Washington State Council 2020 Officers


President Bill Wheeler

I am a relatively late convert to fly fishing, having started in about 2005 when we moved to Washington State and landed up on Lake Alice.  A Board member of  Washington State Council (WSC) since 2014 and have attended all the fairs in Ellensburg since then.   In fact, passing my Certified Casting Instructor and Master Casting Instructor tests at Ellensburg.  Its not without trepidation that I follow Carl Johnson into this role.  Carl has done an incredible job at growing and sustaining the Council and we all benefit from what he has accomplished.  Luckily, he’s not going anywhere for a while.
In addition to being President of the Council, I am on the FFI Casting Board of Governors (CBOG) and hope to be a liaison between the Council Presidents Committee (CPC) and the CBOG.  I am Co-Chair of the Awards Committee of the CBOG with Don Simonson, another selfless contributor to FFI and WSC.  I am also on the Fair Committee and the North American Testing Events Committee of the CBOG.  
Your Council is supported by an excellent group of individuals on the Board.  We have filled two vacancies and are in the process of replacing some individuals who wish to step down from current responsibilities as they move to the FFI Board or retire from our Board.  More on this as we progress.
Our goal in the years ahead is to add to and diversify WSC membership.  To this end, we have initiated a more vigorous social media approach in an effort to reach out to all fly fishers, especially those groups underrepresented in the fly fishing community leadership.
We encourage everyone in the Council to become involved in their local fly fishing community and welcome any and all help to the Council.  
See you on the water, and remember that good backcasts are the basis for a good forward cast.


Phone: (425) 281-6361

Email: wwheeler48@hotmail.com


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

Email:   rwg@anewds.com

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

Email:  jochetallison@msn.com


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.

Phone   (509)299-5582

Email   jathearn99@aol.com

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

Email: flytier015@q.com


VP Conservation

Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson is an avid sailor who has raced or cruised six different oceans. When not traveling, Carol loves to fish Western mountain streams, a passion that began in her Seattle backyard stream at 8 years old. Carol spent 40 years designing, developing and delivering science education multimedia and online content. She began her career in elementary education before becoming a professor of technology education at Western Washington University. Carol is the founder of FlySci, a non-profit science of fly-fishing educational organization specializing in environmental sciences and conservation.

Email    cja@windwalkermedia.com

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

Email  sjones022@comcast.net

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.    

  Email   lshtca@gmail.com

Treasurer John Roskopf