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August 4th Meeting: PICNIC TIME!!!

 August 4th Mirror Lake 5:00 p.m.

Picnic

 

Our Monday, August 5th meeting will be held at the Mirror Lake Picnic Grounds. The BBQ will begin shortly after 5 PM and fishing, casting, and lying (oops! fish stories) will continue until 9 PM.  ADF&G stocked the lake twice this summer with 9 – 10 inch rainbows, so bring the whole family and let the kids catch some fish! Club members are encouraged to bring extra fishing equipment including rods, reels, canoes, kayaks, flies, etc. to share with beginners.  This is an opportunity for everyone to learn a little more about casting and fishing, particularly on a lake.  Remember, if you plan to go out on the water, bring your PFD (personal flotation device).

Wear your AFF logo and be entered in a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate to Mossy’s! See Steve L. at the picnic for your ticket.

We’ll be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, brats! (Yup, we told ya to bring the kids!) Bring your own beverages (no alcohol, please) and a side dish to share.

The following is recommended:

  • Last names A through M – bring a salad, chips or side dish and serving utensils
  • Last names N through Z – bring a dessert with serving utensil if needed

Here’s a map:

Mirror Lake Map

Directions to Mirror Lake from Anchorage:

  • North on the Glenn Highway
  • Pass Mile Post 23
  • Take the “Mirror Lake” exit
  • Right on the Old Glenn (south)
  • The picnic area is less than a quarter-mile on the left side of the road.  The covered picnic shelter is next to the lake.

Directions to Mirror Lake from Palmer/Wasilla:

  • South on the Glenn Highway
  • Take “Mirror Lake” exit
  • Turn Left and go under the Glenn Highway
  • Turn Right, south, at the Stop sign
  • The picnic area is less than a half mile on the left side of the road.  The covered picnic shelter is next to the lake.

 

Please RSVP by 4 PM Sunday August 3th to Janiceinak@gmail.com. Include the number of individuals in your group.  Thank you!  

 

Updated Fisheries Scholarship Information

Jan Schnorr has updated the Scholarship information for the Alaska Fly Fishers Fisheries Scholarship for 2014. Find out more about the scholarship and get applications on our Scholarship Information Page.

July 7th Monthly Meeting

JULY 

GENERAL MEETING

Alaskan Millennium Hotel

 
Come out to the July 7th AFF  monthly meeting to hear about recreational and fly fishing opportunities in the Chugach National Forest.  Paul Clark, Recreation Planner and Trails Manager for the Chugach National Forest will be our featured presenter.  The Chugach National Forest spans from the Cooper River Valley to the Kenai Peninsula.  There are endless trails, lakes are rivers in the Chugach.  The focus of the presentation will be those recreational and fly fishing opportunities located south of Anchorage.  Learn about access points, trails, public use cabins, lakes and river within this section of the forest and how to access them in this presentation.
Please note there is no general meeting in August. Join us at Mirror Lake for our annual AFF Members’ Picnic. Details will be in the August newsletter.

Chugach National Forest

June 2nd General Meeting: April Vokey

Please join us on Monday, June 2nd at 7pm at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel for Swinging Flies for Trout & Steelhead, presented by B.C. steelhead guide April Vokey. This event is FREE and open to the public.

April’s presentation is perfect for our fisheries and geared towards those who are looking to expand their knowledge beyond the dead-drifting technique and try their hand at swinging flies.

While in Anchorage, April will be conducting casting workshops, which are sold out, and fly tying workshops exclusively for AFF members. There are a couple of spots available for April’s steelhead fly tying workshop on Sunday, June 1. If you are interested, contact Ben Rowell at rowell.benjamin@gmail.com.

From www.aprilvokey.com:

April Vokey began fishing as a toddler… by the sixth grade, she was saving her allowance for weekend visits to the local tackle shop where she eventually stocked her hand-me-down Plano box with every lure and bait she could afford.

Counting down the days for the opportunity to attain her driver’s license, by the age of 16 she spent every summer, fall & winter seeking an escape through the salmon and steelhead migration that wound its way through the countryside.
Such ventures drove her to self-discovery, realization, motivation and a hunger to escape a troubled environment in the city she called home.

After discovering a passion for fly fishing in her teens, April Vokey soon dedicated her entire life to the pursuit, eventually culminating in her founding Fly Gal Ventures in 2007 at age 24. The company was built on the basis of the promotion of both education & encouragement to those who looked to chase their dreams. She has since established herself as a respected authority in the sport and has traveled the globe in pursuit of gamefish on a fly rod.

Her writing has appeared in numerous industry leading publications including Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, and Fly Fusion magazines. In July 2012, April became the first female fly angler to be featured in Outside magazine for their “XX-Factor” segment.

Also a popular TV personality, April has been featured on the Outdoor Channel’s Buccaneers and Bones series, 60 Minutes Sports, The Steve Harvey show, Discovery Channel’s Refined and as a host on Fly Nation TV.

She is a FFF certified casting instructor, a fly-tying instructor, an active conservationist, traveling speaker and an eternal student.

Photo: Please join us on Monday, June 2nd at 7pm at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel for Swinging Flies for Trout & Steelhead, presented by B.C. steelhead guide April Vokey. This event is FREE and open to the public.</p>
<p>April’s presentation is perfect for our fisheries and geared towards those who are looking to expand their knowledge beyond the dead-drifting technique and try their hand at swinging flies. </p>
<p>While in Anchorage, April will be conducting casting workshops, which are sold out, and fly tying workshops exclusively for AFF members. There are a couple of spots available for April's steelhead fly tying workshop on Sunday, June 1. If you are interested, contact Ben Rowell at rowell.benjamin@gmail.com.</p>
<p>From www.aprilvokey.com:</p>
<p>April Vokey began fishing as a toddler… by the sixth grade, she was saving her allowance for weekend visits to the local tackle shop where she eventually stocked her hand-me-down Plano box with every lure and bait she could afford.</p>
<p>Counting down the days for the opportunity to attain her driver’s license, by the age of 16 she spent every summer, fall & winter seeking an escape through the salmon and steelhead migration that wound its way through the countryside.<br />
Such ventures drove her to self-discovery, realization, motivation and a hunger to escape a troubled environment in the city she called home.</p>
<p>After discovering a passion for fly fishing in her teens, April Vokey soon dedicated her entire life to the pursuit, eventually culminating in her founding Fly Gal Ventures in 2007 at age 24.  The company was built on the basis of the promotion of both education & encouragement to those who looked to chase their dreams.  She has since established herself as a respected authority in the sport and has traveled the globe in pursuit of gamefish on a fly rod.</p>
<p>Her writing has appeared in numerous industry leading publications including Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, and Fly Fusion magazines. In July 2012, April became the first female fly angler to be featured in Outside magazine for their “XX-Factor” segment.</p>
<p>Also a popular TV personality, April has been featured on the Outdoor Channel’s Buccaneers and Bones series, 60 Minutes Sports, The Steve Harvey show, Discovery Channel’s Refined and as a host on Fly Nation TV.</p>
<p>She is a FFF certified casting instructor, a fly-tying instructor, an active conservationist, traveling speaker and an eternal student.

Annual Solstice Fishing Trip

TANGLE LAKES TRIP

 from Jan Schnorr

Tangle Lakes Solstice Trip

photo by Jan Schnorr

If you have never caught a grayling, be sure to mark your calendar for this trip. During June, the ice melts from the lakes and rivers and the grayling come alive. They are ravenous and eager to take almost any fly you cast.  Bring your camping gear and enjoy 24 hours of daylight and fishing opportunities for grayling, whitefish and lake trout.  We also host an evening potluck so bring a dish to pass! Tangle Lakes is located approximately 300 miles north/northeast of Anchorage. The recommended route to Tangle Lakes takes you through Glennallen to Paxson and then west 21 miles along the Denali Highway (all paved roads) to the entrance of the BLM Campground. If you plan to participate in this trip, please RSVP to Janiceinak@gmail.com so we can help locate a campsite for you.  Additional planning will take place at the June 2nd AFF meeting. Some members arrive prior to June 20th and leave several days after June 22nd just to take advantage of the awesome fishing!