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DEPARTMENTS Officers and Directors Just Fishing Fly fishing voice of the world adds Texas Council. By Philip Greenlee

I Am a Member Meet Bruce W. Richards.

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Biology on the Fly Tarpon and spotted sea trout. By Verne Lehmberg

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Campeche’s Baby Tarpon Fly fishing the Yucatan’s west side for a smaller version of the saltwater favorite. By Steve Jensen

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Flyfisher: Magazine of the International Federation of Fly Fishers

Editor-in-Chief: Bill Toone Flyfisher is published for the IFFF by: Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc. P.O. Box 722, Sandpoint, ID 83864 (208) 263-3573 • fax (208) 263-4045 www.keokee.com•flyfishermag@keokee.com Publisher: Chris Bessler Editors: Al and Gretchen Beatty Art Director/Designer: Jackie Oldfield Designer: Laura Wahl Copy Editor: Billie Jean Gerke Editorial Assistant: Beth Hawkins Advertising Director: Clint Nicholson PRINTED IN THE USA

Fly Tips Poor man’s tungsten. By Kelly G. Glissmeyer

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Woman’s Outlook Curses, charms and mojo. By Carol Oglesby

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Fly Box Flies from a few Buszek Award tiers. By Verne Lehmberg

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Fly Fishing Heritage Fritz Gerds Fly Plate Collection at IFFF Museum. By Sherry Steele

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International Federation of Fly Fishers 5237 U.S. Highway 89 South, Ste.11 Livingston, MT 59047-9176 (406) 222-9369 • fax (406) 222-5823 www.fedflyfishers.org President/CEO: Philip Greenlee • philipgreenlee@att.net Office Manager: Rhonda Sellers • rhonda@fedflyfishers.org Fly Fishing Fair: Jessica Atherton • fair@fedflyfishers.org

At the Vise Baby tarpon pattern. By Tom Tripi

Kilsheelan Ireland The IFFF joined forces to present an international casting certification event on the “Emerald Isle.” By Carl Zarelli, Rick Williams and Jim Valle

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An Angler of Many Worlds An angler discovers a long-forgotten fishery across from Manhattan, Roosevelt Island. By Randy Kadish. Plus: Shoreline lunch, getting there and what to use.

Focus on the Fly Saltwater flies for spotted sea trout. By Verne Lehmberg

Seeking Solitude

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IFFF Annual Donor Report Thanking and recognizing generous IFFF supporters

COVER PHOTO: Cathy Beck releases a baby tarpon. See feature story "Campeche’s Baby Tarpon," page 30. Photo by Barry and Cathy Beck.

Flyfisher is the official publication of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, published two times a year and distributed by mail and online free to members. Send membership inquiries, fees and change of address notices to the IFFF Headquarters in Livingston, Montana, at the address above. Flyfisher is produced for the IFFF by Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc. Address all editorial and advertising correspondence to the address at left. Contents of Flyfisher copyright © 2013 by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Written permission required to reprint articles. “IFFF & Reel Design” is a service mark (sm) of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

FEATURE PHOTOS, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP, LEFT: Author Randy Kadish fly fishes Roosevelt Island, a subway-ride away from Manhattan. Photo courtesy Randy Kadish.

The next Flyfisher editorial deadline for all editorial EXCEPT International Fly Fishing Fair reports is August 15, 2013.

Tom Ciocco enjoys the fun and excitement of fishing for baby tarpon. Photo by Steve Jensen.

Please remember to recycle this magazine and any other appropriate material.

Warmwater "miniature fisheries" provide solitude and quality fishing. Photo by Terry and Roxanne Wilson. The River Suir, site of an international, casting certification event in Ireland. Photo by Joe Ormond.


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Meet the IFFF’s Directors and Officers Board of Directors & Executive Committee

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Exec. Comm • Chairman of the Board/ President • Philip Greenlee: 530-356-9430 • philipgreenlee@att.net 1911 Bechelli Ln., Redding, CA 96002

Exec. Comm. • Senior Conservation Advisor Rick Williams: 208-938-9004 troutdna@cableone.net 524 West Two Rivers Dr., Eagle, ID 83616

Exec. Comm • Secretary Herb Kettler: 434-977-6703 herbkettler@att.net 809 Winston Ter., Charlottesville, VA 22903

Exec. Comm. • Vice Chairman • Finance Committee Co-Chair • Carl Zarelli: 253-460-7752 • carlzarelli@comcast.net 4630 Memory Ln. West, University Place, WA 98466

Exec. Comm • Treasurer • Finance Committee Co-Chair • Ron Winn: 321-723-3141(work) 321-777-3341• ronwin@bellsouth.net 315 Eutau Ct., Indian Harbor, FL 32937

Don Gibbs: 303-526-9256 ddgibbs@ecentral.com 108 Chokecherry Rd., Golden, CO 80401

Exec. Comm. • Fly Fishing Fair Steering Committee Chair • Tilda Evans: 970-683-8879 • lewtildaevans@gmail.com 3602 “G” Rd., Palisade, CO 81526

Larry Gibbs: 253-863-4910 flytier015@q.com 18112 South Tapps Dr., Lake Tapps, WA 98391

Exec. Comm. • Bud Frasca: 208-762-2631 • grizzking@aol.com 2699 E Packsaddle Dr., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

David Lemke: 713-502-1809 dlemke@sbcglobal.net 4002 Aberdeen Way, Houston, TX 77025

Exec. Comm. – Government Relations Chair Howard Malpass: 318-780-3739 whmalpass@hotmail.com 5825 Southern Ave., Shreveport, LA 71106

Bob Long: 208-520-5055 blong@spcpro.com 1002 Webster St., Clarkston, WA 99403

Exec. Comm • IFFF Foundation President Earl Rettig: 541-330-9670 • herettig@msn.com 19928 Antler Point Dr., Bend, OR 97702

Rick Pope: 214-507-8967 rpope@airmail.net 8105 Sovereign Row, Dallas, TX 75247

Exec. Comm • Legal Counsel (not a member of the BOD) Jim Schramm: 231-869-5487 jdschramm@oceana.net P.O. Box 828, Pentwater, MI 49449

Membership Chair • Carl Ronk: 909-987-4051 • flytyer@earthlink.net 8961 Whirlaway Ct., Alta Loma, CA 91737

Exec. Comm • Flyfisher Editor in Chief Bill Toone: 406-556-7241 • btoone@3riversdbs.net 198 Game Trail Rd., Bozeman, MT 59715

Museum Committee Chair • Sherry Steele: 541-420-5532 • steelefly@msn.com P.O. Box 1438, Sisters, OR 97759

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Mike Stewart: 860-653-4203 tellicofly@yahoo.com 215 Loomis St., North Granby, CT 06060

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Eastern Rocky Mountain: Pat Oglesby 970-434-3912 • pcoglesby@bresnan.net 3095 Evanston Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81504

Oregon: Sherry Steele 541-420-5532 • steelefly@msn.com P.O. Box 1438, Sisters, OR 97759

Florida: Tom Gadacz 727-360-8030 • thomasgadacz@yahoo.com 5353 Gulf Blvd. A-201, St. Petersburg, Florida 33706

South Eastern: Marvin S. Cash 704-759-6788 • secfff@marvincash.me 7155 Chameroy Ct., Charlotte, NC 28270

Great Lakes: Jim Schramm 231-869-5487 • jdschramm@oceana.net P.O. Box 828, Pentwater, MI 49449

Southern: Michael E. Ames 870-243-2637 • aflycaster@sbcglobal.net 303 J D Dr., Harrisburg, AR 72432

Gulf Coast: Kyle Moppert 225-343-0867 • bowfin47@gmail.com 2170 Terrace Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Southwest: Michael Schweit 818-601-9702 • msangler@earthlink.net 7933 Jellico Ave., Northridge, CA 91325

Mid-Atlantic: Marty Laksbergs 703-282-0931 • marty-laksbergs@cox.net 6718 Catskill Rd., Lorton, VA 22079

Texas: Russell Husted 972-567-4155 • russellhusted@sbcglobal.net 3416 Jerry Ln., Arlington, TX 76017

North Eastern: Leslie Wrixon 508-733-8535 • lesliewrixon@ityeflies.com 22 A Elm St., Manchester, MA 01944

Upper Midwest Council: Todd Heggestad 218-310-9182 • theggestad57@gmail.com 4835 Howard Gnesen Rd., #103, Duluth, MN 55803

Northern California: Gene Kaczmarek 510-673-7162 • flyingties@aol.com 5432 Borgia Rd., Fremont, CA 94538

Washington: Carl Johnson 425-308-6161 • flyfishalso@frontier.com P.O. Box 1206, Monroe, WA 98272

Ohio: Jim Stone 419-347-1826 • jstone003@neo.rr.com 116 West Park Dr., Shelby, OH 44875

Western Rocky Mountain: Lee Davison 208-538-7425 • lee@snakeriveroutfitters.com 238 N. 4700 E., Rigby, ID 83442

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Just Fishing FLY FISHING VOICE OF THE WORLD ADDS TEXAS COUNCIL By Philip Greenlee, Chairman of the Board of Directors

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elcome to the world of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, and I thank you for choosing the IFFF as your conservation partner. We invest a lot of time through our 16 councils and members abroad to keep abreast of the latest information about education, conservation, fly tying and casting. We are not fishermen, but we are anglers. The difference is that we care about fish and their habitat. Back in 1964 when the organization was started, Lee Wulff, along with fly fishers from Oregon, had the insight to send the Federation down the catchand-release path. I joined the organization in 1968. Since that time, I have had the privilege of observing members develop in many ways, including gaining knowledge of habitat, becoming leaders through an IFFF club or council, and accepting the responsibility for the yearly IFFF exposition. Yes, we teach the fundamentals of fly fishing, but we also develop members as people who care about our natural resources. I have watched people join the IFFF and because being a member gave them stature and respect, they brought a stronger voice when they challenged their local department of fish and game on issues about conservation. The IFFF has the best fly casting instructors and master flytiers in the world. The bottom line is that we are in the people business, and because there is not any other organization like the IFFF, we have become the fly fishing voice of the world. Last year, the IFFF held its annual International Fly Fishing Fair in Spokane, Washington. Thanks to the City of Spokane, we had the privilege of holding our event in their new convention center. Also, the Spokane Sports Commission got behind us with their support, which included television, billboard, newspaper and radio advertising. I find it interesting the things that motivate people. At the president’s dinner, some of the guests started to nibble on their dessert before dinner; I

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have been guilty of this myself. Right in front of me was a gentleman who managed to eat his dessert and be served a second. Anyways, I understand the need for a “bit more” because in the summertime when I was a youngster, I would spend time with my grandparents. My grandmother knew my favorite pie was chocolate with meringue topping. One day when I came through the back porch there was a chocolate pie sitting there as it cooled. As I walked by the pie, I had this urge to taste the meringue. So I did, not once but four times! The last time I grabbed a taste, the chocolate began to show through the meringue and of course I tried to cover it up – but I couldn’t. So I decided to remove all of the meringue. The next time I came through the back porch, my grandmother was looking at me like I was the devil. I quickly replied, “Gram, did you forget the meringue on the pie?” The only thing my grandmother said is, “Philip, you have grit.” Now you know an 8-year-old doesn’t really know the meaning of grit, and for years I thought I had some kind of disease. I do have a disease – it is called chocolate pie! When I went to bed, I heard my grandmother telling my grandfather about the pie. He could

The Lion Fly Phil saw in process of being tied was patterned after a lion fish.

not stop laughing. Now back to IFFF news. Since our last Flyfisher magazine, I visited the New York Angling Club in hopes of holding a North East Council fundraising event, which is still being considered. I also went to the Fly Fishing Expo in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in hopes of recharging the Mid-Atlantic Council. The results are positive and we now have a strong board. I also visited the Oregon Council Expo, and while walking around talking to the tiers I came upon a person who was tying a special Lion Fly pattern. I found it interesting this tier was hooked up on Skype with another tier named James Martin who lives in Sparks, Nevada. The tier in Nevada was showing the tier at the Oregon show how to tie this fly (see photo below). Isn’t it interesting how different we communicate today compared to years past? I was invited to the Sun Coast Fly Fishers (charter club) Hog Roast in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The event was held in a new fishing center where there are fishing trophies, artwork and four classrooms for visiting schools that have fishing clubs as part of their curriculum. The state has 42 elementary schools, 27 middle schools and 14 high schools with fishing clubs for the students. The Sun Coast Fly fishers were given a $1,200 grant from the IFFF Foundation. They will use the money to put up a fly-fishing-in-Florida exhibit in the center as an educational tool. The Florida Council has a new president named Tom Gadacz who is a retired physician and an avid fly fisherman. Tom served in Vietnam as a surgeon and for 15 years was on the faculty for Johns Hopkins. He is also president of the Sun Coast Fly Fishers. When you come to the International Fly Fishing Fair in West Yellowstone this September, you will have the chance to meet Tom and his wife, Judy. Tom is replacing Bill Gunn, who did a great job as president of


BRUCE W. RICHARDS Residence Bozeman, Montana IFFF Council Western Rocky

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Probably landing my first tarpon in Costa Rica in the late 1970s, a 125pound fish.

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Never thought about having a favorite, but I sure like trout

Reason for being a member I’m a casting geek and the Casting Instructor Certification Program is where the casting geeks hang out! I’m also an addicted fly angler and no organization supports and promotes our sport like the IFFF does.

What others say Bill Toone, Flyfisher magazine editor-inchief said: In the short space I have, I couldn’t begin to say enough good things about Bruce Richards,

his contribution to the IFFF, and to our sport. Let it suffice to say, however, that he is one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever met regarding fly casting and its mechanics, as well as one of the best fly fishermen I have had the privilege to fish with. His casting classes and seminars are always filled, and his casting advice is much sought after by novice and expert alike. Bruce enthusiastically shares this knowledge with everyone and has worked tirelessly for the IFFF for many, many years. He is a true asset to the IFFF, and we are proud to call him a member. Does your council or club have an individual you would like to be considered for a future “I Am a Member” Profile? If so, please e-mail Bill Toone, Flyfisher Editor-in-Chief, at btoone@3riversdbs.net with your consideration. Please include a brief bio (25 to 40 words) along with the reason you feel this person exemplifies the best of the Federation of Fly Fishers.

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the Florida council. I have some great news! The IFFF has a new Texas Council. The board members have been sworn in and the new council is off to a roaring start. Travel distance was one of the main reasons for organizing the new council. In some cases, members of the old organization had to travel close to 1,000 miles to attend council events. Some of you are probably wondering why the date for the International Fly Fishing Fair is in late September. Originally I thought we had a date in August scheduled, but due to a mix-up with the town of West Yellowstone, we had to change our date. This late date isn’t bad; at this time of year the fishing is outstanding. I look forward to seeing all of you in West Yellowstone this coming September. We will have an awesome time! Flyfisher Spring - Summer 2013

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CONSERVATION NEWS East Fork of the Lewis River: An American Tragedy By Ben Dennis

Storedahl & Sons company was back again mining the East Fork. In 2010, a federal court ruled the basis for permitting the expansion of UQVQVOQV\PMÆWWLXTIQV_I[ ÆI_ML+TIZS+W]V\a[PW]TL have withdrawn the Daybreak Gravel Mine permits but refused. Presently stream conservation organizations are actively seeking legal solutions while working to restore habitat for the East Fork ESAlisted salmon and steelhead East Fork of the Lewis River gravel mining destruction of prime populations. spawning habitat for threatened/endangered salmon and Restoration of 3,700 feet You can help conserve, steelhead in southwestern Washington state. of the river is in the works! restore and protect our )N\MZÅ^MaMIZ[WN PIJQ\I\ precious fisheries. Read the Troutdale aquifer, supplier restoration and permit delays by government agencies, unforred patch at the top of the of water to Clark County in tunately the approved/budgeted restoration bordering Daypage to read how. southwestern Washington and break Park was delayed at the last minute for frivolous reasons. part of Oregon’s Multnomah This restoration is a vital part of the recovery of our threatCounty, this aggravated the ened/endangered salmon and steelhead. Please e-mail the Clark ongoing dewatering of the East County Commissioners at boardcom@clark.wa.gov or the Lower Fork. In July 2005, Fish First and Columbia Fish Recovery Board at jbreckel@lcfrb.gen.wa.us. Tell Friends of the East Fork won what them this restoration must happen this summer. \PMaPWXML_I[\PMÅVITKW]Z\JI\\TM For more information, contact Ben Dennis at flyrodranch@comcast.net against the mine to cease gravel mining in (360-597-3061) or visit www.EastForkLewisRiver.org. \PMZQ^MZ¼[ÆWWLXTIQV Ben Dennis is founder of Instream Conservation; VP Conservation West, Unfortunately in 2008, the Washington WSCFFF, cofounder of Salmon Creek Flyfishers and an active member in State Superior Court overturned the lawsuit and the numerous conservation organizations. n 2001, American Rivers named the East Fork of the Lewis River in Clark County, Washington, “one of the most endangered streams in the United States.” The International Federation of Fly .Q[PMZ[QLMV\QÅMLQ\[¹VI\Q^M runs of salmon and steelhead as one of the country’s most at risk,” the result of indiscriminate mining at the Daybreak Gravel Mine by J.L. Storedahl & Sons. In the 1990s, when the mine breached the huge

Index of Articles East Fork of the Lewis River: An American Tragedy . . . . . . . . . . . 9 The CuttCatch Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Never Name the River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Florida’s Suncoast Fly Fishers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Fly Tying Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Atlantic Coast Striped Bass Decline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Trout in the Classroom. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Unveiling the New IFFF Logo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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CONSERVATION NEWS The CuttCatch Experience By Russell Hershbarger

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mel. Mundi dolor orem ipsum zie Fly Fishers and By Michael M. Wilson dolor sit the Internationalnominavi mei at, he International Federation amet, ubique Federation of Flyqui id habeo dicant of Fly Fishers is proud to minimum, graeco suseripuit in vix, an eum Fishers, the national cipiantur in ius. Dictas impetusannounce qualisquethe availability of conservation group “Never NameSitthe omittam ut cum, in disputationi. te River” on DVD. formed in Oregon in /ZIKMN]TQV[QOP\N]TIVLN]TTWN Å[P exerci ridens accupurto scriptorem, 1965. It documents tales, “NeveretName fugit minim mea. the River” is an an important partsata of has, id sea rebum authoritative history Cu nec admodum of the McKenthe IFFF’s history.verear.Ut nam maiorum maiestatis, an vidisse conceptam. Ea Comprised of agam aliquam philosopri modo labore, eu a group of easygophia sed. Has an nibh eum graeci oblique ing visionaries, the scripta nostrud, omnis dolorem. Nam idque IFFF was established corpora id, rebum to promote the exerci eam ei, autem utamur periculis ea Authors, speakers available [XWZ\WN ÆaÅ[P- molestie dissentiunt et vix. Feugiat deseruqui. Ei sed malorum for club events and shows. ing as a method of isse in sed. Ornatus Slide shows, seminars,have and a thick-thin dolores, natum vidisse habitat preservation. The photos black border of 4 points. vocibus inciderint est mel at, wisi tota de- tying demonstrations. Produced in 2006, this documentary no. Harum iudico ad traxit mel ad. explores the relationship between Warmwater fly fishing. sit, ei utroque comprehensam eos. Ex nec tamquam(largemouth referrentur, vix ÆaÅ[PQVOIVL\PMZQ[MWN \PMMV^Qand smallmouth Ut nammovement, maiorum maiestatis, senserit consetetur ea, ius and minim ronmental as well as the bass,ne bluegill, other species) an agam aliquam philosophia harum consectetuer. Id nam quis altera numerous personalities who left their terrywil@windstream.net • 417-777-2467 sed. Hason an the nibhsport. scripta nostrud, reprehendunt, accusata instructior in imprint Here are all the PHOTO BY XXXXXXXXXX

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FLORIDA’S SUNCOAST FLY FISHERS Celebrate at a Fundraising Dinner By Bill AuCoin hilip Greenlee, president of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), addressed the Suncoast Fly Fishers (SFF) March 23 I\\PM;IQV\8M\MZ[J]ZO+TMIZ_I\MZÆa Å[PQVOKT]J¼[\PIVV]IT0WO:WI[\ fundraising dinner in Largo, Florida. Greenlee praised the club for its proOZIU[\MIKPQVOÆaÅ[PQVOIVLÆa\aQVO to young anglers and Scouts, as well as to recovering military veterans through IFFF’s Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program. He spoke of the importance of supporting IFFF conservation OWIT[IVLW]\TQVML\PM1...KMZ\QÅKI\QWVXZWOZIUNWZÆaKI[\QVOQV[\Z]K\WZ[ Greenlee noted that the Suncoast Fly .Q[PMZ[KT]JPI[[M^MZIT1...KMZ\QÅML master casting instructors who regularly hold casting instruction. SFF held its silent auction and fundraising dinner at the new Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum, a 33,000-square-foot facility in Largo. The event spotlighted the rich history and more active future of angling on the Florida Gulf Coast. Before the dinner, Greenlee toured \PMÅ[PQVOKMV\MZ_Q\PNW]VLMZIVL

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THE FLY TYING GROUP Demonstration Tier Survey Results We have made efforts to communicate with all 160 international tiers on o date we have received about our list. The e-mails went out October 220 completed Demonstration Fly 26, 2012, and the letters a few days later. Tier Survey questionnaires from Many of the e-mails and letters have the mailing earlier this year. Of those, been returned. When possible, these 189 tiers have asked to be included in folks were sent both e-mails and letters. the Tying Instructor Resource Directory. The response has been disappointing. Of the 189 tiers indicating an interest ?MPI^MZMKMQ^MLÅ^MWZ[Q`KWUin being included in the directory, some pleted questionnaires and about the 59 are not IFFF members and 11 have same number of declines. One problem expired memberships. Because nonis that many names on the international members are not eligible for a listing in list are old; many of them have had no the Demonstration Fly Tier Directory, communication with IFFF for more than Philip Greenlee, president of the IFFF, a decade. Another problem may be the agreed that we could offer those tiers a language barrier. To date only a few $20 one-year membership in order to international tiers are in the directory. be included in the directory. This offer The photos have a thick-thinWe black are working with IFFF staff to was mailed November 15,border 2012.ofTo 4 points. get the directory on the website. We have date we have picked up an additional 12 proposed that when these are posted IFFF members and three FTG members WVTQVM\PI\_MPI^M\_WPaXMZTQVS["WVM as a result of that mailing. At this time saying “Find a Tying Instructor” and we have approximately 120 tiers to be the other saying “Find a Demonstration included in the directory.

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included Carl Hanson, known for KZMI\QVO\PM*MVLJIKS5QVVW_ÆaIVL Don Coleman, author of “Wading the Saltwater Flats with a Fly Rod.” Members meet for professional XZM[MV\I\QWV[Æa\aQVOIVLÆaKI[\QVO sessions on the third Thursday of each month (except December) at Walter Fuller Recreation Center in Saint 8M\MZ[J]ZO<PMKT]JPWTL[IÆaÅ[PQVO and picnic outing on Saturdays following each meeting. SFF also sponsors W]\ZMIKPXZWOZIU[\MIKPQVOÆa\aQVO casting and rod building through Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. For more information, visit the websites of the Suncoast Fly Fishers (www.suncoastflyfishers. com), International Federation of Fly Fishers (www.fedflyfishers.org) or Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum (www.centerforfishing.org).

Tier.” If you look at the IFFF website’s home page, you will see a button called “Find a Fishing Guide.” We are working \W_IZLKWVÅO]ZQVOW]Z\QMZQVNWZUI\QWV much like the guide information is curZMV\TaKWVÅO]ZML The process of getting the information on the website exceeds my skills. 1...WNÅKMUIVIOMZ:PWVLI;MTTMZ[Q[ working on the project. If any of you computer experts would like to advise us, please call me at 307-672-5164. We also need to get the appeal and questionnaire on the website so it will be simpler for tiers to join and maintain their own information in the directory. To date we have 12 governors included in the directory. I am surprised that there is not more participation from the Fly Tying Group Board of Governors. If any of you would like, I will e-mail you a questionnaire to complete. -UIQT"JQOPWZVRWPV[WV[(OUIQTKWU Frank Johnson from Sheridan, Wyoming, is a FTG member, Buszek Award recipient and a longtime IFFF member.

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Stripers Forever is a conservation organization advocating game Å[P[\I\][NWZ_QTL striped bass on \PM)\TIV\QK+WI[\QVWZLMZ\W[QOVQÅKIV\Ta reduce striper mortality, provide optimum and sustainable public angling opportunities, and secure the greatest socioMKWVWUQK^IT]MNZWU\PMÅ[PMZa Despite the poor spawning success in the Chesapeake Bay (the 2012 young-of-the-year index was the lowest on record), the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), which ZMO]TI\M[\PM[\ZQXMLJI[[Å[PMZaKWI[\ wide, decided in 2012 not to cut back on the historically high commercial harvest quota. Nor have recreational bag limits been reduced. “Stripers Forever thinks the upplaced in the tank and hatched out shortly afterwards. The class followed the development of the fry through each of the stages, monitoring the _I\MZY]ITQ\aIVLPMIT\PWN \PMÅ[P Lesson plans covered a wide range of topics from biology, ecology, chemistry and habitat conservation. Progress was tracked via the Texas FlyFishers online forum a blog runeu by eum the stutam. Eaand prialso modo labore, graeci dents at dolorem. the school. Theidque students took oblique Nam corpora great care utamur throughpericulis the process, resulting id, rebum ea qui. Ei in high survival rate natum of eggs.vidisse mel seda malorum dolores, <PMÅ[P_MZMZIQ[ML\PZW]OP\W\PM at, wisi tota detraxit mel ad. end of semester, at which Exthe necsummer tamquam referrentur, vix point there were close 2- to senserit consetetur ea, to ne100 ius minim 3-inch-long baby trout harum consectetuer. Idthat namwere quis rapidly altera outgrowing their tank. The Guada-in reprehendunt, accusata instructior mel. Mundi dolor nominavi mei at, qui id habeo dicant minimum, graeco suscipiantur in ius. Dictas omittam ut cum, in exerci ridens accusata has, id sea rebum verear.Ut nam maiorum maiestatis, an agam aliquam philosophia sed. Has an nibh scripta nostrud, omnis exerci eam ei, autem molestie dissentiunt et vix. Feugiat deseruisse in sed. Ornatus vocibus inciderint est no. Harum iudico ad sit, ei utroque comprehensam eos. Ut nam maiorum maiestatis, an agam aliquam philosophia sed. Has

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’m sure most of you are aware that the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) is now the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF). With this change came the need to update the logo to a new “international” one. This was precipitated by the expansion into many countries worldwide, with clubs joining our cause in Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa, Asia and, of course, Europe. At last summer’s fair in Spokane, Washington, I was charged with helping develop the new logo. I have been a member of the Federation for more 30 years and a Life UMUJMZNWZ?PMV1ÅZ[\RWQVML1 recognized the FFF logo as it was prevITMV\\PZW]OPW]\\PMÆaÅ[PQVOQVL][\Za I remember seeing the reel logo in car windows, on a patch on someone’s vest, and a reelly (pun intended) sharp-looking pin in someone’s hat or lapel. With that background and history in mind, I did not want to change our trademarked logo to something unrecognizable. On the other hand, I felt it could use an update to better represent

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AMERICAN VETS Benefiting from the Evergreen Hand By Al Beatty f one were to take a quick look at the title to this short article, a person could easily think I’ve started writing IJW]\OIZLMVQVOQV[\MILWN ÆaÅ[PQVO That assumption would be a mistake, but you’ll have to read on to learn what I’m really sharing with you. Down through history a really sad ZM[]T\WN IVa\aXMWN UQTQ\IZaKWVÆQK\Q[ the injured soldiers who must learn to cope with life after they have served. Often those injuries are not readily evident, as a soldier returning from war suffers quietly with post-traumatic stress disorder, memory loss, mood variations, etcetera that are all too often an unintended consequence of service in a combat zone. At the other end of the spectrum is the physically injured who will never regain a lost limb or other parts of their body. All of these side effects of war cause stress in one form of another – mental and/or physical or both. Many organizations have stepped forward to help those who need it. A few that come to mind are Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF), Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Injured Soldiers. All of these organizations and people recognize many soldiers need help, and they step forward to do so. One person is Jesse Scott from the Evergreen Fly Fishing Club in Everett, Washington. Like many people, Scott recognized the need to help veterans adjust to their lives after military service. As a combat veteran himself, he understood that escaping from the reality of their “ever-changed lives” was often a difÅK]T\\PQVO\WIKKWUXTQ[P0M\]ZVML \WPQ[NI^WZQ\MXI[\QUM[·ÆaÅ[PQVOIVL Æa\aQVO·I[IXW[[QJTM_Ia\WPMTX

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Holding the sign is club member Larry Kivela along with Eric Ortegren, a Troops First participant from 2011. In front are club members Elwin Moore, Bob Sorsen, Troops First Marines Glen Silva, Michael Cervantes, Jacob Hightower, club members Jerry Myers and Bob Henry, Wounded Warrior participant Marie Vrba, club member Dawn Hewitt, Wounded Warrior participant Elisa Wyatt and president Michael Smith, members Bob Bowers, Jim White and Steve Hofmann.

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By Ed Nicholson n 2004, during recovery from surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical +MV\MZ1M`XMZQMVKMLIÅZ[\PIVL look at the many military personnel that were themselves recovering from various forms of traumatic injury. It was a heart-wrenching experience, and I began contemplating what I could do to brighten their day. I thought they might ÅVLIVWXXWZ\]VQ\a\WTMIZV\WÆaKI[\ IVLÆaÅ[PIXXMITQVO*a\PMJMOQVVQVO of 2005, after I had made the right connections with Colonel Bill Howard, chief of occupational therapy at Walter Reed, and IFFF member John Colburn, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) was launched. Colburn made the subsequent introduction with the Federation and soon the IFFF began its enthusiastic support of PHWFF. By 2007, PHWFF was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization and mature enough to operate independently. The support, compassion and organizational structure of the IFFF have been instrumental in helping us through W]ZINÅTQI\QWV_Q\PVMIZTaWN Q\[KT]J[ nationwide. Beginning with that single program at Walter Reed, PHWFF has since grown to encompass more than 150 programs in 46 states, as well as establishing partnering programs in Canada and Australia. Through their involvement, the IFFF clubs, members, casting instructors, tiers and leadership have brought strong, positive impacts to bear on the lives of our active-duty military service personnel and veterans. For example, members of Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishers from Port Angeles, Washington, have been tremendous supporters. Their innovation in creating and manufacturing the Evergreen Hand opened new doors for amputees by offering an adaptive device on which \WTMIZVÆa\aQVO_Q\PMI[M<PM.ZM[VW Fly Fishers for Conservation established a PHWFF program in 2012, and in this short time period the numbers of veterans participating has tripled in size. Nationally, IFFF was extremely helpful, offering step-by-step guidance and technical assistance, primarily by legal counsel Jim Schramm in the creation of The photos have a thick-thin black border of an IFFF club in New York City. Since 4 points.

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then, PHWFF-NYC has been fortunate \WJMVMÅ\NZWU\PM[]XXWZ\WN UIVa IFFF members and casting instructors who volunteer their time and expertise each week. The contributions of IFFF to PHWFF are many and wide-ranging; those mentioned here represent but a small fraction of what IFFF has done to facilitate the organization. The important role of IFFF can best be summarized by a member of the Lake Erie Chapter (TU/IFFF club) who wrote about the comment of one veteran who [IQL"¹?PMV1KIUM\WUaÅZ[\80? session, I was at the end of the rope. I thought of suicide, and now my whole life has turned around.” That one statement has reinforced my dedication to continue this work as long as I am able. Thanks and praise is especially due to the IFFF and its members for their dedication to our programs and mission. Without a strong relationship between our two organizations, the success of PHWFF could not have been possible. We encourage all IFFF clubs and members who would like to work with PHWFF to contact us at www. projecthealingwaters.org and explore the possibilities. More than 150 major Veterans Affairs hospitals and nearly 1,000 clinics and centers exist nationwide. Ed Nicholson is a retired U.S. Navy captain, a Life Member of IFFF, and an advocate of all things fly fishing. He is the founder and president of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

Big Horn River Youth Adventure. 16-19 Twelve young fly fishers will be invited. Contact Frank Johnson for applications.

(307) 672-5164, bighornjohnsons@gmail.com Rush Creek Clean-up. Silver Lake Resort, CA. www.southwestcouncilfff.org/ Conservation/seventh-annual-rush-creek-cleanup Bighorn Lake Carp Tournament and Festival. www.bighornriveralliance.org

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Western Rocky Mountain Council 12-13 Rendezvous. 7N Ranch near Heise Hot Springs and the South Fork of the Snake River. Contact Lee Davison. (208) 538-7425, lee@snakeriveroutfitters.com. www.wrmcexpo.org

September 2013

Southwest Council 2nd Annual 20-22 Fly Faire. Mammoth Lakes, CA. www.swc-fff.org/faire, (818) 200-1499 IFFF International Fly Fishing Fair. 24-28 West Yellowstone, MT. www.fedflyfishers.org/FlyFishingFair.aspx

October 2013

Southern Council 2013 Conclave. 3-6 Mountain Home, AR. www.southerncouncilfff.org/fair/2013 Florida Council Expo. 18-19 Crystal River, FL. www.fedflyfishers.org/Councils/Florida/EXPO.aspx

March 2014

Oregon Council’s Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo. 7-9 Albany OR. www.nwexpo.com

2012-2013 IFFF C ASTING INSTRUCTOR CERTIFIC ATION The following events offer IFFF Casting Instructor Certification. Pre-registration is required. Call 406-222-9369 to register. There is a $100 fee for Certified Instructor (CI) Testing plus a $50 fee if you pass; $175 fee for Master Instructor (MA) Testing plus $50 pass fee; $175 for Two-Handed Casting Instructor (THCI) Testing plus $50 pass fee. You must also be a current IFFF member.

September 5-8 July 12-13 CI, MCI, Test #1342, CI, MCI, THCI Jakarta Test #1338, Idaho Falls, ID October 5 CI, MCI, Test #1341, July 12-14, CI Mountain Home, AR Test #1336, Gold Coast, Australia October 17 CI, MCI, Test #1339, August 23-24 Crystal River, FL CI, MCI, THCI Test #1340, Ireland Schedule subject to change; get current schedule at www.fedflyfishers.org

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NEW MEMBERS 2014 David Barron Member since 1980. Casting Board of Governors’ Chairman of the CCI Committee. Held several National VP positions in the past. Goal is to advance CICP within the fly fishing community. Wisconsin 2016 Marvin Cash Member since 2006. President of the Southeastern Council of the IFFF and a member of the Carolina Fly Fishing Club, an IFFF Charter Club. Cash wants to help the IFFF grow by helping our customers – the councils, clubs, CIs and the general membership. North Carolina

2016 David Diaz Member since 1988. Chairman of Casting Board of Governors. Connecting councils with capable instructor population is a high priority for Mr. Diaz. Alabama 2015 Scott Erickson Member since 2005. Serves on the Fly Tying Board of Governors. Interested in representing the Fly Tying Group and increasing the IFFF’s international presence, particularly in Canada. Alberta, Canada. 2015 Glenn Erikson Member since 2005. Serves as the Conservation Director for the IFFF. Dr. Erikson strives to enhance IFFF’s ability to fund more habitat projects. New York

2014 Frank Johnson Member since 1970. Involved with the activities of the Fly Tying Group. Recipient of the Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award and Dick Nelson Fly Tying Teaching Award. Wants to contribute to the educational efforts of the IFFF. Wyoming 2015 Soon Lee Member since 1988. Casting Board of Governors Chairman of the International Committee and editor of The Loop. Interested in promoting IFFF wordwide and expand CICP internationally, especially in Asia. California 2014 Kuni Masuda Member since 1980. Leader in the Clark Skamania Flyfishers in Washington. Serves on the IFFF’s Museum Committee. Interested in strengthening communication between IFFF Board of Directors and the international community. Washington

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2015 Al Ritt Members since 1990. Serves as secretary of the Fly Tying Group Board of Governors. As a freelance writer, contributes to several national publications. Interested in helping the IFFF set goals that can be accomplished. Colorado 2016 Jeff Wagner Member since 2001. Casting Board of Governors. Actively promotes the sport of fly fishing through attending shows, providing casting demonstrations and promoting the sport of fly fishing. Interested in youth education and establishing programs that make it easy for the next generation to get into the sport. Nebraska 2016 Len Zickler Member since 2000. Serves as vice president of Eastside Washington Council. Involved in two clubs in the Spokane area. Zickler chaired the local committee of the International Fair in Spokane. His interest is growing the membership of the IFFF. Washington

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ARGENTINA Patagonia SC de Bariloche ............. Mauro Ochoa ............ 54-9-2944-519220 .......info@patagoniadrift.com

AUSTRALIA Jindabyne ....................... Matthew Tripet ...................02-6451-3000 .......mattt@lakecrackenback.com.au Victoria ............................ Peter West.........................61-3-525-04711 ......petewest@iprimus.com.au CANADA Ontario Fergus ............................. Douglas Moen .....................519-846-1194 ....... doug@douglasmoen.com

CENTRAL AMERICA Belize ............................... Julian Cabral .......................501-610-1068 .......bmontgomery4@icloud.com

ITALY Binasco Mi ..................... Battistella Mauro .............+39 2 9053636 .......info@maxipesca.it Scheggia ........................ Mauro Barbacci............39 3 456180566 .......info@maurobarbacci.com

NEW ZEALAND Wanaka, Otago .............. Ian Cole .......................006-403-4437870 .......iancole@xtra.co.nz

NORWAY Sarpsborg ..........................Baard Nyborg ......................... 474-174-2066 .......baard1nyborg@hotmail.com

SPAIN Jaca .....................................Mikel Berastegui Coronado....................................info@pirineosflyfishing.com

UNITED KINGDOM Hampshire .........................Paul Eslinger ................... 44-0 1489 789962 .......paul@eslinger.com

UNITED STATES Alabama Foley ............................... Jack Teague........................305-304-3993 .......finaticcharters@bellsouth.net Gadsden ......................... Frank Roden ....................... 256-442-5919 .......rauction@bellsouth.net Alaska Anchorage ...................... Chuck Ash........................... 907-344-1340 .......briteh2o@alaska.net Cordova ......................... Bob Gill...............................800-498-1068 .......gillxli@gmail.com Anchorage ...................... Cecilia Kleinkauf ................907-274-7113 .......pudge@womensflyfishing.net Kodiak ............................. Lee Robbins ........................907-486-4093 .......adventure@possibilitiesunlimitedalaska. com Arizona Marble Canyon ............. Wendy & Terry Gunn ...........800-962-9755 .......tgunn@leesferry.com Peoria Peoria ............................. Jon Barrett ........................... 623-875-1399 .......jonbarretts@cox.net Arkansas Bentonville....................... Ken Richards........................ 479-531-5741 .......justfishinguides1@cox.net Cotter .............................. Denis Dunderdale ..............870-435-2355 .......dryfly@infodash.com Cotter .............................. John & Lor Berry .................870-435-2169 .......berrybrothers@infodash.com California Cardiff ............................. Conway Bowman ...............619-822-6256 .......conwayxbowman@gmail.com Carmel Valley ................. Joseph McCarthy.................831-659-1115 .......joewmccarthy@comcast.net Dunsmuir ........................ Charlie Costner ...................541-601-2922 .......flyfishnvet@sbcglobal.net El Segundo...................... Bill Matthews .......................310-924-1359 .......bmatthews56@roadrunner.com Kernville........................... Guy Jeans ............................760-376-2040 .......guy@kernriverflyfishing.com Lake Arrowhead .................Lane Leonard.......................909-973-5177 .......lane1@earthlink.net Long Beach ..................... Joe Libeu .............................. 310-749-6771 .......jlspfa@ix.netcom.com Mammoth Lks.................. Christopher Leonard.............818-288-3271 .......chris@kittredge.net Mammoth Lks.................. Eric Hein ..............................760-937-1865 .......eotish@verizon.net Mt Shasta ........................ Craig Nielsen ..................... 530-926-5763 .......craig@shastatrout.com Oxnard ............................ Lee Baermann ....................805-486-8226 .......flyfishthesurf@yahoo.com Rancho Palos Verdes ..... Vaughn Allen .......................310-502-4576 .......lectricbleu@aol.com Redding .......................... Michael Michalak.............. 800-669-3474 .......mike@theflyshop.com Redding ........................... Todd Le Boeuf ....................530-222-2728 .......tigertsguideservice@charter.net Santa Paula..................... Gary Bulla ..........................805-340-6624 .......gary@garybulla.com Torrance .......................... Jeffery Priest .........................310-489-6131 .......jeffpriest12@yahoo.com Truckee ............................ Matt Heron ..........................518-225-6587 .......mheron@destinationhotels.com Westchester ................... Al Quattrocchi .....................310-995-5111 .......alq@tornadodesign.la Colorado Cortez.............................. Dale Smith ..........................970-759-3020 .......theflysmith@hotmail.com Littleton ............................ Chuck Prather .....................303-979-3077 .......ffschuck@aol.com Thornton .......................... Joseph Egry ........................ 303-853-8133 .......jjegry@hotmail.com Connecticut Wallingford ..................... William & Lynn Lanzoni Jr. ..203-506-6600 .......wlanzoni@yahoo.com Florida Amelia Isl......................... Capt. Russell Tharin ........... 904-491-4799 .......captrt@bellsouth.net Edgewater ....................... Capt. Drew Cavanaugh......352-223-7897 .......drcfishmaster@cfl.rr.com Islamorada ...................... Rick Ruoff ............................406-285-6564 ...Cap32Rick@aol.com Jacksonville ..................... Capt. Rich Santos............... 904-497-9736 .......rich@flyfishjax.com Jacksonville ..................... Capt. Lawrence Piper ........ 904-557-1027 .......lwpiper@comcast.net Longwood ....................... Chris Myers ........................ 321-229-2848 .......info@floridafishinglessons.com Naples............................. Capt. Bill Baldus.................239-272-8027 .......bill@flyfish10k.com Naples............................. Tom Shadley .......................239-793-3370 .......captshadley@mangroveoutfitters.com Punta Gorda ................... Capt. Michael Manis ........ 941-505-2440 .......flatscaptain@comcast.net Ruskin............................... John & Leslie J. Hand.........239-842-7778 .......tomatoesjh@yahoo.com Sanibel Island ................. Michael Rehr ......................239-472-3308 .......captflyrod@aol.com Sarasota .......................... Pete Greenan ..................... 941-232-2960 .......captpete@floridaflyfishing.com Sarasota .......................... Rick Grassett ....................... 941-923-7799 .......snookfin@aol.com Spring Hill ....................... Capt. Frank Bourgeois.......352-666-6234 .......info@alwaysfishing.com Terra Ceia ....................... Ray Markham ....................941-228-3474 .......flatback@tampabay.rr.com Winter Pk......................... Keith Kalbfleisch ..................321-279-1344 .......capt-keith@saocf.com

Georgia Cherrylog ........................ Gene Rutkowski..................706-838-5640 .......generut@tds.net LaGrange ........................ Paul Hudson ....................... 706-884-8541 .......jobillhud@bellsouth.net St Simons Isl .................... David Edens ........................912 289-1061 .......blueridgerods@hotmail.com Idaho Island Park ...................... Mike Lawson ......................208-558-7525 .......mike@henrysforkanglers.com Stanley............................. Julie Meissner ..................... 208-774-2264 .......julie.sawtoothfishing@gmail.com Kansas St. George ...................... Sodie Sodamann ...............785-456-5654 .......sodie6390@gmail.com Louisiana Metairie........................... Barrett Brown...................... 504-833-1384 .......captfish@bellsouth.net Maine Bethel............................... Anthony (Tony) Frangipane... 207-824-4118 .......tonyandrocky@hotmail.com Gardiner.......................... Michael May .....................207-582-6402 .......mike@wildriverangler.com Phippsburg ...................... Peter Fallon .........................207-522-9900 .......pfallon@mainestripers.com Maryland Queenstown.................... Sean Crawford....................410-490-5942 .......sc4472@yahoo.com Massachusetts Byfield.............................. Steve Murphy .....................978-462-9263 .......lawnranger2856@aol.com Michigan Brownstown..................... Brian Meszaros ...................734-904-3474 .......captbrian@greatlakesflyfishing.com Cedar .............................. David Schmidt .................... 231-228-4030 .......schmidt562003@sbcglobal.net Lake Ann ......................... Chuck Hawkins ...................231-228-7135 .......chuck@hawkinsflyfishing.com Midland........................... John Johnson ......................989-835-6047 .......jocko@tm.net Traverse City ................... Ted Kraimer .........................231-883-8156 .......ted@current-works.com Wellston .......................... Ray Schmidt ........................ 888-221-9056 .......ray@schmidtoutfitters.com Minnesota Ely .................................... Jim Blauch ............................218-365-4106 .......info@moosetrackadventures.com Menahga ........................ Doug Harthan ..................... 218-640-3163 .......front20outfitters@arvig.net Minnetrista ...................... Troy Anderson ....................952-240-1022 .......lynntroyanderson@gmail.com Taylor Falls ...................... Dan Brown.......................... 651-465-5407 .......danbrowntrout@msn.com Mississippi Columbus ........................ Sid Caradine .......................662-328-5413 .......captsid@cableone.net Montana Alder ................................ Donna McDonald ..............406-842-5884 .......uco@3rivers.net West Yellowstone ........... Bob Jacklin ......................... 406-646-7427 .......bjacklin@jacklinsflyshop.com New Hampshire Lisbon .............................. Chris Clark ...........................603-838-5175 .......chris@clarksguidingadventures.com Tilton ................................ Harry Mehos ......................603-286-7766 .......harry@northstarguide.com New Jersey Jersey City ....................... Craig Buckbee ................... 201-725-0706 .......easterncaster@gmail.com New Mexico Srroyo Seco .................... Steve Morris ....................... 575-776-5703 .......steve@cutthroatflyfishing.com Santa Fe .......................... Jarrett Sasser ...................... 505-988-7688 .......flyfishwithjs@hotmail.com Taos ................................. Dru Phillips .......................... 575-758-7021 .......dru@phils-gfl.com New York Lafayette .......................... Mike Lane ............................315-558-0888 .......weedrift@aol.com North Carolina Belmont............................ Paul Rose .............................704-616-6662 .......captpaulrose@gmail.com Charlotte ......................... Bryson Stalnaker ................ 919-889-8336 .......Bstalnak@gmail.com Linville .............................. Alexander Dale ..................828-260-5449 .......alexander.b.dale@gmail.com Ohio Gambier .......................... Graham Stokes .................. 740-427-2960 .......grahamstokes@mac.com Oklahoma Broken Arrow.................. Gregory Dodds.................. 918-809-4629 .......gregory@checkurfly.com Oregon Eagle Point ...................... David Roberts ......................541-826-7101 .......oretroutbum@aol.com Sisters............................... Dan Anthon .........................541-977-7874 .......dan@dananthon.com Pennsylvania Wayne............................. Ronald Nimitz......................610-209-5742 .......rlnsailor@comcast.net Rhode Island Newport .......................... Capt. Jim Barr......................401-465-8751 .......info@skinnywaterchartersri.com South Carolina Ridgeland........................ Charlie Beadon ..................843-592-0897 .......charlie@hiltonheadfishingadventures. com Tennessee Bristol ............................... Travis Burt ...........................423-844-5400 .......tburt@chartertn.net Franklin ............................ Jeff Barrett ............................615-330-0462 .......jrbarr1@comcast.net Jonesborough ................. Nes Levotch ........................ 423-753-9190 .......sclevotch@hotmail.com Texas Bellaire ............................ Mark Marmon.................... 713-666-8868 .......mcubed@usa.net Corpus Christi ................. Cody Roesener....................916-531-0078 .......cbroutfitters@yahoo.com Corpus Christi ................. Steve Utley.......................... 361-334-2336 .......steven@blueheronadventures.com Denton ............................. Shannon Drawe .................940-380-0408 .......fly@texasflycaster.com Gatesville ........................ Joepaul Meyers...................254-979-5512 .......ironhorsejpm@hotmail.com Hondo ............................. Tom Callahan ...................... 830-741-7151 .......capt-tom@sbcglobal.net Houston ........................... David Lemke ....................... 713-839-2572 .......dlemke@sbcglobal.net Rockport .......................... Chuck Scates .......................361-727-1200 .......cscates@usawide.net Utah Park City .......................... Brandon Bertagnole ..........866-649-3337 ......bbertagnole@hotmail.com Virginia Bluemont ......................... Dusty Wissmath...................540-554-2716 .......dwissmath@yahoo.com Washington Arlington.......................... James “Chris” Grieve .........425-359-3137 .......chris.nffa@gmail.com Asotin............................... Kenny Thornton ..................509-243-4268 .......thorntrout@tds.net Carlton ............................ Rodney Griffin .................... 509-929-3813 .......griffsflyfishing@yahoo.com Seattle.............................. Ryan Smith ..........................206-362-4030 .......ryan@avidangler.com Valleyford ........................ Tom Loder ...........................509-922-8289 .......info@panhandle-outfitters.com Wisconsin Richland Center .............. David Barron ..................... 608-585 2239 .......dbarron@wicw.net Stevens Pt ........................ Daniel Boggs .......................715-340-6873 .......dbguideservice@yahoo.com Wyoming Pinedale .......................... Mike Kaul ............................ 307-231-1169 .......mikekaul@wyoming.com


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isionary chairman of the Casting Board of Governors, Floyd Franke from Roscoe, New York, died peacefully on March 5, 2013. He was born September 22, 1940, to Marvin and Eva Franke in Hydetown, Pennsylvania. His death is an event of great sadness and a loss for everyone QV\PMÆaKI[\QVOQV[\Z]K\QWVKWUU]VQ\a worldwide. The retired educator was the head instructor at the Joan Wulff School, the chairman of the Casting Board of Governors and an author. His book, “Fish On, a Guide to Playing and Landing *QO.Q[PWVI.TaºÅTTMLIZMY]QZMUMV\ [I\Q[ÅMLJaVWW\PMZ His uncompromising commitment to high quality, competent teaching and practical administration for the CastQVO1V[\Z]K\WZ+MZ\QÅKI\QWV8ZWOZIU +1+8]VQÅML\PMWZOIVQbI\QWV.ZIVSM visualized that with only a small group WN OW^MZVWZ[\WZMTaWVI[KMZ\QÅKI\QWV examiners, the organization’s growth would be stunted. That insight brought many master casting instructors into active roles as examiners. As a result, the

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CICP increased its size. In 2012 Floyd Franke received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Casting Board of Governors. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the board in recognition of those who have made [QOVQÅKIV\KWV\ZQJ]\QWV[ \W\PMIZ\WN ÆaKI[\QVO instruction. Survivors include his wife, Alberta Tyler Franke; his twin sister, Florence Maxin, and her husband, Francis; one brother, Burtis Franke and his wife, Margaret; sister-in-law, Susan Franke; \_WIL]T\OWLKPQTLZMV",I^QL-+ZI_ford and Cynthia Arnold; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Floyd Franke Jr.; and one brother, Marvin L. Franke. Memorial contributions in Franke’s name may be made to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center – Wulff Gallery Fund, P.O. Box 1295, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758, or to the University of Pittsburgh Titusville, 504 East Main Street, Titusville, PA 16354. Information provided by David Diaz, Casting Board of Governors, and Sheila M. Hassan, master certified casting instructor.

David R. Shenk avid R. Shenk from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, died unexpectedly at his residence November 24, 2012. He was born to Grace and Rock Shenk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 5, 1945. He is survived by his wife, Jan Cutaiar Shenk; his mother; children/stepchildren Christopher, Bryan, Adrianne, James, Robert, Jacques; grandchildren Daniel, Rebecca, Caleb, Gia, Catherine, Alex, Julia, Sylvia; and brother Dale and sister Mary Grace. Shenk was a graduate of Alvernia College with a degree in business. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War

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illiam “Bill” Merg, age 81, inventor of the Rite Bobbin™, passed away October 15, 2012, in his sleep with his family by his side. He succumbed to complications from a scheduled open heart procedure. 5MZO¼[XI[[QWVNWZÅ[PQVO[\IZ\ML at an early age in his native Germany where donning a traditional suit on Sundays didn’t stop this teenager NZWUÅ[PQVO# the pockets served well to PWTL\PMÅ[P he caught. The photos have a thick-thin After achievblack border of 4 points. ing a degree in manufacturing engineering, he immigrated to Canada in 1957, where he met his wife, Eva; he proposed after she proved she could bait her own hook. After moving to California in !PM_I[QV\ZWL]KML\WÆaÅ[PQVOIVLJMOIV\aQVOPQ[W_VÆQM[0M [WWVZMITQbML\PI\\PMI^IQTIJTMÆa\aQVO bobbins provided poor thread control; eventually, he created a better one with precise adjustable thread tension. Unfortunately, at that time, manufacturing his invention was not feasible, but after retirement in 1993 Merg resolved the manufacturing issues and founded Merco Products. Production began and soon Rite Bobbins™ were being sold IZW]VL\PMOTWJM\W_WZTLKTI[[Æa\QMZ[ He enjoyed participating in trade shows IVLM`KPIVOQVOÆa\aQVOQLMI[_Q\P fellow enthusiasts. But when it started \WK]\QV\WPQ[Å[PQVO\QUMPMLMKQLML to sell the business to Lyle Graff, who continues to produce and sell Rite Bobbins™ under the Merco Products name. In later years failing health limited PQ[Å[PQVO\QUMJ]\PMOW\U]KPRWa NZWU\aQVOÆQM[IVLLWVI\QVO\PMU\W his local club, the Palo Alto Fly Fishers. He was a past president of that club and a longtime member of Flycasters Incorporated. Merg is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eva, his son Ralph, daughter-inlaw Kay and daughter Karen.

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Conserving, Restoring and Educating Through Fly Fishing

Book Reviews Seasons of the Steelhead By Will Godfrey Photography by Drew Stoecklein Stoecklein Publishing, 2011 10” x 12”, 200 pages, $50 ISBN 978-1935269410

In this book of photographs, the authors celebrate the sport and tradition of fly fishing for steelhead in the pristine rivers of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Often a solitary, cold and damp pursuit, steelhead fishing and photography attract individuals like Stoecklein and Godfrey who embrace the mystery and challenge of searching for these elusive fish throughout the year while waiting patiently for that surge of adrenaline when a steelhead grabs the line. David Stoecklein’s son Drew captured the essence of these majestic fish with eye-catching photographs of the gorgeous waters, fish, flies and fishers who hunt for them. Longtime Federator Will Godfrey shares his extensive steelhead fly fishing knowledge through his stream notes, as he recorded each day spent on the river. The book is stunning and should be on the coffee table of all fly fishers whether they normally pursue steelhead or not.

Become a Thinking Fly Tier By Jim Cramer No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks, 2013 8.5” x 11”, 160 pages, $27.95 ISBN 978-1-892469-28-1

All flytiers have a desire to improve their skills, yet many find themselves stuck in their advancement. You can become a better tier by truly thinking about the what, why and how of your fly tying. The author shares his 60-plus years of tying experience and thoughts about materials and techniques that can help take your tying to the next level. You will be challenged to grow beyond the “paint by numbers” approach that may have limited your progress. Your rewards will be a noticeable increase in the quality, uniformity and speed of your tying. This is a book

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full of new and thought-provoking ideas. If you’ve enjoyed Jim Cramer’s demonstrations at federation shows in years past, this book is your opportunity to have him at your side when you next sit down to your fly tying vise.

The Adaptive Fly Fishing Handbook By Ken Morrow Ken Morrow Publishing, 2012 6” x 9”, 168 pages, $19.95 ISBN 978-1-300-27808-5

where they skillfully draw gems of information out of anglers and guides to have intimate knowledge of the river and fly fishing in general. We highly recommend this great little book; you won’t be disappointed. Contact Bill Willmert at bwillmert@suddenlink.net or www.stoneypointflies.com for ordering information.

Hatch Guide for Upper Midwest Streams By Ann R. Miller

Disabled Army veteran of Desert Storm and an accomplished writer, Ken Morrow has written this handbook to help others learn, rehabilitate and achieve through adaptive fishing and kayaking. In the handbook he has brought the art of fly fishing and fly tying together with an explanation of the skills and adaptive equipment needed to help people with disabilities master the innately satisfying sport. Part “how to” and part “why to,” this book will be an invaluable aid to therapeutic-recreation volunteers and professionals. This is an excellent book for those who work with injured veterans through the various programs endorsed by the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

By Ann R. Miller Frank Amato Publications, 2011 4” x 6”, 348 pages, $29.95 ISBN 978-1-57188-481-7

Fly Fishing On The Red

River in the Sun

By Bill Willmert and John Smith

By Scott Richmond

Self-published, 2007 5.5” x 8.5”, 164 pages, $23.99 ISBN 978-1452883465

4 Rivers Press, 2012 6” x 9”, 298 pages, $24.95 ISBN 978-0963306722

In this book written by Bill Willmert and edited by John Smith, the authors interview fly fishing experts and professional guides who focus their attention on the Little Red River. The river is a tailwater fishery located below Greer’s Ferry Dam near Heber Springs, Arkansas. The 16 interviews and articles included in the book are aimed at fishing for trout in the Little Red River, but this information can be applied to trout fishing anywhere in the world. Each interviewee shares their favorite pattern(s) and how to tie them. The authors follow the patterns with a question and answer section

In this novel the author weaves a love story into a thriller set on Oregon’s Deschutes River. It’s a compelling book that appeals to both men and women, especially those who love the outdoors. The main character, Logan McCrea, is a former computer wonk for the National Security Agency who loses his career, family and love. An unlikely contact gives him a temporary job: Spend six month on Oregon’s Deschutes River checking out a low-priority and probably meaningless terrorist lead. Logan and his daughter, Samantha, move to the small town of Maupin on the Deschutes to face an uncertain – and ultimately dangerous – future. It is an excellent read for suspense enthusiasts who are also fly fishers. For more information go to www.4riverspress.com.

Insects and the flies that imitate them are at the heart of fly fishing. Mayfly tiers craft patterns with great detail while others work to produce an illusion. In either case, this book will provide any Midwest angler a great starting point. The author successfully discusses stream insects, their behaviors, recommended fly patterns and suggested fishing techniques. This is one of the best reference books for a specific part of the country we’ve seen and is well worth the purchase price. You can find it at www.amatobooks.com.


Seeking Solitude Story and photos by Terry and Roxanne Wilson state conservation department stopped, appeared surprised at our pres“trout park” is located less than ence and inquired as to whether there an hour from our home. Often were trout in the stream. “No, sunfish,” we the banks of its spring branch replied, a comment that was greeted with are lined with fishermen standing shoulder raised eyebrows and faint smiles, which to shoulder. This is social fishing at its best, seemed to call our sanity into question. It or worst, depending upon your view, that didn’t matter. We had, even by then, inevitably results in piscatorial gridlock – camped on the little knoll above Williams literally. A friend once revealed his recurCreek many times and waded its gentle ring dream: He had joined the mob fishflow to catch and release so many sunfish ing scene and, armed with a multi-treble that we felt as if we were on a first-name hooked plug and bait-casting rod, cast as basis with many of them. far upstream as he could before reeling There are countless other warmwater back in as rapidly as possible. “I spend the streams in which we’ve found outstanding rest of the day untangling the lines of the fishing and solitude among a lifetime of fly many angry people,” he grinned, “while fishing adventures. And, the good news is acknowledging the appreciation of those that there are many thousands of warmwathat are now free to fish in relative peace.” ter creeks liberally scattered across the Clear waters and cautious fish make Interpretation of that dream will be left to American landscape. Some of these waters challenging fishing where stealth those more psychologically astute, but we may bear the name “river,” but they really is essential to success. speculate that most fly fishers yearn to qualify as creeks on the basis of their size. practice their art with a bit more space. If Most are small, mostly shallow, slow and solitude remains elusive, we urge you to seek out a warmwafirm-bottomed, while others begin each season as a put-andter creek. take trout fishery that attracts huge crowds until the water Williams Creek meanders through a tree-lined valley that warms. Then they return to being typical warmwater creeks interrupts miles of row-cropped flatlands in western Illinois. It filled with a variety of panfish and bass as the crowds disaptraverses Weinberg-King State Park which hosts picnickers, pear. We fish several local streams that feed reservoirs, and hikers, campers, horseback trail riders and a few who fish the each spring hosts a white bass spawning run. Hordes of fanatlittle pond near the entrance, but we’ve never encountered ical anglers pursue them until the bass return to the lake and another angler along that little stream. then, predictably, the stream is ceded back to us for the One June morning, armed with 3-weight remainder of the season. rods and dressed in full battle gear, we Stealth is of primary importance in these were casting to the tail of a small pool miniature fisheries. Slow, cauwhen a single file of horsemen tious wade fishers approached us at a stream crossing. They

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Countless warmwater creeks get very little fishing pressure and serve up quality fishing for a variety of species.


For hours of solitude, easy wading and beauty on a smaller scale, test your skills on a warmwater creek.

conscious of disturbances such as crunching through gravel runs or casting shadows across the water will experience much more success. Kneeling, crouching and utilizing streamside brush and rocks to keep from the fish’s sight provides a further advantage. Fishing upstream usually aids the angler’s efforts in achieving an unannounced approach. The best fish-holding water is found in the deeper pools and bankside holes washed out by eddies, but they must be shaded. Shade is the key element here, and usually it is provided by trees or a high bank. At times those elements inhibit traditional casting. Roll casts and sometimes simply shaking loose coils of line from the rod, then allowing the current to guide the fly into position, may be your only presentation options. As with most situations in fly fishing, nearly any rod can be adapted to get the job done. Ever watch Lefty Kreh cast fly line without using a rod of any kind? That being said, there are rods more suitable to this task than others. Our favorite rod is short, slow and loads easily with very little line past the tip. A 5-foot, 9-inch, 3-weight bamboo rod is always our first choice, although it requires a “firm negotiation” to settle the issue of who fishes it on any given day. The loser has to fish a 7-foot, 4-weight cane rod which is a bit faster but more than adequate to the task. Fly selections are dependent upon the species we intend to target. For those with small mouths, i.e., bluegills, yellow bellies, longear sunfish or the cichlids found in south Texas and Florida, we often confine our fly choice to a particular category of flies. Classic wet-fly patterns like Professor, Grizzly King and McGinty Bee in size 12 have proven successful. On another occasion we might choose to confine our efforts to soft hackles or classic Catskill-style dry flies such as Quill Gordon, Adams or Pale Evening Dun. The choosing of fly

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categories adds a further challenge and provides engagement at the tying vise as well as on the stream. When we wish to target those species with larger mouths like largemouth or smallmouth bass, green sunfish or crappie, we often turn to classic streamers like Black Ghost, Black Nosed Dace or Warden’s Worry. Especially if our goal is to target bass alone, we enlarge hook sizes to six or even four. Recently we’ve utilized the James Henshall patterns we wrote about in the last issue of the Flyfisher: Polka, Oriole, Henshall and Oconomowoc. Once again as a result, time spent at the vise is enhanced and our total experience enriched. Just last autumn we guided a friend to a shaded pool on a favorite creek. We cast sizes 12 and 14 Muddler Minnows and caught seven different species from the same hole. We caught largemouth, smallmouth and rock bass plus crappie, bluegill, green sunfish and longear sunfish. Our speculation is that the very low water level had forced the fish into a communal lifestyle, and that created a competitive feeding binge. That afternoon, in just a couple of hours, we caught and released 75 fish before the action waned. Another time we accompanied a friend to a little creek he had fished as a youngster named Bear Creek. It provided us with a memorable day of fishing. We caught many brightly colored bluegills and longear sunfish, and finally an 11-inch smallmouth bass from beside a submerged log. As with so many of these warmwater creek forays, we never encountered another soul. It’s really not too hard to find solitude; you just have to look for it! Terry and Roxanne Wilson of Bolivar, Missouri, are longtime Flyfisher contributors focusing on warmwater fly fishing. Their new book, “Crappie Fly Fishing: A Seasonal Approach,” is available through their website at www.thebluegillpond.com or e-mail them at terrywil@windstream.net.


An Angler of Many Worlds Story and photos by Randy Kadish

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live on Manhattan. That is not unusual. I fly fish on Manhattan. That is somewhat unusual. I also fly fish on Roosevelt Island. That is very unusual. Should it be? After all, the earliest New Yorkers – the Canarsie Indians, the Dutch and British settlers – all fished from the island; but then again, those people are of a world long gone in the river of time. I am of today’s world, and yet for most New Yorkers, even those who are dedicated fly anglers, Roosevelt Island, though just below the convergence of two great migratory routes for striped bass and blue fish – the Long Island Sound and the East River – hardly even exists. In fact, I’ve never seen another fly angler on the island. Is it because the island is small, less than two miles long and two football fields wide? Possibly. Or is it because sophisticated Manhattan fly anglers have no interest in standing on concrete and

casting with a railing in front of them? Probably, as I’m sure they prefer to stand in the historic rivers of the Catskills, the turquoise bonefish flats of the Caribbean, or the often-written-about rivers of Montana, Idaho and Alaska. I can’t say I blame them, especially because they have the bucks to fish exotic destinations. I do not. Like a tax cheat, I am paying a penalty, with interest, because I didn’t listen to my mother and become a doctor or a lawyer. I chose a different course and listened to my dream – though elusive as a wild trout – and became a writer. Where did the dream leave me? As someone who has never been paid more than $350 for an article, I was recently reduced to listing one of my ebooks for free. Yes, I have made some wrong choices in life. Am I bitter? I’d say disappointed; and so I often wonder what might have been, and I often accept

that, in the scope of things and compared to those who have achieved success, I am, in the eyes of many, small – very small, just like Roosevelt Island. What do I do about it? Make the best of a disappointing hand, even though I dealt it to myself. To do this, I manage to feel grateful to have Roosevelt Island as a subway ride-away fishing destination, even though instead of hiring a well-paid guide or fishing with well-educated fly anglers, I’m often fishing with bait fishermen, some of whom use broken fishing rods and barely speak English. To help me get over my disappointment and feel more grateful, I decided to do some research and find out if Roosevelt Island had a history that

Above, the author fishes the small pier across the river from East 79th Street, Manhattan.

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would make the place seem, in my mind at least, special, like the Beaverkill. Here’s what I learned: The Canarsie Indians, the earliest known owners of the island, called it Minnahanncock. The name means: “It’s nice to be here.” The Indians, using canoes, spears and probably primitive fishing poles, fished year-round from the island. Craving its “crystal waters” and surrounding oyster beds, the Dutch bought the island in 1637. Because they raised hogs on it, they changed its name to Varcken Island (Hog Island). From 1666 to 1674 the island passed back and forth between the warring Dutch and British. Finally, the British triumphed and awarded the island to Robert Blackwell, a prominent merchant and assemblyman. After the Revolutionary War, the Blackwell family tried to sell the nownamed Blackwell’s Island. Part of their real estate ad read: “It is remarkable for the number of fish and fowl that is caught there in different seasons.” They didn’t get a buyer. Finally, in 1828, New York City bought the island for $32,500, and soon started constructing what would become a world apart from the rest of the city. A lunatic asylum and prison were built. (Some prison inmates were Boss Tweed, Mae West, Billie Holiday and Dutch Schultz.) In 1856, the city opened a

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smallpox hospital on the island, and then a foundling hospital. In 1872, prison inmates built the island’s most well-known structure: the lighthouse. Eventually, the city decided to close the lunatic asylum and the prison, and to replace them with more hospitals. The island was renamed Welfare Island. In 1955, a bridge connecting the island to Queens was built. Still, few

New Yorkers visited or lived on the island. Wanting to change that, Mayor John Lindsay unveiled a plan to build several parks and many residential buildings on the island. In 1973, the city decided that, because of the island’s limited vehicular traffic, to turn part of it into a haven where handicapped people could freely move about. To reflect this change, the

By Al Beatty

After working for many years as a Montana and Idaho fishing guide, I am familiar with the shore lunch. Many times I’ve lugged the grill and folding table up the bank from the drift boat to prepare lunch for clients. I always enjoyed spending this time with clients and getting to know them better while I prepared the midday meal. So when I corresponded with Randy Kadish about the shore lunch on Roosevelt Island, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Did he take a cold lunch, visit a local deli or something else? Kadish wrote: “On Main Street there are several restaurants, including a diner. Near the subway station are a Starbucks and a pizzeria, while just north of the Roosevelt Island Bridge is a supermarket where you can get takeout sandwiches and a variety of gourmet food.” Wow! It looks like everything is available from a sit-down restaurant to a water-side bench. It looks like a fun place to investigate to me. One of these days Gretchen and I will have to visit Roosevelt Island to fish and enjoy a shore lunch New York style. It would sure be different than the lunches we enjoy here in Idaho. The fishing might be a bit different than the Henry’s Fork River as well. What do you think?

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Author Randy Kadish takes a lunch break on Cherry Tree Walk.


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GETTING THERE AND WHAT TO USE By Randy Kadish The stripers in the East River aren’t particularly large, but they are a lot of fun to catch.

city renamed the island after Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Learning this history, did it help ease my disappointment? I think so, because now, whenever I walk the island’s only street and pass its national landmarks, its hospitals, its new residential buildings and its new construction projects, I feel I’m in a place where time is different – slower, perhaps – but also where the past, the present and the future converge like currents. And so I often think of the island’s early anglers – the Canarsie Indians, the Dutch and English settlers – and feel I am following in their footsteps, even though I use high-tech graphite rods and advanced fishing techniques. Do I therefore catch more fish than the anglers I’m following? Probably not. They fished to eat. I fish for sport. But to me anglers are anglers, connected by something that transcends time, equipment, technique and even purpose – something I can’t articulate but know is there and, like the migrating stripers and blues, something more constant than the changing anglers, inhabi-

tants and names of the island. And so I often stare at the East River, at its reflected sunlight that seems like a long, diamond-paved path. I become so mesmerized I forget I have a name. But the path – because of drifting clouds blocking and unblocking the sun – comes and goes, like the anglers who fish from the island. Soon, however, the sun, as it must, drifts lower in the sky, and the diamond path, as it must, seemingly sinks and then disappears. To me, the river with its newly layered ceiling of long pink and gray clouds is still beautiful; its new appearance is just a different take on the same world. Which world? New York? Roosevelt Island? Manhattan? But Manhattan and its skyscrapers and traffic-congested streets seem so far away. And so I wonder: Where exactly am I? Yes, in a long timeline of anglers. How far ahead of me does that line begin? How far behind me will it end? Should I care? Maybe, but what I do know is that whenever I’m on the island I feel so much bigger and so much more alive, as if I’m now of many times and of many worlds – me, an obscure, solitary angler. No wonder I love to fish on Roosevelt Island. Randy Kadish is from Manhattan, where he is a freelance writer and an avid fly fisher. His trips are often close-to-home adventures.

Because rocks surround Roosevelt Island, I prefer to fish high tide with a floating line, unless I’m fishing from one of the island’s small piers. What flies will work? Basically, all traditional striper flies – deceivers, Clousers and poppers – as well as many others. I particularly like a Grizzly Flat Wing Baitfish developed by Richard Soriano. It and the Clouser Minnow work really well for me.

GRIZZLY FLATWING BAITFISH Hook: Sizes 1/0 to 4/0, Eagle claw 254N Thread: Clear nylon, fine or medium Tail: Small clump of gray bucktail, with white hackle feather shiny side down on top Flash: 6 strands, gray, gold, silver, blue or green Hackle: 3 grizzly feathers, each progressively ½ inch longer than the other Body: Pearl Body Braid Throat: White marabou Wing: Sparse clumps of green, yellow, blue and orange bucktail blended together and topped with black Eyes: Jungle Cock Head: Clear or white nylon The East River is considered a saltwater river, so a fishing license isn’t required. Also, there are no fishing guides so you’ll have to get there yourself, but the river is easily accessible from most of the island’s shoreline. To get there you can take the Roosevelt Island Tram, the F subway train or the 102 bus (originates in Astoria). If you prefer to drive you can access the island’s bridge from 36th Avenue in Queens. To park on the island, your best bet is the Motorgate parking garage just north of the island’s bridge. To get around most of the island you can take the 102 bus or, for only 25 cents, the Roosevelt Island red bus. The last stop for both buses will leave you about 100 yards south of Lighthouse Park. To buy flies or get further information you can visit Manhattan’s two fly fishing shops: Orvis 522 5th Ave. New York, NY 10036 212-827-0698

Urban Angler 206 5th Ave. New York, NY 10010 212-689-6400

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Kilsheelan Ireland An International Casting Event

By Carl Zarelli, Rick Williams and Jim Valle

Kilsheelan Bridge adorns the beautiful River Suir, site of the international, casting certification event near Clonmel, Ireland. Inset, a huge group of instructors gather for certification tests along the river.

ur plane descended into Shannon through the early morning sunlight over such a green, luxurious landscape that the phrase “the Emerald Isle” suddenly seemed real and appropriate. It had been quite a long time since any of us had visited Ireland. We were looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones and enjoying the Irish hospitality we knew would be waiting for us. <PM1ZQ[P[]V[PQVM_I[ÆMM\QVO however. Soon we were experiencing the variable weather we had all seen before in Ireland. Yet, weather would not stop the Kilsheelan event that had been in the planning for three years. The Irish do not let small things such as high winds, rain and cold ruin a time

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to get together and enjoy the sport of ÆaÅ[PQVO The International Federation of Fly Fishers’ Casting Instructor +MZ\QÅKI\QWV8ZWOZIU+1+8PI[ JMMVQV^WT^MLQVKMZ\QÅKI\QWVM^MV\[ around the world over the last few years. This effort has increased with \PM+1+8+PITTMVOMXZWOZIU\PI\ allows members of other instructor organizations to take advanced IFFF tests if they have already achieved that status within their own organization. In September 2012, we three representatives of the IFFF traveled to Ireland to participate in an international event jointly organized Ja8PQTQX5IPMZITWKIT1ZQ[P1... instructor and member of a UK-based organization, Game Angling Instructors

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Jim Valle, left, and Rick Williams go through each section in the master casting instructor performance tests and give helpful teaching tips to the group.

of British, European and American angling specialists. The members from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and Europe take their casting seriously, and it showed during the event. Candidates passed 16 exams, generating a pass rate of 80 percent for those who took the casting instructor, master casting instructor and two-handed casting instructor exams. This high success is certainly a tribute to their hard work, thorough preparation and dedication to the sport WN ÆaÅ[PQVO)[[M[[WZ[IVLQV[\Z]K\WZ[ worked with unsuccessful candidates to ensure they are prepared and will return at another event to try again. One of the highlights of the Kilsheelan event was the continual exchange of ideas, teaching techniques, casting styles and examination methods among participants. Workshops and casting demonstrations, both formal

and impromptu, were the order of the day for those not directly involved in the assessments. Topics included ÆaKI[\QVO[\aTM[IZW]VL\PM_WZTL assessments techniques for IFFF casting instruction; two-handed casting; longline, French-style nymphing; and dry Æa\IK\QK[NWZML]KI\ML\ZW]\QVY]ITQ\a waters like the Suir. This event was an experience QVKZW[[\ZIQVQVO\PI\JMVMÅ\MLITT who participated. The GAIA/IFFF members were involved in examining all levels of single-handed and twohanded casting, and their professional approach to administering exams was obvious. Both GAIA and IFFF assessors presented a professional demeanor and showed commitment to standards throughout the event. :MXZM[MV\I\Q^M[WN JW\P/)1) and the IFFF commented on the value for both organizations in developing relationships and strengthening our common bond. Both groups are characterized by their strong commitment to promoting the highest standards of instruction IVLWN \MKPVQKITM`KMTTMVKMQVÆa casting; however, each group brings different strengths and traditions to the table. A closer relationship and better communication will allow MIKPWZOIVQbI\QWV\WJMVMÅ\NZWU\PM complementary talents of the other.

GAIA and the IFFF are not in competition but rather are dedicated to a common goal. We all know \PMÆaÅ[PQVOKWUU]VQ\aQ[[UITT and everything the IFFF can do to build strong bonds with other organizations is good for everyone and the future of the sport. Without this common commitment to the sport and interacting with other similar organizations, we do not advance the sport. Events such as the one at Kilsheelan pave the road to improvement for all organizations through advancement of their programs and the overall advancement of the sport. <PM1...IVLQ\[+1+8PI^M and will continue to forge strong bonds with other casting instructor organizations. This approach has been and will continue to be a top priority for the expansion of the casting program and the exposure of the IFFF internationally. We want to thank all who promoted and were involved in this event. We hope everyone gained from the experience and camaraderie that took place in Tipperary County, Ireland. All three authors are IFFF master and two-handed casting instructors. Rick Williams and Jim Valle serve on the Casting Board of Governors. Carl Zarelli also became an APGAI double-handed instructor while in Ireland.

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Campeche’s Baby Tarpon Fly fishing the Yucatan’s west side By Steve Jensen

he 20-minute ride in the dark across the bay and north along the coast was uneventful. We were in a modern flats boat, there was no wind, and the water was glass smooth. The night before, at the suggestion of our host and in anticipation of the 4:30 a.m. departure, we had rigged our rods in the comfort of our hotel room. Now it was a matter of trying to control the butterflies in our stomachs, as we were about to experience our first encounter with baby tarpon. Our guide, “Pechuga” (his “guide name,” not his real name), shut down the big motor, grabbed the long fiberglass pole and scrambled up onto the poling platform. He quietly poled the boat toward the faint outline of the mangrove forest visible against the first light. Along with other sounds of the night, there was also a soft slurp-pop near the mangrove forest. “Sabalo,” our guide said, using the Spanish name for tarpon. “Forty feet, eleven o’clock, cast, cast, cast,” Pechuga said, as I stood ready on the bow of the boat. I somehow managed to get the fly in the general vicinity he indicated. “Wait ... wait ... strip, strip, strip,” Pechuga instructed. On the third or fourth strip, the water under my Black Gurgler exploded. Forty years of trout fishing experience took over and I instinctively lifted the tip of the rod to

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set the hook, only to watch my gurgler flutter back to the water about 10 feet from where the strike occurred. I had just committed the worst sin possible when it comes to tarpon fishing: Never, ever lift your rod tip to strike a tarpon. For many of us freshwater anglers who have been conditioned to strike a fish in that manner, it is a tough habit to break. But if you want to hook a tarpon, break it you must! The rod should be held with the tip low and pointed directly at the fly. When the tarpon takes the fly, you do nothing until the fish turns and you feel pressure. Then you strike with the line hand while keeping the rod pointed at the fish. As soon as the fish feels the hook, it will go aerial through a series of spectacular jumps. On my four trips to Campeche, I’ve landed a significant number of baby tarpon but missed many more due to poor hooking technique. Think of the tarpon’s mouth as a piece of concrete that you must penetrate with the hook point.

Rods and Reels Although I strongly advocate taking a backup fly rod in case of accidental breakage, a good 8-weight saltwater rod is all that you will need. It will allow you to cast

in windy conditions and has more than enough backbone to handle even the largest of the baby tarpon. In my opinion, in this type of fishing, the reel functions only to hold the line. Fishing among the mangroves requires immediate control over the tarpon, and you seldom have the opportunity to get the fish on the reel. I think of it as hand-to-hand combat of the finest kind. The exception is if you move away from the mangroves and fish the deeper water of the flats. Even then it is rare that you would need to get the tarpon on the reel. Most of the tarpon’s fight is vertical; they really aren’t known for long runs.

Lines, Leaders and Flies You need both a floating and a sinktip line, although more than 90 percent of your fishing will be


with the floating line. Personally, I’m a big fan of the new, crystal-clear lines currently being marketed by Scientific Anglers and Airflow. I think they make a big difference when casting to fish in shallow, clear water. Leaders can be as simple or complex as you wish to make them. Many of the locals use a single 8- to 11-foot piece of 40-pound monofilament. I favor a leader consisting of 5 feet of 30 pound, 4 feet of 20 pound and a 2-foot bite tippet of 40-pound. I find I can present the fly more accurately with the tapered leader. I also prefer using fluorocarbon for my leaders, but my friend Alex, jefe

(boss) of Campeche Tarpon, tells me that fluorocarbon material sinks too quickly. It is important to check your leader for abrasion after every fish. Many different flies are effective for attracting baby tarpon in the Campeche region, and an outstanding local flytier, Eduardo Arece Ortiz, is constantly developing new patterns for the area. The characteristics that successful flies have in common are their relatively small size (size 1 or 1/0 hooks), sparse dressing and liking to swim in the upper portion of the water column. I particularly like four of his sparsely tied Tarpon Toads (chartreuse, red/white and banded), a purple/black EP Tarpon Streamer and, my favorite, the Black Gurgler. I credit the Gurgler with 70 percent or more of the tarpon I landed.

The Fishery The Yucatan Peninsula extends like a thumb into the ocean. The Cancun (east) side of the peninsula is on the Caribbean Ocean with its extensive network of large bays and sandy beaches. Its flats are home to bonefish, permit, snook and tarpon. The Campeche (west) side of the peninsula is on the Gulf of Mexico with extensive mangrove forests, creeks and small lakes. The predominant gamefish here is the baby tarpon. A species of small snook is present, as well as a few larger snook. Bonefish and permit don’t occur in the Campeche region. The term “baby” tarpon, although not especially accurate, differentiates these tarpon from the big brutes with which we normally associate the name tarpon. It is convenient to think of any tarpon under about 40 pounds as being a “baby tarpon” while those larger than 40 pounds as being a tarpon. The baby tarpon in the Campeche area range from about 5 to 20 pounds. Except immediately following major

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storms, the Gulf of Mexico in the Campeche area is shallow and crystal clear. With few exceptions, that means most of the baby tarpon fishing is sight-fishing. The exceptions are fishing in the dark, casting into heavily shaded areas of the mangroves or fishing deep rivers during low tide. In most instances you will see the fish before you cast, and it isn’t uncommon to watch the tarpon inhale your fly. Controlling your reactions while observing a fish swim to your fly was a real challenge for me.

Tides and Mangroves

PHOTO BY ALEJANDRO HERNANDEZ

PHOTO BY STEVE JENSEN

The tides significantly impact the movement of the tarpon during the day. As a general rule, each 24-hour time frame has two periods of high tide and two periods of low tide. Although there isn’t a great vertical difference between the two tides, usually 3 feet or less, the fluctuation greatly influences the feeding behavior of the tarpon. During periods of low tide, the baby tarpon are found in deeper water away from the shoreline or in brackish rivers that drain the mangrove forest. But as the tide rises, the tarpon move toward the shoreline along the edges of the mangroves. This is when the fishing is at its absolute best. In fact, the ideal situation to hook baby tarpon is on an incoming tide just prior to daylight. At high tide, the tarpon are generally in the mangroves feeding on shrimp, crab and small baitfish. At this time the guides will

Photos this page from top: The author’s beautiful wife, Nancy Jensen, and guide “Pechuga” with her first-ever tarpon. Typical aerial acrobatics displayed by baby tarpon.

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The mangroves are an essential forage area for baby tarpon. Most of the tarpon the author hooked – not necessarily landed – have been in close proximity to the edge of the mangroves. Does it get any better than this? After a successful morning on the flats, a breakfast of eggs and ham and a bottle of carrot juice with Campeche Tarpon jefe Alejandro Hernandez.

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pole the boat up small creeks and into large openings they call lakes in the middle of the mangrove forests. Here it is possible to get some good casts to small schools of baby tarpon. Once the tide begins to fall, the tarpon will vacate the mangroves and move back into deeper water. This is probably when success at hooking baby tarpon is at its lowest point. Several factors work against the angler: First, the tarpon seem to be moving much more quickly, as though they are on a mission to reach deeper water, and they generally show little or no interest in your presentations; second, the falling tide carries with it much of the debris from the roots system of the mangroves. A pristine cove will suddenly be covered with dead mangrove leaves, making it difficult to fish a fly without fouling it. At this point, the guide may opt to move to one of the rivers draining the mangroves where you may fish in deeper water with a sink tip and a weighted fly. Nevertheless, it can be an incredible experience. One sunny afternoon I stood on the bow of the boat in total awe as a train of several

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PHOTO BY ALEJANDRO HERNANDEZ

PHOTO BY VERNE LEHMBERG

Fishing partner Tom Ciocco with a baby tarpon. Note the Black Gurgler in the fish’s upper lip. Above, author Steve Jensen’s favorite flies for baby tarpon are Chartreuse Toad, Banded Toad, Red/white Toad, Purple/black Tarpon Streamer and Black Gurgler.

hundred baby tarpon streamed out of the mangroves, heading for deeper water.

The City of Campeche

Heritage site, Campeche has much to offer the whole family. Within easy driving distance are some of the best examples of Mayan ruins found in Mexico. Edzna, Chicanna and Balamku are preserved sites that are as large and as spectacular as the more famous ruins at Chichen Itza. Most outfitters can arrange guided tours to these sites as part of your experience. On my first visit to Campeche, my wife accompanied me. We were lodged in the beautiful, air conditioned Hotel Plaza Campeche near the square and within walking distance of two premier restaurants: Restaurant Marganzo and Restaurant La Pigua. The food was excellent and one of the highlights of the trip. Another impressive feature of Campeche is how safe we felt; the people are friendly without being intrusive, and we walked around at night without any fear of harm. Several fly shops and fly fishing travel agencies book trips to Campeche. My experience has been limited to one: Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures (www.yellowdogflyfishing.com). It was through them that I was introduced to Alejandro Hernandez, owner and operator of Campeche Tarpon (www.campechetarpon.com). My good friend Alex is not only an excellent host but also runs a classy, guided-fishing operation. If baby tarpon fishing is on your bucket list, I highly recommend his organization.

With a population of 250,000, Campeche is a city of many delights. Rich in history, it is one of the cleanest and most beautiful cities in Mexico. Within the city is a large, interesting market, many small shops, museums, fine restaurants and other attractions. Designated in 1999 as a UNESCO World

Steve Jensen lives in Springfield, Missouri, and is a retired biology professor and department head from Missouri State University. He is a life member of the IFFF, a demonstration tier and coauthor of the No. 1 book on mayfly taxonomy, “The Mayflies of North and Central America.” In his spare time he frames the fly plates for the Federation’s Legends of Fly Tying Fly Plate Project.

Getting There Campeche does not have an international airport. While it is possible to fly into Mexico City and then take a regional flight directly into Campeche, I’ve been told it is a real hassle to do so. The alternative is to fly into a city on the Yucatan and then use ground transportation to arrive at your final destination. Cancun is an obvious choice, but because it is an approximately five-hour drive from Cancun to Campeche, most outfitters provide this service only at added expense. Several U.S. cities, including Houston, Dallas and Miami, have direct flights into Merida. Merida is only a two-hour drive north of Campeche, and the price quoted by the outfitters includes round-trip transportation from Merida to Campeche. Of the four times that I’ve made the trip to Campeche over the past several years, this is the route I’ve taken. I can also report that the drivers taking you to and from Campeche are excellent. They are hired through the Department of Tourism, and their vehicles must display some type of special sticker to allow them to pass quickly through the various checkpoints along the way.

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Biology on the Fly TARPON AND SPOTTED SEA TROUT Contrasting Two Sport Fish Story and photos by Verne Lehmberg

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altwater fly fishers run the spectrum, from those casting to fish in their local saltwater bays to the anglers that invest time, effort and money to travel to distant parts of the world to stalk species like tarpon or bonefish. Spotted sea trout, or specs, represent the fish that are local, often living in the same estuary and rarely moving more than 30 miles in their lifetime. They live along the coast from Massachusetts to Mexico’s Bay of Campeche. On the other hand, tarpon are more exotic and roam waters far and near. The biology of the spotted sea trout is well known, while the tarpon life cycle is much more of a mystery. People eat a lot of spotted sea trout, with the total harvest diminished since the 1970s due to habitat loss and overfishing. In 2011, 19 million pounds were taken from U.S. waters with 90 percent from the Gulf of Mexico area. Sport fishers catch most of the spotted sea trout. The commercial take is down since the gill net bans and restrictions following major political fights between sports groups and commercial fishers. For example, Texas banned all saltwater species gill netting in 1988, while Florida passed its ban in 1995 via a constitutional amendment with an amazing 72 percent vote. Other gulf states have followed suit with gill net restrictions. A spotted sea trout’s (Cynoscion nebulosi) life cycle differs a bit from the other Sciaenidae family members (croakers, black drums and red drums). They spawn in the estuaries, while the rest of the drums spawn offshore. The spotted sea trout female

can spawn when 10 inches long, and if in warm water between 72 degrees to 93 degrees, can spawn every five or six days. Spawning season varies based on water temperatures. In a northern area like Virginia, it might be only three months in length while in a southern area like Campeche it can last all year. Estuary spawning areas are near channels in waters with an amazing salinity variation ranging from 5 to 50 parts per thousand (ppt). The Gulf’s salinity typically varies from 33 to 36 ppt. Sea trout prefer waters with greater than 14 ppt salt (optimally 28 ppt) because the eggs need to float in the water column to successfully hatch. They tend to sink in freshwater, lowering the hatching rates. Spotted sea trout that live in low saline waters tend to lay bigger, less dense eggs that float better. Trout in Texas’ hypersaline lower Laguna Madre waters (45 ppt in the summer) extrude eggs that are small and relatively dense. When selecting spotted sea trout brood females for hatcheries, the managers must consider this genetic variation and match the females and their fry to the salinity of the estuary to be stocked. The males aggregate in mating groups (called leks) like grouse and prairie chickens. These leks form about an hour before sunset in the same sites used year after year. All the male croakers and drums make a drumming noise to attract mates, while spotted sea trout males vibrate their gas bladder membrane and give calls to attract females. Unfortunately for the males, this calling also attracts predators like dolphins and sharks. Male sea trout call most actively the first two or three

A big spotted trout female can live 10 years and produce a million eggs every spawning event. Sea trout eggs hatch in 18 hours.

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trout. Florida has lots of clear flats water, but one of the most pristine habitats left in the U.S. for stalking big specks is Texasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lower Laguna Madre. Good fishing may be had even in the late fall and winter. Although the specks move to deeper water when a cold front hits, as the air warms they move back into the shallows. They often suspend over light sand bottoms, basking and warming in the subtropical sun. Spotting the specks before the fish sees the angler is essential for success. Due to the low, clear water, the successful fisher must wade slowly and not cast until spotting a fish. Positive results depend on being able to cast 60 feet in a breeze and properly place a medium-sized Surf Candy, Clouser, Whistler or Deceiver. The ultimate thrill is to cast a topwater fly such as a Crease fly or Ron Mayfieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rattle Mullet, gently setting it on the water near the trout and then twitching it after a few

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hours of evening, especially during a full moon. For most of the gulf states the spawning peaks in May/June and repeats in August/September with no calling after October. Strangely, fly fishers seldom catch the males while they are on the lek. In the morning after a night on the lek, sea trout are famished and move into grassy, shell-bottomed areas to feed. This is the time of day when they readily take an artificial fly. A big female can live 10 years and produce a million eggs every spawning event. Sea trout eggs hatch in 18 hours and the fry quickly grow while first feeding on copepods, then on amphipods, isopods and small shrimp. As they mature, the adult prefers a diet of fish including croaker, bay anchovy, menhaden, mullet, sheephead minnows and gobies. Catching trout in murky water on bait is a very different game than casting to them in shallow, clear water. One of the best fly fishing challenges is sight-fishing for big specks, commonly called sow trout or gator

Jack-o-lantern mouths of spotted sea trout sport sizable teeth, as the author found out when sticking his thumb in the mouth of the first one he ever caught, as is commonly done with bass.

seconds. Blind casting in off-color water to potholes in the sea grasses or around docks and rock jetties will produce plenty of trout, but nothing compares to the satisfaction of stalking spooky trout holding in clear, shallow water and taking them on a topwater fly. Tarpon life history is much less known than the spotted Flyfisher Spring - Summer 2013

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Biology on the Fly sea trout. Tarpon are distributed around the Atlantic from the East Coast to Brazil and along the western African coast. The population density has dropped a lot in recent years. Aransas, Texas, was once the “Tarpon Capital of the World” in the 1930s, but that is no longer the case and no one really knows why the tarpon are so sparse today. In Florida, they are still found in places like Boca Grande, Homosassa and the Keys from mid-April until mid-October, but are down to less than half their number in the 1960s when Lefty Kreh, Stu Apte, Billy Pate and their friends pioneered fly fishing for them. Just like bonefish and spotted sea trout, fishing for tarpon on the shallow, clear flats of the Florida Keys when they are nervous is much harder than fishing in deeper water. Veteran fly fishers indicate that the fish are also much spookier today than in years past and thus harder to take on a fly. Exact tarpon spawning areas have not been pinpointed, but it is believed they migrate from inshore waters to offshore spawning grounds. Recently hatched tarpon fry found in deeper water off the Florida coast indicates that spawning occurs a few days after a full moon, and also around a new moon. Fishing guides have seen spawning daisy-chains of tarpon near shore and some have reported milt in the water; however, no one has

Sticking your hands in the water to release tarpon or jumping in the shallow water with them to hold a big one for a photo is dangerous when sharks are around. conclusively documented spawning. After hatching, the ¼-inch long, eel-like larvae (leptocephali) are carried with the tide into estuaries where they hide in mangroves and spartina grass shallows. They feed on copepods and insects, gradually developing into the inch-and-a-half juveniles that actually look like a tarpon. Since they can gulp air into their swim bladders and absorb atmospheric oxygen, tarpon can tolerate the lower oxygen levels common in brackish or freshwater along the shore. The larger juveniles feed on shrimp, mullet and other small fish, while the adult diet includes crabs, anchovies and many other fish species. They become sexually mature in eight to 12 years and have long lives; one in captivity lived more than 60 years. The largest caught on rod and reel was 286 pounds. Tarpon migration behavior is continuing to be revealed, especially within the last 10 years. They are not stay-at-home fish like spotted sea trout. Researchers have been attaching transmitting tags to tarpon, which pop to the surface after six to eight months and transmit their data to a satellite. These $3,500 tags are largely funded with money raised by recreational anglers, via organizations including the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. The tags are deployed by researchers and volunteer charter boat captains from Florida to Texas. From this data we have learned tarpon move long distances. Data from 2012 shows that they spend a lot of time where freshwater enters a saltwater estuary. Today’s lower estuary freshwater quantity may 36

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Clockwise from top, Tom Ciocco, with a nice baby tarpon. Gilbert Smith with a big tarpon: While hand grappling tarpon with a glove is preferred for catch-and-release fishing, lower lip gaffing is necessary in shark-infested waters. Tarpon cannot regulate salt content, so must hatch in constant salinity offshore water.


Verne Lehmberg from Dayton, Texas, is a longtime IFFF member, an excellent photographer and writer. He is the Flyfisher team’s “Biology on the Fly” columnist. Give him your feedback at vernelehmberg@yahoo.com.

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play a role in the tarpon’s decline in number. At least part of the tarpon population in Florida’s recreational fishery spends time in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico off the Mexican coast, and many people blame Mexican commercial overfishing as one reason for their decline. In summation, there is a lot of speculation about tarpon life history but little hard data to support it. Fishing for tarpon requires a lot of travel and preparation. Florida is the home of the record tarpon caught on a fly rod (143 to 202 pounds, depending on tippet class sizes). Tarpon conservation efforts in the United States favor catch and release. Florida requires a $51.50 tag, purchased before an angler can keep a tarpon. Tarpon guides now emphasize better release techniques; these include grabbing the leader and popping out the fly, lifting the big fish with a gloved hand on the lower jaw, just enough to get a photograph, not lifting the very big ones from the water or playing them for an excessive time, and watching out for predatory sharks before releasing. These new techniques have contributed to decreased mortality. Recent Florida studies show that 83 to 93 percent of released tarpon survive: the figure would be over 95 percent if shark attacks were subtracted. Sticking your hands in the water to release tarpon or jumping in the shallow water with them to hold a big one for a photo is dangerous when sharks are around. The best place to travel for baby tarpon is the coastal mangrove creeks of Campeche, Mexico. The 5 to 20 pounders in those creeks are the perfect size for a fly rod angler and, in my opinion, much more fun than the big tarpon. You must be young and in good shape to take on the big tarpon, which are often nearly as big as the angler. My own experience with big tarpon is very limited. Years ago, my wife and I took a three-day trip to Rio Colorado Lodge in Costa Rica. The first day was windy and we caught no fish, but the next two days the Caribbean was flat and calm, so guide Gilbert Brown was able to get our little aluminum boat out into deeper water. We caught 80- to110-pound tarpon until we were exhausted. I lost 10 pounds in those two days and broke my 10-weight rod, sounding like a shotgun when it snapped. All this tarpon fishing required absolutely no skill on my part. The guide had the rod, line and fly to make it happen. All I did was cast the fly with the 12-weight rod he gave me, retrieve it and wait for a tarpon to strike. They were rolling as far as I could see. On one cast, I had three different tarpon take the fly, jump and throw the fly before actually landing the fourth. Sharpening the hook vastly increased hookups. Most of the day was spent fighting a tarpon or resting. One fish was particularly memorable. It jumped and splashed until it was tired enough for me to bring alongside the boat, ready to lip gaff and release. The tarpon gave a sudden last run of about 10 feet and then broke completely out of the water, but this time it was sideways in the mouth of a monster mako shark. Gilbert yelled, “Don’t move, don’t move!” – completely unnecessary, as I was frozen in place with my eyes wide. In my mind, all those rolling tarpon changed to makos and the boat shrank a bit until we were just a little dot on the vast mako-filled Caribbean.


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Silversides minnows are typical of the shiny prey that are favored by spotted sea trout. Sea trout are much more likely to feed on fish than on crabs or shrimp.

hese flies are used for saltwater species from bluefish to spotted sea trout. Several outstanding ones for spotted sea trout are the soft-tailed Twister, Loring’s WD Streamer, the Surf Candy, and the old standby Clouser. A sparse Clouser can be cast softly, close to big trout suspended in the clear shallows without scaring it. Note that many of these flies are chartreuse, a favorite color for sea trout. Spotted sea trout eat a lot of fish, so anchovy, silversides, pinfish and mullet flies work well, such as Ron Mayfield’s floating Rattle Mullet. Flanagan’s Surf Candy uses Bob Popovics’ Fleye Foils for an attractive shiny side, such as silversides minnows and bay anchovies. Jerry Loring believes in being prepared while fishing crab patterns for redfish. He keeps his Whistling Deceiver in his pocket, ready to tie on if he spots a big sea trout lounging in the seagrass. Like a rabbit hunter with a few buckshot loads handy, he is ready for the unexpected.

Also see Lehmberg’s “Fly Box” on page 43.

Whistling Deceiver Streamer Jerry Loring Canyon Lake, Texas

Surf Candy Steve Flanagan Schertz, Texas

Glitter Critter Chris Lancaster Port Aransas, Texas

Krystal Eye Delouser Jim Kay Templeton, Massachusetts

Shrimp Tom Berry Mountain Home, Arkansas

Rattle Mullet Ron Mayfield Pearland, Texas

Bill’s Bunny Bill Heugel Hemphill, Texas Crease Fly Frank Bowman Waunakee, Wisconsin

Twister Brooks Bouldin Georgetown, Texas

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Maribou Streamer Tom Jindra New Orleans, Louisiana

Bendback Clouser Steve Flanagan Shertz, Texas


HOOKING UP With Megalops atlanticus By Tom Tripi

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hese ancient creatures have gaping, bony mouths, so making certain your hook is absolutely needle sharp is a very important consideration! “Mega’s” lineage goes back 100 million years or so and here in Louisiana is colloquially referred to as “King” or “Silver King,” but mostly it’s just called “Tarpon.” Fly fishers have pursued this living fossil since the 1950s; back then, few were successful. Now, if you believe the endless Internet blogs, it would appear they are almost as easy to catch as sunfish in my pond. Modern rod technology affording easier casting and detailed studies of habitat are among things responsible for recent success. However, think about this: you have the newest rod, high-tech line, and the latest reel with enough backing to run the length of the Florida Keys. All of that considered, without a well-designed fly you may as well be sitting at the dock! My interest in tarpon lies purely in designing flies for my clients, and some were very picky, even more than New England dry-fly purists. Long ago I learned that well-designed flies for any species keep clients asking for more. After moving down South from upstate New York and getting into a saltwater fishing environment, it became apparent that four species were going to be viable subjects for new fly designs: reds, specks, bonefish and tarpon. I had a decent background in the first three, so I needed to learn more about “Ole Megalops.” First one has to decide which “flavor” of tarpon to pursue – baby, midsize or giants – because each requires different tackle and fishing techniques. I’m focusing here on smaller sized babies as they are readily available, generally accessible, and don’t require specialized gear. Next, re-read my first sentence – it’s one of the most important aspects of tarpon fishing. Take heed, a sharp hook that’s not honed will fail to penetrate their bony mouths. Among my favorites are the super-sharp, uniquely designed hooks for freshwater bass fishing. In my experience, dressings are destroyed long before non-saltwater hooks give out due to the salt’s corrosive environment. Size, color and shape are my design considerations for flies. All colors are visible to baby tarpon in shallow water, both laterally and in depth; however, the colors red and yellow seem to be most attractive to them. Think about contrasting colors – they attract attention. I like to keep flashy materials to a minimum, especially in very shallow water. It can be overkill. Tarpon have excellent eyesight both in, as well as above, the water. So you don’t need a huge fly; a size 1/0 or size 2/0 is fine for babies. When dressing a pattern for babies, I tend to keep it slim and trim. Bulk is not usually required for crystal clear water and keen eyesight. Remember a tarpon’s reason for being is to eat; they look for easy meals. So give them the opportunity and also think of baitfish imitations because tarpon hunt and feed mostly on baitfish. Once you identify that food source, “matching the hatch” will also improve hook-ups. Master Casting Instructor Tom Tripi is from Folsom, Louisiana where he uses a fly rod and canoe to pursue his favorite fish, teaches casting to students of all ages, and studies astronomy in his spare time. We really appreciate him stepping forward to help us with this article.

BABY TARPON

MATERIALS Hook: 2 - 4/0, saltwater Mustad 34007 or freshwater Mustad 3366 Thread: 10/0 red nylon for tying Tail: Dyed bucktail and matching colors of “Flashabou” Wings: Red and yellow saddle hackles flared in or out Body: Soft/webby red and yellow saddles Head: Red 3/0 thread, super glue coating

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Wrap entire shank with 3/0 thread leaving open gaps, lightly cover thread with super glue; this forms a stable foundation for materials and bonds the thread to the shank (avoids material loosening and rotation around hook during heavy use). Then start stacking / wrapping bucktail hair on top of the shank using 10/0 thread (finer thread allows for a few more wraps without a bulky thread build-up). The individual bunches of hair should be approximately 1/16th-inch in diameter; before placing them on hook, wrap a few turns of thread around the hair bundle securing it together into a “clump” – this keeps colors separate creating more contrast. (Note: Red wraps around the white deer hair.)

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Add clumps of yellow and red hair. Between each clump of hair, place a few strands of a fine diameter Flashabou in the same color as the hair. Don’t cut the Flashabou to the length of the hair, rather pinch and pull it until it breaks, thus forming a more natural, uneven edge at the rear of the fly.

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Attach four saddle hackles on each side of the stacked hair. The longest two are red, then a yellow, then a smaller red over the yellow; use dyed black lace hackles for added contrast if available. (Vary colors and feather length to taste.)

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Alternative for the Baby Tarpon: The Flaming Baby dressed in orange, red and yellow; here in Louisiana it’s reported to be a bane for local redfish. It may prove productive in your area as well.

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Poor Man’s Tungsten Article and photos by Kelly G. Glissmeyer ost fly tiers often look for less expensive materials to incorporate into their creations. While tungsten beads add significant weight to nymph imitations, the added cost is hard to justify. Here is a simple solution that accomplishes the added weight at a lower cost.

M Palmer three turns of webby, red saddle hackle followed by three wraps of yellow (with the yellow being slightly smaller than the red), then secure and glue.

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Taper the tying thread from the hackles to the eye and cover with a thin coat of super glue. (Optional: Place a very small optic eye on each side of the hook shank at the base of the hackle, then coat eyes and thread with quick-setting epoxy cement.)

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Start with a spool of lead-free wire in size .015; this wire is soft and wraps on the hook very easily and is allowed in regulated, no-lead waters. Use the right-sized brass beads for the hooks you’re using. Each bead size requires a different number of wire wraps. For example: A 5/64" bead (hook sizes 18 to 20) requires two wraps of wire, a 3/32" bead (hook sizes 16 to 18) needs three wraps, and a 1/8” bead (hook sizes 12 to 14) accommodates four wraps of wire. After wrapping and trimming, tuck the wire wraps under the bead and secure with tying thread. The added benefit is that the wire also fills in the large void under the bead, thus requiring less thread wraps for the finished fly. Voila! Poor Man’s Tungsten.

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CURSES, CHARMS AND MOJO By Carol Oglesby

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mottled carrot color the size and shape of a caramel candy and possessing magical powers, the cold stone rested in the palm of my hand, like a genie waiting for a command. The juju lay nestled in a small pocket of my fishing vest for several months, but its enchanting powers were never called into action. It was a blessing and a curse – a blessing because it was a gift from Mel Krieger when I received my casting

Lucky charms, talisman, blessings and curses are rife on the river, though most anglers are reluctant to share their superstitions. instructor certification many years ago, a curse because I was constantly afraid of losing it. Thus, I squirreled the gem away in a special place (its location eludes me now). My husband, Pat, also possesses a Krieger talisman. During treks around the world, Mel collected unique stones to give to his students. Traveling through Island Park one lazy autumn day, Pat and I stopped at Last Chance, Idaho, on the banks of the Henry’s Fork River to baptize our lucky charms in its holy waters. For the two of us, there’s something about the Henry’s Fork that has a special allure. Even though it’s not our home waters, it somehow feels like “going home.” I reckon we were drunk from the undulating current, the blaze of autumn orange and the earthy aroma of moldering foliage. It was Pat’s idea that we perform this fisherman’s ritual. Lying down belly-flat, arms dangling over the dock, we

dunked our stones in the water in time with the lapping river. Surely we chanted some appropriate words about plentiful catches, healthy releases and lifelong love, but the lyrics have long since joined the down-river wind. Lucky charms, talisman, blessings and curses are rife on the river, though most anglers are reluctant to share their superstitions. More plentiful than spots on a cutthroat are the many things I’ve seen like ball caps, cowboy hats, tattered hoppers, marabou buggers, stiff yarn worms and distorted elk-hair whatsits. I leave the question unasked, but still I know the response: “Nope, wouldn’t think of washing that. It’s my lucky hat, it gives me good mojo on the river!” Seriously? I think it is gross! Have to admit it though, I have gone through the lucky shirt phase, but unlike many people and their lucky charms I do wash it fairly regular. Really, I wear it as much for pur-

pose as for luck – it’s red (good for photographs), has deep pockets (for a fly box), and a collar I can turn up (to protect my neck from the sun). AND, I always catch fish when I wear it! There is another, more superstitious thing: my earrings, sorta my trademark. I bought them yearrrrrs ago from Janet Downey when she owned Angler’s Expressions. They are actually tiny replicas of authentic reels. The first pair I bought nearly 30 years ago and I wore them every time we fished. They hooked simply through my pierced ears. Unfortunately I lost one in a gravel parking area near the Gunnison River. A chilly day, one ripped out when I took off my fleece pullover. We never found it, though we stopped there many times to search. Once a year we would see Downey at various sports shows, and I would lament the loss of my favorite jewelry; she never forgot the story. One day after numerous years passed a new pair arrived in the mail; Downey discovered them amidst some other hidden treasures. Now on locking loops, the new pair won’t accidentally fall out. If I forget to wear the Flyfisher Spring - Summer 2013

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Woman’s Outlook reel charms, my day is darkened with an evil pall. I feel discombobbled and have a nagging sensation all day that “nothing” is going to happen – no fish, no strikes, no luck, no mojo. An old legend speculates that bananas on fishing boats invoke bad luck – as in no catches, equipment failure or mechanical disaster. I heard the superstition during a saltwater fishing trip. At the lodge, the first day of a weeklong stay, our party was warned while packing lunch for the day that there would be NO BANANAS on the guide’s boat. Not only were we not allowed to take bananas, there would be no questions asked about the matter, EVER. Any “yeah, buts” were met with raised eyebrows and index fingers to lips – END of discussion. Even today, I hesitate to speak of it lest the bad luck extend to freshwater trips. I play safe and leave the bananas home. This includes any food containing bananas, or any sportswear, sunscreen or any other product with “b-a-n-a-n-a” in its name or any product (including underwear) that may allude to said fruit. Take my advice, just don’t take the chance; this omen apparently marks everyone and everything within sniffing distance. If you could examine my vest ... well, no, it’s better you don’t. Another oldie, I bought it back in the ’80s. It fits a little snuggly now; either I was smaller back then, or I’ve acquired a lot more “stuff” (yeah, probably both). It’s gray mesh with purple pockets on the front, and I feel compelled to buy matching buffs, hats, yada, yada. I guess it has become another trademark. Functionally, it is a great vest with pockets big enough to carry two large and two small fly boxes, slots for tippets, weights and fishing license, and room for water bottle and lunch in back. Thus, it gets heavy; I’m still trying to figure out how to downsize. The poor old thing needs to go in the washer, as some spots look more blackish than purple. For a couple of weeks, I couldn’t

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figure out why everything in and around my vest had a powdery appearance and felt especially “dry.” An investigation ensued … and somehow a bottle of fine desiccant split open, spilling its contents and thus rendering my vest a flotation device. I tried to swab out the pocket with a dishrag, and now the rag nearly floats in the sink. After all the years I’ve fished in the purple vest, it’s become my oldest and dearest fishing friend. If I wash it, it may fall apart, but more importantly, it may ruin the mojo. I feel a little uncomfortable being seen in this grungy vest, especially now that it “poofs a white haze” when I walk. Before I wash it, I’ll locate my lucky Krieger gemstone, just in case I need to summon the help of magic powers in the event the mojo on the washed vest goes south. Mojo comes from the heart, and often our hearts have residence in special places. A small stream we call “Paradise Creek” is one of those magical spots; it’s where my father’s ashes were strewn. Pat fished there as a young lad and his Dad, who was a cowboy, built a corral there that was used for shipping cattle off the mountain in the fall. The corral is gone now, torn down by the Forest Service after years of dilapidation. Its demise marked the end of our entitled parking spot. We did, however, manage to salvage one of the hinges for a keepsake. But our fathers’ spirits linger there with the Engelmann spruce, great horned owls, beaver, deer, pint-sized brooks, browns, rainbows and the rare cutthroat. Occasionally the Great Spirit rewards us with a spunky 12-incher. The mojo runs deep on “Paradise Creek” and the fishing is always good. Here’s to great fishing and plenty of good luck. By the way, beware if you happen to see a nice clean purple vest calling your name in a yard sale: it’s probably sans the mojo! ;-) Carol Oglesby from Grand Junction, Colorado, is a regular contributor to Flyfisher on female fly fishers’ interests. You may contact her at pcoglesby@bresnan.net.


Photo essay by Verne Lehmberg

T Junglecock Beetle Bear Andrews, 1998 Grand Ledge, Michigan

BT's Beauty Al Beatty, 1999 Boise, Idaho

This edition of Flybox samples the flies from a few Buszek Award tiers. Since 1970 the International Federation of Fly Fishers has awarded the Buz Buszek Memorial Award for excellence in fly tying. Recipients are the most respected flytiers in the Federation. All have made significant contributions to the arts of fly tying. This award is based upon tying skill, creativity, innovation and teaching others their skills. Thanks to all for their art and willingness to share.

Iron Blue Quill Steven Fernandez, 2012 Venice, California

Verne Lehmberg from Dayton, Texas, is a longtime Federation member and an excellent photographer. Also see his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biology on the Flyâ&#x20AC;? on page 34.

Double Bunny Scott Sanchez, 2010 Jackson, Wyoming

Pale Olive Partridge Marvin Nolte, 1995 Bar Nunn, Wyoming

Stonefly Kent Bulfinch, 1990 Siskiyou County, California

Floating Sculpin Bruce Staples, 2001 Idaho Falls, Idaho Chironomid Beadhead John Newbury, 2009 Chewelah, Washington

Yellow Sally Chuck Escher, 1993 Northern California

Stonefly Bob Jacklin, 2000 West Yellowstone, Montana

Red Gut Bill Heckel, 2003 Franklin Park, Illinois

Yellow Spinner Wayne Luallen, 1991 Visalia, California

Knitpikin Mayfly Tony Spezio, 2011 Flippin Arkansas

Little Yellow Stonefly E. H. "Polly" Rosborough, 1975 Medford, Oregon

Sculpin Billy Munn, 1986 Bridgeport, Texas

Mouse Chris Helm, 2004 Toledo, Ohio

Grasshopper Bill Blackstone, 1985 Riverside, California

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Fly Fishing Heritage FRITZ GERDS FLY PLATE COLLECTION Helps Preserve the Fly Tying Legacy in Our Country Story and photos by By Sherry Steele ittle did we know that the story Fritz was a master at framing and behind the 160-plate collection, mounting flies, often building his now being housed at the IFFF frames from scratch. Framing requests Museum, actually began when Fritz came from his customers and wellGerds passed away on October 31, known flytiers (some pictured here) 2011, leaving his fly plate collection to such as Polly Rosborough, Gary his closest friends and the IFFF Club LaFontaine, Buz Buszek, Judy Clark-Skamania Flyfishers. That collecLehmberg, Mike Martinek and Lee tion would prove to be invaluable to Wolf. He would frame the flies, deliver our museum in Livingston, Montana. them to his customers, and in many of After several phone calls and cases he created a second plate exactly e-mails between Kuni Masuda of the like the one ordered to keep for his Clark-Skamania Flyfishers, Jim private collection. He included with Ferguson and the IFFF, CEO and each fly plate a photograph and all of President Phil Greenlee asked me to the correspondence regarding the look into the possible donation of the framing project. Gerds Collection to the IFFF Museum. The club and Tim Gerds decided I traveled to Vancouver, Washington that the collection was so large, it to meet with club members and Fritz’s should be shared between three organsurviving son Tim Gerds. After reviewizations: Clark-Skamania Flyfishers, the ing just a few of the fly plates (out of a IFFF Museum, and the Catskill Fly total of over 500), it became clear this Fishing Center in Livingston Manor, is truly a very special New York. It was very difficult to treasure. imagine dividing up such an unprecedented collection without some sort of record. We decided to team up and make a digital/photographic listing of every item. This part of the project was completed April 13, 2012. Shortly thereafter, 160 pieces were delivered to the IFFF Museum. A special thank you must go to all of the team members who helped complete this project: Doug Anderson, Kuni Masuda, Craig Lynch and Jim Crislip. I want to especially Fritz Gerds’ thank Holly Sandbo at the IFFF collection brings Office for her outstanding creativity in much to our organization and displaying the collection. is now on display at the IFFF Museum. Below, Wall Street writer and Clark-Skamania Flyfishers’ member

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Steven D. Jones shares some information with us about Mr. Gerds:

Fritz Gerds from Longview, Washington, was a lifelong artist, first as an art director for a New York ad agency, then in retirement as a fly fisher and creator of over 500 strikingly framed and documented flies by celebrated fly tiers. Despite his eye for the craft, Fritz often left the tying to others. By all accounts, he spent far more time fishing and mounting flies than tying them himself. Born in 1928 in


skilled woodworker who enjoyed building wooden canoes as well as the picture frames he built for his customers. His appreciation for flies also was reflected in his library where he collected about 250 volumes of literature about fishing, fly tying and the history of the sport. His library stood out among collectors because most editions were in near-mint condition. He supported the sport by donating many of his framed flies to fundraisers for Clark-Skamania Flyfishers, Washington Trout, the Native Fish Society and other organizations. Precision craftsmanship, balanced design and the understated elegance of his mounts made his work a reliable moneymaker at auction. His mounts were not repetitive, often featuring dark flies in white circles or flies mounted on assorted backgrounds that highlighted the features of the fly. Fritz Gerds’ collection brings much to our organization and is now on display at the IFFF Museum. When you are in the area, please stop by to view this marvelous collection. You won’t be disappointed. Sherry Steele is on the IFFF board of directors and lives in Sisters, Oregon, with her husband and fishing partner, Eric.

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Nutley, New Jersey, he was the youngest of four siblings. After serving in the Navy as an underwater demolitions surveyor in the 1950s, he entered advertising. For 28 years, he worked for Fitzgerald Gardner Advertising agency, rising to the art director position. He also fished the Catskill streams, particularly the legendary Beaverkill River around Roscoe, New York. He retired from advertising in 1988 and moved to Longview, Washington, where he joined the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers and

remained a member until his death in 2011 at the age of 83. Fritz fished lakes and rivers throughout southwest Washington with club members, but his favorite challenge was to stalk the hardfished waters of Rocky Ford Creek in the middle of the state. He became quite adept at fooling its large and picky trout with small flies on long, braided leaders. His fly boxes were a study in pattern variety, ranging from large muddlers to small midges. Many were from the famous tiers whose work he had mounted. It was easy to know when Fritz was on the water because his easily recognized, cargo-fishing van with a carved trout pursuing a fly mounted on the door would be nearby. Inside were many rods, ranging from inexpensive fiberglass to his pride and joy: a 7foot, 6-inch, 5-weight Paul Young bamboo rod named the “Martha Marie.” Besides fishing, he was a


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