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from Pat Malone

With Monday Night Football over, the weather still cold outside with some snow on the ground, and some great presenters coming up for the next few meetings I would hope to see the attendance at our general membership meetings increase by a noticeable amount.  Higher attendance, membership, and participation is only going to help the Alaska Fly Fishers to continue to be a significantly recognized organization, grow, and be able to not only accomplish the club's objectives (below), but to enjoy what brings us together - Fly Fishing/Tying.

"The Club's objectives shall be to preserve the sport of fly fishing, advance the principles of fair chase and fair catch, educate members and the public in the necessity of preserving our outdoor heritage, promote the ethical utilization of all the resources of our woods and waters, and to organize and unite the fly fishers of Alaska for mutual and community benefit."

If you haven't been to a meeting or attended recently, please come join us.  I encourage each of you to bring a friend, or better yet friends, so they can see what we are all about.  We (the executive board) are getting creative to come up with ways to promote member interaction and become more welcoming for our visitors and new members.  There are many benefits to being a member, and the more members we have, the more we can do.  We are still collecting member surveys (unfortunately we only have a small percentage of member responses), and a submission provides you the opportunity to win a great prize.  After all, it only takes a few minutes of your time and it's free!
So, to go over our upcoming events and points of contact for information or to volunteer, here is a list of things to consider:

March 3-6, 2016 - Boat Show at The Sullivan Arena (still looking for someone to coordinate)
March 18-20, 2016 - Mat-Su Sportsman's and Gun Show at The Menard Sports Arena in Wasilla (Mike Malone)
March 24th, 2016 5:30pm and 8pm - Fly Fishing Film Tour at The Bear Tooth (ask any board member)
March 31-April 3rd, 2016 - Great Alaska Sportsman's Show at The Sullivan and Ben Boeke Arenas (Mike Lindsay)
April 11, 18, 25, May 9, 2016  - AFF Spring Seminar at The BP Energy Center (Rich Johnson)
April 15, 2016  - AFF Annual Auction at The Lakefront (Formerly known as The Millennium) (Ben Rowell)
Simply put, in order for these events to be successful, we need lots of volunteer help.  Hopefully, it will be a case of some help from lots of people rather than lots of help from some people.  This is YOUR club.  Take pride in what it is, and can be.  Even if you can't volunteer your time, there is always some way you can help out and every little bit helps.
As a reminder, the AFF board meets (typically) the second Tuesday at 6pm each month at the BP Energy center.  Meetings are open to the public and club members are welcome to attend.
In closing, I would like you as a member of AFF to know that if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or input that I am always happy to listen.  I can be reached by phone at 907-354-8781, or email at PMHSE@hotmail.com.
May the fish be with you,
Patrick Malone
President, Alaska Fly Fishers

from Patrick Dougherty

Greetings fellow fly fishers! Our February meeting will afford us the opportunity to take in a very enlightening and educational presentation from Sue Mauger.  Sue is the science director for Cook Inletkeeper,  a non-profit water conservation and ecology organization based in Homer.   As its staff research scientist, Sue has led the group's efforts to identify changes affecting the viability of Alaska's salmon populations.   In an effort to keep anglers and fisheries managers abreast of current conditions, Inletkeeper created an online site, on which the temperatures of rivers like the Anchor and the Deshka can be checked in real time.
Sue is going to share with us the effects a warming climate is having on salmon streams in Alaska and beyond.   Alaska has experienced disproportionately greater effects from rapid climate change than the rest of the U.S. Through the use of temperature data-loggers in 48 watersheds around Cook Inlet, Sue and Inletkeeper's research partners have documented alarming rates of summer warming in local salmon streams.   Higher temperatures make fish more vulnerable to pollution, disease and predation. Sue has also documented the importance of upwellings of groundwater that create cold-water "refuges" for fish in streams like the Anchor River and throughout the Big Lake basin.   
Available for purchase this month we will have Fish (or Chicken Strips) and Chips for $10, please RSVP on the website www.alaskaflyfishers.net or to Pat Malone (907-354-8781) so we can pre-order an accurate amount of food.
We look forward to seeing you all February 1 st  at 7pm for this intriguing presentation.
Patrick Dougherty
Vice President, Alaska Fly Fishers

Just a reminder, the general meetings are now being held at the Elks Lodge at the Northway Mall, 3101 Penland Parkway, west end.


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 Ben Rowell

Visit our Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) event page  to stay up to date on ticket sales, trailers, and more. 
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from Ben Rowell

Congratulations to  Brock Frye r for winning our December Facebook Photo Contest. Brock's photo Arctic Grayling from the West Fork Tolovana River recieved the most likes, earning him a $20 gift certificate to Mossy's Fly Shop.
The January Facebook Photo Contest is underway.  Enter you fishing themed photos to  www.facebook.com/alaskaflyfishers. Don't forget to tag, like, and share your photo. The photo with the most Likes wins!

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from Jolynne Howard
Alaska Fly Fishers 2016 Monty Williams Memorial Fly Tying Contest
Contest Dates: January 1, 2016 through February 29, 2016

Rules and Contest Information :
  • Entrants must either be a member of, or related to a member of, the Alaska Fly Fishers Club or the Midnight Sun Fly Casters Club of Fairbanks.
  • There are three divisions:
    • Youth Division: 15 years of age or younger
    • Adult Division: 16 years of age or older
    • Advanced Division: Open to all members. Anyone that has previously won this division, or the adult division, in the last 2 years is encouraged to enter this division.
  • There are 4 categories:

1.     Dry Fly

2.     Streamer

3.     Nymph/Emerger

4.       Creative - Anything Goes
  • All flies will become the property of the Alaska Fly Fishers and will be used for fundraising for the club or donated to charitable causes.
  • Members may enter up to 8 flies in total, with no more than 2 flies in each category.  Youth members may enter 1 fly in any category.
  • Each fly must be accompanied by two 3x5 index cards, specific with the following information:

Card 1 - Category of Entry, Fly Name, Name of Entrant including address, phone number, and email address


Card 2 - Name of Fly with a detailed tying recipe.  PACK YOUR FLIES CAREFULLY

  • All entries must be packaged so that minimum handling is required prior to judging
  • The final date and time for all entries is February 29, 2016 at 3 pm.
  • There are three ways to submit your entries:  Deliver to Jolynne Howard at the club meetings on Jan. 4th or Feb 1st, or bring to the fly tying clinics on Jan. 16th, or Feb. 20th, or you may mail them:
Alaska Fly Fishers
200 West 34th Avenue, Box 1233
Anchorage, AK 99502
**Note: The club is not responsible for delays in mail delivery. **  
  • The  People Choice Award will be voted on and all award winners will be announced at the March 7 th 2016 meeting.
  • Judges and prizes are designated by the Alaska Fly Fishers Club and all decisions are final.  There will be over $800 in gift certificates and fly tying related prizes!

Printable PDF Contest Rules
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 by Bill Hauser

Fun Fish Facts
by Bill Hauser
I am proud to say I have been a member of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) and studying fishes for more than fifty years. That said, there is an article in an AFS professional journal I receive in which Society administrative staff, among other things, comment on a favorite fish fact. Here are some of their comments (with
my comments in italics):
-     Eels migrate the opposite way from salmon (ocean to river and back to the ocean, rather than from the river to the ocean and back to the river). They are also delicious. ( This applies to the American eel, an east coast species. Marine species of eels spawn in saltwater .)
-     Why must Bluefin Tuna--captured for sashimi-have deep red flesh? Because it is served on a pure white plate and the color contrast is part of the experience. ( This is a good reason, but actually, their flesh is red because it has special blood circulation system to allow these species to concentrate heat from muscle contractions to raise their body temperature.)
-    Catfish have over 27,000 taste buds covering the surface of their entire body, with the gills containing the highest concentration, followed by the barbels and the mouth. They are like swimming tongues.
-      Gill net is a noun, gill-net is an adjective, and gillnet is a verb.
-   I have learned that AFS members can be passionate about the names of fishes.
-     Eels and morays have the most acute demonstrated sense of smell, with some species capable of detecting substances at less than one part per trillion.
-      Did you know Tom B. has 12 fish ties?  ( Heck, I may have as many! And about ten fish shirts. When I began my career, I could hardly find "fish-motif" items so if I found one, I bought it. In fact, my wife made my first fish tie. Before I knew it or could react, the trend reversed. So now I have more than I can accommodate. Anyone out there who might want a fish tie?)
-     There are over 700 known soniferous (sound producing) species of fish. Some fish can grunt, growl, moan, boat whistle, honk, Hiss, croak, wail and shriek, however, they do not have vocal chords and make these sounds using other parts of their bodies, including their swim bladder.
-     Sailfishes are the fastest fish in the ocean, while seahorses are the slowest.
-      Mudskippers (family Gobiidae) are amphibious fish that can "walk on land," and they use water held in their mouths to capture prey via "suction feeding" -gulping in water to draw prey into their mouths. ( Mudskippers have specially-developed pectoral fins to allow them to "skip" on land and they flip their bodies to make jumps. They capture water in their gill cavities to obtain oxygen and keep their gills moist.)
-      A lot of people, scientists, managers, etc. are really interested in fish . . . with beer coming in at #2.
-     ( One of my favorite fun Alaska fish facts: Alaska blackfish are unique because they can utilize atmospheric air; contrary to popular belief, however, they cannot recover after being completely frozen.)  

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 Ben Rowell

Auction News
The 2016 AFF Annual Auction is April 15th.  Members are welcome to add new or like new fly fishing gear and accessories into the auction so start thinking about what you would like to include in the auction and look for the auction schedule in the March Fly Lines. 
It takes hard working volunteers to pull of a great auction. There are volunteers opportunities the weeks leading up to the auction and on auction day. 
Such as:

  • Securing donations
  • Promotions and advertising
  • Auction merchandise check-in and organizing the week of the auction
  • Auction day setup, participant check-in/check-out, clean-up

  • If you are interested in helping out, please contact me at rowell.benjamin@gmail.com
    Thank you,
    Ben Rowell, Auction Coordinator


    JUST for FUN

    MagicRiver.no / Santiago - Same shirts in Slovenia (fly fishing).
    MagicRiver.no / Santiago - Same shirts in Slovenia (fly fishing).

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    from Cheryl Cline

    There are some new activities happening at the tying clinics - including some for those who do not tie!
    There was a great deal of enthusiasm and a few new faces at the January Tying Clinic. The two instruction tables were filled, headed by Pudge Kleinkauf (ants and streamers) and Dave Rooker (beginners). Demo tying was a great success featuring Josh Shearer (Kenai Krill Killer), Jolynne Howard (Humpy Hooker), and Kevin Foley (Electric Lamprey using a double twist wrap technique). Bob Wallick took on the left hand challenge and came up with some interesting insights and fishable damsels. Thanks to each of these as well as those who helped with clean up. 
    One hour Fly Demonstrations are now scheduled at 9am, 11 am, and 1pm. This opportunity is for all members to discover details about a fly as well as to show case the skills of some of our members. Topics you might see covered include the latest about what works on our waters, efficient methods, how production flies are tied, and new materials and techniques. You might use this forum to catch a friend or family member's interest. 
    Each clinic will continue to offer 2 instruction tables, room for all to tie and share, hourly door prizes, and a tying skill challenge. Attendees will be donating flies to fill boxes for the club's auction.  
    FEBRUARY'S CLINIC on the 20th will feature:
    9:00 am   - Ben Rowell demonstrating Barr's Slumpbuster
    11:00 am   - Chad Gage demonstrating String Leeches 101 
    1:00 pm   - Mike Malone demonstrating the Parachute Purple Haze and wing post tying technique -  AND a FLY EXCHANGE of "favorite spring trout flies" - If you want to participate in this bring 10 of your chosen pattern to share and then leave with more variety in your fly box.
    If you are interested in hosting an instruction table, learning something in particular, filling a demo slot, or have another idea for improving our tying efforts, get in touch with clinic coordinators Dave Rooker and Cheryl Cline.
    We hope you can stop in or stay all day between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery on Reeve Blvd at Post Road. The clinics are open to the public. Materials and vices are on hand if you choose to tie and don't have your own equipment or materials. And don't be shy about using a hand cart to wheel in your own tools and supplies, there is an elevator.  
    Keep that tension on your bobbin,
    Cheryl Cline
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    from Jan Schnorr
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    PHW Tying Clinics Update  

    PHW staffed tying clinics at three locations for active injured military service members and disabled veterans.  The regular fly tying session met at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery. Tying clinics were also held at the Fisher House and at the Wasilla Vet Center.  
    • WJ Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, North Reeve Blvd. - Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
    • JBER Fisher House, 5975 Zeamer Ave, Elmendorf AFB - Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm
    • Wasilla Veterans' Center, 851 E. West Point Drive, Suite 102. - Third Tuesdays 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    For updates regarding specific weekly activities please see the PHW Facebook page at Project Healing Waters Alaska or contact PHWAlaska@gmail.com for additional information.

                     PHW fish                   
    Volunteer Opportunity - Share Your Expertise!

    Are you interested in helping PHW participants learn how to build rods during February and March? Project Healing Waters is looking for volunteers who want to help staff the rod building sessions in Anchorage.  If you are interested, please stop by the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery on Thursdays between 5:30 - 7:30 PM or contact Damond Blankenship at damondent@gci.net.

    Are you interested in helping others learn how to tie flies and talking about fishing during these long dark days of winter? Project Healing Waters is looking for volunteers who want to help staff the tying clinics in Anchorage as well as in Wasilla.  If you are interested, please stop by the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery on Thursdays between 5:30 - 7:30 PM or contact PHWAlaska@gmail.com.
    PHW fish 
    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 .
    PHW fish
    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! 
    Email photos and stories to aff.flylines.ed@gmail.com.

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    In this issue: 

    • Fish Talk
    • Member Survey
    • January Meeting
    • Auction News
    • Fly Tying Contest
    • More!

    Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

    by  Gerry Balboni,

    2011 Photo Contest

    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.


    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!


    February: 1st - General                         meeting
                  9th - Board meeting
                  20th - Tying clinic

    March:  3rd-6th - Anchorage Boat Show
                 7th - General meeting
                 15th - Board Meeting
                 18th-20th - MatSu Sportsman's & Gun Show
                 19th - Tying clinic
                 24th - Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) 
                 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
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    Cast Alaska
    Cooper Landing Grocery
    Russian River House
    The Shrew's Nest
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