Reeling Stoner


from Bill Huber

Salmon fishing is in full swing, and the rivers are flooded with enthusiastic anglers eager to catch their daily limit. We are so fortunate to be here in Alaska enjoying God's country. 

We just wrapped up another outstanding Alaska Fly Fishing Fair & Spey Clave at Mirror Lake. Those making it out to the event were treated with some outstanding presentations by many of our own members and several casting experts from the lower 48. Lee Davidson, Master's Long Distance Casting Champion 2015, provided the crowd wtih an incredible demonstration on how to control the spey line, create a powerful D loop, and how to throw the line over 100 feet. I must say I am looking forward to the 3rd Annual Spey Clave in 2016.

We now move on to planning and executing our annual fall Kenai River Cleanup at the Russian River Ferry Crossing on September 12. We will have plenty of trash bags, rafts, food, music and fun. The Kenai Cleanup is the Club's capstone event for the year and a great way to give back to a river we all cherish. We will start the event Friday evening, with setup operations in preparation for Saturday's gathering. Saturday morning we will all come together for some hot coffee and donuts. Everyone will pick an assigned area to clean along the roadside or down the riverbanks. We then reconvene for a barbecue, fun stories, donation drawings, and some good ol' fishing music. I look forward to seeing everyone out there on the Saturday the 12th working to keep the Kenai River pristine.

As mentioned before, the Alaska Fly Fishers are moving our monthly meeting location to the Elks Lodge, 3011 Penland Parkway, Suite A14 (Northway Mall, west end). This move will allow the club to continue our monthly meeting at a significantly reduced cost resulting in more club funds to be directed in education, conservation, and environmental issues. Our next club meeting at the Elks Lodge is October 5th, 7:00 pm. 

Finally, we are looking for volunteers interested in serving on the AFF Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to get involved in setting the future of the club. If you are interested or want to learn more about serving this organization, please contact Ben Rowell, Steve Lambert, or Mark Huber

As always, keep the lines clean and the fish on!

Bill Huber
from Ben Rowell

On Saturday, August 29, AFF members floated 6-miles down Willow Creek, from Willow Creek Resort on the Parks Highway to Willow Creek State Recreation Area.  With a low water level and slow current, conditions were ideal for spotting and retrieving trash along banks, gravel bars, and the creek bottom.  Following the float, we were treated to a gourmet creekside meal, a warm fire, and a crisp evening under the stars.

We want to thank all the cleanup participants for their time and effort and Willow Creek Resort Alaska State Parks, and Brian and Jan Forbes for their logistical support.

-Ben Rowell & Chad Gage
from Ben Rowell

Would You Like to Serve on     AFF's Executive Board?


In the upcoming months, Alaska Fly Fishers (AFF) Executive Board Nominations Committee will prepare a slate of nominations to present on the floor at the annual business meeting on Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm. 


The Alaska Fly Fishers Executive Board positions include:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Ghillie
  • Member-at-Large (Fly Tying Coordinator)
  • Member-at Large (x4)
  • Past President

If your interested in serving on AFF's 2016 Executive Board or would like more information, please contact Ben Rowell at


The 2015 Executive Board appointed Ben Rowell (Chair), Mark Huber, and Steve Lambert to serve on the Nominations Committee.

There is no general meeting in September, please join us at the Russian River Ferry campground in Saturday, September 11th, 12th, and 13th for the annual Kenai River Cleanup.

Friday, September 11th
6:00 pm Early Bird Arrival

Saturday, September 12th
8:00 am - Sign in, coffee, & continental breakfast
9:00 am - Start cleaning the river or the road, take a lunch or meet back at the tent for lunch, noon to 2:00
6:00 pm - Dinner and music back at the campground

Sunday, September 13th
Go fishing!

Special Invite

You are invited... a screening of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) on September 24th at 7:30 pm at the Glenn Massay Theater in Palmer. IF4 TM   consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing. Tickets are on sale now at Mossy's Fly Shop, Arkose Brewery, and

More information can be found at

-Ben Rowell


Beginning with the October general meeting, AFF will hold our monthly gatherings at the Elks Lodge in the Northway Mall. Al monthly, (or general) meetings will be conducted at the Elks Lodge and will continue to be held there until further notice.

Patrick Malone
Vice President
Alaska Fly Fishers

 by Bill Hauser

Coming Home
by Bill Hauser

chinook salmon

Bill has been out of the country for a good portion of the summer, however has supplied us with one of his favorites from some time back. Enjoy...

Salmon deposit eggs during summer that incubate until mid-winter when the fish hatch as alevins and, in spring, after the yolk sac has been absorbed, become free swimming fry. After some development and growth, they become juveniles called parr or fry until they become smolts that migrate to the ocean. In the ocean, they grow and mature until they migrate back to freshwater to spawn and die. That's it. Three short sentences that describe the life history of salmon. This sounds easy enough but the details are often more murky.
Read on...

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


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from Chad Gage



Tying clinics will continue through the summer, same time, same place, thanks to Dave Rooker. Dave will be manning the post so I can get out and enjoy Alaska on the weekends. As always, if you have any ideas for a demonstration, please contact Dave (you'll find him at the next general meeting). 


Feel free to come hang out from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the William J. Hernandez Fish Hatchery on Saturday, September 19th. The hatchery is located on the corner of Reeve Blvd and Post Road. C'mon down, it's free to the public and the coffee's always on.



Chad Gage                                        
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from Jan Schnorr
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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 are also held at the Fisher House on Wednesday evenings.  Tying sessions are no longer held at the SFAC on JBER.
The Wasilla Vet Center requested our assistance in establishing a tying clinic at their facility.  Sessions are held on the first and third Mondays of each month from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  
For updates regarding specific weekly activities please see the PHW Facebook page at Project Healing Waters Alaska or contact for additional information. 
 PHW fish
PHW Participant Goes on PHWFF National Trip .   Mike Lindsay was nominated and accepted to participate in a national Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing trip. He fished at Two Brooks Camp on the Upsalquitch (ASF) located in New Brunswick, Canada. Aug. 16 - 23.
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PHW Alaska took four program participants on a trip to fish the Naknek River in King Salmon, Alaska. The Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge hosted the group July 23-26, 2015. The sponsors who made this trip possible included Trout Unlimited's Alaska Program, the Grenold and Dorothy Collins Alaska Charitable Trust, Project Healing Waters Alaska, Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge and several other veteran service organizations.

Upcoming Special Events 

September 11-13
Trip #6. AFF Kenai River Clean Up. This is an Alaska Fly Fishers annual event designed to clean up trash along a 12-mile stretch of highway near Cooper Landing (230 mile round trip) as well as fish during various time periods. 
Usually about 75 - 100 volunteers participate in the weekend event. This will give PHW participants an opportunity to perform some community service while meeting Alaska Fly Fisher members and others in the fishing 
September 19-20
Trip #7 Middle Kenai River trip (300 miles round trip to Soldotna). During September, record numbers of big rainbows (20-36") congregate in sections of the Kenai River below Skilak Lake so this trip enables our participants to 
catch lots of big bows, Dollies, and salmon. Our participants love this trip! Alaska Fishing and Lodging (Damond Blankenship is one of the guides) and Alaska Fishing Services are the sponsors of this trip.
September 26-27
Trip #8. Upper Kenai River Trip (220 miles round trip). This is usually the last trip of the season and everyone is eager to catch one more big rainbow (20-30 inches) before everything freezes over. Bob Rima, owner of Drifters 
Lodge, donates all the lodging, drift boats and guides. 

PHW fish 

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

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! 
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In this issue: 

  • Kenai River Cleanup Schedule
  • New meeting place announcement
  • Speyclave & Casting Clinic - recap
  • Election Committee Announcement
  • 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 

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!


September:  12th - Kenai                         River Clean-up!
                 19th - Tying clinic

October: 5th - General                          meeting 
              13th - Board meeting
              17th - Tying clinic

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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