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Vol 45 No 1

The Monthly Newsletter of the Wyoming Fly Casters

January 2017


January 2017

What’s inside Lee Tschetter, President Spencer Amend, Vice President John Yost, Secretary Janet Sowell, Treasurer

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Terms expire in 2017: George Axlund, Joe Meyer, Lee Wilson, Cheryl Wilson Derrick Dietz Bob Fischer

Terms expire in 2018: Wilbur Yankee, Jim Johnson Bruce Lessig, Bruce Chandler, Blake Jackson

The Backcast is the monthly newsletter of w Wyoming Fly Casters Editorial content does not necessarily reflect the views of the officers, board or members of the Wyoming Fly Casters.

Annual dues are $20 for an individual, $30 for a family, or $250 for a lifetime individual membership or $450 for a life- time family membership. Visit the club website at www. wyflycasters.org. To pay dues or contact the club, write to P.O. Box 2881, Casper, WY 82602.

The deadline for submission of information for each issue is a week before the end of the month. Make contributions to the next issue by e-mailing material to the Backcast editor at cheryl_ea06@ hotmail.com or call (307) 267-1903. The Backcast is available either in electronic format or through USPS snail mail. To receive each newsletter through a monthly e-mail, you must be able to open .pdf (Adobe Acrobat, a software program available free of charge) documents. Usually, each issue is roughly 1 MB in size, some are larger. Your e-mail provider may have limits on the size of attachments.

In order to be added to the e-mail list, send a request to cheryl_ea06@hotmail.com. In addition to receiving each issue of the newsletter earlier than your hard copy peers, e-mail subscribers are able to print each copy in vibrant color -- an added plus if the issue is rich in color photographs. By sub-scribing electronically, you also save the club roughly $17.40 a year in printing and postage expenses.


If you haven’t already, call Joe Meyer at 307-235-1316. He’ll give you pointers and advice to make sure you catch The big one!

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Wyoming Fly Casters is to promote and enhance the sport of fly fishing and the conservation of fish and their habitat.


The Wyoming Fly Casters club was formed in 1974. The membership currently consists of approximately 160 members. The WFC was organized by a group of dedicated fly fishermen and since the club’s inception the Wyoming Fly Casters have strived to further the sport of fly fishing through conservation and education. Conservation of our water resources is one of our primary goals and in cooperation with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department we have and will continue to carry out worthwhile projects for the benefit of Wyoming fisheries. In addition to conserving Wyoming’s water resources we encourage conserving the fish themselves. A fish safely released today will live to give sport to others. For easy access to digital version of newsletter go to: www.wyomingflycasters.org

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President’s letter

Happy New Year Flycasters,


January 2017

Another year has passed us by and we are starting the new with some chilling temps. I hope that those that attended the Polar Bear Outing had a good base layer under their waders. The temperature wasn’t bad that day as long as the wind didn’t affect you. I was unable to attend this year. Our family held our Christmas that weekend. I’d bet that there were many stories told and some good green chili eaten and maybe even a few fish caught to start the year. Two of the biggest topics that I’d like to pass on to those that have not already heard are; we have once again been selected for a Commissioner’s Tag through the diligent work of Spencer and we have also been accepted to the roster for a Thankful Thursday spot this year. Our treasurer, Janet, led the charge for Thankful Thursday and after a fast paced multi-item agenda board meeting before the Christmas party we were able to get locked in for May 4th. If you notice, this will be not long after our annual spring banquet so there will be some logistical items that will require attention soon. Both events will be a boost for the club and hopefully provide some funding for more worthy projects. An outdoor show is in the works again for this year after having been stopped due to budget constraints. Our club has been added to the roster of participants and we are working with the coordinators for the upcoming event. This was always a well-attended show in the past and a great way for the club to be in the public eye. We will keep you posted as more details are worked out. I’m sure that many of you have heard that Al Conder has decided to retire from the G&F. His retirement will take place this month. I have asked Al to attend our meeting on the 11th. He may have final work related commitments that would not allow him to attend but I’m hopeful that he will be there. Most of you know better than I what key issues he has overseen related to fisheries and how closely he has worked with the Flycasters over the years. We all wish him well and perhaps will get a chance to see him out on the water without his “red” shirt. It’s that time of year again; our annual dues are due. Membership is $20 for an individual and $30 for a family. Those can be mailed to PO Box 2881 using the zip of 82602, dropped in the box at the Ugly Bug, or given to Janet at one of the meetings. Please try to use one of these options to avoid your check passing through several hands before getting where they need to be. Blake has been working on our web site and soon we should be able to pay our dues from there as well. We accomplished many great things in 2016 and 2017 should be just as good if not better for the Flycasters. I’m anxious to see what is in store for the club in the upcoming year. Until next month, Tight Lines & Long Drifts, Lee


January 2017

Lyin’ and Tyin’

Lyin’ and Tyin’ is back! The first meet up will be held on November 12th. For the next few months, we will be meeting on the second and third Saturday of every month, starting at 9:00 a.m. Where: The Oil and Gas Commission on King Blvd. Don’t have fly tying gear? Give Joe a call and he will make sure you are all set up to start learning to tie with a club vice and materials. Questions? Call Joe:235-1316

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WFC BOARD MEETING OF DECEMBER 14, 2016 *All votes on motions are unanimous unless otherwise noted. MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE: Lee T., Janet, Spencer, George, Blake, Jim, Joe, Cheryl, Lee W., Bob, John and Bruce L. Excused absences: Wilbur and Bruce C. CALL TO ORDER: President Tschetter called the meeting to order at 1750. TREASURER'S REPORT: 1) Janet reports that she has negotiated with the IWL for our rental to be $600/year. This reflects partly that we will need the clubhouse only once a month instead of twice monthly due to moving our BOD meetings to just prior to our general meetings. We can rent the cabin for $25/night if we desire. 2) Laura of WG&F has returned the contract for the WFC grant that funds 3 water level loggers. That was the last contract to be completed. 3) Janet proposes that dues notices for 2017 go out soon. Blake suggests an email blast reminder, and recommends encouraging members to renew through our revamped website that he has been improving, since it will soon have PayPal and credit card capability. SECRETARY'S REPORT: The minutes from the November 16th meeting were mailed out to all board members. A motion to approve the minutes as published was made and seconded (didn't record who these individuals were). The motion passed. OLD BUSINESS: 1) Spencer is pleased to report that WFC has secured a Commissioner's Tag from the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission. A hearty round of applause was given for Spencer to acknowledge his dogged persistence in making this important item happen. 2) George is in the process of setting up a meeting with Foundation member, John Dolan, to discuss increasing fund raising efforts. NEW BUSINESS: 1) Lee T. reports that Janet has been in discussions with Rodeo Rick concerning a possible Thankful Thursdays fund raising for a WFC project. Rick wishes that any money generated through a Thankful Thursday be spent in Natrona County. Additionally, he would like each event to be for a separate entity, and he has a concern that since WFC is an official sponsor of the Casper Project Healing Waters chapter, and since he already hosts a Thankful Thursdays for the Casper PHW, that it might be construed as "double-dipping" by some charitable patrons. It was suggested that we may need to alter or clarify our relationship with the Casper PHW Chapter. John made a motion: "The Wyoming Flycasters' agreement with the Casper Chapter of Project Healing Waters is to provide voluntary assistance to the Chapter. Any financial support of the Casper Chapter of Project Healing Waters will go through the usual Wyoming Flycasters grant process". The motion was seconded by George. The motion carried. Spencer then made a motion: "The money generated from a Thankful Thursday event will go to improvements for the Wyoming Flycasters Memorial Access area, including river access projects as well as educational facilities for fishermen and non-fishermen. These projects will be done in conjunction with Wyoming Game and Fish Department." The motion was seconded by George and the motion carried. 3) Blake asked all Board members to submit a brief biography and picture to him by next week to be used for our website. 4) Derrick reported that the Club received a thank you note from Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions for a fly tying session that some of our members did for one of their clients. 5) The Club also received a thank you note from the national Project Healing Waters staff for our assistance with the Casper Chapter. ADJOURNMENT: Jim moves to adjourn and is seconded by Spencer. The motion carried at 1820. Respectfully Submitted, John Yost, Secretary


Letter from the Editor

January 2017

Flycasters, I apologize for getting this small issue of the newsletter out. I was waiting on a few things- notably some pictures of the Polar Bear Outing! I never received any so this issue will be pretty light. If anyone is interested in heading up the Banquet committee, please let me know ASAP! I can get with whoever is interested and get you started in the right direction. I will be available to help with the committee but I can’t make it to all of the meetings with Roger- He is rambunctious and a handful! That’s all for now! Send me those fishing pictures!

Cheryl Wilson


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Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

Lyin' and Tyin' 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

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The Backcast: January 2017  

The monthly newsletter for the Wyoming Flycasters.

The Backcast: January 2017  

The monthly newsletter for the Wyoming Flycasters.


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