Upcoming AFF Events
President's Hook - August 2016
I sure hope everyone is getting to fish more this summer than I am, as every day you get to wet a line is one more day of opportunity. There is always a prospect to catch a big fish, a chance to learn something about presentation of a fly, figure out fish behavior in a certain situation, the excuse to get out and take a breath of fresh air at one of your favorite fishing holes, or introduce the sport to someone. Too often we get wrapped up in things not fishing related. Work,errands, personal obligations, the list can be extensive), can all keep us from fishing. It’s much too easy to find an excuse to not hit the water. Most of the time, it boils down to priorities. In some situations, there really is no choice or option. But if there is – even just a slim chance to get out…go do it! And if possible, take someone with you, perhaps someone who hasn’t gone fishing in a while, or even someone who has never been (fly) fishing before. In order to keep the sport of fly fishing alive, well, and growing, it’s important to get out there, as well as to pass along your knowledge to someone who may not have had the chance to learn this fine sport. There are many folks who introduce new anglers to the waters on a regular basis. If we were to all make an effort to reach out to even just one person,imagine the possibilities by taking a first step. The culture, the attitudes, and perspectives of the majority of fly fishers are some of the most unique and distinctive I am aware of or can even imagine. So let’s all do our part and spread the wealth, knowledge, and opportunity whenever possible to promote the sport we love. I look forward to hearing about all the new experiences.
Something upcoming to possibly help add to your fishing gear or something to entice a newcomer to the sport is our Fall Raffle. Prizes are still being acquired, but will definitely be worth the participation. Tickets will be available at the Speyclave and Fly Fishing Fair (in Eagle River this year), the Willow Creek Cleanup, the annual Kenai River Cleanup, from any AFF board member, and at the October General Membership Meeting, where the winner will be drawn (need not be present to win).
The executive board has decided to bring back the August general membership program – which has historically been the annual club picnic/potluck and outing. Please see the description from Bob Pawlowski below, followed by invitations for the Speyclave, Willow Creek Cleanup, and Kenai River Cleanup, all happening in August and into September.
Finally, we are looking for members who might be interested in helping to lead the club to even greater things next year. Please contact a current board member if you are interested in taking an active role in the progress of our club.
Time to get out on the water!
Patrick Malone - President, Alaska Fly Fishers
Alaska Fly Fishers 200 W 34th Ave, Suite 1233 Anchorage, AK 99503