Mike Clancy Government Affairs
I retired in 2000 and decided to take up fly fishing. I have fished since a little guy of 7-8 years old. I went to the Puyallup Sportsman Show in 2000, expecting to learn about organizations related to fly fishing, I overheard Bob Shirley and Larry Gibbs talking to Arny Gidlow (Arny is a guide on the Missouri River) about the Puget Sound Fly Fishers in Tacoma. Well, the rest is history, I have absolutely enjoyed our sport and relationships I have made from that day on. Bob was the President of PSFF at the time and he didn’t waste anytime getting me involved in the club. He was also President of the WSCIFFF in 2003 when he invited me to join the Board of the Council. Over the years I have been Secretary, Vice President (West) and presently the Government Affairs Chairman which I really enjoy. I pass on fly fishing/government information from WDFW and various other fishing organizations to all the IFFF club’s in Washington, including non IFFF Clubs, in addition to many interested individuals.
In 2009, I volunteered with the NW Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy. 2010, I became co-director. Since 2010, we have graduated many boys and girls from The Academy. The Academy is a youth education project of WCTU and made possible with the help and support of WSCIFFF. I am very proud of The Academy and appreciate the support that we receive from the fly fishing community to make this week long event, a lifelong experience for the future fly fishers of our sport.
Phone: (360) 753-1259
Kuni 36 years of fly fishing experience and is a member of World Fly Fishing Japan, IFFF and Clark-Skamania Flyfishers in Vancouver, Washington. He participated in the 2012 World Fly Fishing Championship in Slovenia. He was invited to compete as a member of Team Japan and a manager of the team.He joined one of the finest handcrafted and high performance rod makers, C.F. Burkheimer as a pro-staff in 2011. He has been invited to become a pro-staff for Wastatch Custom Angling as a demo tier.
Currently he is a member of the IFFF Board of Directors who is responsible for international outreach and member of the Fly Fishing Museum steering committee in Livingston, MT as well as a demo fly tier for their fly fishing events. Over the years he’s fished in Alaska, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan as well as widely in the Northwestern U.S.
Besides being a director of the Clark-Skamania Fly Fishers, he got involved and committed to the education, conservation, promotion of fly fishing as a method of angling. And through it, an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of nature. He manages the Fly Tyers’ Night every 2nd Wednesday of each month at the WDFW for the last 4 years.
Phone: (360) 573-3310
Jay Woodbury Vereran’s Affairs
Jay has been Life member of FFF since 2009. He is a member of Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited group. And has served as Deputy Area Coordinator for Project Healing Waters (Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA). He’s been involved with PHW for last 5 years. Jay is a VA Hospital Volunteer, Life member of the Disabled American Veterans and Retired National Service Officer Supervisor for the DAV. He retired (medically) from the US Marine Corp after 13 years active service.
Phone: (360) 601-7275
I was born and raised on Camano Island. Moved to and lived in Seattle during my 32-year career with IBM. During that time a member of the Washington Fly fishing Club introduced me to the sport of fly-fishing. I have been a member of the WFFC for 42 years serving in most of the officer and chair positions including its president in 1994. I have been teaching fly tying and fly-casting for over 39 years. I joined the Federation of Fly Fishers in the 1980’s and am a lifetime member. I am a Master Certified fly casting instructor and am a member of the Casting Board of Governors. I have served as a Director at large on the WSCFFF for a few years taking responsibility for our fly-casting efforts throughout the state.
Phone: (206) 999-4562
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.
Trisha Campell Women Connect Council Liaison
Campbell’s passion for fly fishing runs deep. She loves to help other’s experience its joys. Trisha is pursuing a Casting Instructor Certification. She has served as Participant Coordinator for the Northern Idaho/ Eastern Washington chapter of Casting For Recovery for 9 years and Fly Fishing Instructor for CFR Washington for 2 years. She has instructed for 5 years with Kelly Creek Flycasters Women’s Clinic, 3 years at the Fly Fishers International (FFI) Women’s University and 7 years with Idaho State Juvenile Corrections Fly Fishing program. Trisha is currently the Treasurer for FFI Western Rocky Mountain Region and she is looking forward to serving the Washington Council as well.
Phone (208) 305-7926.
Sam Matalone Webmaster
I grew up in Northern California and started my passion for fly fishing at the age of 11. I was extremely lucky to have been surrounded by very good fly fisherman who taught me to cast, tie flies and to understand the role each of us plays in ensuring the future of our sport. I have associated with the Washington State Council of Fly Fishers for over 10 years. I retired as an Engineer from Texas Instruments after 30 years.
Phone (972) 754-9558
At a young age, Dave’s father introduced him to fishing and sparked a lifelong passion to experience and enjoy life in the great outdoors. Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, his stomping grounds were and remain leg- endary namesakes such as Crane Prairie and Hosmer Lakes as well as the Deschutes, McKenzie and Umpqua Rivers to name a few. While Dave quickly discovered the thrill of having a fish on, it was the awe of his surroundings that instilled his deep passion for fishing and conservation.. Dave has dedicated his professional life to the fly fishing industry and has spent the last twenty-plus years relentlessly trying to surpass expectations as a guide, out- fitter owner, conservationist, and fly fishing ambassa- dor. Dave is quick to note that he is nothing in his pur- suits without his wife Natalie and daughter Nessa, who constantly remind him why he is so inspired without say- ing a word. In addition to owning and operating Emerald Water Anglers, Dave represents several fly fishing brands including Patagonia and Costa Sunglasses and Echo/Airflo rods and lines.
Over the past 45 years I have become enamored with fly fishing and rafting. I will hike and float anywhere to catch any fish. I really enjoy multi day camping on the Northwest’s white water rivers. The longer the trip the better. I have learned to tie flies through reading and watching others.
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.