September 2013 FLY LINES

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AFF Annual Kenai River Cleanup - Russian River Ferry Parking Area
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The Alaska Fly Fishers will be conducting our 21st annual Kenai River Cleanup this September. Everyone is invited to participate in the our largest conservation event of the year. Join us Friday through Sunday, September 6th through the 8th to assist removing this summer's accumulation of trash along the river and on the road between the Kenai Lake bridge and Jim's Landing. Click here for a copy of the flyer.


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Redington Ballroom Millenium Hotel
October 7, 7 p.m. 
General Meeting - Millenium Hotel
Join us in October for the general meeting and spend an informative time with Mike Schoder as he shares his recent trip to Baja and Kintimati (Christmas Island.) Expanding on Tony Weaver's presentation, Mike will tell all about big saltwater gamefish including tarpon, roosterfish, durado, giant travalley, bonefish in double-digits, and milkfish.
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from Frank Stevens

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We are always looking to our membership to bring their skills and knowledge about fly tying to our clinics. Whether you have a new technique, want to share how to tie one fly you always have in your box, or helping a beginner learn to tie wings on a dry fly, there is always an opportunity and space for you at a tying clinic. Please contact me!
Remember, the tying clinics are the third Saturday of each month, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the W. J. Hernandez fish hatchery on Reeve Blvd.
From the bench to the river,
Frank Stevens
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2013 retreat
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Fly fishing offers something for just about everyone, and 14 women found something to like at the 2013 Casting For Recovery retreat in Talkeetna. Through the fly-tying outreach program, AFF donated use of Peak Vises and tool kits for the weekend of August 2-4. CFR participants were drawn in by the functional beauty of the flies - and learned two or three quick patterns that were later plied against the wily hatchery trout of Talkeetna lakes. The Casting For Recovery Volunteers offer a big thanks to Frank Stevens and the Alaska Fly Fishers for generous use of the vises. 


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Don't forget, AFF has 10 vises and tool kits available to our members for use to instruct youth.
Contact Frank Stevens at to schedule the use of the vises and to get a list of instructors.
Frank Stevens
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 Natural Sciences 2013

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ALASKA FLY FISHERS Natural Sciences Scholarship 2013


Established: The Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 with the objective of furthering education, understanding and knowledge of Alaska's sport fisheries and fisheries management, and the sport of fly fishing to advance the goals and objectives of the Alaska Fly Fishers.  The scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are Alaska residents.


Purpose: To offer financial assistance for undergraduate/graduate studies for tuition and books to natural resources, fisheries or related majors to encourage research aimed at enhancing the freshwater fisheries in Alaska, particularly Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic char, and Arctic grayling.


Amount: The scholarship amount of $1,000 for the school year will be awarded in December 2013.



  1. Applicant must demonstrate initiative, motivation, academic and leadership potential.
  2. Applicant must be admitted with a declared major to a program (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student) in the field of natural resources, fisheries or related programs.
  3. Applicant must be a full-time student at an accredited college or university in Alaska during the term for which the scholarship is awarded.
  4. Applicant must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 during high school or 3.0 during college years.
  5. Applicant must demonstrate interest in the field of natural resources.


Scholarship Application Forms:  The Scholarship Application can be downloaded at the Alaska Fly Fishers website on the following page:  or click this link.


Scholarship Application Deadline:  The Scholarship Application Forms must be submitted to the address below by 5 PM on Oct 1, 2013.


Jan Schnorr

AFF Natural Sciences Scholarship

3034 Brittany Place

Anchorage, AK 99504


Additional Information:  

Contact Jan Schnorr at or 337-1818.                                                           


 by Bill Hauser




Salmon Are Strange Fish

by Bill Hauser



This FISH TALK has been modified from an earlier version. I enjoyed writing the original and I think this is an interesting topic. I hope you will agree. 


                                                           Read Bill's Article, click here


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Do you have a question for FISH TALK? 
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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 Jan Schnorr
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Submitted by Jan Schnorr


PHW Women Fish on the Naknek 


Four U.S. military service members - all women - spent three days (July 25th - July 28th) at the Bear Trail Lodge located on the Naknek River near King Salmon, Alaska, on an all-expense-paid fly fishing excursion. Trout Unlimited (TU) partnered with Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge, Project Healing Waters Alaska, as well as with Mountain View Sports, VFW Post 9785 of Eagle River, VFW Post 3629 of Fairbanks, VFW Post 9365 of Wasilla, American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Post #15 both of Palmer to offer a trip of a lifetime to these women and to thank them for their service. The participants were either active- duty military or veterans from Alaska who experienced physical or emotion disabilities due to their service.

"Providing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is a small way we can say thanks for all these women have done to defend our country. Bristol Bay is a national icon and a place that is truly worth fighting for. We're so pleased to be able to offer a small group of women the chance to see Bristol Bay. Women anglers and women veterans are two rapidly expanding segments of our population. This trip serves as a unique opportunity to bring women together, and to spend some healing time on the river with other women anglers," said trip organizer Nelli William, Deputy Director of TU's Alaska Program.


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"Our participants were absolutely thrilled to catch salmon and trout from one of the world's most abundant waters. This was an opportunity for these women who have given so much to relax in an awesome location, connect with fellow women anglers, learn to fish big water from women guides, and experience some top- notch fishing during the height of the salmon season," said Jan Schnorr, co-director of Project Healing Waters Alaska.

Participants received instruction and guide services from local female fishing legends including Nanci Morris Lyon and Kate Taylor. Participants dined on top-notch cuisine, enjoyed therapeutic massage, learned how to fish "big water" and kicked back and relaxed at the lodge. 
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 Clear Creek Trip

  PHW Clear Creek 2013


Although it was a bit rainy, everyone caught fish.


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 "If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing rods." 

                                                                Doug Larson   fly rods                                                        



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In this Issue: 

  • Fish Talk by Bill Hauser
  • CFR Retreat News  
  • News From Project Healing Waters
  • AFF Logo 
  • More!

Banner photo "Reeling Stoner"     by  Gerry Balboni,

2011 Photo Contest

2013 Alaska Fly Fishers Membership

Have you renewed your membership yet?  Mail it in, or bring the completed membership form to our next meeting or fly tying clinic.

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 Board Openings
Make a difference!
Join the AFF board! Now is your opportunity.  Several positions are waiting for you! Be on the team in 2014! Contact Rob, Jan, or Jolynne at


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.  
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PHW Fundraiser
National Defense Service Fly

PHW Fund Raiser. 
Project Healing Waters volunteers still have some National Defense Service medal ribbon flies available. If you are interested in a fly for yourself or a military friend, you can obtain them at one of the following shops who have graciously volunteered to include them in their inventory: Mossy's Fly Shop,  Mountain View Sports3 Rivers Fly Shop, and World WideAngler.
The suggested donation 
amount is $10. 
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