May 2014 FLY LINES

Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber
The days are warming up and the sun is rising above the horizon, which means fishing season is just around the corner.   
The club has had an extremely busy spring with so many great events and activities to promote the club and our fly fishing passion.  Thank you to all our outstanding volunteers who helped out with the Fly Fishing Film Tour, the Sportsman Show, the Annual Auction, Spring Seminar, and the Cabelas Grand Opening.  All these events exceeded our expectations and provided opportunities for the Anchorage public to get to know our club.
I also want to extend a special thanks to the Hernandez Sports Fish Hatchery for their outstanding support to the club during our auction staging and for hosting our monthly fly tying classes
Talking about fly tying classes, I cannot say enough about our new fly tying chair Chad Gage and what he has accomplished promoting this program.  Stop by one of the monthly fly tying forums to see all the new people and fly patterns.  This month we saw all the vices and tables full with interested tiers for the first time.  Chad and his volunteer team have done an outstanding job promoting this monthly event and I encourage you to stop by enjoy the fellowship and passion he has going on there.
Well the rivers are closed to fishing in May in most parts of our area and we are all awaiting 12:01 am, on June 11th to be the first on the Kenai for the opener.   
I sincerely hope everyone has plans to get out to enjoy our great lakes and rivers this summer.

Bill Huber

AFF President


Millenium Alaskan Hotel


Drifter's Lodge in Cooper Landing Alaska has established itself as one of the top lodges on the Kenai River. Bob Remi, Drifter's Lodge owner, and Drifter's guides, Matty and Alex, will be at the May 5th monthly meeting to discuss early season fishing on the upper and middle Kenai River and area around Cooper Landing. Drifter's Lodge is located in Cooper Landings and employs some of the top guides on the river.

Whether you are interested in salmon or trout, there should be something in the presentation for you.

June 2, 2014 monthly meeting presenter will be April Vokey, a noted presenter, instructor and BC steelhead guide. April travels the world fishing, instructing and presenting. While in Anchorage,
April will be conducting casting workshops which are sold out and Fly Tying workshops. There are a couple of seats available for April's fly tying workshop and if you are interested, contact Ben Rowell at


 from Steve Lambert

AFF Science Fair Scholarship Recipients

 Awards will be presented at the May meeting to 4 award winners from this year's Alaska State Science Fair. The quality of this year's projects was outstanding. Thanks to Jolynne Howard for hosting the winners at the May meeting.


Over 380 projects from almost 70 schools throughout Alaska were represented at the March 2014 Alaska State Science Fair in Anchorage. Alaska Fly Fishers annually grants awards to projects focusing on fisheries related topics. Typically three $100 cash award winners are selected by a panel of judges from the club. This year the quality of the projects was so strong a fourth project was awarded. Following is a brief introduction to the winners and their projects. 


Following is a brief introduction to the winners and their projects. 


Monique MarcAurele - Monique is a sixth grader at Aquarian Charter School and is a past winner of an AFF Science Fair Award. Her project for 2014 was titled "Frankenfish or Wonderfish." This year's project looked at the benefits and risks associated with raising genetically modified salmon. Monique concluded the risks to the ecosystem and potentially to humans far outweighed the expected benefits. 


Taylor Dean - Taylor is a senior at Palmer High School. Taylor's project was titled "Potential Acidification in Prince William Sound, ALaska; Year 3 of a 4 Year Study." Taylor has been taking pH measurements at selected points throughout Prince William Sound over a 3 year period. Over this period she has seen a consistent drop in pH in only one location. That is Fox Farm Bay near the Gulf of Alaska. She plans to continue her monitoring project this summer and [possibly in the future as she plans to attend the University of Fairbanks which has a strong marine biology program.


Alicia Aist- Alicia was one of the Grand Prize winners of the Alaska State Fair for her project "Ichthyophonous vs. Proteins Should we be eating this fish?" Just being able to pronounce Ichthyophonous is an accomplishment. Ichthyophonous a genus of parasites found in fish and in particular halibut. Almost 77% of halibut in Prince William Sound have the parasites. Unpublished data indicate the infection rate is about 30% in Cook Inlet. Previous research has confirmed that the parasite does not harm people. Alicia's study was focused on how the parasite affected the quality of the fish protein. Alicia did experiments on 18 halibut. 9 of the specimens had the parasite and 9 samples did not. She took samples from the liver and spleens of these fish to determine if there was any impact on the protein content of the parasite infected fish. She found minimal protein differences in the protein content of the positive and negative fish. She is recommending further study of muscle tissue to perform a closer look at the nutritional value of infected fish.


Taylor Seitz - Taylor was also a Grand Prize winner of the Science Fair. Taylor's project was titled "Lateral Flow Test Design to Detect the Presence of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning". There have been no simple tests to determine if ocean coastline waters contain PSP. Taylor's project focused on developing a simplified method of identifying the toxins associated with Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Initial attempts at developing a simple chemical test were unsuccessful, but she has now developed a user friendly lateral flow test which readily identifies saxitoxin the main neurotoxin causing the symptoms of PSP. The ability to use this test will be of benefit to many of the small subsistence fisheries throughout the state.
Please show your support for these very bright young people at the May meeting.

 by Bill Hauser

Fish Talk
by Bill Hauser

Coming Home

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


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 Mark Huber

This year's auction was an enormous success for AFF. In addition to the funds we raised for the club to continue our educational programs, AFF benefitted with the addition of new members as well as outreach to many potential members.

Please take some time to check out the list below. We hope you support those who support AFF when you need products and services.

Thank you to all who participated and those who donated countless hours of their time to make this auction the success it was.


Alaska Fishing & LodgingG. Loomis Rods 
Chad GagePatagonia
Dr. Robert Geiringer
Art Peck

Val Glooschenk

Martha Peck
Keith Graham"Picture This" Art Gallery
Haber Vision, LLCPro-Lite Electronix
T. Michael HarshRecycled Waders
Angler's Paradise Kulik Lodge Bill HauserRedington Fly Rods
Arti-Circle FramingWJ Hernandez Sport Fish HatcheryRio Products
Dave AtchisonJason's Guide ServiceSage
Jolynne HowardSea Hawk Air, Inc
Mark HuberSimms Fishing
Damond Blankenship
Keven KlewenoJim Teeny
Blueberry Island LodgeSteve LambertTemple Fork Outfitters
John Landt3-Rivers Fly Shop
Cabela'sLeonards Landing LodgeTri-River Charters
Camera Land NYMacLaren River Lodge
Mahay's River Boat Service
Cheryl Cline
George Cook
Mossy's Fly Shop
Mountain View Sports Center
Mark Wilson
Nor-Vise / Norm Norlander
Susan Winton
Orca Adventure Lodge



 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 

photo by Jan Schnorr


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 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 awesome fishing!

our members do amazing things!
A Cold Day Mini Jet Boating
"A Cold Day Mini Jet Boating"

For those of you who saw the "Alaskan Mini Jet Boat Build and Test" last month, you might be interested in the continuing saga of these little vessels. Please click on the link above to see what happens next. (you may or may not be happy to know this video is sans the heavy metal "background" music)

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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 Rich Johnson

 Wrapping it up this month! 


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

FLY CASTING - This session can utilize all levels of proficiency from our volunteers. The people attending the seminar need to know fly casting is an ongoing learning process, and one can be successful fishing without being a master caster. You will need to bring a balanced fly casting set up, including an old leader. The club will provide yarn to represent the fly.

Casting will be done outside, dress accordingly.

Location: 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 it is the interaction with our regular members they enjoy the most. Please join us to help educate a new, budding fly fisher, and contribute back to your club.


If you plan to being there to help, please contact Rich Johnson at 243-1093 wk/ 243-1043 evenings/ 440-1830 cell, or by Email  Thank you!



from Chad Gage

Our April tying clinic was a huge success. By 10:00 am, all of the Club's 20 tying vises were being used and we were scrambling to accommodate every one who showed up to learn to tie.  I would like to give a big thank you to each member who helped with the many beginners. Also, thanks to all who stayed and helped with cleaning up.

I have fishing trips planned in July and August, so I will not be available to run the tying clinic those months. I am looking for a volunteer or two to run the clinics. If you have any interest in helping, please contact me. Worst case scenario, we will take a few months off and pick up in September.

Come join us Saturday, May 17th for our monthly fly tying clinic. We meet at the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery, located at the intersection of Reeve Blvd and Post Road, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Park in the visitor parking area and enter the main doors, we will be at the top of the stairs to your left. 
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 May17th.  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 to schedule the use of the vises and to get a list of instructors.


Damsels in Distress
Damsels in Distress
from Jan Schnorr
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April 25th-26th marked the first 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 and Northern Industrial Training (NIT) generously provided transportation support. Dean Williams, an AFF member, coordinated this trip, which included 20 individuals. Thanks to all of you for your support and assistance related to this marvelous trip for our Warrior Transition Unit service members!

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The annual PHW Spring Fishing Picnic is scheduled for May 29th. This picnic, held at the Green Lake Cabin, is open to all PHW participants and their families. Those who want to attend are requested to RSVP to by May 23rd. 



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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.  


My biggest worry is that my wife (when I'm dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it. 

-Koos Brandt





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In this Issue: 

  • Another Mini Jet Boat Video
  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser 
  • Scholarship followup
  • 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. 

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

February:  2nd - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel                        21st - Tying Clinic, 
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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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