Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber
The seasons are changing, the days are shorter, and the fishing is always getting better.  Along with the season's changes, the Alaska Fly Fishers are experiencing changes.

We just held our first club meeting in our new location in October at the Elk's Lodge (Northway Mall, 3101 Penland Parkway Suite A14).  The initial feedback on changing locations has been extremely positive from our club members with several having suggestions on things we can do to make improvements.  The board is reviewing those recommendations and working to implement several suggestions in the next few months.

In November, we are also scheduled to elect our new 2016 Board of Directors.  Our Election Committee has done a great job finding members excited about serving on the board and bring new ideas to the club.  We look forward to welcoming the new board members.  

You must be an active club member and present to vote during the November elections.  Additionally, we will also have our annual reports provided by the President, Treasure, and Project Healing Waters, along with, candidate introductions.  I look forward to seeing you at 7:00 pm, Monday, November 2nd,  at the Elks Lodge.

Keep your lines tight and fish on!

Bill Huber
The 2015 annual general membership meeting will include reports from this past year's board members, along with an election for the 2016 AFF board

Following the business meeting, we will have a short break, followed by a presentation by AFF member, Damond Blankenship. Damond, along with Tyland Van Lier, own and operated Alaska Fishing & Lodging in Soldotna. Damond is also an instructor for our rod building classes during the winter months. He will tell us all about building rods and upcoming classes.

Also during our November 2nd meeting, we are excited to have the Elks Lodge put on a spaghetti feed for us. Beginning at 6:00pm, for only $10, you can get spaghetti, salad, bread, a drink (juice or soft drink), and dessert. in order to get enough food, pleases RSVP to Pat at 907-354-8781.

Hope to see you at the meeting,

Patrick Malone

Just a reminder: The Alaska Fly Fishers general membership meetings will now be held at the Anchorage Elks lodge in the Northway Mall next to Carrs.

Patrick Malone
Vice President
Alaska Fly Fishers
from Ben Rowell
The November Ballot:
Jolynne Howard
Pat Malone
Vice President
Pat Dougherty
Bob Pawlowski
Ben Rowell
Art Peck
Joshua Shearer
Member at Large - Tying Coordinator
No nomination
Member-at-Large ( x4)
Josh Bell
Brenda Brown
Cheryl Cline
Mike Malone
Kory Murdoch
Tom Rueter


 by Bill Hauser

Arctic Grayling
by Bill Hauser

arctic grayling
The Arctic grayling,  Thymallus arcticus, is a graceful-looking fish with an appearance greatly enhanced by body spotting and sail-like, flashy, rectangular-shaped dorsal fin. They are highly-prized by anglers.
Worldwide, graylings are broadly distributed through northern North America and northernmost Asia. A total of nine species have been described in the grayling subfamily. The Arctic grayling is found in North America, Europe, northern Asia, Siberia, and North Korea. They are found throughout mainland Alaska in freshwaters that have adequate concentrations of dissolved oxygen and they thrive at water temperatures of 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They are commonly found in cold-water streams and rivers but they can also be found in lakes and ponds. The genus name comes from the herb, thyme. Supposedly, when freshly caught, graylings have an odor that resembles the odor of thyme. Maybe other people have noticed this and maybe it works for the other grayling species or maybe my nose doesn't work well but I have not detected it in Arctic grayling.

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


Where the West Begins
Where the West Begins

clip art fly


from Chad Gage


Tying clinics are in full swing on the third Saturday of the month at the William Jack Hernandez sport fish hatchery. We meet from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the upstairs classroom. The hatchery is located on the corner of Post Road and Reeve Blvd. Each month we have instructions and materials to tie certain flies. Beginners to advanced tiers are welcome, and we welcome any ideas you have for a monthly theme, game, or pattern to teach or learn, please contact me!



Chad Gage                                        
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from Jan Schnorr
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PHW Tying Clinics Update
PHW is staffing three tying clinics for active injured military service members and disabled veterans.  Our regular fly tying session meets at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery on Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Tying clinics were also held at the Fisher House on Wednesday evenings.
In addition to the Anchorage tying sessions, tying sessions were held at the Wasilla Vet Center on the first and third Tuesdays during October from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. During November and December these sessions will continue to be held on the first and third Tuesday of the month.  Please see the Project Healing Waters Facebook page for details.
For updates regarding specific weekly activities please see the PHW Facebook page at Project Healing Waters Alaska or contact for additional information.

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Last PHW Fishing Trip of 2015

PHW Alaska took eleven program participants on a trip to fish for rainbows on the Kenai River on September 27th.  All participants had a wonderful time catching rainbows, dollies and the late run of sockeyes.  
A special note of thanks to the businesses helping to sponsor the trip,including  Kenai River Drifters Lodge and Sacketts BBQ at Cooper Landing. To see additional photos from this trip visit the Project Healing Waters Facebook page.
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Volunteer opportunity

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 pm and 7:30 pm  or contact

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For updates regarding specific weekly activities please see the PHW Facebook page at Project Healing Waters Alaska or contact for additional information

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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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Get Connected

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.  

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In this issue: 

  • Fish Talk
  • November meeting
  • Election preview
  • More!

Banner photo "Reeling Stoner" 

by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2016 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

RE-New your Membership for 2016!

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.


What'cha been tying?

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

Below are some of Ben Rowell's favorites...


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!


November: 2nd  -  General                      Meeting
              10th - Board meeting
               21st - Tying clinic 

December: 7th  -  Genera l                        Meeting 
              15th - Board meeting
              19th - Tying clinic

January: 4th - General                         meeting 
             12th - Board meeting
             16th - Tying clinic 

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

March:   7th - General meeting
             15th - Board Meeting
             19th - Tying clinic
             31-April 3 - Great                    Alaska Sportsmans                Show

April:  No General Meeting
           March 31 - April 3                    Great Alaska                          Sportsmans Show
           TBD - Fly Fishing                    Film Tour, Bears Tooth            Theaterpub
           9-10 - Silent Auction                drop-off
           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
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