Posts tagged: Spokane Fly Fishers
FLY FISHING — A free program on fly fishing for saltwater species, primarily in the Puget Sound area, will be presented by David Paul Williams on Wednesday (Oct. 9) starting at 7 p.m. at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy.
The event is sponsored by the Spokane Fly Fishers.
Williams, an author frequently published in Northwest Fly Fishing magazine and other publications, says he will identify the species most sought by fly fishers, their habitat and how and where to fish for them.
He's known to employ his wit and humor during presentations, which explains why he submitted a photo of himself holding a carp to illustrate this announcement.
FLY FISHING — It's summer and anglers are making and executing all sorts of travel plans related to the pursuit of fish.
But savvy fly fishers don't consider it down time to be here in Spokane. Here's a report from Mike Berube of the Spokane Fly Fishers from his Spokane River float-fishing trip on Friday:
A friend and Ihad a great float yesterday. Put in just below Monroe St Bridge at about 6AM and took out at TJ Meenach Bridge at about 1PM. River is fishing great. The fish were primarily at the end of riffles and loved any type of brownish olive streamer. I fished a sz 6 woolhead sculpin on a sink tip. All were in the 12-14” range with a couple to 20”. Nymping was productive also.
Hard to beat a Pat's Rubber Legs with a Lightning Bug dropper on the Spokane.
Wading to some of the really good holes should be better in about a week if it continues to drop.
FISHING — The Spokane Fly Fishers' club outing to Omak Lake last weekend was a success, according to the photo (above) and brief report from Mike Berube:
The club's outing to Omak Lk this past weekend was a good time. Everyone caught fish…. Threw streamers for two days and caught a lot of fish. It didn't seem to matter what pattern we used.
Omak Lake is a on the Colville Indian Reservation (tribal fishing license required) about 7 miles southeast of Omak. The 10-mile-long lake is large — 3,244 acres compared to Sprague Lake at 1,840 acres. But it's also famous for producing trophy-size Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Public beaches and boat access are at the north end of the lake.
ANGLING – State fisheries biologists for the Spokane Region and the Idaho Panhandle will present fishing updates at the annual Spokane Fly Fishers Extravaganza Wednesday (April 10) at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy.
The biologists — Jim Fredericks of Idaho Fish and Game and Randy Osborne of Washington Fish and Wildlife — will present their fishing reports at 7 p.m.
FLY FISHING — The first group outing of the year for the Spokane Fly Fishers — Saturday at Coffeepot Lake west of Harrington — was a BIG occasion for some of the anglers - with rainbow trout up to 21 inches long.
Read on for the detailed report from club member Mike Berube.
And the two club members in the photo above — Dan Ferguson, left, and Mike Berube — are examples of the mentors the students get to associate with: Priceless.
Learn from the Spokane Fly Fishers
What: 31st annual Fly Fishing School.
When: Thursday evenings, March 7-April 25, plus Saturday sessions on pontoon safety and casting.
Who: Organized by Spokane Fly Fishers club.
Where: St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy Ave., plus field sites.
Cost: $125 for nonmembers, includes membership.
Sign up: Mike Berube, (509) 999-8235; spokaneflyfishers.com.
FLY FISHING — Davy Wotton, a fly-fishing entrepreneur and professional since the 1960s, will present a program of the history, development and fishing of the soft hackle fly in a program sponsored by the Spokane Fly Fishers Wednesday, 7 p.m. at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy.
Fly tiers have dubbed him, pardon the pun, the king of the soft hackle. He's widely known for the SLF Dubbing Blend Series.
Wotton, who hails from Great Britain where he's has a wide ranging career in the sport, lives in the USA. He's currently the managing director of the American International School of Fly Fishing.
Fly fishing – John Shewey, veteran angler and author, will present a free program on fly fishing for steelhead, 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy, for the Spokane Fly Fishers.
FLY FISHING — The Spokane Fly Fishers are finished with their fall through early spring series of monthly programs. It's time for them to focus on fishing, and this is where the club members kick into another gear.
The wise students who enrolled in the club's extensive fly fishing course during the winter not only have the knowledge and skills to pursue fish with authority this season — they also have a group to help lead them to fishing action that would take considerable time to acquire on their own.
Although there's plenty of private outtings underway and on the schedule this season, anglers who have been fishing this region for a long time mapped out the following schedule for the club's group outings.
Read on for the dates and waters.
WATERSHEDS — While preparing my Sunday Outdoors story on the Trout in the Classroom program at Spokane County Schools, I was inspired by the men and women who helped teach the youngsters about fish, water and watersheds — not to mention some tips on how to cast a fly line.
One of the coolest stations was the session on macro invertebrates headed by Brook Beeler of the Department of Ecology. Here's something to keep in mind:
CANARIES IN A FISH POND
Macro invertebrates (aquatic insects) are bio-indicators that help scientists assess water quality by surveying abundance of certain species based on their tolerance for water pollution. Examples:
Highly tolerant: Aquatic worms, leeches ØModerately tolerant: Dragonfly nymphs ØSuper intolerant: caddis flies, mayflies (and stoneflies in rivers)
Moderately tolerant: Dragonfly nymphs
Super intolerant: caddis flies, mayflies (and stoneflies in rivers)
OUTDOOR PROGRAMS — Here's a few outdoor programs to consider catching this week:
Fly fishing – “Match the Hatch Simplified,” free program by Oregon fly-fishing author Dave Hughes, 7 p.m., Wednesday (Feb. 8) at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy, hosted by the Spokane Fly Fishers.
Map and compass – Free seminar on basics of reading a map and applying a compass for navigation, 7 p.m., Thursday (Feb. 9), at REI. Pre-register here to assure a spot.
Wetlands – The Pullman chapter of Ducks Unlimited will hold its annual fund-raising banquet for wetlands conservation on Feb. 12 at the Paradise Creek Brewery in Pullman. Tickets: Joe Ford (509) 872-3030.
FLY FISHING — “It's official!” said Spokane fly fisher Len Zickler. “Spokane has been selected as the site for the 2012 Federation of Fly Fishers Fly Fishing Fair & Conclave.
“We will be teaming with Gonzaga University and the Spokane Sports Commission for the event.”
You can get a flavor for next year's Spokane conclave by heading to this year's event in West Yellowstone, where the 46th annual Fly Fishing Fair & Conclave will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
CONSERVATION — Here's a tip o' the hat to a volunteer crew of 14 members of the Spokane Fly Fishers who idled their fishing rods Saturday.
Instead, they took up shovels to boost the future of fish in a northeastern Washington trout stream.
The club's conservation committee, headed by Mike Keegan, worked with Colville National Forest fisheries biologist Karen Honeycutt in an ongoing restoration project on Sherman Creek, about 14 miles west of Kettle Falls.
The group reports planting more than 1,000 trees and shrubs that eventually will curb erosion and provide streamside fish habitat.
Honeycutt said that forest crews and volunteers that also include the Colville Tribe and Kettle Falls third graders will plant a total of 7,800 trees and cuttings along the stream this year.
FISHING — Personal pontoon boats have launched anglers into a new realm of freedom and efficiency on lakes and stream. But after hearing reports of accidents and many close calls, the Spokane Fly Fishers has organized a Pontoon Boat Safety Class that involves a classroom session followed by field sessions on a lake and on moving water.
The evening classroom session is April 28 followed by the lake session on April 30.
The moving water session will be planned at that time, organizers say.
The class is open to a limited number of nonmembers.
Contact: Don Tietz, (509) 292-8292.
FISHING – The public is invited to hear the latest fishing reports from Washington and Idaho waters and rub elbows with local fly tiers at the annual Spokane Fly Fishers Extravaganza, Wednesday, 6 p.m., at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy.
The event is free.
And when you see the lineup of group fishing trips, classes and projects the club has scheduled this year, you might be inclined to join in.
Info: Dan Ferguson, 325-8885, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
FLY FISHING – The Spokane Fly Fishers annual fly pattern raffle to support fisheries conservation projects is March 9, 6:30 p.m., at St. Francis School Auditorium, 1104 W. Heroy.
Members and public alike can by chances on locally tested and tied patterns as well as escorted fishing trips to area waters.
The public is welcome to buy or donate flies.
Info: (509) 990-4782