Every year the weekend before Mothers’ day, the Washington State Chapter of the Fly Fishers International (WSCFFI) puts on a fly fishing fair in Ellensburg. The money made at the fair is returned to the fly fishing community through educational programs and conservation grants.
The event started with volunteers’ dinner given as a thank you to those helping with the event. Each board member contributed two desserts to be sold at the dinner. Each table collected donations for the desserts and the table with the greatest contribution received first choice from the desserts. Second largest table contribution got second and so forth. This netted over $900 for conservation and education efforts around the state. The event draws together hundreds of Washington fly fishers for classes and demonstrations.
Top Left Vern Jeremica doing what he does best
Far Right David Paul Williams tying for a teenage audience
Al Wood tying one of his closer patterns featured on this month’s cover
Maura Johnson at Registration
The featured fly tier was Steve Fernandez and the featured casting instructors were Molly Semenik and Al Buhr. The event concluded with a banquet and live auction Saturday night. Theauctioneer was Will Godfrey, an Idaho guide, author, fly tier and professional auctioneer. Will put on a very entertaining conclusion to a great two day event. He also got some money out of me for a hat loaded with flies tied by most of the fly tiers at the event.
Molly Semenik with Students
Koni Masada talks over awards
Henry Hoffman surveying auction goods
Len Zickler, Jerry McBride and Jim Athearn talk Shop