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Vol 40 No 4

The Monthly Newsletter of the Wyoming Fly Casters


April 2013


April 2013

New WFC President’s first address to members. ing caught something. He took a group of us up to a few of the ponds up at 33 Mile. When I landed that little rainbow, I was so excited that I squealed like the girl I am! Not only that, but I dropped the poor thing three times before I got a good hold on it. Then, in all of the excitement, I figured I should clean it off for the picture, so naturally I headed for the lake. Joe hurriedly reminded me that this plan might not be well thought out . I had the whole crew doubled over laughing. Needless to say, I was very excited about that first fish! I was hooked (sorry, I couldn’t resist)!

When I landed that little rainbow, I was so excited that I squealed like the girl that I am! I guess the moral of my little walk through time is this: try to remember that first fish, or that big lunker, fighting on the line. These memories are what bring us together once a month. Sure it’s the awesome trophy fish you catch every now and then, but really its just getting out and doing what we love. Leave the humdrum and relax on the river. Kelly Kukes making her debut at the Fly Fishing Film Festival March 14th.

Please help us get the word out for our upcoming annual banquet, April 6, at the Ramada.

First and foremost, I would like to thank you all for the encouragement I have already received regarding my new position as club president. I am humbled by the faith members have in me.

Tickets are on sale at either of the local fly shops. The door prizes, auction items and raffle items are starting to stack up and there are some great things this year. We would love to sell all 160 tickets this year.

Having been a member for only a year, I am sure you can imagine my surprise at this election. All in all, I look forward to the opportunity to represent and guide the Wyoming Flycasters Club in the coming months.

We still need a volunteer to learn the ways of “The Backcast.” Please consider helping as it is the way we get all the important brags, education, and information out to the rest of the club. If you are interested give me a shout.

Winter is coming to a close and spring is slowly sliding in. I want to encourage all of you to get outside and view all the new life emerging all around us. Sometimes it is difficult to find the time, and we have excuses left and right, but isn’t this the time of year when we feel most alive? I remember a year ago, I landed my first fish on a fly rod right around this time of year. Of course it was a “Fishing With Joe” trip, and he wasn’t going to let me go home without hav-

Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to Will Waterbury for giving the club so much of his time over the last couple years. I know I have enjoyed it. Happy Fishing!


Wyoming Fly Casters


What’s inside ... Kelly Kukes, President Lee Tschettert, Vice President Casey Leary, Secretary Matt Stanton, Treasurer BOARD OF DIRECTORS Terms expire in 2014: Spencer Amend, Bob Fischer, Jim Johnson, Chris McAtee Terms expire in 2015: George Axlund, Bian Bayer, Derrick Dietz, Joe Meyer Terms expire in 2016: Cheryl Alexander Lee Wilson The Backcast is the monthly newsletter of the Wyoming Fly Casters, an affiliate club of the Wyoming Council of Trout Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy and the Federation of Fly Fishers. Editorial content does not necessarily reflect the views of the officers, board or members of the Wyoming Fly Casters. Annual dues are $20 for an individual, $30 for a family, or $250 for a lifetime individual membership or $450 for a life- time family membership. Visit the club website at To pay dues or contact the club, write to P.O. Box 2881, Casper, WY 82602. The deadline for submission of information for each issue is a week before the end of the month. Make contributions to the next issue by e- mailing material to the Backcast editor at marketingmavenaha@ or call (708) 997-2071. The Backcast is available either in electronic format or through USPS snail mail. To receive each newsletter through a monthly e-mail, you must be able to open .pdf (Adobe Acrobat, a software program available free of charge) documents. Usually, each issue is roughly 1 MB in size, some are larger. Your e-mail provider may have limits on the size of attachments. In order to be added to the e-mail list, send a request to marketingmavenaha@ In addition to receiving each issue of the newsletter earlier than your hard copy peers, e-mail subscribers are able to print each copy in vibrant color -- an added plus if the issue is rich in color photographs. By sub- scribing electronically, you also save the club roughly $17.40 a year in printing and postage expenses.


F3 Photos


Treasurer’s Report


Don’t Miss It!


Secretary’s Report

The WFC April front cover was shot by Ben Bolden, MidCurrent Photography. Thank you!

Mission Statement:

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


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

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April 2013

Why is this man smiling?

You guessed it, he recently caught a 27 1/2� Brown Trout!

Wyoming Fly Casters

WFC Treasurer's Report January & February, 2013 Date Vendor/Item Income 1/14/13 Deposit - January raffle $153.00 1/14/13 Deposit - Memberships $310.00 1/31/13 Deposit - Interest $0.34 2/26/13 Deposit - Feb Raffle $108, Banquet Tix $75, Memberships $565 $748.00 2/28/13 Deposit - Interest $0.31 Total $1,211.65 Expenses 1/14/13 #4223 Ugly Bug - January Raffle $68.42 1/29/13 #4224 City of Casper - Cabin Fever $180.00 2/20/13 #4225 IWLA - Feb/March Rent $150.00 2/20/13 #4226 Joe Meyer - Lyin and Tyin materials $14.86 2/22/13 #4227 AMBI - Jan/Feb Backcasts $368.95 2/23/13 #4228 Copy Max - Banquet Posters $15.59 2/26/13 #4229 Ugly Bug - Feb Raffle + Unknown balance (since discovered was incorrect and have a credit) $180.26 2/26/13 #4230 USPS - PO Box fee $88.00 2/26/13 #4231 Wy Flyfishing guide Svc - Banquet Trip for exchange with Walleyes Unlimited $390.00 2/26/13 #4232 Platter River Fly Shop - March Raffle $103.06 Total $1,559.14



April 2013

The WFC Spring Banquet is not to be missed! In early spring, when the ice just starts to melt at Pathfinder, WFC member volunteers meet ot begin planning for the Spring Banquet. This is a wonderful event for WFC members, family, friends and anyone else who has an appreciation for fly fishing, comradery and having fun. If you’ve attended before, you are probably familiar with how the evening unfolds. If this is the first time you’ll be attending, here is a bit of what the evening will be about. The evening will begin at check in. You’ll be greeted by a member who will take your banquet ticket stubb and enter it into the doorprize drawing. This year door prizes include a guided fly fishing trip, giftcards and other items your friends would love to own. Then there’s the WFC Bucket list... not what you’re thinking. You purchase inexpensive (cheap) tickets and throw them into whichever bucket you like. Each bucket sits adjacent to what you’d be winning - if your ticket is drawn. There are some “gotta haves” like; fishing equipment and clothing, gift cards, fly fishing trips, therapeutic appointments and other things that will warm the heart. Once you’ve thrown your tickets in your buckets of choice, you won’t want to miss the bar. It’s

a cash bar that is staffed by some great bartenders. They’ve always been kept very busy at past WFC banquets (I’m shocked) and no doubt they’ll be happy to continue the tradition. Of course standing in line at the bar gives everyone the chance to talk about their last big catch. So whether it’s a big brown trout, wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend ... the story will entertain.

Every year fly-tying members work together to create the group fly plate. Now if you haven’t heard what this is, it’s a framed and matted art piece containing approximately 15 20 fly’s. The fly’s are various types, sizes and colors. Mat and frame selection is critical to the success of the piece. It is these elements that balance overall color and composition. Now if you’re thinking that this is something thrown together, nothing could be further from the truth. It’s an art form handed down through generations and these, my friends, are simply gorgeous. You won’t wanna miss them.

Then just when you’ve caught up on the latest scoop and wetted your appetite, it’s dinner time!

So if you’d like enjoy the fun, you still have a chance to purchase a ticket.

The food at all past WFC banquets has been outstanding, thanks to the chefs at the Ramada Inn. This year’s event will offer carved roast beef, maple glazed pork loin, vegetables, cheeses, breads and desserts.

WFC’s new president, Kelly Kukes will be on location at the Sportman’s Warehouse on 2nd Avenue at 10:00 am this Saturday, March 30th.

The evening’s MC will be Will Waterbury, WFC former president. As MC he’ll be chairing the evening and introducing what everyone will be waiting for... the Live and Silent Auction. That’s where auctioneer, John Japp will take the lead. This is your chance to get in on some great buys not available anywhere else. ie: fly- fishing outings, gear, clothing, and artwork.

Other WFC members will be joining her throughout the afternoon. Stop by, buy a ticket, take a look at a few pieces of artwork say hello to Kelly. She’s a great addition to the WFC family. Tickets are also available at the Ugly Bug Fly Shop $25.00 each. See you there!

Wyoming Fly Casters

Wyoming Fly Casters Secretary’s Report March 20, 2013 Call to Order: 7:09 PM Members Present: Will Waterbury, Matt Stanton, Lee Tschetter, Casey Leary, Scott Novotny, Joe Meyer, Bob Fischer, George Axlund, Spencer Amend, Alex Rose. Excused: Chris McAtee, Jim Johnson Unexcused: Brian Bayer, Phil Smith and Jesse McGregor Guests: Derrick Dietz, Cheryl Alexander, Lee Wilson, Kelly Kukes, Colin Tierney Will Waterbury welcomed and introduced the incoming board members. Secretary’s Report: Lee Tschetter made a motion to approve the secretary’s report, motion carried. Treasurer’s Report: Matt Stanton presented his treasurer’s report. Spencer Amend made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, motion carried. Matt reported the FFF is requesting their affiliate member fees, approximately $343. We again discussed the benefits of being an affiliate member of FFF. Scott Novotny made a motion to drop our affiliate membership with FFF and was seconded. Motion opposed. Lee Tschetter will investigate the benefits of being an affiliate member of FFF and report back to the board. Matt reported he paid the annual dues to the Platte River Parkway Trust of $600. Matt reported the average cost of printing and mailing a newsletter is $2.11, with approximately 32 copies mailed each month. He mentioned the cost depends on the size of the Backcast. Matt will file tax forms for WFC and TU. He will file TU tax forms at the end of the year to close the relationship with TU. Matt canceled the credit card processor due to the cost and the WFC will use a smart phone gadget for WFC transactions, at a cost of 2.75% per transaction. Conservation Report: None Old Business: Will Waterbury reported the April Meeting will be Zach Walker of WGFD speaking about herpetology. The May speaker will be Travis Neebling of WGFD. Scott Novotny continues updating the website and had no additional news regarding Kids Fishing Day. New Business: Peg Novotny will continue publishing the Backcast for a few more months, however it will not be as extensive as prior issues, approximately 4 pages. Discussion was held regarding how to continue the Backcast. Derrick Dietz reported Healing Waters had 6 people attend a casting class and interest is generating in Healing Waters. He would like a trip for his members to attend. Any member can be the streamkeeper of an outing. Joe Meyer needs WFC application forms. At the Cabin Fever Clinic Bill Mixer reported the fly lines on the club reels needed replaced. Alex Rose made a motion to purchase fly lines for the club reels, amended to include line cleaning equipment, motion carried. Alex Rose reported he visited Herb Waterman at Life Care Center. He was wearing his Wyoming Fly Casters Sweater and enjoyed the visit. Members are encouraged to visit Herb as he likes the company. Lee Tschetter reported the Natrona County Public Library has many books that the WFC donated and encouraged their use. The Board thanked Will Waterbury, Casey Leary, Matt Stanton, and Scott Novotny for their services. A thank you also goes to Alex Rose for his services. Meeting Adjourned: 8:16 PM.


April 2013

The Backcast Newsletter


WFC Spring Banquet

17 WED

General Meeting Izaak Walton Lodge 7 pm

24 WED

Board Meeting

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