NFA's April 21st program speaker will be WDFW's Chad Jackson.

The Flypaper
April, 2016
WDFW's Chad Jackson  April 21st  

Chad Jackson is a biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Game. His area of responsibility is eastern Washington. He will be our evening speaker at our April 21st monthly membership meeting.

If you are interested in trout or bass fishing, especially in eastern Washington, then you will want to come and hear what Chad has to say. He will save enough time after his presentation to answer your specific questions.                


Website Editor Brett Schormann will have the new website open on his laptop in the alcove at the back of the hall from 7:00 to 7:30. If you have any questions about the site please see Brett and he will help you out.

Central Oregon Outing Moved to September
Interesting John Day Program

In attendance at the March 9th Steering Committee Meeting were: Jim Morrison, Maura Johnson, Brett Schormann,  Peter Rubenstein,  Alan Pilkington, Tom Beaulaurier, Peter Maunsell, Jimmy Kamada, Joe Souther, and David Arms.

Treasurer Peter Maunsell reported that the NFA budget for 2016 was presented to the membership at its February 18th meeting and was passed. 

Nominations Committee chair Maura Johnson is looking for someone to take over the Education Committee now that Jim Higgins has resigned. The casting class is ready to start in April. She said that preparation for  the Beginning Fly Tying Class scheduled for next January needs to begin in September.

Outings chair Peter Rubenstein said there were six signups for the multi-day British Columbia lake outing. He also said the Central Oregon outing had been moved to September. 

Conservation chair Tom Beaulaurier and NFA president Alan Pilkington attended an IFFF-sponsored luncheon with three other fly fishing clubs. The luncheon was an attempt to coordinate conservation efforts among all the interested clubs in Washington.

A copy of the minutes for the March Steering Committee Meeting can be found here.

President Alan Pilkington called the March 17th membership meeting to order and welcomed two new guests in attendance. There were about 50 people in the room. He thanked Website Editor Brett Schormann for doing a pre-meeting program in which he explained all the features of the club's new website. 

Club treasurer Peter Maunsell asked for volunteers interested in serving on the Audit Committee to contact vice-president Jim Morrison. Anyone willing to head up the 2017 Fly Tying class should contact Alan. Outgoing Education chair Jim Higgins and Brett Schormann are putting together a series of fly tying videos that will make teaching the Fly Tying Class much easier and more effective. Mike Gallavan, instructor of the upcoming Fly Casting class, said that signups for the class were very low.

Six new members were inducted by Membership chair Joe Souther. Their names are:

  • Brian Boone
  • Jim Hopper
  • Dustin Robinson
  • Gary Wilson
  • Ira Stevenson
  • Greg and Joyce Herron

After refreshments and a raffle, Jim Wilcox (pictures above) of the Western Rivers Conservancy gave an excellent talk about the John Day in Eastern Oregon.

New Members

The following people have submitted applications for new membership into the NFA:

  • Blair Leckie
  • Laurel Hughes
  • Mike Walentoski
Unless someone objects, each of these applicants will be inducted at a future membership meeting.

Kids Conservation Camp

Do you know any boys or girls, age 12 to 16, who would like to attend a week-long live in camp this June? The NFA donates two scholarships to the camp. The curriculum includes conservation as well as fly fishing and fly tying. The camp is on a lake outside of Tacoma. 

To get more information and an application go here. The application is due April 15th.

Olympic Peninsula, February 20
Shoreline, April 9

Friday morning on our way to Forks, Jim Morrison, Mike Olson and I stopped in the Waters West fly shop in Port Angeles. The first thing we saw was a whiteboard with “blown” written across every river. When the fishing guide said to expect two more inches of rainfall before Saturday, the fishing didn’t look too promising. However, the prospect of bad weather did not deter 36 NFA members and guests from gathering at the Olympic Natural Resource Center (ONRC).

Some folks braved the rain on Friday to fish. Tim Spangler, Bill Gibson and Rob Holbrook floated the Humptulips with Rob catching a steelhead. Matt Moore and Larry Belmont floated the Calawah to Sol Duc River. Eric Olson fished the Clearwater and Russ Shropshire caught his first steelhead on the Bogachiel after a 40-minute fight to land the fish. Vance Thompson drove to the Elwa River valley to snap photos.

After everyone got settled into their dorms and apartments at the ONRC, we headed to Marianne Mitchell’s house in Forks where she hosted dinner for about 30 people. There was good conversation around the fireplace about sinking lines, tippets, and plans for fishing and exploring the next day.

On Saturday morning, Carl and Maura Johnson, with help from Ron Romeis and other club members, cooked scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, yogurt and juice. The rain stopped and the sun came out. After breakfast, Susan Lahti headed to the Clearwater, Hoh, and Bogachiel. Tim and Rob, Jimmy and Shirley Kamada, Randy Ishihara, and Dave Campbell fished the Hoh. Eric, Matt and Larry fished Beaver Lake with Matt and Larry catching several fish. Ron and Carleigh Romeis and guests Steve Williams and Seth Felker did some wade fishing on the Bogachiel and Hoh. Overall the fishing was poor due to heavy rains resulting in high, fast, and muddy water.

For those not fishing, there was still plenty to do and see in the area. Peter and Kelly Maunsell, Jim Morrison, Mike and I drove to the Makah museum in Neah Bay and had a picnic lunch on the beach while watching the crashing waves. Steve Roediger and Tess Gaeke drove to Cape Flattery and hiked the ¾-mile trail to the beach. Alan and Martha Pilkington checked out the Quinault River Lodge as a future fishing rendezvous. Jim and Kathy Watson went hiking on the Hoh River and saw a herd of over 50 elk. Maura and Carl relaxed and did some hiking on the trails around ONRC.

Saturday night we enjoyed chips and salsa followed by a pasta dinner with salad. The rain came down but that didn’t seem to bother anyone as members sat around the fireplace enjoying conversation, food, and fishing stories. Sunday morning we had another great breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy. Folks pitched in to do cleanup and packing. Tim and Vance went to scout out the Clearwater, Queets and Quinault Rivers, however, most members headed home after breakfast to get ahead of weekend traffic. The outing was well attended and the comfort of the ONRC made it a great place to stay regardless of the weather or fishing conditions. A big thank you to Maura and Carl for being our weekend hosts and to Marianne for hosting Friday night.-Susanne Staats

To see more pictures of the outing, click here.

Kokanee Survey, April 2

The April 2 conservation outing was a bit different than most. For one, it didn’t get started until about 7:30 in the evening, and although there was a little bit of rake and shovel work to be done, there was no weeding involved. For the three NFA members that attended, it was a magical evening full of wildlife viewing, great conversation, and games of “who can find the last salmon fry.”

Our mission that evening was to assist the Bellevue/Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) with their long-term project of monitoring the health of the Kokanee salmon population in the lake. Currently the Lake Sammamish Kokanee are on a state endangered species list, which means they are not a legal game fish. TU conducts Kokanee fry counting events three nights per week on three tributary streams of Lake Sammamish. The counting events typically begin just before sunset and run for about three to four hours.

NFA members Tom Beaulaurier, Jim Watson, and Russ Shropshire met Robert Metzger of TU at 7:30 pm near Laughing Jacobs Creek on Lake Sammamish and received a brief introduction to operating the Kokanee fry trap. The trap is a relatively simple contraption that stands in the shallow stream (see picture in the photo section) and collects some of the fry as they swim downstream into the lake. After a few minutes of actual “work” that was required to get the trap setup at the proper depth, we had nothing to do except stand around telling fish tales and taking in the sights of a beautiful evening on the lake while the first test was in progress. Robert was nice enough to have organized a personal wildlife show for us that included an eagle roosting in the tree overhead the trap, Blue Herons working the water, a resident beaver passing by, fish rising on the lake, and aerial maneuvers by the local squadron of bats. And that was just the opening act!

As the sun began to disappear from the horizon we started to notice occasional splashes in the stream around the fry trap. Robert indicated that the splashing was probably from Peamouth Chubs that were moving into the stream to spawn. As serious fly fishers, we obviously wouldn’t get excited about something as lowly as a chub, so we continued telling fish stories and complaining about things like true fisherman must do. It wasn’t until later, when our fry trap continued to fill with large 6- to 12-inch chubs (see photo in the photo section), that we started shining our headlamps on the water and realized that we were surrounded by thousands of Peamouth Chubs! The fish were literally wall to wall in this tiny stream. It was truly an amazing sight.

Despite the distraction of the spawing chubs, we actually did manage to trap approximately 30 Kokanee salmon fry during our limited testing period. You’d be surprised at how much fun four grown men can have standing in a stream in the dark with headlamps and trying to net half-inch long fish. By about 10:00 pm Robert decided to call it quits due to the number of chubs in the stream. Still not quite talked out, the NFA crew took advantage of our early release by heading to the nearby McDonald’s for some warm drinks and a few more fish tales. A great time was had by all that attended.

If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering for an upcoming Kokanee salmon fry counting event, please contact Russ Shropshire or Tom Beaulaurier of the Conservation Committee.-Tom Beaulaurier and Russ Schropshire

To see more pictures of the outing, click here.

Peter Maunsell and Dana Bottcher will be leading a three-hour hands-on workshop for those interested in co-hosting, and eventually hosting, an NFA fishing outing. 

We will meet at the NFA equipment locker in Shoreline, load up the outing equipment, take it to a nearby park, set up the equipment, learn how to use it, take it down, pack it up, and return it to the locker.

For more information and to register, go here.

Duwamish Hill Preserve, April 15

If you have been following the illegal clear-cutting of park land in West Seattle, then you might be interested in this outing since we will be working on the same hillside where the "view improvements" occurred. No. we are not going to repair the clear-cut, but we will be removing invasive weeds and spreading mulch in hopes of keeping this habitat happy and healthy.

This is a great way to give back to your local community, and also is an awesome opportunity to meet some new NFA faces, to get your hands dirty, and to get outside and connect with the Green/Duwamish River!

For more information and to register, click here.

Yakima River, April 22-24

NFA Central will be at Big Pines Campground right on the river. This outing will also be used to mentor new outing leaders. 

Most people will be floating from several launch sites downstream to the campground or from the campground down to the Roza impoundment. 

If you don’t have a boat, there is about 16 miles of fairly easy river access along the Canyon Road that runs through the Yakima canyon south of Ellensburg. The reduced flows at this time of the year make wading easier than during mid-summer.

The Skwala stoneflies will be uppermost on the minds of the feisty Yakima rainbows as they put on the feedbag after a winter of reduced rations. The hatch is a major event and it means lots of surface activity; a great opportunity for a dry and a dropper nymph.

For more information and to register, click here.

Ellensburg, April 29-30

The Washington State Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (WSCIFFF) is putting on its annual fair on Friday, April 29th and Saturday, April 30th. This year marks the 10th year this event has be put on.

The Overlake Fly Fishing Club will host a five-hole casting course at the park and it's free. On Saturday afternoon there will be a competition, it's also free and there will be some great prizes. 

Admission is free to IFFF members and kids under 16; the rest pay $5.00.

The Awards Banquet and Auction ($35) will be Thursday night, April 28th.

If you volunteer, you get to go to the fair free and get a free spaghetti dinner on Friday night.

For more information and to register to volunteer, click here.

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