Washington State Council 2018 Officers
President Bill Wheeler
Phone: (425) 281-6361
1st VP-West Robert Gerlach
I am a retired general contractor living in Gig Harbor, Washington who has been angling the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. The fly rod captured my attention 13 years ago, and I have picked up the gear rod only a few times since then. I studied for three years and became a Certified Casting Instructor at the WSCIFFF Fair in Ellensburg in 2013 and have been working on becoming a Master in the Art of Teaching for over 5 years now. I find just about as much pleasure throwing a perfect loop as I do hooking a great fish, well I said almost! I have been working with Northwest Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy, Tacoma School of the Arts and SAMI teaching larger groups of young men and women the Art of Fly Casting as well as many smaller groups and individuals. I am constantly working on improving my ability to “COMMUNICATE AND DEMONSTRATE” good casting form as well as working with each individual and their particular casting Style! I am available for both group and private lessons, 253 377 1798. It is an honor to serve on the Board of Directors of the Washington State Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers and have a hand in “PASSING IT ON” to future generations.
Phone: (253) 377-1798
1st VP Eastside Chet Allison
Chet Allison started life on 1/17/48. I worked for Cowles Publishing in Spokane, Washington for 43 yrs retiring on Dec. 30, 2010. I began fly fishing about 1973 self taught fly tying from the Herters Professional fly tying. I learned to build fly rods from Earl Grotto (took his fly tying class) and John Propp. I, along with my wife, am a founding and original board of directors of the Spokane Fly Fishers and have been a member of the IEFFC since 1974. Was IEFFC President in 2012. I was a Boy Scout fly fishing merit badge councilor for about 5 years. I enjoy fishing Washington lakes and streams. I will be traveling the state in my motorhome fishing those waters real heavy starting the spring of 2013. A long the way I hope to learn some new waters and meet some new friends. I attended the fly tying expo at Ellensburg in 2012 and will be there for years to come. I will be showing the beginning fly tiers effective easy to tie flies. I was asked to be a BOD member of the WSCFFF at the Fly Fishing Fair in 2012.
Phone: (509) 362-5320
Secretary Jim Athearn
I have fished for as long as I can remember and have done mostly fly fishing for at least the last 20 years. After I retired in 2004, we moved to the Spokane area where I enjoy fishing all the nearby lakes and more distant streams. I also like to travel and try new places for different fish. This a sport that allows you to continually learn and improve if you’re willing to put in a little effort. I also like fly tying and that is an area where I can definitely continue to learn. I usually have a camera or binoculars close by when I’m out fishing in case an interesting bird happens by.
I joined the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club in 2005 and was chair of the Projects Committee for several years. I continue to coordinate the club’s program at the Big Horn Sports Show to teach fly tying to young (and old) people and I am currently serving as club President.
VP Membership Larry Gibbs
I am the Vice President of Membership plus I also am the Vendor Coordinator for the WSC Fly Fishing Fair held in Ellensburg. I joined the Board of Directors in the very early 2000’s and have held the positions of Director at Large, Treasurer and Secretary and Auction Coordinator.
I am also a Life member of the FFI. I belong to the FFI President’s Club and I am a sustaining member of the new FFI program, 1000 Stewards. I am a life member of the FFI Fly Tying Group. I am a past member of the FFI Board of Directors. I was the FFI auction coordinator for five years.
I am the president and newsletter editor of the Alpine Fly Fishers Club, which is a FFI Charter Club located in Puyallup, WA. I am a retired law enforcement officer.
I am an all waters fly fisher but I prefer to fish for trout and smallmouth bass in the rivers of western Montana and eastern Washington. I fish with both graphite and bamboo fly rods.
Phone: (253) 820-0475
VP Conservation East Gilbert Biles
I am one of the founding members of The Home Land Security. I am a retired member of 22 years of the Coast Guard Aux. I am now a member of The Wenatchee Valley Fly fishers 19 years. I am also a member of The Regional Fisheries Enhancement Program 5 years. I retired at age 58 I retired as a general contractor. In my younger years I was a Tool & Die Maker Machinist. Born and raised in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. I moved to Washington in 1954. I have fished all my life as a small boy. I started fly fishing in my early teens. I learned to tie flies then, when we only had fur and feathers. I love to fly fish and tie flies. I have taught kids fly tying, rod building, boat building, fly fishing.
Phone (509) 663-2325
VP Conservation West Jack Whitney
When I was a young kid, I was given my Grandmother’s old bamboo fly rod. Another member of the family gave me a bait casting reel loaded with a silk fly line to go on the rod. I acquired a package of mosquito dry flies from Asia. Later I was on a family camping trip on the Oregon coast which had a small stream going through the campground. That stream was loaded with hungry 4″ trout that I couldn’t keep off my fly. It was a wild morning with constantly hooking and releasing. I had never had so much fun and the big fish hooked that morning was me.
The second A-ha moment happen after I moved to the Yakima Valley in 1971 and found a meeting notice of the local fly fishing club in the Yakima Herald. I went to the meeting and that started my fly fishing education. Shortly after joining that club, I joined the FFF for the first time. After I moved to the Tri-Cities, I joined the local club there. My membership in the Clark Skamania Fly Fishers goes back to 1984.
I have fly fished in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Baja and Honduras. I retired in 2001 from a career of sales, small business, engineering and manufacturing. My wife, Carol, and I live with 2.5 acres of garden, trees and berries on “Bust Your Ass Acres” in Hockinson (Brush Prairie).
Phone: (360) 253-3863
VP Communications Steve Jones
News Letter Editor
I’ve been a member of Clark-Skamania Flyfishers for about 15 years and served as club president for three years and on the board since 2013. I want to contribute to the Washington chapter of Fly Fishers International and help keep it the lively and successful group members expect.
Phone (360) 606-5947
VP Education Larry Hartman
I discovered fly fishing late in life; about 10 years ago, and have developed a passion for the sport and all that surrounds it. Having just retired after 30+ years founding and running a manufacturers rep agency for architectural products and commercial design with my wife Rita, I now have the time to indulge in my passion and contribute at the same time. When not fishing or tying flies I play guitar and eat well. Actually, eat well regardless of activity as Rita is an exceptional cook.
Past president of the Overlake Fly Fishing Club and looking forward to helping Fly Fishers International grow and fulfill their mission.
Treasurer John Roskopf