MARCH 2015


Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber

As I mentioned in the newsletter in December 2014, the Air Force weathermen reported we would not see significant snow fall in Anchorage until late February and we were all shocked.  Today, we are all asking if breakup is here and if there is enough snow available even in Fairbanks for the the ceremonial Iditarod start.  As we all look forward to Fur Rondy Week events, we also need to start looking forward to our AFF upcoming events.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Anchorage in a few short weeks and I am confident the two showings will sell out early....get your tickets now!

The AFF Spring Auction is coming and on April 17th you have a chance to put your new or gently used excess fishing gear into the silent auction.  I am also hearing the donation committee is having great success in obtaining many quality items we will all want to bid on.

Additionally, we are looking forward to the Spring Seminar, the Boat Show, and the Great Alaska Outdoor Show.  We are always looking for volunteers to support these club activities.  If you are interested please contact a board member to get involved.

There is plenty of club activity this Spring whether we have snow or not we can all enjoy. Then we will start planning for our opening day fly fishing outing with friends and family.

Until we meet again, keep those lines clean and fish on!



Bill Huber
AFF President
from Pat Malone
It's Monday, March 2! 
7:00 pm at the Millennium Hotel 


The Alaska Fly Fishers' March general meeting will definitely not be one to miss.  We will have the exciting opportunity to have Mr. Greg Heister give us a presentation on Salt Water Fly Fishing in La Paz, Mexico.  He will also be sharing some of his adventures in New Brunswick on The Restigouche River targeting Atlantic Salmon.

Greg is a familiar face to some, and to others this will be the opportunity to meet a former member and board member of the club.  Greg moved to Anchorage in the early 1990s to pursue a career in sports broadcasting.  As the sportscaster at channel 13, Greg had the opportunity to cover the 1st annual AFF Kenai River Clean Up.  In 2000, Greg moved to Spokane, WA where he lives now with his wife Laura and young daughter. Greg is currently a broadcaster for Gonzaga University Basketball and through his production company "Green Highlander Productions", hosts the successful weekly "Seasons on the Fly" show.  It can be seen on the NBC Sports channel Thursday afternoons at 1:30 eastern time (9:30 am Alaska time).  His hard work and experience have made him a 15-time Emmy award winner for not only his Fly Fishing series, but also superb Iditarod Sled Dog Race coverage.

Along with being a fly fishing guide in Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, Greg has been tying flies since the age of 8.  Tying virtually everything from nymphs to dries and salt water patterns, Greg specializes in Classic Atlantic Salmon patterns worthy of placing on your mantle or in a display case.

Hope to see you on March 2nd, bring a friend!

Pat Malone, Vice President, AFF



from Chad Gage



The Anchorage Boat Show is at the AT&T Sports Pavilion (Old Seward & O'Malley across from Lowe's) Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15

This is our first year of doing the Boat Show, I envision it to be similar to our booth at the GASS. Just like GASS, we need volunteer to staff the booth, and tell the visitors to the show how wonderful AFF is!

Let me know if you can help!

from Chad Gage



The Great Alaska Sportsman Show is one of America's most unusual gatherings of men and women who love the great outdoors and the Alaska vendors, exhibitors and experts who seek to equip and prepare them for a season afield.

The four-day show draws sell-out crowds of people who care passionately about fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, climbing and virtually all other outdoor activities. Come join us at the Sullivan and Ben Boeke Arenas, April 2nd - 5th, 2015.

Volunteer to represent Alaska Fly Fishers at the AFF booth.  Contact Chad to sign up - he has the schedule and can find a slot that will work for you.  We need greeters and fly tyers.  Put your charm to good use!

Chad - 

from Ben Rowell


The days are getting longer and we have started filling our fly boxes and preparing our gear for the upcoming season. As you get organized, please consider contributing new or gently used fly fishing items to the Live and Silent Auctions or the Cash & Carry Fundraiser at the upcoming auction on April 17th.


To enter items into an auction or cash & carry, bring your items to the WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery, 941 N. Reeve Blvd., on April 13-15, from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. You may donate items to the club or sell items with a 10% sales fee to the Alaska Fly Fishers for handling the transaction.


Volunteers are needed at the Hernandez Fish Hatchery April 13-16 to assist in processing auction items and on the day of the event, April 17, 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 or 306-7851 if you can help support this exciting and fun event. 


Thank you,


Ben Rowell, Auction Coordinator

Partnering with Andrea Larko, Vedavoo has put together a fun project to kick of the year! Follow this link to find a selection of fish drawings Andrea did for this coloring contest - click the one you want, print it out - and give it to your little one to have them color! When done, please submit your entry using the instructions on the sheet. A winner will be chosen through Vedavoo's Facebook account by the end of March - winners will get Vedavoo Kids Gear like our Best-in-Show Little Bugger Kid Sling (IFTD 2014). Good Luck!!!
from Damond Blankenship


The rod building class meets on Tuesdays from 6:00-8:45 pm at the Educational Building at BP. If you have a rod you started, or a rod you would like to repair, you are welcome to join! The address is 900 E. Benson Blvd. Please call Damond at 351-6810 for more details.


2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour: Mongolia Film Fest Trailer
2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour: Mongolia Film Fest Trailer

Fly Fishing Film Tour - March 26th Bear's Tooth Theater & Pub


 by Bill Hauser

A. C. D.

Anadromous; Catadromous; Diadromous. Sounds like a chant, doesn't it? Definitions: "Anadromous" (sound it out: a (uh) nad ro mus) - spawns in freshwater; migrates to the ocean to develop and return. "Catadromous" - the opposite of anadromous. "Diadromous" - term to describe fish with a two-way migratory behavior; i.e., includes anadromous and catadromous. We have often discussed anadromous fish, such as salmon, that evolved in freshwater and adapted to life in the ocean to take advantage of the better feeding opportunities. 

But there is more... in North America, I know of only one catadromous species - the American eel. It spawns in the Sargasso Sea - near Bermuda. The young fish drift northward along our east coast and migrate up rivers to develop and leave to spawn. Why do you think a fish species would become catadromous? Well, for the same reason that salmon are anadromous - except backwards. Last spring, I was fortunate to be able to make a brief trip to Australia. The freshwater fish best known to anglers there is the "barramundi"...both for its fighting abilities and its eating quality. Believing that catadromous fish are rare, I was astonished to learn that it spawned in saltwater, but developed in freshwater. Then, I found out that a number of other fish from Australia followed the same habits. Why?!


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 Chad Gage

Alaska Fly Fishers 2015 

Fly Tying Contest


Come to Monday's meeting for the results and to vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Award!


clip art fly


from Chad Gage

Join us at the March general meeting for the results of the 2015 AFF Fly Tying Contest, this years fly submissions will be on display and the winners will be announced.  A special thank you goes out to all of the members who entered this years competition. I would also like to thank Mike with Mossy's Fly Shop for putting together the judge panel and Rich Johnson for taking the pictures of the flies and producing the slide show. 

Our February Tying Clinic was a busy one. Dave Rooker found himself with a table full of beginning tyers and Art Peck was kept busy giving Spey fly demos.

AFF will be holding its next clinic on Saturday, March 21st at the William Hernandez fish hatchery from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Rich Johnson will be the featured tyer. Rich will be demonstrating smolt patterns starting at 9:00, this has been a popular demo in the past so get there early to get a good seat. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Upcoming winter tying events:

March 2 - Fly Tying Competition Results at our general meeting.

March 21- Fly tying clinic - Dubbing brushes demo with Rich Johnson

April 2-5 - Members tying at the AFF booth at the Sportsman's Show

April 18 - Tying clinic

May 16 - Tying clinic - Rich Johnson will be demonstrating smolt patterns for those spring rainbows and greyling.


Chad Gage                                        
clip art fly
from Ben Rowell

The Facebook Photo Contest is "gone fishin'" for awhile. In the meantime, here is a great tip from Ben, our Facebook guy.

Want to make sure Facebook doesn't hide AFF's updates from you? Just mouse over our page name and select "Get Notifications" under "Liked." 

If you haven't yet found us on Facebook, please visit You do not need to have a Facebook account to see our page.
from Jan Schnorr
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Tying Clinics


           Above, Mike Morelli (right) teaches a beginner



During February, PHW sponsored four tying clinics on Thursdays at the Soldier Family Assistance Center on JBER which focused on tying crystal and midge larva fly patterns.  PHW volunteers who helped to staff the clinics included Dave Rooker, Mike Malone, Dean Williams, Chris Pouncey, Frank Stevens, Mike Morelli and Jan Schnorr.  Dave Rooker continued to staff the Wednesday tying sessions at the Fisher House where veterans live while receiving medical treatment in Anchorage

         Todd Green (left) explains the basics of fly tying


During February, PHW established a new tying clinic on Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the Conference Room at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery.  This new site is designed to streamline access for participants as well as volunteers; no JBER passes are required at this facility.  The time has been changed to a later time so individuals who work until 5 PM can hopefully make it.  Spread the word about this new location and time to potential participants and consider volunteering. 


A special thank you to Home Depot (Rodeo Place) and Lowe's (Muldoon) for donating storage cabinets for PHW to use at the Fish Hatchery.



PHW fish 


Damond demonstrates the guide wrapping procedure to a very interested onlooker


Rod Building


The Hook and Hackle Company, sponsors the rod building program and contest for participants.  The purpose of the program is to give the participants of PHWFF the experience of building their own fly rods to further their physical and mental rehabilitation through the sport of fly fishing.  It also gives them the possibility to win prizes for their rod building abilities to include the opportunity to further their rod building experience by attending a bamboo rod building school or attend a PHWFF National fly fishing trip.  All materials and instruction are provided free of cost to participants.  Damond Blankenship and Dean Williams are teaching the classes, held on Wednesdays at the Soldier Family Assistance Center on JBER starting at 4 PM and ending around 6 PM.  

 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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In this issue: 

  • Tying Clinic News
  • Facebook photo contest winners
  • Fly Fishing Film Tour Teaser
  • More!

Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2015 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

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If you're not a member, join today!

The cost for membership is:  
$25 Individual Annual
$30 Family Annual
$250 Lifetime
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What'cha been tying?

What's every body been tying lately? Share a picture of your latest ties with us at 

Below is Rich Johnson's "new version of flesh and eggs" he demonstrated at last weekend's tying clinic.


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 Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Redington Ballroom.

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 dates are subject  to change!


March: 2nd - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel
    21st - Tying Clinic
    26th - Fly Fishing Film Tour, Bear's Tooth Theater & Pub

           17th - Annual Fund Raising Auction
           18th - Tying Clinic

May: 4th - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel

           16th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

June: 1st - General Meeting, Millennium Hotel
           20th - Tying Clinic, WJ Hernandez Fish Hatchery

July:  6th - General Meeting

August:  Annual Picnic& Fly Fishing Fesival / Spey Clave

September:  12th - Kenai River Clean-up!

October: 5th - General Meeting
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Fly Tying Outreach
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Members' Corner 

Pudge Kleinkauf of Women's Fly Fishing will be offering a 9-hour Beginning Fly Tying class for women and men from 6-9 each evening on March 11, 12, and 13. You'll tie eight flies that you can use for salmon, rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, and char. All materials, hooks, and equipment are provided. The class is limited to 6 people and the cost is $125. For more information, and to register for the class, email
Beginning Fly Fishing classesup in for women are coming up in April, May, and June. Use this link to find out more and see the classes.

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