March 2014 FLY LINES

Reeling Stoner


by Bill Huber



Let It Snow!


I was in Washington, DC in early February where it snowed all week long and delayed my return to Anchorage by four days. Then, to my great surprise, the snow (finally) returned to Alaska and none too soon to restore the outdoor stage we need for Fur Rondy, the Iditarod, and the Tour of Anchorage!  But let's not forget about my favorite spectator sport, the Alaska Aces, indoor entertainment to bide time 'til I return to my happy fishing grounds.


Well, the Alaska Fly Fishers organization is shaping up to be no different in our line-up of many activities on the horizon. I wish to thank each of the fly fishers who entered the annual Photo and Fly Tying Contests. You take the time to spotlight your talent, win or lose, as a way of celebrating our sport through art. We are still looking for volunteers to man our tables and assist with seating in support of our upcoming Fly Fishing Film Tour and The Great Alaska Sportsman Show (GASS). Members interested in participating, please be sure to sign up at the next meeting. 


As the sunlight increases, so will the opportunities to throw fly line and wiggle flies. But as you make your springtime preparations, please consider donating items in your fly fishing arsenal you have never used or have used gently for the Cash & Carry fundraiser at the annual Fly Fishers Auction in April. You may bring your items to the WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery April 5th through the 10th. We are still seeking volunteers to support the planning, preparation, and on-site assistance as we again execute an exciting and fun-filled Fly Fishing Auction. Please contact me or a board member to get involved. 

One of my priorities as president this year is increasing membership for purposes twofold: first to engage other fly fishers in the education and promotion of the sport ensuring the next generation carries forward our mission; and second, to provide for modest financial sufficiency to deliver educational forums, fly tying workshops, fishery preservation, etc. To hold myself and the club accountable to this priority, Patrick Malone and Jolynne Howard will oversee membership recruitment, retention and member benefits. A sampling of the benefits for members includes outstanding guest speakers, numerous seminars, retreats, and gatherings; electronic newsletters and a membership card which is good for discounts at several, local businesses.

The current membership drive continues through April with the goal to generate a roster of paid members by early June. So my warmest "thanks!" to Patrick and Jolynne for stepping up to this new role and a generous thank you to those members who remitted payments for memberships already-your early renewals are appreciated!

At our March forum, we have The Kenai River Sport Fishing Association talking about the Save Our Kings initiative and the recent Board of Fisheries annual meeting.

Until then, keep those lines clean and fish on!

Bill Huber


Millennium Alaskan Hotel
March 3rd, 7 p.m.  
General Meeting
Millennium Alaskan Hotel - Redington Ballroom
Ricky Gease
Alaska Fly Fishers is pleased to have Ricky Gease present at our membership meeting on March 3, 2014.  Ricky will speak about the Kenai Rivers Sportfishing Association's Save our Kings initiative and provide an update on the recent Alaska Board of Fish and Game's meeting.  Much of the discussion at the Board of Fishing and Game meeting was about protecting King Salmon in upper and lower Cook Inlet.  This will be an interesting evening with lots of information on fishing in and around 200 miles of Anchorage.
Ricky Gease is Executive Director of Kenai River Sportfishing Association, a position he has held since 2004. Prior to joining KRSA, Gease worked as the executive director of the Kenai Convention & Visitors Bureau for two years and as the museum manager of the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center for four years. From 1992 to 1997 he was a park ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward. Gease has served on numerous non-profit and fishery boards and commissions. He holds bachelors and masters degree in Biology from Stanford University, and has a Foraker Certificate in Non-Profit Management.
Please join us Monday, March 3rd. We're looking forward to seeing you. 
Monday's meeting begins at 7:00 pm at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel at 4800 Spenard Road.
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  AFF is Co-sponsoring the 
Fly Fishing Film Tour!

"The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up film from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade. If you've been, you know what we're talking about. If you haven't, we hope to see you soon!

In addition to showcasing world-class fly fishing films, The F3T is dedicated to supporting the local fly shops and conservation groups that form the backbone of our sport's educational and environmental efforts. Discount F3T tickets are available at more than 150 fly shops across the country. A portion of those ticket sales go directly to support fishing and habitat-related conservation groups. In 2013 we raised $250,000 for our conservation partners and have used our voice to bring greater attention and support to groups like Trout Unlimited, Wild Steelhead Coalition, Bonefish Tarpon Trust, Utah Stream Access Coalition and Stop Pebble Mine and many more." from Fly Fishing Film tour website


This year the Alaska Fly Fishers is one of the co-sponsors of the film tour. Showing at the Bear's Tooth Theater on Thursday, March 20, 5:30 and 8:30, look for tickets to go on sale at the Bear's Tooth or online starting March 4th at 10:30 am. 

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 from Art Peck

The 2014 Photo Contest Winners Are:
"Look Into My Eyes"
Riley Peck  
Winner: Mossy's Choice, Peoples' Choice, Creative

"River & Stream" 
Jolynne Howard 
Second Place: Mossy's Choice, Creative

"Waiting Their Turn"
Colleen Moomey
Winner: Judges' Choice

"Alaska MaryAnn by Rich Johnson"
Doug Burner 
Winner: Spirit of Fly Fishing

"Winter Drift"
 Sue Jeskie
 Second Place: Spirit of Fly Fishing

"Rock Island, Marmot Bay"
Neil Moomey
Winner: Wildlife & Nature

"Darner's Wing"
Martha Peck
Second Place: Wildlife & Nature

              Martha Peck  
              Winner: Just the Fish

                                                                                                                        "Spawning Colors"  
              Chad Gage   
              Second Place: Just the Fish
Big thanks to our sponsors for this event:

 from Rich Johnson

Fly Fishing Seminar

The Spring Seminar is NEXT MONTH! 


Help Rich Johnson Get The Word Out!!

The small poster and the pre-registration flyer are available online as a PDF that you can download and post anywhere you feel is appropriate. Simply go to and follow the links for the Seminar. The small poster is letter size and will print out in color.


The pre-registration form is in a 2-up format so you can share with a friend.






Volunteers Needed for the 2014 Spring Seminar


Monday, April 7th              7:45 to 8:30PM

KNOTS - The last half of the first session is a hands-on clinic on the knots used in a fly fishing system. The handbook shows a few of the most basic, from the backing to the fly. The club provides string, monofilament, and hooks; you simply demonstrate and teach the knots you use fishing.


Monday, April 14th           6:30 - 8:30PM

FLY TYING & Knots II - Demonstration and hands-on instruction for tying patterns that catch fish.  The seminar handbook shows and discusses 26 general fly patterns but we would like you to tie what you fish with. Fly tyers of all skill levels are requested. This is one of the most popular sessions. We'll also be following up with knots from the previous Monday


Monday, May 12th           6:30 - 8:30PM

FLY CASTING - Again, this is a session that can use all levels of proficiency. The people that attend the seminar need to know that fly casting is an ongoing learning process, and that you can be successful fishing without being a master caster. You will need to bring a balanced outfit including an old leader. The club will provide yarn to represent the fly.

Casting will be done outside, so plan on dressing warm.


Location: The first three evenings will be held at the BP Energy Center - Birch Room

The casting clinic on May 12th will be held at the main BP Bldg, Conference Room C.


Mark these dates on your calendar and plan on being at the Seminar to lend a helping hand to someone new to our sport.


The fly fishing seminar is a success due to individual club members giving of their time and energy. Seminar attendees tell us every year that it is the interaction with our regular members that they enjoy the most. Please plan on helping educate a new, budding fly fisher, and contribute back to your club.


If you're planning on being there to help, please contact Rich Johnson at 243-1093 wk/ 243-1043 evenings/ 440-1830 cell, or by Email



 by Bill Hauser

Fish Talk
by Bill Hauser

Around and Around They Go

What happens to salmon smolts after they enter the ocean? 

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

Spawning is during summer and eggs incubate until mid-winter when the fish hatch 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. This sounds easy enough but it is really not that simple. 

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

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 Chad Gage

Rich Johnson give instruction at the Theme Table

The February tying clinic had a sizable turnout

Our February fly tying clinic was a hit. A big thanks to Mr. Dave Rooker, as he was kept busy with a lot of new faces learning to tie. The club members at Rich Johnson's table were kicking out some nice looking flies as he was demonstrating his favorite smolt patterns.  
I was kept busy meeting new members as well as collecting entries into the fly tying competition.

Thanks to all of you who submitted flies for this year's tying contest. the winners will be announced at the general meeting on Monday, March 3rd and all of the flies entered will be on display.  
Regardless of your experience tying, new or seasoned, come join us at our next tying clinic, March 15th. We meet at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, located at the intersection of Reeve Blvd and Post Road, from 9 am - 3 pm. Park in the visitor parking area and enter the main doors. We will be at the top of the stairs to the left. Rich has offered to run the themed table again, with flesh flies on the menu. As always, there will be plenty of good fishing stories (some may even be true), hot coffee and cookies. I hope to see you there. Drop me a line if you have any questions.

Chad Gage
   fly fisher
from Jan Schnorr
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Casting & Float Tubing   


Casting and float tubing is a special physical therapy program for PHW participants, teaching participants to cast and use float tubes under the supervision of their physical therapist and PHW volunteers. 


All activities take place at the Bartlett Pool on Tuesday afternoons through April. Casting improves shoulder strength and mobility while paddling in float tubes improves leg strength and mobility for individuals who have leg and back issues.  We want to thank the staff from the Bartlett Pool for donating the pool time for our use.  Please visit our Facebook page to see additional photos of these and other activities.







Rod Building 


The National Organization, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, has teamed with Hook and Hackle to sponsor rod building for participants.  All rod building kits are provided free of cost to participants.  

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Tying Clinics


Tying Clinics for Project Healing Waters participants have resumed on Thursdays from at the Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) on JBER, and Wednesdays at the Fisher House.  Active injured military service members and disabled veterans receiving treatment at the VA Clinic are welcome to participate in the tying clinics.  


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This is a new year and you have an opportunity to help support the Project Healing Waters Anchorage program. A cash donation is always appreciated to help fund our upcoming fishing trips. Take a look at your tying supplies/materials and fishing gear and consider an in-kind donation. 

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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


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


Thank you for your continued support.  

our members do amazing things!
AFF Vice President, Mark Huber helps a young angler learn to cast at the recent Valentine Fair on JBER.



Let us know about any cool things our members do! 
This space is reserved for those wonderful things!

There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.       

                                                            -Herbert Hoover





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In this Issue: 

  • AFF to co-sponsor the Fly Fishing Film Tour
  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser 
  • News From Project Healing Waters
  • More!

 Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2014 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

RE-New your Membership!

If you're not a member, join today!

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.

Click here for a membership application.
AFF Happenings
March: 3rd - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel
            15th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery
            20th - Fly Fishing Film Tour, Bear's Tooth Theater
             27-30 - The Great Alaska Sportsman Show, Sullivan & Ben Boeke Arenas

April:   7th - Spring Seminar, 7:45-8:30, BP Energy Ctr. Birch Room
            11th - Fundraising Auction, Millennium Hotel
            14th - Spring Seminar, 6:30-8:30, BP Energy Ctr. Birch Room
            21st - Spring Seminar, 6:30-8:30, BP Energy Ctr. Birch Room
May:   5th - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel - Bob Rima, Drifters Lodge, World Fly Fishing Escapades
          12th - Spring Seminar, BP Energy Center, BP main building, Conference Room C
          17th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

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

July:    7th - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel - Mark Huber, Time to go Spey Casting
           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
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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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