November 2013 FLY LINES

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Redington Ballroom Millenium Hotel
November 4, 7 p.m. 
General Meeting - Millenium Hotel
"It's the Little Things that Create Success" 
Please join us for an evening with Nanci Morris Lyon, owner/managing partner of Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge, located on the Naknek River. An Alaskan Guide and "Field and Stream Legend," Nanci, is one of the most respected guides in Bristol Bay. Nanci is often featured in fly fishing and other sports publications and is part of the G. Loomis professional fishing team. She will be with us to share tips on how to land those trophy trout, once you hook one. With sockeye, king, and rainbow trout, Nanci's clients are never disappointed. You won't be either by Nanci's talk on Monday, November 4th. See you Monday!
Nanci Morris Lyon


from Frank Stevens

Bring a new skill to share at the next tying clinic, November 16th. We are always looking to our membership to bring their knowledge about fly tying to our clinics. Whether you have a new technique, want to share how to tie one fly you always have in your box, or if you are a beginner looking to learn to tie wings on a dry fly, there is always an opportunity and space for you at a tying clinic. Please contact me!
Remember, the tying clinics are the third Saturday of each month, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the W. J. Hernandez fish hatchery on Reeve Boulevard.
From the bench to the river,
Frank Stevens
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from Frank Stevens

Don't forget, AFF has 10 vises and tool kits available to our members for use to instruct youth.
Contact Frank Stevens at to schedule the use of the vises and to get a list of instructors.
Frank Stevens


from Art Peck

Time has really flown the past year and it is time to get your entry clip art camera photos together for the contest. Photos are due at the January General Meeting and they will be set up for viewing and voting on the People's Choice Award during the February General Meeting.


If you have any questions please contact Art Peck.


Mike Brown's pick of the best "Gear Related" Photo will again win a great, but as yet unnamed, prize from Mossy's Fly Shop.


Camera Land NY will again be supporting the contest as they have for quite a few years now.


Please support these sponsors as they support our contest and other efforts. Mossy's and Camera Land NY consistently provide unmatched support, service, and products for club members.  



 by Bill Hauser

picture of a whitefish


What a Treat!

by Bill Hauser


I was lucky to experience two special treats this summer. It came in the form of one modest fish. A whitefish. A round whitefish. From the Kenai River. I do not know if whitefish are rare in the Kenai River or simply rarely caught. No matter. You know what I say. All fish are interesting. Some are just more interesting than others. So it was a special treat just to catch this fish just because it was a whitefish. It was a treasure trove and I kept it. 




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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 Jan Schnorr
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 Silvers Landed During Kenai River Trip
October Adventures. Project Healing Waters, sponsored by AFF, held three trips during October.  Frank Stevens took participants to the Anchor River for steelhead fishing October 2nd through the 4th where Josh Hayes provided guiding services.  
Our sincere thanks for accommodations generously donated by Land's End Resort
On October 4th, Jan Schnorr lead a group of participants to the Middle Kenai River, where Damond Blankenship, Ty Van Lier, and Kevin Thurman provided boats and guiding expertise in search of rainbows and silvers.  We wish to thank the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna for their kind donation of accommodations.  
Dean Williams along with a number of other volunteers lead a trip to Bob Rima's Kenai River Drifters Lodge for the end-of-the-season float trip targeting rainbows and silvers.  Though the Federal Government restricted river access, some large schools of silvers were located and participants hooked and landed some beauties! 
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Dave Rooker assists a PHW participant 


Fisher House. PHW, under the leadership of Dave Rooker, continues to provide tying instruction to veterans residing at the Fisher House on JBER.   The Fisher House is a "home away from home" for service members, veterans and their family members. It provides a warm, compassionate environment for families to heal, and support each other while receiving medical care at the Joint Venture DoD/VA Hospital on Elmendorf AFB, in Anchorage, AK. 


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The Wounded Warrior Project established a program in Alaska under the leadership of Sean Bennett and Project Healing Waters, sponsored by AFF, is collaborating with the Wounded Warrior Project to better meet the needs of wounded warriors who qualify for both programs.  You can view more information about this organization at .


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If you are able to donate money to support ongoing activities including tying, rod building, and future trips through 2014, please contact us at  


Thank you for your continued support.  

our members do amazing things!




Women's Flyfishing�,  Pudge Kleinkauf's instruction and guide service, has been named a Trout Unlimited Endorsed Business by TU. 
Pudge has also been named a Fly Fishing Ambassador for patagonia�.

Fall Fly Tying Classes


1. Women's Flyfishing will be offering a 9-hour Beginning Fly Tying class. You will learn to tie ten different flies you can use for salmon, trout, grayling, and char. Hours of the class are 6-9 p.m. on Friday, November 8th, and 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9th. Cost is $125 and all the materials and equipment are provided.  Both women & men are welcome. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. 

Contact for more information and to register.


2.Women's Flyfishing is also offering a 9-hour "Tying Salmon Flies" class where you will tie 8-10 of the salmon flies included in Pudge's book, Pacific Salmon Flies: New Ties & Old Standbys. All the equipment and materials are provided. Hours of the class:
6-9 p.m. on Friday, December 6
th, and 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday,             December 7
th.  Both women and men are welcome. 
Cost is $125. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. (
Please note: Basic fly 
tying skills are required. This is not a beginning fly tying class.)


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"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope."

                                                                -John Buchan

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In this Issue: 

  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser 
  • Photo Contest News 
  • News From Project Healing Waters
  • AFF Logo 
  • More!

Banner photo "Reeling Stoner"     by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

December's Holiday Meeting

Mark your calendar for December 2nd, the last general meeting of 2013. The December meeting always takes a different twist. In addition to a guest speaker, there will be a gift exchange. When you bring a gift (please, limit your spending to $20) you receive a raffle ticket. When your ticket is drawn, you choose a gift from the collection. Our generous Ghillie sweetens the gift table with a few extra fly fishing related goodies.

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 See you December 2nd! 

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
Be sure to get your membership card and save on fly tying materials.  Discount details printed on the back of your membership card.
AFF Annual Business Meeting
This Monday, November 4 
In addition to the presentation by Nanci Morris Lyon, the meeting will include a short presentation on club finances as well as election of the executive board for the coming year.  Please be sure to vote.  Any questions, please contact Rob, Jan, or Jolynne at


AFF Logo Raffle!

All members who wear Alaska Fly Fishers logo merchandise to the monthly meetings will be eligible to enter a drawing for a great gift. 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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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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