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Thanks to our Volunteers

I hope that many of you were able to attend our 11th Annual Fly Fishing Fair this past May. I thought it was an outstanding event. The Board has already begun planning the 12th Washington Fly Fishing Fair on May 4th and 5th in Ellensburg. I look forward to seeing you there!

I want to thank all the volunteers who help make this year’s event a success. This includes all of the Certified Casting Instructors who provided the casting demonstrations and workshops, the seminar presenters, the fly tiers, and those who helped with the event, whether running the casting games, working the registration desk, helping with the auction and raffle or elsewhere. We could not do this event without you. THANK YOU! The Fair sponsor Frank Amato Publications deserve special thanks and I would like to encourage them to sponsor the 12th Annual Fly Fishing Fair.


I also encourage Council members to thank our sponsors. On Friday night we held our Awards and Auction after a wonderful dinner by Cascade Grilling. The following awards were presented this year. Presidents Pins went to Sam Matalone, Steve and Treyna Erickson and Will Godfrey. Mike Clancy received the Education Award for his work with the Northwest Youth conservation and Fly Fishing Academy. The Fly Tying Hall of Fame Award was given to Les Johnson. The Council Fly Fisher of the Year (formally Federator of the  year) went to Don Simonson. The  Washington Council’s nominee for the Council Award of Excellence to be given at the International Fly Fishing Fair in Livingston this August is  Robert Gerlach. Congratulations to everyone. On Saturday afternoon, we held our annual meeting and conducted the business of the Council, including nominating the slate of Board candidates for positions that expire this July. This year’s slate is: Len Zickler-VP East (2017), Don Simonson-VP West, JoAnn Allison-Treasurer (2018), John Newbury VP Education, Chet Allison – Director (2018), Mike Clancy-Director, Pat Peterman – Director, Vern Jeremica – Director, and Bill Wheeler – Director. Now that the 2017 Fair is in the books it is time to do a little fishing. For me, Maura and I will be spending some time in Montana this summer. I hope to see you all in Livingston, Mont. this August to attend the International Fly Fishing Fair.




From the top right;
Greg Shimek receives grant for Coastal Cutthroat Coalition,
Mike Clancey receives education award,
Don Simonson receives Fly Fisher of the Year,
Carl and MC Will Godfrey dupe the audience with the drop-the-bottle con
 Will questions David Paul Williams about his guided carp trip in the auction.