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2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour returns in March!

We’re excited to announce that Alaska Fly Fishers is now the official host of The F3T Film Tour showing in Anchorage on March 26th. Many thanks go out to Keith Graham, who first brought the show to Anchorage in 2007 and who will continue to coordinate The F3T efforts for AFF.

The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about…

Tying Clinic This Saturday – January 17th

I hope everyone is enjoying the new year. This coming Saturday will be our first fly tying clinic of 2015. We start at 9:00 at the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery and run through 3:00. The hatchery is located at the corner of Reeve Blvd and Post Road on Ship Creek.
Dave Rooker will be manning the beginning/intermediate table and enjoys teaching people how to tie, so come on down and bring the kids. The clinic is free and open to the public. Vices and supplies are on hand if you don’t have them. We hope to see you there. Give me a call at 748-5920 or email me at  swingingleeches@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
I will be accepting entries into this years AFF fly tying competition. (Info HERE)

 

Rich Johnson will be demonstrating mouse patterns starting at 9:30. The follow is from Rich:
 
AFF Tying Clinic – Mice, Voles, and other Rodents
Materials needed by anyone interested in tying:
  • A spool of 210 denier (minimum) thread for spinning deer hair; my personal favorite is Danville Plus (3/0).Any color will do, but you may want a spool of both black and white, or if you’re really O/C, a brown or tan. It’s ok to be a bit O/C as long as you realize that the fish don’t care.
  • A new razor blade will be best for the deer hair. Double edge blades are thinner, sharper, and more flexible than single edge, but more expensive. (Check Fred Myers or Walgreens for the best prices.) (Sharp, serrated edge scissors are advised as part of your tool kit as these work best trimming deer hair.)
All other materials will be provided.
**Tyers should be able to spin and flair deer hair.

Patterns to be tied are:
  • Simple Deer Hair Mouse (and a variation called Hemroidal Mouse)
  • Morrish Mouse
  • Hair Mouse
  • Articulated Water Rat
  • Mr Hankey
  • Hood Rat
Most of these patterns can be found online.
None of these patterns include realistic features such as eyes and ears.
Some of them do feature impressionistic whiskers and legs.
We will be tying fishing flies.
We will be starting at 9:30 am with the simple patterns and working up to the more complex ones throughout the day. Repeat tying of any of the flies will be offered once we’re through all the patterns. We’ll also be discussing and tying optional weed guards, stinger hooks, and tube techniques.

 

Spinning and Setting Deer Hair with Kelly Galloup
Spinning and Setting Deer Hair with Kelly Galloup

 

2015 Fly Tying Contest Info Posted

Information for the 2015 AFF Fly Tying Contest can be found HERE!

If you tie, you should enter!!!

January 2015 Meeting

January 5th, 7 pm
Millennium Alaskan Hotel
AFF will kick off 2015 with a presentation by Tim Troll, executive director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust (Trust) at our January 5, 2015 general meeting. The Trust is dedicated to the preservation and protection of Salmon and wildlife habitat in the greater Bristol Bay region including Wood/Tikchik State Park, Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks and several national wildlife refuges. Twenty five years ago, the land trust movement began in Alaska with the enactment of the Uniform Conservation Easement Act.  Shortly after passage of the act, the Trust began operations and was the second land trust organized in Alaska. In 2014, the Trust was recognized with the National Land Trust Excellence Award from the Land Trust Alliance.

 

In addition to it work in educating the public about treasures of the Bristol Bay region, the Trust also acquires otherwise developable property and places it into a land trust protecting it and the surrounding area from the adverse impacts of development. The Trust also established the popular Bristol Bay Guide Academy to train young people from the regions villages for positions in Alaska’s lodging and guiding industry. Since establishing the Guide Academy, the Trust now collaborates with Trout Unlimited, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, BLM and AFF to host the Guide Academy each summer. In recent years, the popular Guide Academy has grown to 20-25 students each year.

 

Come out on January 5, 2015 to celebrate the New Year, connect with friends and hear about the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust from its director Tim Troll.

 

2015 Rod Building Class Info

2015 AFF ROD BUILDING CLASSES

If you want to build your own rod, or one for someone else, this is your opportunity!  AFF is offering rod building classes that start January 6, 2015 and run through February 24th; all classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 8:30 PM at the BP Energy Center. Anyone who wants to build a rod, must contact Damond Blankenship at (907) 351-6810 to obtain a catalog, discuss their rod order and/or enroll in the classes.  Damond wants to submit the group order between Christmas and New Years, so please call or email Damond at damondent@gci.net.  You may also purchase your own rod building kit if you so desire.

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