APRIL 2015


Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber

stock reel photo

Are you ready to get that rod, reel, guided trip, waders, or whatever it is on your fishing list this season?  If the answer is yes, then the Alaska Fly Fisher's Annual Auction is where you need to be. Mark your calendar for April 17th and head to the Millennium Hotel. This year's Auction is shaping up to be our best ever because the Auction Committee Volunteers have been working hard for your spring time enjoyment.

Speaking of spring, Rich Johnson and his volunteers have once again put together our AFF Annual Fly Fisher's Spring Seminar.  This outstanding seminar is focused on introducing future fly fishers to the basic fundamental of fly fishing in Alaska.  The seminar classes cover equipment, fly tying, knots, and casting.  If you need a tune up or know someone interested in learning more please come out and join them.  Flyers and registration forms are available online at www.akflyfishers.net.

Additionally, the Fly Fishing Film Tour and the Great Alaska Sportsman Show are just around the corner so make plans to come out to see your friends and a chance to win to real nice sponsor donations.  

Finally, below you will also see the Board of Directors has agreed to send a letter Division of Mining, Land, and Water strongly recommending the Division of Natural Resources approve the Water reservations application submitted by the Chuitna Citizens Coalition, Inc.  We are also encouraging all our club members to write their own letter requesting the same in support of the Chuitna Citizens Coalition.  Protecting sport fishing and salmon habitats in Alaska is a core mission of this club and our purpose for making this request.

We have a very busy next few weeks with the Fly Fishing Film Tour, AFF Annual Auction, Spring Seminar, and the Great Alaska Sportsman Show coming up in the next couple of weeks.  I look forward to see you out at these events.

Until then, keep those lines clean and fish on!


Bill Huber
AFF President

from Pat Malone
No Monthly Meeting in APRIL! 
Join us for the Annual Fundraising Auction
7:00 pm at the Millennium Hotel 

See you on April 17th! Bring a friend!

Pat Malone, Vice President, AFF


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 tiers.  Put your charm to good use! 


As of right now there are several openings on the GASS volunteer list. If you sign up to work the booth you will receive a free weekend pass to the show. We also need people for the booth set up on the evening Wednesday April 1st.  


Chad - swingingleeches@yahoo.com 

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 rowell.benjamin@gmail.com or 306-7851 if you can help support this exciting and fun event. 


Thank you,


Ben Rowell, Auction Coordinator

 from Rich Johnson

The AFF Fly Fishing Seminar will be on April 13th, 20th, 27th, and culminating on May 11th.

Spread the word! You can prepay and register at the Great Alaskan Sportsman Show, or simply show up and register the first night. Our Handbook will be included with each paid attendance. This is a family friendly function open to young people through senior citizens.

A small poster and the pre-registration flyer are available online at www.akflyfishers.net; follow the links for the Seminar. The small poster is letter size and will print out in color. The pre-registration
form is in a 2-up format so you can share with a friend.

We're looking for volunteers for this year's Spring Seminar! Mark these dates on your calendar and plan on being at the Seminar to lend a helping hand to someone new to our sport.

The fly fishing seminar has been a success due to individual club members giving of their time and energy. Seminar attendees tell us every year that it is the interaction with our regular members that they enjoy the most. Please plan on helping educate a new, budding fly fisher, and contribute back to your club.

If you would like to help, contact Rich Johnson at 243-1093 wk/ 440-1830 cell, or by Email at rich@2guysflyfishing.net

Monday, April 13th 7:45 to 8:30PM

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. The club provides string, monofilament, and hooks; you simply demonstrate and teach the knots you use fishing.

Monday, April 20th 6:30 - 8:30PM

FLY TYING & 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 would like you to tie what you fish with. Fly tyers of all skill levels are requested. This is one of the most popular sessions. We'll also be following up with knots from the previous Monday

Monday, May 11th 6:30 - 8:30PM

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 you can be successful fishing without being a master caster. You will need to bring a balanced outfit including an old leader. The club will provide yarn to represent the fly.

Casting will be done outside, so plan on dressing warm.

Location: The first three evenings will be held at the BP Energy Center - Birch Room

The casting clinic on May 11th will be held at the main BP Bldg, Main Floor Conference Rooms.

 by Bill Hauser

Fukushima Radioactivity
by Bill Hauser


When people learn I am a fishery biologist in Alaska, one question I am often asked is about radioactivity released from the Fukushima power plant that is (or, may be) drifting toward Alaska. Here is some information I have recently learned. . .  [My additions, below, are in  italics .]

On March 11, 2011, a massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami off the coast of Japan, severely damaging the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plants resulting in the discharge of a radioactive plume into the atmosphere and ocean. The radioactive material that entered the ocean moved eastward towards North America via the Kuroshio and North Pacific current systems. 

Read the rest...


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


from Chad Gage

Alaska Fly Fishers 2015 

Fly Tying Contest



         thank you Rich Johnson for supplying the photos 

clip art fly


from Chad Gage

The March Fly Tying clinic was a hit. Mr. Dave Rooker and myself were kept busy with 2 full tables of novice tiers that were eager to learn. Rich Johnson and Pudge Kleinkauf were the featured tiers and were demonstrating smolt and ant patterns.


Next month the AFF tying clinic will be held on Saturday April 18th. We meet from 9am to 3pm at the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery. The clinic is come and go as you please, free and open to the public. The Club has vices and materials if you need them.


As of right now we do not have a featured tier for our April program. If anyone would like to demo a pattern or two let me know. I would also like to reach out for volunteers, the last few April clinics have been extremely busy. We promote the Clinic at the Great Alaska Sportsman Show and we get a huge turnout of new tiers. So if you would be willing to tie a few basic patterns with people that have interest in tying let me know.



Upcoming winter tying  events:

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                                        

Dubbing Brushes - from Rich Johnson


The Tying Clinic program Rich Johnson had planned for March on dubbing brushes (and patterns) was swapped for fry & smolts. Rich will not be able to attend any of the remaining tying clinics this spring; however, I has a couple

options available outside of the AFF Clinics. If you are interested in working with dubbing brushes for this fishing season contact Rich as soon as possible and he will notify you if he can arrange another location on a weekend, or two to three Thursday evenings spread over a few weeks.


Email at rich@2guysflyfishing.net or cell phone 440-1830

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 www.faceook.com/alaskaflyfishers. You do not need to have a Facebook account to see our page.
from Jan Schnorr
PHW logo

Tying Clinics Update


On March 5th, Tim Sundlov, from the BLM Glennallen office, hosted a special event at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery. The event featured a new movie titled, Mending the Line, a 45-minute story of Frank Moore, a 90-year old WWII veteran and fly fishing legend, returning to Normandy with his wife of 70 years to fish the rivers he saw as a soldier in WWII. In addition to the movie, everyone was treated to pizza. Thank you, Tim! 


Mending the Line - Trailer
Mending the Line - Trailer


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 to accommodate individuals who work until 5 PM.  Spread the word about this new location and time to potential participants and consider volunteering.


During March, PHW sponsored four tying clinics on Thursdays at the Soldier Family Assistance Center on JBER from 4 - 5:30 PM as well as four tying clinics at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.   The tying sessions, staffed by Dave Rooker, Mike Malone, Dean Williams, Chris Pouncey, Frank Stevens, Mike Morelli, and Katie Puterbaugh, focused on the Sparkle Pupae, Midge Larva, and the Black Midge.  Dave Rooker and Katie Puterbaugh continued to staff the Wednesday tying sessions at the Fisher House where veterans live while receiving medical treatment in Anchorage. 


PHW fish 

Rod Building


The Hook and Hackle Company, sponsors this 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 teach the classes, held on Wednesdays at the Soldier Family Assistance Center on JBER. Classes start at 4 PM and end around 6 PM.  Most participants are in the final stage of completing their rods and each will have opportunities during April to practice casting them prior to the start of the fishing season.


See the beautiful rod below featuring pink thread wrapped guides!



 PHW fish 


PHW would not be possible without the support of the 
Alaska Fly Fishers

Thank you for your continued support.  


 Volunteer opportunity! 

As of right now, there are several openings on the GASS volunteer list. If you sign up to work the booth you will receive a free weekend pass to the show. We also need people for the booth set-up on the evening of Wednesday April 1st. Contact Chad at

Make a Difference
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.  



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: 

  • Tying Clinic News
  • Spring Seminar News
  • 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.


What'cha been tying?

What's every body been tying lately? Share a picture of your latest ties with us at http://goo.gl/SWJNAN 

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!


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

Please contact Chad Gage at swingingleeches@yahoo.com
to schedule the use of the vises or if you need a list of instructors.


Members' Corner 

Pudge Kleinkauf of Women's Fly Fishing is offering a 9-hour "Tying Salmon Flies" class April 7-8-9 from 6-9 each evening. Cost is $125. Salmon flies from Pudge's book, Pacific Salmon Flies; New Ties & Old Standbys. This is not a beginning class, some tying experience is required. All materials and equipment is provided. Call 274-7113 or email pudge@womensflyfishing.net

to register. Hurry! Only one spot left!




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