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NFA is now sponsoring the Fly Fishing Forum at Northwest Fishing Reports.
Northwest Fishing reports has approximately 38k members and climbing. Our club can leverage this by joining and participating in the Fly fishing and other forums. Please post any successful fishing trips to the Reports section.
We can join and become members at: http://www.northwestfishingreports.com/forum/ucp.php?mode=register
I urge all of you to join and help with any of the forums.
The Fly Forum is here:
And please take a moment and post your fishing trips, you can post a fishing report here:
Brian Boone has volunteered to be the new Flypaper editor. Please send any articles or ideas for articles to Brian.
This is information from Trout Unlimited regarding the hobby dredging issue. It contains their letter to the state House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. There will be an open/short discussion on the issue during the meeting.
Please come to our Fly Fishing Book Extravaganza at our January 19th NFA meeting. Due to the generosity of members, our club has more books than we can use. For a good will donation, you can take home gently used books covering fly equipment, fly tying, state guide books, picture books, fishing stories, and other topics. Help us find new homes for these books.
When- January 19, 2017 7:00 p.m. (pre-meeting event)
Where-Haller Lake Community Center
Cost- Good will donation
Questions?- contact Susanne Staats firstname.lastname@example.org
NFA Membership Chair
WELCOME TO YOU ONE AND ALL, FROM NEAR AND FAR. IT’S GREAT YOU ARE ALL HERE TONIGHT!
TONIGHT WE’RE HERE TO DO AT LEAST THREE THINGS –
FIRST, TO HAVE SOME FUN AND FELLOWSHIP WITH OUR FRIENDS, OTHER MEMBERS AND OUR SPECIAL GUESTS, WHO INCLUDE GREG SCHIMEK AND HIS WIFE MARILYN FROM THE COASTAL CUTTHROAT COALITION, JIMMY LE MERT FROM PATRICK’S FLY SHOP AND TINA MILLER FROM KING COUNTY PARKS.
SECOND, WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO FLY FISHING AND TO OUR CLUB WITH AWARDS TO INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS, AND,
THIRD WE WANT TO RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS WE CAN AT THE AUCTION AND RAFFLE. AS YOU’VE SEEN, WE HAVE AN AMAZING SELECTION OF FLY FISHING RELATED ITEMS, FLY
FISHING TACKLE, A BAKE SALE, HOSTED DINNERS, AND TRAVEL AND GUIDED TRIPS. I’D LIKE TO THANK ALL THE GENEROUS DONORS WHO HAVE MADE THIS POSSIBLE, AND WOULD ESPECIALLY LIKE TO THANK JIMMY LE MERT FOR HIS DONATIONS TONIGHT AND FOR HIS SUPPORT FOR OUR RAFFLES THIROUGH THE YEAR. THANK YOU JIMMY.
THE RAFFLES CLOSE AT 7.00 PM AND THE AUCTION AND BAKE SALE CLOSE AT 8.00 PM; SO TONIGHT, INSTEAD OF CASTING YOUR FLY ON THE WATER, CAST YOUR BREAD ON THE TABLES AND BID UP!
IN THE SHORT TIME I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CLUB I’VE BECOME ACUTELY AWARE OF TWO THINGS, THE FIRST BEING HOW MUCH WE DEPEND ON A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS TO KEEP THE CLUB ALIVE AND FUNCTIONING WELL, AND IN A FEW MOMENTS WE’LL RECOGNIZE MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE.
THE SECOND IS HOW MUCH CLUB MEMBERS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. LOOKING BACK ON THE YEAR’S ACTIVITIES A LOT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED - INCLUDING 13 FISHING OUTINGS TO WATERS IN OREGON, BRITISH COLOMBIA AND WASHINGTON STATE, WITH OVER 200 MEMBERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS PARTICIPATING. THERE HAVE BEEN 6 FLY TYING CLASSES, 6 FLY CASTING CLASSES, PARTICIPATION IN 9 CONSERVATION EVENTS, 10 MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS, EACH WITH OUTSIDE GUEST SPEAKERS AND FLY TYING DEMONSTRATIONS, 11 STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS, A WONDERFUL SUMMER PICNIC, A MAJOR OVERHAUL OF OUR WEBSITE, $500 RAISED BY RAFFLES AT MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS, AND WE PROVIDED FINANCIAL AND OTHER SUPPORT FOR VARIOUS FLY FISHING AND CONSERVATION GROUPS.
IN ADDITION, WE WERE JOINED BY 15 NEW MEMBERS AND 5 NEW MEMBERSHIP FAMILIES. I THINK THAT IS A GREAT EFFORT FROM A CLUB WITH LESS THAN TWO HUNDRED MEMBERS AND YOU SHOULD ALL GIVE YOURSELVES A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE.
BEFORE I PASS OVER TO MIKE OLSEN, CHAIR OF THE AWARDS COMMITTEE, I’D LIKE TO MENTION SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS POSSIBLE. JIM MORRISON DID A GREAT JOB SERVING UP A VARIED MEMU OF SPEAKERS; PETER RUBENSTEIN, WHO TOOK OVER AS CHAIR OF THE EVENTS PROGRAM EARLY IN THE YEAR AFTER MARK CONNER STEPPED ASIDE DUE TO ILLNESS; TOM BEAULAURIER OUR CONSERVATION CHAIR, JOE SOUTHER, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR ASSISTED BY HIS WIFE REBECCA; JIM HIGGINS, EDUCATION CHAIR AND LEADER OF THE FLY TYING CLASSES; MAURA JOHNSON, CHAIR OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE; JIMMY KAMADA AND MATT MOORE, LIRARIANS; BRETT SHORMANN, WEBSITE MANAGER; DANA BOTTCHER, FLYPAPER EDITOR AND EVENT HOST EXTRAORDINAIRE; SUSANNE STAATS AND MIKE OLSEN FOR THEIR ENDLESS SEARCH FOR STUFF FOR THE MONTHLY MEETING RAFFLES; HELSA AND MIKE PETERSEN FOR RUNNING THE FLY SHOP AT MONTHLY MEETINGS; AND LAST, BUT BY NO MEANS LEAST, MIKE GALLAVAN FOR LEADING THE SIX FLY CASTING SESSIONS.
THANKS ARE ALSO DUE TO MEMBERS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE, JIM MORRISON, VICE PRESIDENT, PETER MAUNSELL, TREASUER AND DAVID ARMS SECRETARY.
IN ADDITION THERE WERE OUTING LEADERS. WOULD ALL THOSE WHO LED OUTINGS PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE YOU. AND THEN THERE ARE THOSE WHO HELPED WITH THE LESS VISIBLE TASKS OF SETTING UP AND CLEANING UP THE METING ROOMS AND PROVIDING SUPPERS IN WHICH MANY PEOPLE PARTICIPATED. THERE ARE DOUBTLESS OTHERS WHOSE NAMES I’VE NOT CALLED OUT AND I APOLOGISE TO YOU.
FINALLY, I’D LIKE TO THANK, IN ADVANCE, MATT MOORE FOR OFFERING HIS CANDIDACY AS CLUB PRESIDENT FOR 2017, AND WE’D ALL LIKE TO WISH YOU ALL THE BEST MATT.
LET’S GIVE ALL OF THESE PEOPLE A BIG HAND.
I’D NOW LIKE TO PASS OVER TO MIKE OLSON, CHAIR OF THE AWARDS COMMITTEE. COME ON UP MIKE!
(AWARDS FOLLOW, THEN YEAR IN REVIEW VIDEO)
CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO JIMMY AND SHIRLEY AND TO GREG SHIMEK FROM THE COASTAL CUTTHROAT COALITION, AND THANKS AGAIN TO BRETT SCHORMANN, THAT VIDEO WAS JUST GREAT! LET’S SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE BRILLIANT WORK BRETT SO ABLY PUT INTO CREATING THAT YEAR IN REVIEW VIDEO.
THERE ARE A COUPLE OF FINAL ANNOUNCEMENTS I’D LIKE TO MAKE.
THE FIRST IS A SPECIAL GIFT TO ONE OF THE MANY FOLKS WHO SENT IN PHOTOS FOR THE MEMBERS GALLERY IN THE VIDEO WE’VE JUST SEEN. AS YOU SAW, THERE WERE DOZENS OF GREAT IMAGES OF A LOT OF HAPPY ANGLERS AND GOOD TIMES ON AND OFF THE WATER AND WE’VE RANDOMLY SELECTED ONE CONTRIBUTOR FOR THIS AWARD. AND THE WINNER IS…. TAMAE BAILEY…. COME ON UP TAMAE.
NOW I COME TO THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD. THIS IS A NEW AWARD, GIVEN AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PRESIDENT AND IT MAY OR MAY NOT BE MADE IN YEARS TO COME, THAT’S UP TO FUTURE PRESIDENTS. I THOUGHT IT WAS FITTING TO ACKNOWLEDGE, AS THE VIDEO HAS ALREADY INDICATED, ONE MEMBER FOR HIS LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION TO THE CLUB. DANA BOETTCHER HAS MADE CONTRIBUTIONS IN SO MANY WAYS: CLUB HISTORIAN, PHOTOGRAPHER, EVENT HOST, GUIDE, TEACHER, MENTOR, COMIC, AND FLY PAPER EDITOR. IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I MAKE THIS AWARD TO DANA; YOUR WORK IS RECOGNIZED AND APPRECIATED. THE AWARD IS A #5/6 WT. CUSTOM REEL FROM THE FINE ENGLISH TACKLE MAKER JUSTIN FORBES, AND WE ALL HOPE YOU WILL PUT IT TO GOOD USE. COME ON UP DANA.
FINALLY, TO WRAP UP MY REMARKS, WE SHOULD ALL GIVE OUR THANKS AND APPRECIATION TO THE COMMITTEE WHO PUT THIS EVENT TOGETHER, MICHAEL OLSEN, AWARDS CHAIRMAN, HELSA PETERSEN, PARTY FACILITY AND CATERING, WAYNE BALSIGER, RAFFLE AND AUCTION, HELPED BY SUSAN STAATS AND MAURA JOHNSON, OUR YEAR IN REVIEW PRODUCER, BRETT SCHORMANN, RAFFLE TICKETS AND PACKAGES, MAURA JOHNSON AND NAME TAGS AND PROGRAM, CARL JOHNSON AND THE TEAM THAT HELPED WITH SET AND MANAGING THE RAFFLES AND AUCTIONS. LET’S GIVE THEM ALL A BIG HAND.
THE AUCTION AND BAKE SALE RESULTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE; CHECK OUT THE BID SHEETS, COLLECT YOUR ITEMS AND PAY PETER MAUNSELL OUTSIDE THIS ROOM.
THANKS AGAIN, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND TRAVEL HOME SAFELY.
Peter Rubenstein will be presenting the club's outing trips that are planned for 2017.
We’re looking for a new editor for the NFA Fly Paper. After many years with Dana Bottcher at the helm, he is no longer its editor par excellence. Members for longer than 12 months have seen the magazine quality newsletter that Dana has produced; it showed off the club with great pride and distinction.
The new editor should expect to have free reign to build their own legacy. Our club by-laws stipulate a monthly newsletter be available to members, and in addition to club news, the Fly Paper forms an important historical record of club activities.
There is no expectation that anyone will take this job for as many years as Dana did. Volunteering is not accepting the job for more than what you want to offer, but there is hope for some continuity and active engagement in the club’s activities.
What will help the new editor succeed will be enthusiasm, involvement, good communication and collaboration and a willingness to work with monthly deadlines. To make the job as simple as possible, it will make sense to be familiar with word processing software. A willingness to learn the basics of the NFA website software (Wild Apricot) would also be helpful but not essential. Brett Schormann, our website manager, is available to help with that part of the job and the newsletter’s integration with the club’s site.
Contact Alan Pilkington(President) or Matt Moore(President Elect) or Brett Schormann(NFA Website Manager).
Lucas Young will be the speaker at the November 17th meeting.
He went to school at Colorado State University, received his B.S. in Fishery Biology in 2008, then worked seasonally doing fisheries work around the west up until 2014. In between seasons he would travel down to New Zealand to fish and explore on my own time. In 2014 I started working at Far Bank (Sage, Redington and RIO,) and spent time both in the warranty department repairing broken dreams and also as a product knowledge expert offering technical support on the phones and through e-mail. He taught myself photography along the way and use it to document and share my experiences with others.
Lucas will focus on some of the cool but relatively unexplored fishing opportunities around Washington that might be of interest to the members: ling cod fishing in the Sound, bull and cutthroat trout in the salt, and other warm water fisheries in the eastern part of the state like bass and carp around the middle reaches of the Columbia River.
He would also like to talk with some of the younger folks about the opportunities that exist working in fisheries. He has lived and worked in some amazing places as a result, from Jackson Hole to the Olympic Peninsula and all the way out to the western coast of Alaska while working on remote salmon weirs.
Share your memories of fly fishing in 2016 with members. Photos/videos will be combined with club outing photos into a big slide show to be shown at the club Awards Banquet at the Hotel Deca, Seattle on December 4.
We need photos/videos of fish, rivers, lakes, your campsites, tackle, boats, road-trips, families; in other words, all the fun stuff fly fishing is about. An award will be given at the banquet for the best photo as selected by President Alan Pilkington.
Also register now on the website for the banquet and raffle tickets. If you can’t make the banquet, we’ll still include your photos in the film.
Send photos to Brett Schormann as soon as you can. Be sure to tell me where and when they were taken. If the file(s) are too big to be transmitted, I will make arrangements to meet you and we can transfer the files to a thumb drive. The preferred format for photos is jpg.
Chad Gillespie of Fjord Fly Fishing will deliver a power point presentation on fly fishing for Sea-Run Cutthroat on Hood Canal and Puget Sound. The presentation will include techniques, fly patterns, the migratory habits of Sea-Run Cutthroat, tackle/gear to use and Sea-Run Cutthroat tactics from a boat and shore. www.fjordflyfishing.com