Upcoming AFF Events
Angling to be Involved with PHW?
Starting January 12th, Damond Blankenship will be teaching rod building to 11 participants over a period of six weeks through February 16th. If you have built a rod and are willing to assist, please contact Damond at 907.351.6810 or email@example.com. The rod building sessions will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery.
President's Hook: Get Caught Up with AFF....
It is now February, and the club’s busiest time of the year is upon us. My biggest concern, as president at this point is that we do not have a Treasurer! If you are even considering venturing into this role (or know someone who might), PLEASE contact a board member or myself and we will answer any questions you might have. Ben Rowell, our previous Treasurer for the last several years is willing to assist in getting you streamlined into the position.
This Monday, February 6th @ 7pm at the Elks Lodge in the Northway Mall should be a great one. Rich Johnson and Mark Huber will be presenting on Fly Tying and it looks to be fun! The Elks will be serving a Taco Bar for dinner, which has been very popular and tasty in the past.
February’s AFF Board Meeting will be Wednesday the 15th at the Mezzanine (above Starbucks) in the Northern Lights Fred Meyer at 6:30pm. *Please Note the Date and Location change* Meetings are open to the general membership and the board would encourage you to come and help us make the club the best possible. This is YOUR club, be proud to be a member.
Saturday, February 18th from 9am-3pm is the next AFF Tying Clinic at the WJH Fish Hatchery on Post Rd. I’m sure that Fly Tying Coordinator Cheryl Cline and Dave Rooker have some great things planned and it’s a great time to start planning this summer’s fishing trips.
This year’s edition of the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) will be hosted by AFF at the Bear Tooth Theatre Pub on Thursday, March 23rd with shows at 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Tickets will be on sale for $14 each at the Bear Tooth or online beginning Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 10am. Profits will be split between AFF and Trout Unlimited. There will also be a pair of tickets to each show in the Ghillie raffle at the General Membership meetings in February and March.
Board Member Kory Murdoch is organizing AFF’s participation (along with Project Healing Waters) in the Mat-Su Sportsman’s Show at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla the weekend of March 24-26, 2017. I am sure he would be happy to hook you up with free admission if you are willing to help out with the booth. I would also like to congratulate Kory and his wife on their new baby boy.
Speaking of Sportsmans Shows, The Great Alaska Sportsmans Show at the Sullivan and Ben Boeke Arenas will be March 30-April 2nd this year, and we still need one or two eager members to coordinate our efforts to make this another successful club event. If we all can help out for one or two shifts, not only do you get in for free, you get to share the benefits of being a member of AFF with potential fishing buddies.
Shortly after that, April 7th will be the Alaska Fly Fisher’s Annual Fundraising Auction. There are several changes this year and Co-Chairs Brenda Brown and Cheryl Cline have been working tirelessly with the rest of the Auction Committee to make sure this year we have best auction ever. The Auction will begin at 5pm April 7th at the Lucy Cuddy Hall on the UAA campus. Parking is free, and there is plenty of it. Food will be served (promises to be better than at previous auctions), and tickets will be available soon. Prices are only $20 for club members and $25 for non-club members. 16 and under are admitted for free. Admission will also include entry into a special door prize drawing.
April also will bring the annual AFF Spring Seminar brought to us by Rich Johnson. He will be able to answer all your questions at the February General Membership Meeting or Info will be posted on the AFF website.
As you can see, we have a lot coming up in the next 3 months; we need lots of volunteers to make these events effective. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Monday night.
Patrick Malone, AFF President
Alaska Fly Fishers 200 W 34th Ave, Suite 1233 Anchorage, AK 99503