our annual AFF Members' Picnic. Details will be in the August newsletter.

  fly fisher     

 by Bill Hauser

Salmon Die?
by Bill Hauser

Salmon deposit eggs during summer that incubate until mid-winter when the fish hatch as alevins and, in spring, 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. After salmon return to their stream of origin, they spawn and die.

And then they die.


Is that the end? 


No! 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

 by Ben Rowell


"Stepper-stacker" tube fly

British Columbia steelhead guide and entrepreneur, April Vokey, visited AFF during the last weekend of May. The club has been planning her trip since last October and many of us were eager for April to arrive.  After landing in Anchorage, April toured the weekend's venues before getting some rest in preparation for the busy days ahead. Here is a summary of the long weekend.


April, left center, with one of the casting classes


Twenty-two members participated in the two tying workshops held at Jitters in Eagle River.  The workshops focused on tying April's Stepper Stacker tube fly pattern.  Each technique and material was thoroughly explained as she walked tiers though every step of the pattern. "I don't like fluff in people, life, or flies," April said, while providing examples of overdressed streamers. Finished flies took a swim in a Tube Fly Tech swim tank, which travels the world with April, giving tiers the ability to see how much movement their fly has in the water. 

April tests a fly in the tank




On Sunday morning, eight AFF members met at Lions Park in Eagle River for April's single hand casting workshop. Members learned the mechanics of why and how fly-casting operates and the equipment available to them. Battling through the rain and cold, members developed their own style and worked toward the common goal of successfully casting an efficient loop.  Members were given homework - to get out and practice within a day or two to help reinforce their muscle memory.


Two double-hand casting workshops were held in Eagle River as well. Mornings were packed with casting theory, techniques, and discussion on rod and line choices. After eating lunch and waiting out the wind and driving rain, members headed to Eagle River for the hands-on portion of the workshop. April worked her way up and down the gravel bar, helping each member improve various aspects of his or her casting stroke.


To cap off the long weekend, AFF members were treated to Swinging flies for Steelhead and Trout presented by April at the monthly general meeting. Her presentation covered why an angler would choose to swing a fly, ideal water conditions for swinging, and where fish are likely to be holding in a run. To help illustrate her points, the presentation was filled with video clips of B.C. steelheaders hooking up to some really beautiful fish.  Everyone appeared to enjoy the evening, including some long time club members who thought it was one of the best presentations they've seen at a club meeting.



April said she appreciated the club giving her the opportunity to facilitate the workshops and present to the membership. She really enjoyed meeting club members and loves what our club is doing for fly fishing in Alaska. She looks forward to coming back to Alaska soon.


It was a very busy and productive weekend. Thank you to the 42 members who participated in the tying and casting workshops and the 100+ members who attended the presentation. Thank you to AFF members Bob and Lettie Devereaux for hosting April at their home. Finally, a special thank you goes out to Dennis Johnson, AFF member and owner of Jitters, for his hospitality and strong support of AFF.

our members do amazing things!
Enjoy this wonderful video about our own Pudge Kleinkauf. 

I Am A Fly Fisher | INDIE ALASKA
I Am A Fly Fisher | INDIE ALASKA

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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 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! 
New AFF Fundraising Opportunity from 
Fish Alaska magazine

Attention Fly Fishers!    

For the next two months, 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 joy@fishalaskamagazine.com 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!



from Chad Gage

Does your visor look like this?

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 19th.  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.

                                                                            Cover man, Mark Huber
from Jan Schnorr
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Mike Harsh offers casting lessons to an aspiring fly fisher


Diane Morelli assists a participant on the lake

The Green Lake Family Fishing Picnic held on May 29th was a fabulous success! Everyone, including children, had a chance to practice fly casting and numerous individuals ventured onto the lake in float tubes and pontoon boats to tease the trout with their hand tied flies on the rods they build this past winter.

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Recognition of PHW Sponsors


Please take time to see the list of businesses and individuals who donated to PHW during 2013, and if possible thank them for supporting PHW. For more information on any of the above listed programs, please contact  PHWAlaska@gmail.com.


PHW would not be possible without the support of the 
Alaska Fly Fishers


Thank you for your continued support.  

respectfully submitted by Rich Johnson

Bob Boyer

AFF lost one of its long time life members on Friday, June 20; Robert "Bob" Boyer, Sr. passed away quietly with family at his side. There will be a Memorial Service later this summer. 


Bob was probably best known in AFF for his photographic coverage of meetings and functions for the (printed) newsletter and was a long time judge of the annual photo contest. As a working photographer, Bob was certified through PPA (Professional Photographers of America) as a judge and always brought a high level of expectation to the contest. One of my fondest memories of Bob through AFF is from one year's judging when Bob, with a straight and serious face, asked Cindy if we had to award a first place as none of the photos were good enough to deserve it (in a specific category). A quick check of the rules showed that someone had to be first, so Bob grudgingly agreed to pick the "best of the worst". Truth was, a couple of the images might have met his standards if a little more care and thought had been put into composition and printing; but he was not happy with what he had to work with. 

I considered Bob a friend, more from my professional association than actual fishing. Bob had a cabin on the lower Kenai and loved going down during the red run to catch sockeyes. He would also share the occasional story for fishing Outside. His family is looking for stories, so if you have anything you would like to share send a note to Marianne at: boyer99509@yahoo.com, I'm sure she would appreciate hearing from you.

Bob's health kept him from fishing much the last several years. I hope he is back in his prime with a 5wt for Brookies and an 8wt for Sockeyes. Tight lines my friend.

Rich Johnson  


"To paraphrase a deceased patriot, I regret that I have only one life to give to my fly fishing." 

-Robert Traver



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In this issue: 

  • April Vokey re-cap
  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser
  • Spey Clave announcement
  • Special fundraising offer
  • More!

Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2014 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

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If you're not a member, join today!

The cost for membership is:  
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$30 Family Annual
$250 Lifetime
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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. 


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 - 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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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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