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President's Hook 

September 2016 

It has been a productive season of fishing this year.  More for some than others, but just getting out there can be enough to make your day.  As summer transitions to fall, Silvers are in full swing, Dollies and Rainbows are hungry, Steelhead are starting, and the Kenai River Clean Up is only 2 weeks away. 

There have been some changes on the AFF executive board.  Secretary Bob Pawlowski has resigned due to time conflicts.  Board member Leslie Holland-Bartels will take over as our new Secretary.  Cheryl Cline has been appointed and confirmed as the new Fly Tying Coordinator.  We are also in search of a Ghillie, as Josh Shearer is being deployed overseas with the Air Force – Good luck and stay safe Josh.  And with the passing of Mike Malone, we have two positions to fill.  If you are interested in filling either the position of Ghillie or Member at large, or know of someone who might be willing to step in -please let me or any member of the board know.  Also, on a similar note we have a nominating committee who is actively searching for nominees to serve on the 2017 executive board.  If interested, you can contact myself or any other board member.  The nominating committee consists of Mike Harsh, Brenda Brown, and Bill Huber who will all be happy to discuss roles and responsibilities, as well as benefits of being on the board.

The AFF Fall Fundraiser Raffle is under way – for only $10 each or 3/$25, you could win a 12'6" 7wt Sage Method Spey Rod, with a Sage 6280 Reel, and line.  Only 300 tickets will be sold so when they are gone, they're gone.  Tickets are available from any board member, at the tying demonstration at the Alaska State Fair, the Kenai River Clean Up (9/9 - 9/11, 2016), and the General Membership meeting on October 3rd.  The drawing will be held at that meeting on October 3rd @ The Anchorage Elks Lodge.   You do not need to be present to win, but I'm sure we will have a great speaker and some desirable ghillie prizes.

After much deliberation I decided that I would put together a segment for the Fly Lines to pay tribute to My Dad.  I did some reflecting on how his passing has affected my thoughts on Fly Fishing, but also life in general.  I will always remember the last trip I went on with him, a float tubing trip to a lake on JBER.  It was so great just having the opportunity to get out on the water, in fact we almost didn’t get to wet a line.  The winds on the lake we planned to hit were way too high, but I highly encouraged that we check out another location instead of calling it a day and trying another time.  Fortunately my persistence paid off and we found another lake that was much more sheltered and calmer waters provided for a pleasant afternoon/evening of fooling fish with flies.  I didn't get to spend all day on the water with him, but thoroughly enjoyed that short time that we were able to fish together.  I did have a couple other chances to go with him after that trip, but "other things" came up and missed the opportunities to wet some lines.  I would highly recommend that if at all possible, don’t take trips with your loved ones (or even trips of your own) for granted.  You never know if it might be your last chance. 

Now get out there and rip some lips,

Patrick Malone, President, AFF

Alaska Fly Fishers 200 W 34th Ave, Suite 1233 Anchorage, AK 99503

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