May 2013 FLY LINES

Reeling Stoner
General Meeting at the Millenium Hotel

Tony Weaver

Tony Weaver is renown throughout the fly fishing world for his casting and fishing techniques. He is a FFF Certified Master Fly-casting Instructor and is known for his innovative teaching abilities. He has guided in Alaska and has been an Alaskan resident for over 46 over years. He has also appeared on OLN, Versus, and the American Sportsman, worked as chief technical editor for Fish Alaska Magazine and has written for Fish and FlyFFF Flyfisher, Fly Rod and Reel and Flyfisherman magazines. 


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Tony is also the author of Topwater, Fly fishing the Last Frontier Alaska. Tony is also the host of the local radio show Wolf Outdoors and is a writer for ADN. Twice a year he  teaches at the Bonefish School in the Bahamas and guides for TarponTony has fished the tropics from Andros Island to Guatemala for a multitude of saltwater gamefish. He has fished Alaska extensively from the Arctic to Prince of Wales Island and works as a consultant for many outdoor companies. Join Tony for a whirlwind multi-media tour of some of the world's greatest saltwater adventures including some of Alaska's saltwater fly fishing opportunities. Tony's presentation will also include how, when, and where to catch saltwater gamefish on the fly.

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from Rich Johnson

The AFF Fly Fishing Seminar 





Monday, May 13                                                                                               6:30 - 8:30PM

FLY CASTING - This is a session that can use all levels of proficiency. The people who attend the seminar need to know fly casting is an ongoing learning process, and 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.



Main BP Bldg, Conference Room C.


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 they enjoy the most. Please plan on helping educate a new, budding fly fisher, and contribute back to your club.


If you are planning to help, contact Rich Johnson at 243-1093 wk/ 243-1043 evenings/ 440-1830 cell, or by Email



from Frank Stevens

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AFF has extended tying clinics into the summer. Tying clinics will be held at the William Hernandez Fish Hatchery on Reeve Blvd.  Our hours are 9am to 3pm on the third Saturday of each month. The next tying clinic will be Saturday, May 18.  


New tiers are always welcome, and always vices and materials are available on site if you need them. Come and enjoy learning to tie flies for fishing our home waters. 


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


From the Bench to the River,


Frank Stevens

from Jan Schnorr
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Thank You, Norm!


During the Great Alaska Sportsman's Show, PHW honored Norm Norlander for his support. Shown here, volunteer Laura Orr presents Norm with a handmade shadowbox showcasing military medallions, special flies and a plaque expressing gratitude towards his undying generousity.  A special thank you is also extended to Art Peck for designing and creating the shadowbox.


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Rod Building


Volunteer Damond Blakenship is working with participants on rod-building. Most rods should be completed within the next week. Through a special PHW program, all rods were generously provided by Hook and Hackle. 

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Service Metal Flies

PHW volunteers still have some National Defense Service medal ribbon flies 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, 3 Rivers Fly Shop, and World Wide Angler.  The suggested donation amount is $10.   



Women's Veterans Retreat


PHW sponsored fly tying, knot tying, and casting sessions at the Women's Veterans Retreat held at the VA Clinic on April 20th.  Volunteers included  Janelle Aguila, Jolynne Howard, Margaret Klatt, Laura Orr, Kelley Pearson, Jan Schnorr, Heidi Simpson, and Susan Winton.


Future Fishing Trip.  


During the next month, PHW will take participants on a fishing trip to the Kenai River on April 28th to fish for rainbows.  Bob Rima, owner of Kenai River Drifters Lodge will sponsor and coordinate lodging and guided fishing and Sunrise Caf� will provide some meal support.  Northern Industrial Training (NIT) will provide a bus to transport 28 PHW participants.  This is such a marvelous trip! Thank you for all of your support!



JBER Honors PHW Volunteers


On April 23rd, JBER will honor PHW volunteers who have donated their time to help JBER personnel.  Individuals who volunteered at least 100 to over 500 hours will receive either a bronze, silver, or gold medallion.  Congratulations to each of the following and thank you for your generous donation of time. Stan Bissonett, Damond Blankenship, Christian Garrett, Mike Harsh, Mike Henrie, Mike Malone, Laura Orr, Ken Orr, Dave Rooker, Jan Schnorr, Frank Stevens, Monte Williams, and Dean Williams.






PHW volunteers, with the assistance of Art Peck and the Alaska Fly Fishers, sponsored two raffles, one each at the Wasilla Sportsman's Show and Great Alaska Sportsman's Show.  The prizes included a beautiful custom made rod donated by Heidi Simpson and a Nor-vise.  We wish to thank all individuals who purchased tickets to support this special event.



from Frank Stevens

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Nancy Berets, librarian of Sutton Public Library, and Clayton Afelin, a past member of Alaska Fly Fishers, extend a big thanks to our members who donated fly fishing books, tying manuls and VHS tapes about fly fishing and tying for the new Sutton library.


As a follow-up to our donation, we have been asked to hold a basic tying clinic on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 11am for at least two hours of instruction. This is an oppurtunity for 4 or 5 AFF members to share their love of fly tying.


Contact Frank at 907-694-3595

from Dick Long

Beach Lake Lodge was the site of this year's AFF tying retreat.  Seven attendees, Rob, Frank, Mike H., Kate, Ryan, Scott and Dick shared the duties of cooking, cleaning, and stoking the fires, all while having a great time tying flies.






Mike H demonstrated dubbing techniques with his Nor-Vise, and Dick entertained the group with a game of "Name-That-Dish."  


Frank won being the first to correctly state the Saturday evening main course tasted more like the Sunday breakfast casserole than the promised lasagna.


Everyone enjoyed being with friends, spinning yarns and tying flies.


With the use of the lodge and both cabins, there was plenty of space to enjoy.  The Beach Lake Lodge met the needs of the attendees well.  Mark your calendar for the end of April next year, the lodge has already been reserved





 by Bill Hauser

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Ocean Acidification

by Bill Hauser


Wow. It has been a busy time lately. I attended an ocean science conference recently and reading several scientific reports. Some of the important topics included information about Yukon River salmon, global warming, and ocean acidification. During the 2013 Ocean Marine Research Symposium I arrived a bit earlier than I had intended and heard most of a presentation I had not planned to attend. The topic was ocean acidification. It was scary as hell. I did not follow the details of the chemistry very well but I could certainly appreciate the results and discussion.


To read the rest of the article click here.

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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.

Our members are doing cool things!
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Lea Rueter Teaches Fly Tying in Aniak!


Member Lea Rueter, an AFF member who is currently teaching school in Aniak, contacted us about the possibilities of helping with vises and supplies to teach her second grade students the art of fly tying.  Thanks to some of our members, Lea's request was fulfilled. Not only have these talented students experimented with traditional patterns, but they have even designed and named a fly for fishing their home waters! Go LEA!


The future of our sport is in our youth. Please encourage any young person interesting in tying flies to attend our local monthly tying clinic. They only need to bring a desire to learn and their enthusiasm, we have everything else at the clinic. (join us the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the William Hernandez Fish Hatchery on Reeve Blvd. just south of Post Road.


AFF has been asked to help with a clinic at the Sutton library on May 11, 2013 and with the Palmer Youth Program in June. We need to have 4 to 5 tiers at each clinic. 


Contact Frank Stevens at or 907-694-3595 



"Everyone should believe in something; I believe I'll go fishing."  

                             -Henry David Thoreau





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In this Issue: 

  • May 6th Meeting
  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser
  • Fly Tying Clinic News  
  • News From Project Healing Waters
  • 2013 Retreat report
  • Members' Corner
  • New Raffle
  • 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
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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 May drawing will be for a gift certificate from one of the local fly shops.  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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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 May general meeting. 
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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 
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