APRIL 2016


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Annual Fundraising Auction

Spring is here! It's been a busy couple of month but one of the most anticipated AFF event of the year is just days away. As AFF members, you have the option to contribute new or gently used fly-fishing items to the Live and Silent Auctions or the Cash & Carry Fundraiser at the upcoming auction on April 15. Your items may be donated to the club or sold with a 10% sales fee to the Alaska Fly Fishers for handling the transaction.

How to Donate or Sell:
To enter items into an auction or cash & carry, bring your items to the WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery, 941 N. Reeve Blvd. The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, April 10 2pm - 6pm
Monday, April 11 6pm - 10pm
Tuesday, April 12 6pm - 10pm
To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE! 
How to Volunteer:
Volunteers are needed at the Hernandez Fish Hatchery April 10-14 to assist in processing auction items and on the day of the event, April 15, from about noon until the close of the auction.
We need approximately twenty volunteers to assist in making the auction a success. Volunteer perks include advance viewing of the auction items, fellowship with other club members, and dinner the evening of the auction!
Please contact Ben Rowell at rowell.benjamin@gmail.com or 306-7851 if you can help support this exciting and fun event. 
How to Purchase Tickets:
Tickets cost $20 and include light appetizers. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE! 
Sneak Peak!
Look for a special edition of Fly Lines in your inbox about a week before the auction. This special edition will include a sneak peek at select auction items and details of our new check-in and checkout procedures.
To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE! 

from Bob Pawlowski
As per Section 8. Amendments, two changes to the AFF Bylaws are proposed to
  • align the Annual Dues with the new membership software and online registration and renewal and
  • allow for a member to be retained on the club rolls in an inactive status if dues are not renewed within 3 months.
The proposed changes are open for discussion and will be voted on at the May Membership meeting.  These proposed changes will require approval by a two-thirds majority vote of the quorum at the meeting to be adopted.
Section 2. Annual Dues 
At the club's Annual Business Meeting in November, the Executive Board shall propose membership dues for the following year. Upon approval by a majority of members voting at that meeting, dues for the next year are set at that amount. Upon the payment of dues, members will be in good standing with the club for the following 12 months.
Section 3. Default of Dues
Any member who has not paid annual dues for 15 consecutive months shall be dropped from the club's membership roll.

For further information, please contact AFF board members. 

Submitted by Bob Pawlowski

PDF of Current AFF by-laws
Agenda and Notes

All  AFF Board Meetings : Second Tuesday of each month, held in the BP Center (main building), 900 Benson Blvd, Anchorage 99519

PDF of Current AFF by-laws

Kelly Galloup is Coming to Anchorage

Hey all you streamer strippers and swingers! "The Godfather of Streamers" is coming to Anchorage at the end of April and will be conducting three streamer tying clinics. Tow 4-hour clinics will be conducted on Saturday, April 30th and one 7-hour clinic (lunch provided) on Monday, May 2nd. More information is contained in the flyer.
Please go to the AFF website for opening of the online registration and payment process on February 1, 2016. Note: Due to the limited number of tying clinic participant slots available, no refund of registration fees will be allowed.
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from Jolynne Howard

Thank you  to Rich Johnson for photographing the flies!
from Ben Rowell
Want a sneak peek at auction items? Check out our Facebook Event page at: 

 by Bill Hauser

Pacific Herring
by Bill Hauser

(Enjoy Bill's article, originally published December 1, 1998)

The Pacific herring is one of more than 180 species in the herring family, Clupeidae. This family contains some of the world's most abundant and commercially important fishes and Pacific herring is an important food source for a wide variety of fishes, mammals, and birds.  They are found in schools along both shores of the ocean, ranging from San Diego Bay to the Bering Sea and Japan.  Individuals occasionally grow to 18 inches in length, but those longer than 9 inches would be considered large.
Herring spawn every year after they reach sexual maturity at 3 or 4 years of age.  The number of eggs per female averages 20,000 but this number varies depending on the age of the fish.  Average life span is about 8 years in southeastern Alaska and up to 16 years in the Bering Sea.
Pacific herring generally spawn during the spring.  In Alaska, spawning is observed in the southeastern archipelago during mid-March, in Prince William Sound in April and May, and in the Bering Sea during May and June.  The mass, simultaneous spawning is in shallow, vegetated areas in the intertidal and subtidal zones.  The eggs are adhesive, and survival is better for those eggs which stick to intertidal vegetation than for those which rest on the bottom.  Milt released by the males drifts among the eggs and fertilizes them. The eggs hatch in about two weeks, depending on the water temperature.
Many eggs die before hatching and the larval stages drift with the ocean currents and are preyed upon extensively by other vertebrate and invertebrate predators.  After the larvae metamorphose to the juvenile stage, they rear in sheltered bays and inlets and remain segregated from adult populations until they are mature.
After spawning, most adults leave inshore waters and move offshore to feed primarily on zooplankton such as copepods and other crustaceans.  They are seasonal feeders and accumulate fat reserves for overwintering periods of relative inactivity.  Herring schools often follow a daily vertical migration, spending daylight hours near the bottom and moving upward during the evening to feed.
Alaska's herring industry began in 1878 when 30,000 pounds were marketed for human consumption.  The total value was $900.  By 1882, a reduction plant at Killisnoo in Chatham Strait was producing 30,000 gallons of herring oil.  By 1929, 78,745 tons of herring were harvested.
Presently, herring are harvested primarily for sac roe to foreign markets.  Herring are managed with individual quotas for discrete stocks and are harvested commercially by gillnetters and purse seiners.  Sac roe fisheries in most areas are regulated under the state's limited entry program.  Some herring are also harvested commercially for use as Herring eggs on kelp are also harvested commercially.  Wild kelp is harvested by divers and by hand picking in intertidal areas.
Statewide herring harvests have averaged approximately 45,000 metric tons in recent years, with a value of approximately $30 million.  About 10 percent of the commercial harvest is taken in food and bait fisheries.  The bait is used for halibut, groundfish, crab, and salmon troll fisheries.  The rest is taken in sac roe fisheries and fisheries for herring eggs on kelp harvest about 400 metric tons of product annually with a value of approximately $3 million.  In addition, herring eggs on kelp are also used for subsistence by Alaska Natives.
(This article was excerpted from Alaska Wildlife Notebook series-Pacific Herring, by Fritz Funk, 1994.)
Herring Facts:
  • Researchers estimated that 1,228 tons of Pacific herring eggs (i.e., 46%) that were spawned on Montague Island, PWS, were consumed by 5 species of gulls, ducks and shorebirds in 1994.
  • One glaucus-winged gull or a surf scoter may consume 2.5 to 2.8 pounds of  spawned Pacific herring eggs each day.
  • An individual Pacific herring egg is about 1to 1.4 mm (just more than one-sixteenth inch) in diameter.
  • A Pacific herring that weighs 2.2 ounces will lay about 10,000 eggs; one that is 8 ounces will lay about 40, 000 eggs.
  • Pacific herring eggs in Prince William Sound hatch in 21 or 22 days after they are spawned.
  • An average of 33% of the Pacific herring eggs spawned in Prince William Sound die within 5 days.

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. 
Read sample chapters at www.billhauserbooks.com.

 from Rich Johnson

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April 11th           7:45pm to 8:30pm at the BP Energy Center
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. All we do is demonstrate the knots used in fly fishing, and coach the attendees through the tying process. AFF provides string, monofilament, and hooks.
April 18th           6:30pm - 8:30pm at the BP Energy Center
FLY TYING (and 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 want you to tie what you fish with. Also, please bring your fishing boxes so attendees can see and discuss the range of patterns you fish with. Fly tyers of all skill levels are requested (my thoughts on experts apply here). This is one of our most popular sessions. We will also be working with knots again for attendees that need a bit more instruction.
May 9th              6:30pm - 8:30pm at the main BP Bldg, Conference Room A/B.
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 they can be successful fishing without being a super-efficient caster. Our goal is to teach a basic casting stoke that allows them to get 30' to 40' of line in front of them.
You will need to bring a balanced outfit, including an old leader; the club will provide yarn to represent the fly.
Certified casting instructor Mark Huber will do a short demonstration at the start of the program.
Casting will be done outside, so plan on dressing for the weather (warm).
If you have any questions contact Rich Johnson at: 243-1093 wk; 440-1830 cell; or by Email: rich@2guysflyfishing.net    


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The Palomar Knot is a great knot to know, especially if you are using braided fishing line.  If you tie the Palomar correctly it comes close to having 100% test strength. When the hook or lure is passed through the loop, make certain that all parts of the knot cinch up together. Some drawings and instruction for the Palomar knot make it appear as if the loop part of the knot goes up against the bottom of the eye of the hook or lure. If tied like that, the knot can fail.  The Palomar Knot is the best knot to use with braided fishing line and can be used in many different situations when tying directly to a hook.
Palomar Knot Details
Uses: This knot is good for all kinds of light fishing lines including monofilament and copolymer, and especially braided lines. It retains almost 100% of the original line strength, even when using monofilament line.  Of all fishing knots the Palomar is regarded as one of the strongest and most reliable, it is easy to tie, and when tied correctly it is nearly impossible to pull out.
Advantages: It is recommended for use with braided lines, which can slip with other knots. With a little practice the Palomar is a knot that can be tied with your eyes closed.

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from Cheryl Cline

Fresh snow came for the last tying clinic of the winter season! The March challenge was showing up at the Hatchery as it was rather a great day to put a log on the fire and tie at home. The most hardy turned out for this event and Dave had a full table of beginners to instruct. Rich Johnson and Chad Gage provided demos with all of their characteristic enthusiasm and charisma.
There are some beautiful ties for the Fly Exchange of "favorite spring trout flies". If you want to participate, get your 10 flies to Cheryl before 2:00 on the 16th at the April clinic. You will receive a box full of variety in exchange.
The April tying clinic should be an event filled with vigor from the club's annual fundraiser. Folks might bring their new vises from the auction the night before where a Regal and Nor-Vise will be up for bid. The auction is usually a source for other tying tools and beautiful materials and has a way of waking up passion for our sport.
Demos at the Saturday clinic will happen at 9am, 11 am and 1pm. Watch for last minute notice either in your email or on the club's FaceBook page about who and what will be in the spotlight.  Even if you don't tie you will enjoy these presentations and the opportunity to talk about flies.
Large streamer patterns will be featured at the April club clinic. Kevin Foley will be sharing some of his techniques at the tie-along table. We are starting to think about Kelly Galloup's systematic streamer method in preparation for his appearances with the club at the end of the month. Maybe you would like to demo one of your specialties at our clinic? Contact coordinators Dave Rooker and Cheryl Cline if you have questions or want to be on the schedule.
The clinic is held between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery on Reeve Blvd at Post Road on the third Saturday of every month. It is open to the public and we all enjoy the flow of people in and out over the course of the day as we focus on flies. Materials and vices are on hand if you choose to tie and don't have your own.
Hope to see many faces at our first spring tying clinic on April 16!
Cheryl Cline
from Bob Pawlowski
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PHW Outreach

PHW Alaska materials were handed out at the Anchorage Boat Show and the Mat-Su Sportsman Show as part of AFF outreach.  In addition to support at the AFF display, an additional table is being staffed at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show specifically focused on PHW.
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Rod Building Update

Eight participants started building rods on Feb. 10th and hopefully most will finish by the end of March.   Most rods are 4 piece rods ranging from 6 to 8 weights and one individual is building a 10'6" switch rod.   The sessions, coordinated by Damond Blankenship, are being held on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Hatchery. 

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PHW Tying Clinics Update  
PHW continues to have a busy winter with participants and volunteers active with fly tying clinics in Anchorage on Thursday (5:30-7:30) at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, on Wednesdays (6:30-8:30) at the JBER Fisher House and on the firsta and third Tuesdays (5:00-7:00) at the Wasilla VA Center.  These clinics are well staffed and see participants continue to improve their fly tying skills.  Attendance at the hatchery ranges from 15 to 19 people with new participants joining in February.  Frank Stevens coordinates the tying sessions and other PHW volunteers present special topics including building leaders and gear maintenance.

Redesigning Thursday Activities

New activities/topics at the fly tying clinics are being introduced this month. Tying will occur every other week and other fishing related topics will occur during alternating weeks.  Future topics will include purchasing gear, casting, catching and landing fish, entomology, fishing etiquette, float tubing, etc.  This will continue through June.

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Future Activities

Volunteers and participants are busy planning three events scheduled over the next three months including a fly tying retreat at the Mendeltna Lodge on April 22-24, a family fishing picnic at Green Lake on JBER on June 2 as well as the Tangle Lakes trip during late June.  Volunteers will also take participants float tubing on lakes during the evenings in the Anchorage area and Matsu Valley.

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New Volunteers and Participants: 

PHW is always looking for new volunteers to assist participants in their physical and emotional healing that is facilitated through learning about the sport of fly fishing and the associated camaraderie during outings.  Anyone interested in volunteering for or participating in the program, may come to any tying session, or visit the  PHW Alaska Facebook page , or contact  PHWAlaska@gmail.com .

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Project Healing Waters (PWH) is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing.  PHW was founded in 2005 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center with the help of local Trout Unlimited (TU) and Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) volunteers. PWH Alaska was established in 2010 by the Alaska Fly Fishers and is coordinated by Alaska Fly Fishers volunteers.

For updates or more information on Project Healing Waters as well as specific weekly activities, please see the  PHW Facebook page  or contact  PHWAlaska@gmail.com .

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PHW would not be possible without the support of the 
Alaska Fly Fishers! 
Thank you for your continued support.  

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If you are interested in helping on any committee, please contact any AFF board member. Currently we are in need of volunteers for the Second Annual Fly Fishing Festival & Spey Clave, the Annual Fundraising Auction, the Great Alaska Sportsman's Show booth, Spring Seminar, the Kenai River Cleanup and more! Even if you only have a little time to spare, please consider volunteering. Every minute is valuable to us.  

And let us know about any cool things our members do! 
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President:  Pat Malone
Vice President: Pat Doughtery
Secretary: Bob Pawlowski
Treasurer: Ben Rowell
Ghillie: Josh Shearer
Past President: Bill Huber
Board members at large: 

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2015 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.


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In this issue: 
  • Fish Talk
  • Board Meeting Agenda 
  • Board Meeting Notes
  • Auction News
  • Proposed by-laws change
  • More!
Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 
by  Gerry Balboni,
2011 Photo Contest

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.  
AFF Happenings

All General Meetings: First Monday of most months, 7:00 pm at the Elks Lodge, Northway Mall, 3101 Penland Parkway, Suite A14, Anchorage, 99508.

All Tying Clinics: Third Saturday of each month, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the WJ Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery at the corner of Post Road and Reeve Blvd.

All AFF Board Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month, held in the BP Center, 900 Benson Blvd, Anchorage 99519

All dates are subject  to change!


March:   31-April 3 - Great Alaska Sportsmans Show

April:  No General Meeting
           March 31 - April 3                     Great Alaska Sportsmans Show
           11th - AFF Fly Fishing             Seminar (1 of 4)
           12th - Board meeting
           11th-14th - Auction                  prep
           15th - Alaska Fly                     Fishers Annual                      Auction
           16th - Tying clinic
           18th - AFF Fly Fishing             Seminar (2 of 4)
            25th - AFF Fly Fishing             Seminar (3 of 4)

May:    2nd - General meeting
            9th - AFF Fly Fishing               Seminar (4 of 4)
            10th - Board meeting
            21st - Tying clinic  

June:   6th - General meeting
           14th - Board meeting
           25th - Tying clinic

July:   5th - General meeting
          12th - Board meeting
          16th - Tying clinic

August: No general meeting
          9th - Board meeting
          20th - Fly Fishing Fair             & Spey Clave
          20th - Tying clinic

September: No general                    meeting
           10th - Kenai River                  Cleanup
           13th - Board Meeting
           17th - Tying clinic

October: 3rd - General                       meeting
            11th - Board meeting
            15th - Tying clinic

November: 7th - General                      meeting
             15th - Board meeting
             19th - Tying clinic

December: 5th - General                       meeting
              13th - Board meeting
              17th - Tying Clinic

to All AFF Fundraising Auction Donors
Cheryl Cline
Damond Blankenship
Dave Rooker
Fred Lind
Janice Altman
Jim Galea
Jolynne Howard
Keven Kleweno
Kory Murdoch
Mark Huber
Martha Peck
Michael Zavosky
Mike Harsh
Paul Blanch
Pudge Kleinkauf
Renee & Jared Behrendt
Scott Lee
Steve Lambert
Tom Rueter

to All Kenai River
Clean-up Sponsors
British Petroleum
Cast Alaska
Cooper Landing Grocery
Russian River House
The Shrew's Nest
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Fly Tying Outreach
The tying vises traveled to the Becoming an Outdoors Woman winter retreat! Hopefully AFF tying clinics will see some of those participants continuing their skills with AFF on clinic days.

Remember, AFF has 10 vises and tool kits available to loan if any members need them to teach youth. 

Please contact Cheryl Cline at  cheryllynncline@gmail.com
to schedule the use of the vises or if you need a list of instructors.


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