Washington State Council 2018 Officers
President Carl Johnson
I began my journey as a fly fisher in 1966 (wow almost 50 years ago) when I used my fly rod to toss flies instead of bait in the streams near my house in New Jersey. Over the years through job locations and travel I have fished in at least 15 of the states as well as Mexico. I belonged to fly fishing clubs in Tennessee, Louisiana and now Washington. I truly enjoy fishing streams and rivers for trout although I have been known to fish for anything that swims. In 2004 I joined the Council as Treasurer and added VP Westside in 2005. In 2006 I was elected to my first 3 year term as President. I am now in my third three year term, and hopefully last, as President. I am incredibly proud of how the members of the Council have made the Washington Fly Fishing Fair a growing success since 2007. It has been my pleasure to be part of the Board that has worked so hard to serve the fly-fishing community.
Phone: (425) 308-6161
1st VP-West Bill Wheeler
Bill has been fly fishing about 10 years when he moved to Washington State and landed up on Lake Alice. At first he thought his eyesight was going bad because he couldn’t see his fly when he cast. It turned out that his eyesight was fine, his casting was bad. So he started on a journey to become a better caster resulting in becoming an IFFF Master Certified Casting Instructor (MCI). He has had the opportunity to teach casting at the IFFF Fly Fishing Fair as well as the Ellensburg Fly Fishing Fair and various club and private venues. Bill is Past President of the Overlake Fly Fishing Club, edited the club newsletter and is currently VP Education for the club. Currently he can see his fly, he just wishes that more fish would see it
Phone: (425) 281-6361
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 David Paul Williams
David Paul Williams tied his first fly at age seven, took his first fly-caught trout at ten and has been sliding the slippery slope to other species since. He now fishes saltwater beaches, alpine cirques, lowland rivers, urban waters and desert lakes, but jump-across creeks still have the power to bring out the inner boy. Williams is the author of Fly Fishing for Western Smallmouth, and a freelance writer and photographer whose articles have been featured in Backpacker, American Angler, Northwest Fly Fishing, Bassmaster, Fly Fisherman, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Fly Fusion, Game & Fish, Salmon-Trout-Steelheader, Salmon Steelhead Journal, Bass Angler, Seattle Magazine, Northwest Travel, Northwest Palate. His PowerPoint programs highlight the thrill of fly fishing, be it trout, saltwater species, Mississippi Steelhead (carp) or smallmouth bass. Williams how-to classes are popular at fly fishing expos throughout the Northwest where he also demonstrates the simplicity and pleasure of tying effective flies.
VP Membership Peter Maunsell
Peter is presently a member of the Northwest Fly Anglers (NFA) and Alpine Fly Fishers. Peter was taught to fly fish on the Yellowstone River by Mary Keefover Kelly. He became passionate about fly fishing and the activities associated with the sport. Peter married his wife Kelly in 1979. They have a son now working as a field biologist in the San Diego area and a daughter who is attending college in Seattle, Washington. He retired in 2006 from a career as an air traffic controller. Peter loves to raft, camp, fish and explore. He has a passion for soccer and is active in the soccer referee community. He grows orchids and has recently completed his second hobby greenhouse. Peter is active on the boards of the NFA, the Northwest Orchid Society and the Seattle Soccer Referee Association.
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 Jim Maus
I have a passion for fly fishing and fly tying and enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills with those new to the sport. I am a Life Member of Fly Fishers International (FFI) and I’m currently serving on the National Board of Directors as the Treasurer. I’m a charter member of the FFI’s Fly Tying Group. I have been actively involved with the Washington State Council for over 25 years and have served the Council as Senior Advisor, Treasurer, Secretary, Director at Large and as a National Director. I’m a long time member and past President of the Puget Sound Flyfishers club in Tacoma, WA (winner of the 2008 McKenzie Cup) and a member of the South Sound Fly Fishing club in Olympia, WA
Phone (253) 582-9580
VP Education John Newbury
John lives in Chewelah Washington, located in the northeastern corner of the state. He has been fishing the area’s waters since he was a kid. John has tied flies the past 38 years to fish the numerous still waters of the area and the upper reaches of the mighty Columbia River, which he refers to as his “home waters.” In 2012, the Washington St. Federation of Fly fishers awarded John its Conservation Award for his conservation efforts regarding wild spawning Red Banded Rainbow of the upper Columbia River. He was also spent considerable time fishing the waters of nearby British Columbia, Canada for trout and steelhead. Many, many of his still water patterns and steel head flies have been published in many books and magazines, by several different authors over the years. In 2007, John was the inaugural inductee into the F.F.F. Washington State Fly tying Hall of Fame. In 2008, the Federation of Flyfishers recognized John’s many contributions to the F.F.F., honoring him with the Lew Jewett Award. Then in 2009, he was presented the prestigious Buz Buszek Memorial Award, the highest honor a fly tier can receive, for his significant contributions to the art of fly tying. It is now his dream to share his passion for fly fishing andtying with as many young adult H.S. students as possible to ensure a new generation of stewards to protect our waters and to continue sharing fly fishing with others.
Treasurer JoAnn Allison
Retired Fiscal Operations manager at Area Agency on Aging. Has supported her husband’s fly fishing addiction for 40 years. Was a founding member & treasurer of the Spokane Fly Fishers. Has obtained a pink casting for recovery fly rod from Black Dog Custom Rods and is going to get back into fly fishing now that work is out of the way
Phone (509) 362-5283
News Letter Editor Steve Jones
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