A friend is no longer with us.

  •       Many of you remember Pat. She was the first VP of Education while I was President.   She passed away on March 17th. Carl Johnson She will be missed.   Pat was a [...]

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  •        Welcome to the Washington State Council of Fly Fishers International website. If you did not hear earlier in April 2017 the organization changed the name from International Federation of Fly Fishers to Fly Fishers International. We will be developing a new website this summer (well after our Fair in early May). If you have any suggestions as to what should be included please contact either myself or Jim Maus. I hope you find the website easy to use and informational. As we get ready to enter 2017 and look back on 2016, I hope many of you had some wonderful fly fishing memories. For me, my wife and I spent the summer (2 1/2 months) in Alaska. We had a wonderful time seeing the sights and doing a little fishing. I also had the opportunity to visit the Alaska Fly Fishers, attending their meeting in July and Spey Clave in August. My wife and I enjoyed ourselves and hope to go back some day. I have posted a few pictures in the photos gallery if you are interested.   Right now the Council is beginning the preparation and promotion of the 2017 Washington Fly Fishing Fair, our 11th year [...]

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Spring 2018 Covering the Drift newsletter

  •   A time for change……. Here we are in April and we are finished with the Washington Sportsman Show and The Fly Fishing Show in Lynnwood. Both were good shows for the Council this year. Now it is full speed ahead for the Washing Fly Fishing Fair on May 4th and 5th in Ellensburg. Some days it is hard for me to believe that this will be the 12th event in Ellensburg starting with the Fly Tying Expo at the Library in 2007 and my last as Council President. Things are coming together for this year’s Fair. The Workshops are all set and are on-line. Please register. We are still (always) looking for donations for our auction/silent auction/raffle. The Fair is how the Council obtains the funds to operate and support the Fly Fishing community conservation and educational activities. In fact, over the few years we have given back to [...]
  •   At least for now By Jack Whitney Now you might wonder what is the blob and why it is in this newsletter?  The blob is a massive warm spot in the ocean that starts above Vancouver Island and goes up into the Gulf of Alaska.  This warming has been with us since 2013 and was broken apart this fall by more normal Pacific storms. At its peak, the blob raised the ocean currents off the coast of Alaska by 3 degrees and that is an unprecedented temperature increase in the frigid Northern Pacific Ocean. This increase was also responsible for the toxic algae blooms we have experienced the last few years.  It also screwed up the ocean conditions which in the past have given us healthy returns of salmon and steelhead.  That was covered in more detail in our last newsletter.   Now that the blob is gone when [...]
  • By Gil Biles The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in December approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen. The bill next goes to the House floor. A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community endorsed H.R. 200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provision into the nation’s primary law governing federal fisheries management. This is a major step forward in implementing the vision set forth by the Morris-Deal Report for the future of saltwater recreational fishing. Many of the recommendations of this M-D Commission are addressed by the Modern Fish Act and now included in H.R. 200. This legislation addresses many of the challenges faced by recreational anglers, including allowing alternative management tools for recreational [...]
  • This is an interview with Thomas Lamphere, who will be one of many skilled fly tiers sharing their knowledge of fly tying and fly fishing at the Fly Fishers International Washington Council Fly Fishing Fair in Ellensburg, Washington, May 4th and 5th, 2018.  It has been a pleasure to talk to someone in their 20’s who is a gifted fly tier and caster, and very serious about working in the fly fishing industry.  I have had an opportunity to watch Thomas tie flies, and cast a long line at the Red Shed Gathering, Spey Casting competition on the Clearwater River in Idaho.  I have enjoyed looking at his website and his Facebook page. Thomas and his father Reuben will be a great addition to the Fly Fishing Fair in Ellensburg this May.  You don’t want to miss this event.   Vern: I understand that you and your Dad Reuben work [...]
  • Spring Chinook runs rise Salmon managers from Washington and Oregon estimate 248,500 spring chinook salmon will return to the Columbia River this year – an increase of 20 percent from 2017. Spring chinook are a bellwether species that reflects the overall health anadromous fish runs in the region. The number of Columbia spring chinook includes 166,700 upriver fish bound for waters above Bonneville Dam and 81,820 fish expected to return to rivers below the dam. Bill Tweit, a special assistant for Columbia River fisheries at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), noted that the upriver forecast is up 44 percent from last year, but still 10 percent below the 10-year average.   

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