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DEPARTMENTS Just Fishing FFF receives strength from lifetime memberships. By Phil Greenlee.
Letter Meet the Board I Am a Member Meet Don Simonson.
Home Waters Fly-fishing news and notes.
2009 Fly Show Re-cap Highlights from this summer’s event.
Biology on the Fly The life of a steelhead. By Zach Funkhouser
Discover Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay A fine and fun fishing destination for old and young alike. By Beau Beasley
Fly Fishing for Steelhead Practical tips for getting started. By Zach Funkhouser
Casting Techniques to try in the early season. By Tom Tripi
Woman’s Outlook Surgery, cows and gratitude. By Carol Oglesby
Using Tandems Rigs for Bluegills Great tips that’ll make you want to try it. By Terry and Roxanne Wilson
Steelhead flies. By Verne Lehmberg
Casting Instructor Certification Opportunities and successes for fly-fishing professionals. By Molly Semenik and Rick Williams
At the Vise Peacock Spider. By Gretchen & Al Beatty
Fly Rod Corner Positive mistakes. By Dave Mosley
Fly-Fishing Heritage Flunking retirement. By Jon Lyman
Fly Tips Ice-free guides. By C. Boyd Pfeiffer
FFF Headquarters & Fly Fishing Discovery Center
Federation of Fly Fishers 5237 U.S. Highway 89 South • P.O. Box 1688 Livingston, MT 59047 (406) 222-9369 • fax (406) 222-5823 www.fedflyfishers.org Conservation Coordinator: Leah C. Elwell firstname.lastname@example.org Conclave Coordinator: Jessica Atherton email@example.com
Director of Development: Josset Gauley firstname.lastname@example.org Office Assistant/Bookkeeper: Judy Snyder • email@example.com Admin. Assist./Membership/ Casting Certification/ClubWire: Barbara Wuebber • firstname.lastname@example.org Assist./Presidents Club/Donations: Angie Gill • email@example.com
Photo Contest First place winners from the 2009 Fly Show in Loveland, Colorado.
Cover photo: An angler delights in a 10-pound-plus Alaskan rainbow. For great tips on fly fishing for steelhead, see the story on page 31. Photo by Val Atkinson, www.valatkinson.com. Feature photos, clockwise from top, left:
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Author Terry Wilson holds two bluegill caught using a tandem rig. Photo by Terry and Roxanne Wilson. Bob Middo tests Ed Nothern, one of many guides to become an FFF certified casting instructor at Silver Creek Outfitters in Ketchum, Idaho this summer. Photo by Terry Ring. Jim Morris admires a 37-inch wild steelhead. Photo by Pam Morris. Captain Tony Harding shows off a typical Chesapeake Bay striper. Photo by Beau Beasley.
C o n s e r v i nMagazine g, Resto i n gFederation a n d E d u of c aFly t i nFishers g T h r o•u g h F l y 2009 F i s h -i n g ofr the Autumn Winter 2010 Volume XLII, No. II
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Just Fishing FFF RECEIVES STRENGTH FROM LIFETIME MEMBERSHIPS By Phil Greenlee, Chairman of the Board of Directors
f you are a new member of the Federation of Fly Fishers hobby they can share with others when (FFF), I would like to extend a warm welcome to you, they are able. To check what programs your family and friends. Your membership fee fully supare available for any age or situation, go ports the Federation’s foundation made of four cornerstones: to www.fedflyfishers.org. Phil Greenlee, Conservation, Education, Fly Casting and Fly Tying. Of The Federation headquarters is Chairman of the Board of Directors course, there are other components such as entomology, biollocated in Livingston, Montana, and has ogy, equipment, line and reel selection just to name a few. loaned museum artifacts to the University Some people think fly fishing is difficult. When you of Montana in Bozeman. There is a possibility for a new learn the fundamentals, however, you will find it is museum in Livingston featuring five regional industries of extremely rewarding with many facets to explore. To some, Montana, including fly fishing. It is proposed to be in the area it becomes a way of life for relaxation and sport while of the north entrance into Yellowstone Park. Also, there is enhancing ecological goals related to fisheries and waterinterest in bringing back passenger train service through the sheds. In my own experience, it can be a wonderful activity middle of Montana and perhaps going back to West to share while promoting a classic fishing technique which Yellowstone. The new headquarters features and maintains all incorporates “catch and release” goals. of the awards since the inception of the FFF along with historiThe strength of the Federation is the core lifetime memcal fly plates, art and other memorabilia. If you are in the bership. I joined the Federation in 1968, never thinking that area, please stop by and spend some time, especially taking someday I would be the chairman of the board. My responadvantage of the vast fly-fishing library that has been created. sibility is to represent the board by supporting and protecting The Conclave in Loveland, Colorado, was a success, the core values of the organization. The FFF is like family to featuring a record 59 vendors. On Thursday, 800 people some. Friendships are made and can last for decades. We do attended the Conclave. The board of directors is considernot give flies or hats to entice membership, but offer meming changing the name of this annual event. The word bers to join a wellConclave means behind rounded conservation closed doors. The new “I’ve never met a fly fisherman or woman who didn’t organization. We want board of directors, howhave the ability to have fun with the sport, as well as members to be active ever, voted not to move and concerned about our help preserve the goals of the organization.” to Loveland but rather fisheries, as well as constay in Livingston. In servation and supporting the art of fly tying and fishing. fact, our staff in Livingston is being urged to participate in The Federation is not for everyone, but a heartfelt belief community service. The FFF is going to become a noticeis that most who join are active members long enough to able part of Livingston. pass down the traditions to family and friends. Personally, One idea is to honor the local guides in the springtime I’ve never met a fly fisherman or woman who didn’t have with a get-together in the area behind the FFF headquarters the ability to have fun with the sport, as well as help prebuilding. The event is still in the planning stages, but it may serve the goals of the organization – publicly and privately. feature a bluegrass band and refreshments. As an example, one of our members, Rosa Dierks, wrote a The FFF’s financial situation is improving with the new book titled “Trout Fly” and donates 10 percent of her royalboard’s decision-making and involvement. The previous presities to the Federation for conservation. And we have other dent’s contract ended in September and was not renewed. members who have done the same. When I read her book, The current national economic condition dictates that the I could not put it down. CEO/president position be abolished. The headquarters staff is Further, the Federation – through our youth program – very capable of performing their duties during this transition teaches our children about honor, respect, responsibility, period. New financial controls are in place and monitored patience, anticipation and environment from the basics of fly monthly by our financial committee. We now have a great fishing. The FFF supports the Boy Scouts through our merit opportunity to build up our cash reserves. badge program, and we are currently working on a program To conclude, I wanted to share with you that the fly for the Girl Scouts. fishing world has a new enthusiast: President Obama. He We have a program called “Project Healing Waters,” in supports national conservation efforts, and recently visited which we teach wounded veterans with prostheses how to Livingston and floated the Yellowstone River. I’m told that tie flies and cast. In fact, one of our members created a the last U.S. president to fish the area was President Carter process so a veteran with one arm can tie a fly. “Casting for who, some years back, attended the Conclave in West Recovery” also encourages women who are recovering from Yellowstone. An invitation will be sent to President Obama to breast cancer surgery to exercise their arms as soon as possiattend next year’s Conclave event. Perhaps we should offer ble to aid the healing process. Many have commented the him a lifetime membership and casting instruction from one camaraderie between the recovering women and their partof our master certified casting instructors. I’m happy to report ner casters provides not only hope but an exciting new the president did hook six fish and had an enjoyable day.
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Meet the FFF’s 2009-2010
Solunar Theory I read John Johnson’s article in the Spring-Summer 2009 issue of Flyfisher. As a retired engineer, I was impressed by the scientific analysis he presented regarding “the best times to catch big smallmouth bass.” One of my best friends, Frank Messersmith, now deceased, would agree with your conclusion full-heartedly. Frank was a Long Beach, California, casting club member, officer and instructor. He was also my longtime fishing partner. Frank was a B17 navigator during World War II, was shot down, then spent the rest of the war in a German prison camp. After the war, we worked together for a California utility and spent many days together, camping and fly fishing in the Sierras. Frank became a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. Near the end of his days, at his wife Ruby’s request, I took Frank on his last fishing trip to the Owens River. I literally took him by the hand, led him downstream, and placed him in the water facing upstream. He stripped out line, and laid out his dry fly on the water as beautifully as ever! Frank had a set of fishing rules, one of which was, “The best time to go fishing is when you can.” I would submit that Johnson’s extensive study and conclusion would confirm Frank’s most important rule. Charles A. Sweningsen Via e-mail
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Council Presidents Eastern Rocky Mountain: John Marvin 520-803-6697 • email@example.com 1242 East Yaqui Street, Sierra Vista, AZ 85650 Florida: Bill Gunn 321-773-5334 • firstname.lastname@example.org 101 Marion St., Indian Harbor Beach, FL 32937 Great Lakes: Jim Schramm 231-869-5487 • email@example.com P.O. Box 828, Pentwater, MI 49449 No photo available
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Don Bishop: 406-388-1181 email@example.com 10370 Dry Creek Rd., Belgrade, MT 59714 Richard Diamond: 508-879-1139 firstname.lastname@example.org 20 Vaillencourt Dr., Framingham, MA 01701
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Exec. Comm • Council Presidents’ Rep. Dave Duffy: 307-254-4316 • firstname.lastname@example.org 649 Nevada Ave., Lovell, WY 82431
Exec. Comm • Financial Development Comm. Chair • FFF Foundation President Earl Rettig: 541-330-9670 • email@example.com 19928 Antler Point Dr., Bend, OR 97702
Tilda Runner-Evans: 970-683-8879 firstname.lastname@example.org 3602 “G” Rd., Palisade, CO 81526
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Bud Frasca: 208-762-2631 firstname.lastname@example.org 2699 E Packsaddle Dr., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815
Mike Stewart: 860-653-4203 email@example.com 215 Loomis St., North Granby, CT 06060
Don Gimble: 406-222-2932 firstname.lastname@example.org 16 Northview Rd., Livingston, MT 59047
Greg Stumpf: 909-594-8847 email@example.com 1825 Pepperdale Dr., Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Exec. Comm • Chairman of the Board/ President • Philip Greenlee 530-356-9430 • firstname.lastname@example.org 1911 Bechelli Ln., Redding, CA 96002
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Exec. Comm • Secretary Herb Kettler: 434-977-6703 firstname.lastname@example.org 809 Winston Terrace, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Michael Kyle: 417-889-6548 firstname.lastname@example.org 2863 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807
Don VanBuren: 440-635-1165 email@example.com 12037 Claridon Troy Rd., Chardon, OH 44024
Bob Long: 208-357-5353 firstname.lastname@example.org P.O. Box 462, Shelley, ID 83274
Carl Zarelli: 253-460-7752 email@example.com 4630 Memory Ln. West, University Place, WA 98466
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DON SIMONSON Residence
FFF Council Washington State Member since 1980 Homewaters Puget Sound, Wilderness High lakes, Washington lakes and rivers
Favorite fish Trout and salmon Reason for being a member I first became interested in fly fishing in 1970 at which time I joined the Washington Fly Fishing Club, one of the founding clubs of the FFF. While being mentored by several members, I became acquainted with Gordy Young, an officer in the FFF at that time. He convinced me to join the FFF. Seeing that the FFF was involved with promoting the sport of fly fishing through education and conservation really impressed me. I was involved with our club’s aims as well, learning and instructing fly casting and fly tying. In 1993 when the FFF started the fly casting instructor certification program pro-
moted by Mel Kreiger, I was determined to pursue those goals brought forth. I was so blessed to have mentors like Denise Maxwell, Al Kyte, Tom White, Al Buhr and Tony Vitale to move me through the process of certified instructor (called basic at that time) to the master instructor level. Now I am honored and privileged to be a member of the Casting Board Of Governors, providing me the opportunity to contribute my time and effort to promoting and perfecting such a terrific program for the FFF.
Memorable fishing experience I have so many. Catching and releasing a large, remote high-lake cutthroat to hooking up with a wild coho in Puget Sound top the list. But the pure joy for me is the comaraderie experienced with my friends that I fish with.
What others say Carl Johnson, Washington State Council president, said: “Don has been an invaluable resource to the council. Whenever I need someone to give casting lessons, I call Don. Don is always able to find certified casting instructors in Washington who are willing to
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donate their time at the event. In addition, Don is always there to volunteer his time. For as long as I’ve been involved with the council, Don has been giving casting demonstrations and casting lessons at local sportsmen’s shows. It is because of people like Don that the Washington State Council has been successful.” 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 email@example.com 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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Here’s what Joan Wulff has to say about the Federation of Fly Fishers: “The FFF has been an important part of my life since 1967. I’m pleased to see its role become more defined – that of educating men, women and children to further both the enjoyment and conservation aspects of this wonderful sport.” Joan Wulff
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Gallatin River Canyon. A unique hideaway nestled in the trees next to the Gallatin River, just three miles downstream from where “A River Runs Through It” was filmed. Fishing is at your doorstep. We are centrally located for Yellowstone Park, Big Sky and Bridger Bowl ski areas, the Lewis and Clark Caverns, the dinosaur museum, river rafting, horseback, hunting and sight seeing. Our cabins are completely furnished with kitchens and washer/dryers. We supply all bed and bath linens, silverware, dishes and utensils. The Trout Club is your year-round vacation paradise.
For more information or brochure, call.
Terry and Roxanne Wilson Authors, speakers available for club events and shows. Slide shows, seminars, and tying demonstrations. Warmwater fly fishing. (largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, and other species) firstname.lastname@example.org • 417-777-2467
Home Waters To su conserv pport any FFF a educati tion, restoratio on prog n make a ram, ple or ta a x se d e du bution to : The Fe ctible contrideratio Fishers, n of F P Livingsto .O Box 1688, ly n, MT 5 9047.
CONSERVATION NEWS with Leah C. Elwell Mining Reform: Efforts to Revise Law Would Benefit Fish
Index of Articles Mining Reform: Efforts to Revise Law Would Benefit Fish . . . . .9 Victory for Grayling and FFF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Congratulations Cutthroat Enthusiasts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Youth Thankful to Bighorn River Association, FFF . . . . . . . . . . .10 Carroll Creek: A Conservation and Education Resource . . . . . .11 California Club Raises Money For Fish Hatchery . . . . . . . . . . . .12 First Fly Tying Celebration a Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Farewell From Wilhelm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
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eaching cyanide, road building and water reallocation are all mining activities that can have a direct, negative impact on the health of our fisheries. In fact, many times our work to restore and protect fisheries and habitats is a result of impacts from mining operations. Over the next year, there may be an opportunity that could help minimize impacts from mining on our fisheries and also bring funds for mitigation efforts. The reform of the 1872 General Mining Law is an effort that is appropriate, timely and will affect our fisheries resources. The General Mining Law of 1872 is a statute that allows mining companies to extract minerals like gold, uranium and copper from public lands. Reform could change two striking You can help conserve, aspects of the 137An aerial image of restore and protect our precious an open pit hard-rock year-old law. fisheries. Read the red patch at mining operation. Currently there the top of the page to are no provisions find out how. rock mining generates no royalty fee. Further, there are for mining operations to established programs to reclaim land impacted by coal minprotect our waters and fish ing funded by fees associated with the cost of extracting coal, from pollution, and the law whereas there is no reclamation program for hard-rock minallows the sale of our public ing operations. These and other issues can be resolved with lands to mining companies reform of the General Mining Law. for less than $5 an acre. If you would like to learn more about the bills in the For other types of mining, U.S. House and Senate, visit www.thomas.gov and search for royalties are collected and proviHardrock Mining and Reclamation Act. Also visit our partsions are in place for protecting the ner Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnershipâ€™s Web environment. For example, coal mining site for more information on what you can do in this effort generates 8 percent of gross royalty from at www.trcp.org/issues/mining.html underground coal production, whereas hard-
FFF Foundation, Inc.: Donors, Trustees Sought . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Dan Davala Founds Charter Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Cinnamon Girl CD Raises Money for Casting for Recovery . . .14 FFF Events and Casting Certification Calendars . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Sespe Fly Fishers Recognize Yvon Chouinard . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Ultimate Sport Show in Grand Rapids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Celebrates 4th Birthday . . .17 Project Healing Waters Boat Building Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
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CONSERVATION NEWS with Leah C. Elwell Photo by Karen Hernikl
Victory for Grayling and FFF
he Montana fluvial Arctic grayling once again will be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act, with a decision to be made by August 30, 2010. The decision is the latest step in a long, drawn-out battle to list the species. It started in 1982 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agreed that the Montana fluvial Arctic grayling was possibly endangered or threatened but not enough data was available to biologically support a proposed rule. By 1994, a study had identified threats to the grayling, including reduction in historical range, dewatering of streams, competition or predation by non-native fish, and habitat degradation. Due to those threats, the USFWS agreed that listing of the Montana grayling was “warranted,” but “precluded by other higher priority listing actions,” according to the settlement document; in 2004 this status was reaffirmed. However, in 2007 the grayling was denied protection. The Federation of Fly Fishers along with the Center for Biological Diversity and others filed a lawsuit challenging the 2007 decision. Fluvial (river-dwelling) Arctic grayling were once found in the Lower 48 in Michigan and throughout the upper Missouri River drainage above Great Falls, Montana. It is now reduced to a single, self-sustaining population in a short stretch of the Big Hole River, Montana. Studies show that the Montana fluvial Arctic grayling is genetically distinct from populations in Canada and Alaska, and genetically and behaviorally distinct from grayling lake populations in Montana and other states. The settlement states that on or before December 31, the USFWS shall submit a notice to the Federal Register seeking public comment on the status of the upper Missouri River Arctic grayling, and will submit a new 12-month finding to the Federal Register by August 30, 2010. Both parties have asked the federal court to dismiss the case.
Congratulations Cutthroat Enthusiasts on Gibbs of Colorado, John Hernikl and Ross D Gorman of California along with Ward Bean of Iowa recently completed the Cuttcatch Challenge in 2009. This FFF program recognizes the value of our imperiled cutthroat subspecies and rewards fly anglers who catch and release four of them in their native range. Fourteen subspecies inhabited large ranges across the western United States and Canada. Now these subspecies have been reduced to a fraction of their historic range, and several have become extinct. These fish are found in small pockets in lakes and streams in a variety of areas from British Columbia, Canada, to Utah and Colorado. To complete the Cuttcatch Challenge requires some time and a sense of adventure. To learn more about the program requirements, visit the Federation of Fly Fishers Web site at www.fedflyfishers.org. Leah C. Elwell is the conservation coordinator for the Federation of Fly Fishers. She lives in Livingston, Montana.
YOUTH THANKFUL TO BIGHORN RIVER ASSOCIATION, FFF By Cory Highway
n June 2009, the Bighorn River Association and the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) sponsored a fourday fly fishing trip for 12 young peo-
Cory Highway releases a beautiful rainbow trout.
Photo courtesy of Cory Highway
ple from across the country. Bighorn River, near Fort Smith, Montana, was the selected location for this adventure. Two members of my home club, the Grand River Fly Tyers, were fortunate enough to experience this wonderful trip – and I was one of those lucky people. The week on the river was more than I could have imagined. I caught more large fish during this week than in any other period in my life. I especially want to thank Frank Johnson
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and the other guides for their help on the water, at the vise and for working on this project. I also appreciate the many people who donated their time, materials and tools to make this trip possible. It was an adventure I will never forget. I hope this is not a one-time event, and that the organizers will continue introducing young people to fly fishing in future years. More importantly, I hope to see more young people experience the joy of fly fishing and the great people in the FFF who work to advance the sport. My thanks to everyone involved. Cory Highway is a young fly fishing enthusiast from Kentwood, Michigan, where he attends Pinewood Middle School.
CARROLL CREEK A Community Conservation and Education Resource Photo courtesy of Don Fine and John Brognard
By Don Fine and John Brognard
rederick, Maryland, is best known for its Civil War heritage as the home of the famous Unionist Barbara Fritchie, who waved a flag and attempted to block Stonewall Jackson’s troops, and Francis Scott Key, an American lawyer who wrote the words to the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It was also the location of the 1864 Battle of the Monocacy River. Less known, yet important to the history of Frederick is Carroll Creek, as it provides an educational and recreational resource to central Maryland residents. A freestone stream originating in the Catoctin Mountains west of Frederick, Carroll Creek flows eastward through agricultural and low-density residential areas, passes through downtown Frederick and finally enters the Monocacy River just east of the city. For the past 30 years the Potomac Valley Fly Fishers (PVFF), Inc. has used a spring house and fish pavilion, located on the south side of Montevue Lane bordering Carroll Creek, for raising trout. Under lease granted by the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, the cold-water spring combined with the fish pen pavilion provides an ideal environment for raising young-of-the-year trout. Each summer PVFF receives trout fingerlings, provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR), that are raised through the fall and winter, and then released the following spring in local waters including Carroll Creek. The PVFF trout pen is a resource for catch-and-release fishing on Frederick County streams and for Frederick youth and visually handicapped residents in the heart of the City of Frederick.
Stream Restoration At the turn of the 21st century, local farmers were still using the streamside and acreage proximate to the PVFF trout pen for cattle grazing. As a result stream banks were trampled and lacked vegetation. Lack of structure and sediment entering the stream made for poor quality trout habitat. In December 2004 a major restoration project got under way to restore
Carroll Creek and the Montevue floodplain have been transformed into a quality fishery and a habitat for wildlife.
1,000 linear feet of Carroll Creek that would stabilize stream gradient and stream banks, along with reforestation and restoration of sections of the Montevue Lane floodplain to wetland. Project funding was provided primarily by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, while project design and oversight was provided by the MD DNR. Sections of the stream were excavated with subsequent placement of hundreds of cubic yards of large rock fill. Rock vanes were strategically placed to create scour pools, thus reducing sediment and providing habitat for fish as well as aquatic insects, crustaceans, minnows, etc. In spring 2005, volunteers from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Frederick Planning and Zoning, PVFF, Hood College, Frederick Community Commons and the community at large planted hundreds of trees. In less than four years, Carroll Creek and the Montevue floodplain have been transformed into a quality fishery and a habitat for wildlife.
Trout in the Classroom Over the past four years PVFF, in conjunction with MD DNR and Trout Unlimited, has promoted the Trout in the Classroom (TIC) project in seven Frederick County schools. Teachers participating in the program are trained by PVFF members. This training prepares the teachers for setting up the aquarium
and related equipment, monitoring and maintaining the operation of the aquarium, and providing the young fish with all they need to survive and develop. Teachers and students work together to ensure proper operation of the equipment. Teachers use the equipment as a tool to educate students about the importance of clean water and conservation of natural resources. Students care for the fish through proper feeding procedures, daily testing of the water chemistry, temperature monitoring and water changes. In the spring of the year, the students then release the young trout into local streams – Carroll Creek, for example. At that time the students have the opportunity to visit the PVFF trout-raising pen to learn about aquatic entomology and stream conservation, as well as receive some basic instruction in fly fishing.
PVFF continues to serve the Frederick community PVFF members along with other Frederick organizations, such as Hood College and Frederick Community Commons, are working together to provide additional riparian buffers along more of Carroll Creek. PVFF is also involved in restoration and cleanup of other local streams and promotes efforts to prevent spread of invasive species into those waters. Don Fine and John Brognard are dedicated members of the Potomac Valley Fly Fishers.
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CALIFORNIA CLUB RAISES MONEY FOR FISH HATCHERY destroyed by a rainstorm and the resulting mudslide in July 2008. Operated by the California Department of Fish and Game, the agency opted not to restore the hatchery due to the high cost. California resident Bruce Ivy (email@example.com) organized The Friends of the Hatchery with the mission to restore the grounds, provide an educational venue, and preserve the facility. Through extensive volunteer support and donations, they have been able to reopen these beautiful grounds to visitors. The official reopening celebration was on May 30, 2009. Members of the Aguabonita Flyfishers, including President Jim Hoover, past President Don Bowling and his wife Karen, Gary Davis and his wife Karen, and Fred Freiberg and his wife Linda
FIRST FLY TYING CELEBRATION A SUCCESS By Wolf M. Schrey
n February 28, 2009, the Grand River Fly Tyers (GRFT) held their first Fly Tying Celebration in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This was not only a first for the GRFT but also a first for Grand Rapids. Chairman Dennis Potter invited 30 renowned tiers from the Midwest to share their expertise with the public. Tying greats like Chris Helm, Ray Schmidt, Christopher Soule, Jim Reed, Brad Reynolds, Gerry Worden, Kevin Feenstra, Jeff “Bear” Andrews, Julie Nielsen and many others came to celebrate the art and tradition of fly tying.
Some demonstrated their flies on stage in a video fly tying theater. Away from the tying area, Ron Barch, a wellknown builder of bamboo rods, demonstrated how graphite rods are made while Dr. Sam Lacina fabricated wood fish-landing nets. Our youth table was busy at all times with kids getting their first taste of tying a fly. Several graduates of the GRFT Youth Program showed what they already had learned. The event was flawless – thanks, in part, to our host, the Knights of Columbus. We look forward to this new Grand Rapids tradition in 2010.
Photo by Wade Fredenberg
he Aguabonita Flyfishers, together with the Southwest Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, recently raised $1,375 for the Friends of the Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery. The club raffled a piece of artwork to raise the money. Tickets were sold locally to fly fishing clubs in Southern California and at the fish hatchery opening celebration. The artwork was an elegantly framed, limited edition CalTrout Wild Trout stamp print with two of its companion stamps. The print and one of the stamps were signed by the artist, Al Agnew. The print and stamps were donated by CalTrout, Aguabonita member Gary Davis designed the layout, and the framing was done by TMS Matting & Framing. The Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery facilities were virtually
The group holding the fundraising artwork framed by TMS Matting & Framing are, left to right, Fred Freiberg, Bruce Ivy, Jim Hoover (Aguabonita Flyfishers President) and Don Bowling.
attended the event, and presented the donation to Bruce Ivy. For more information about the hatchery, visit www.independence-ca .com/fish-hatchery.shtml. Information provided by Aguabonita Flyfishers Secretary Bob Smith.
FAREWELL FROM WILHELM By Matt Wilhelm I just wanted to thank the FFF’s wonderful staff, members, partners and volunteers. I am leaving the FFF and have accepted a position as education director for the Center for Aquatic Nuisance Species based here in Livingston, Montana. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life, but I will never forget my wonderful experience with the FFF and all of the folks I have worked with. I will continue to be involved in helping to further the FFF’s mission as a life member and master certified casting instructor. It has truly been a joy and a privilege working with all of you over the past 10 years. The experience of sharing our wonderful sport with others, especially kids, has been a joy and the best time of my life so far. Thanks again everyone! Matt Wilhelm has filled the role of education specialist for the FFF since 1999. During his 10 years of service to the FFF, he taught hundreds of kids and adults over the years. He reached out to countless members, friends and others with his incredible ability to teach about fly fishing, casting, tying and aquatic ecology. Matt’s gift of dynamic teaching and his dedication to the FFF mission is fully recognized. Best of luck to you, Matt!
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FFF FOUNDATION, INC.: DONORS, TRUSTEES SOUGHT By Earl Rettig
lthough I have prepared a number of articles for this publication over the past 10 years, I have my doubts that very many Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) members or supporters have paid much attention to the articles or to the FFF Foundation. It is much more interesting to read about fly fishing, fly tying, conservation, club news and old friends than it is to read about a foundation! What is this thing anyway, and why is this article in our organization’s magazine? Who cares about spending their time reading about a foundation? Let me take a crack at explaining and you can decide. Most large not-for-profit organizations such as hospitals, museums, national conservation and wildlife outfits have long ago established their own foundations for a number of reasons. A public 501 (c) 3 foundation provides the sponsoring organization with a taxexempt vehicle that can receive longterm endowment gifts that, over the years, can build a substantial asset base from which earnings, and sometimes asset appreciation, can be used to fund worthy projects and programs. The original principal of gifts received by the Foundation are never spent and remain in perpetuity to grow and provide a stream of income for continuing support of the FFF, FFF clubs, FFF members, and areas of interest that are important to the purpose of the FFF and its membership. The FFF Foundation does not solicit donations to be spent, but rather to be invested for long-term growth. During 2009 to date, the FFF
Foundation has distributed $8,400 for scholarship, youth education and conservation purposes. Additional prior earnings are available to fund-worthy grant requests. Donors may specify to which general area of activity they wish the earnings from their gifts be applied. The approved areas of FFF Foundation grant-making are as follows: general youth education, clubbased youth programs, conservation, scholarship, general education, FFF art and fly fishing collections, and discretionary purposes. The FFF Foundation is managed by a board of trustees elected by the board of directors of the FFF. The following trustees were seated at the annual meeting of the board of trustees on July 29, 2009: Earl Rettig, president; Keith Groty, vice president; Ron Winn, treasurer; Richard Diamond, secretary; Bud Frasca, and Mike Stewart. We are seeking additional trustee candidates. Is anyone interested? As this is being written, the FFF Foundation holds and invests assets of
approximately $165,000. This is a very small endowment for the FFF, and it needs donors like you to make it grow and be able to further its ability to benefit your goals and objectives. Who is “a donor like you?” The most likely donors to gift to the FFF Foundation are individuals who want to make a lasting gesture of support through the FFF and who desire to achieve certain income tax and/or estate tax planning benefits. The Foundation provides an excellent recipient of “Planned Gifts” such as a bequest under will, a charitable remainder trust, a beneficiary designation from life insurance, a 401(k) plan, gifts of appreciated assets such as stocks, land and so forth. Of course, you are advised to contact your tax professional for specific guidance and assistance. If you desire further information, please contact Josset Gauley (josset@ fedflyfishers.org) at the FFF’s Livingston office or me (firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to hearing from you – and to find out if you read this article!
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rapidly. Besides its ne of the relatively large size, newer charter what’s interesting clubs in the about this new club Federation of Fly is the fact that it has Fishers (FFF) is the not yet held an “offiTidal Potomac Fly cial” first meeting. Rodders, founded in Davala related 2009 by Dan Davala the following to FFF and based in staff in a recent eArlington, Virginia. A mail: “I believe this certified casting Mom takes her turn on the water and group will grow to instructor, Davala is “Scout” makes sure she is doing it right! something bigger the fishing manager at than first imagined, which is really saythe Orvis Store in Arlington; with his ing something since I have a big imaghelp the club is now 220 members ination to begin with! I will be in strong in less than a year and growing touch after our first meeting once we have all necessary paperwork filled out. Thanks for all of your help in getting this thing started and your overF F F 2 0 1 0 E V E N T S whelming support. More to come.” When he says “more to come,” January 2010 North Coast Fly Fishers one wonders just how large the club Northern Ohio Fly Tying Expo will eventually become. Lakeland Community College Gym Dan Davala is part of a fly-fishing Kirtland, Ohio, email@example.com family in which his wife, Melody, is February 2010 Magic City Fly Fishers – 5th Annual the official photographer and daughter
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2010 FFF C ASTING INSTRUCTOR CERTIFIC ATION *Schedule subject to change – see most current schedule with details at www.fedflyfishers.org The following events offer FFF Casting Instructor Certification. Pre-registration is required. Call 406-222-9369 to register. There is a $50 fee for Certified Instructor (CI) Testing and $100 fee for Master Instructor (MA) Testing plus a $50 fee if you pass; for TwoHanded Casting Instructor (THCI) there is a $100 test fee plus $50 pass fee. You must also be a current FFF member.
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Virginia, aka Scout, supervises their outings. Indicating a great “FFF attitude,” Davala added: “I am a big believer in taking the whole family fishing, and I fear too many kids are growing up these days away from the water and other wild places. I am committed to seeing that our daughter grows up not ever remembering a time when she wasn’t exposed to fishing and the outdoors.”
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o fish is to hope” is the trademark of Casting For Recovery (CFR), a nationwide nonprofit organization that exists to bring hope and healing to victims of breast cancer. Purple words on a gray background can paint a picture any way you like it. And so it is with Neil Young’s music. His metaphorical lyrics reside on a new CD titled “Cinnamon Girl: Women Artists Cover Neil Young,” from American Laundromat Records. The new two-disc set is a fund-raiser for CFR. American Laundromat Records owner Joe Spadaro has done it all in the name of charity and in the memory of his mother, Norine, who passed away from the disease in 2005. Norine took part in a CFR retreat, and her son is “paying forward.” “I wanted to honor my mother who battled breast cancer for six years before passing on in July of 2005,” said Spadaro. “She had benefited greatly from the CFR weekend retreat on
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Long Island. When she spoke about that weekend her eyes would light up. She learned how to fly fish – catching a big one – met some amazing women and formed several strong friendships. When she passed on, it was her wish that instead of flowers, donations to Casting For Recovery be made in her name.” Spadaro has taken his mother’s desires a step further. Since its release in February 2008, “Cinnamon Girl” has generated $25,000 donated to CFR, and the organization’s leaders are most appreciative. Purchases will help get women on the water via the nationwide, all-volunteer network that is Casting For Recovery. Go to www.alr-music.com to order “Cinnamon Girl,” for $12, or look up www.castingforrecovery.org.
Photos by Dan and Melody Davala
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SESPE FLY FISHERS RECOGNIZE A CONSERVATION LEADER By Paul Wilson and Dennis Harper
even members of the Sespe Fly Fishers in Ventura, California, met February 14, 2009, on the banks of the Ventura River just below the confluence of San Antonio Creek near Ojai, California. The objective was to plant 47 trees on the riverbank and adjacent area. The area is a restoration project named the Confluence Preserve under the management of the Ojai Valley Nature Conservancy (OVNC). This portion of the preserve is a conservation easement on a private ranch and, unfortunately, a flood in 2005 washed several acres downstream. The conservancy received grant funding to stabilize, restore and protect the stream bank and remaining ranchland. The conservancy prepared the site by placing rock groins in the flat streambed overflow area, installing an irrigation system and mulching the site for weed control. What they needed were trees and planting labor. The Sespe Fly Fishers had been in the planning stage for the tree-planting project for more than a year. Club
members were also looking for a meaningful way to express recognition for longtime member of the Sespe Flyfishers, Yvon Chouinard, owner of Patagonia, for his commitment to fly fishing, preservation of the environment and his efforts in soliciting corporate support for environmental endeavors. Chouinard’s efforts are legendary and have had a worldwide impact. Dennis Harper, the club’s conservation chairman, along with Gary Bulla, the club’s program chairman, researched the options for Chouinard’s recognition and determined a local, tree-planting project was ideal. The club members provided the donated funds and purchased 15 sycamores, 15 cottonwoods and five coastal live oaks for the project. OVNC Program Manager Derek Poultney and Stevie Adams, Ventura River Confluence project manager, provided guidance and coordination that led to a perfect wedding of the club’s desire and the conservancy’s needs. “We didn’t think he needed another plaque, so we felt the streamside tree planting was a logical fit to
Photo by Gary Bulla
Yvon Chouinard’s Commitment to Conservation is Legendary
From left: Dennis Harper (club conservation chairman), Yvon Chouinard, Paul Wilson (club president) and Gary Bulla (club programs chairman)
Yvon’s conservation interests,” said Paul Wilson, Sespe Fly Fishers president. “As a follow-on to the planting last February, we plan to plant more trees this next spring.” Estimates indicate that the original water flow of the Ventura River watershed could have supported more than 20,000 spawning steelhead. Prior to groundwater pumping and the installation of the Matilija and Casitas dams, the river had been home to an annual run of approximately 2,500 to 5,000 steelhead. Recent returns of the endangered southern steelhead are down to about 10 fish per year. The Ventura River is a targeted stream for steelhead recovery. Preserving and restoring the riparian zone of the river is vital to the steelhead recovery effort.
ULTIMATE SPORT SHOW IN GRAND RAPIDS By Wolf M. Schrey
he Ultimate Sport Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is one of the biggest shows in the state, held every year at the Devos Place. It lasts for four days and is open to the public for a total of 40 hours. Four years ago, the Grand River Fly Tyers (GRFT) teamed up with the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company to start a Fly Fishing section in an otherwise all spin and bait casting venture. We started out with a booth that measured 64 square feet, and from there we continued to grow. This year, our club occupied 600 square feet. At any given time we had no fewer than eight flytiers demonstrating to an interested public what fly tying is all about. At times we had as many as 11 flytiers working at the same time, with the public observing the intricate
steps of fly tying on three monitors. We really focused on youth education, and set up a separate youth table so three kids could get tying instructions at the same time. As a matter of fact, one of our instructors gave casting lessons on the 60-foot casting lane behind our booth for 9 hours straight one day. Our 5-weight rod and reels came in handy, indeed. Some kids were so excited they had their parents sign up for a club and national membership on the spot. Our booth and its impressive display dominated the fly-fishing area and we are already at work to expand that section for 2010. At the time the show closed on Sunday evening we were all beat, but happy and proud for being able to represent fly tying and fly fishing in a very professional way. Flyfisher Autumn 2009 - Winter 2010
Thomas Joseph (Buddy) Robichaux
Matt Toshio Matsushita
att Toshio Matsushita, Jr. was born November 9, 1948 in Ontario, Oregon and died on August 2, 2009 in an automobile accident while returning to his home in Santa Barbara, California from the FFF Conclave in Loveland, Colorado. At the age of 3, Matt and his family moved to Watsonville, California. After graduating from Watsonville High, he went on to UCLA, earning a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Sunnyvale for 20 years, helping design submarine missile launchers. He also spent a few years on solar collector design at Acurex Corporation. In 1993, Matt moved to Santa Barbara to work in his brother-in-law’s general contracting business, Jack ’N Tool Box. Matt’s many interests included fly
fishing, fly tying, playing pool, martial arts, aquariums, wood-working, Japanese sword-making, scratch plastic modelbuilding and taiko. Anything he developed an interest in, Matt would learn all he could. If it involved a product, he’d seek to re-create, improve upon or look for the ultimate. That search for knowledge was most evident in his fly-tying skill and the tools he custombuilt to help in the process. Matt is survived by his mother, Mary Sakata Matsushita; wife Sophia; daughter Emi; sister Karen and her husband Jack Byers, all of Santa Barbara; and son Kyle and his wife, Claire of Arcadia. He was preceded in death by his father Toshio Matsushita.
Richard (Dick) Vogel Wentz
ichard (Dick) Wentz, an outdoorsman, writer and editor, died May 29, 2009 of heart failure. He was 65. Born Sept. 20, 1943, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Dick attended Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, and earned a degree in English from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He received an MFA in Fiction from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Dick had a long career in conservation communications, working for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C. and the State of New Hampshire Fish & Game Department in Concord, New Hampshire. He served as communications director for Ducks Unlimited, Inc., in Chicago during its period of growth through the 1980s and subsequently worked as director of public relations for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody,Wyoming. In 1995, he moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, with his wife, Jeri, where he began work with Keokee Publishing as editor of Flyfisher. He managed the editorial production of this publication for nearly 10 years. Dick also wrote freelance stories for a number of national publications and was published in several sporting anthologies. His wit and ability to cut through formality often endeared him to friends and colleagues, and his deft assignment of nicknames – wanted or not – was
legendary. The outdoors was his deepest joy. Above all, he loved wading the riffles of a trout stream and tromping upland game covers with the bevy of bird dogs he owned over the years. Or more likely, they owned him. For with his dogs, or life in general, serious discipline often got second billing when there was something thrilling in the air. An expert fly caster, Dick began throwing a fly rod at age 9 and kept a line in the water most of his life. Whether fishing stripers on the East Coast, bonefish in Florida, rainbows in Wyoming or spooky brook trout anywhere he could find them, he was most at home with a good fly rod and an elusive, unspoiled piece of water. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Royer Vogel and his stepfather, John R. Wentz, both of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife, Jerelyn Wentz of Sandpoint; his mother, Mary Virginia Wentz of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a sister, Elizabeth Woll of Katonah, New York, and a brother, Paul Wentz of Marmora, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to a conservation organization of choice.
homas Joseph (Buddy) Robichaux passed away on June 7, 2009, at the age of 82. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 19, 1926, to Francis and Lucille Robichaux, he is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Jane; sons and their wives, Tom and Jessie of Austin, Rob and Suzanne of Tucson, and Jim and Rebecca of Corpus Christi. He is also survived by five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a sister Frances Bahlinger and a brother Gerry, both of Louisiana. Buddy taught his sons that wealth was not measured by the amount of money in their pockets but by the love of family and friends and a life lived with honor and integrity. His life exemplified these tenets: mentoring young men as a Scoutmaster and Commissioner in Boy Scouts; coaching Little League baseball; instructing First Aid for the Red Cross; teaching newcomers the joys of fly fishing with the Alamo Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited; building with Habitat for Humanity; ushering at Coker United Methodist Church, and reading for the blind every Thursday morning as a volunteer for Owl Radio. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Houston, Buddy spent his professional life as a research chemist for Shell Oil Company in Houston before becoming the director of health, safety and environmental affairs for a multi-national petrochemical company, where he demonstrated to environmentalists and industry alike that we could be proper stewards of our natural resources and still prosper commercially. Buddy’s love of fishing began at a young age and continued throughout his life. He fished the wild trout streams from Montana to New Zealand, always taking care to release his prey unharmed to fight another day. Buddy’s wife, Jane, was the absolute love of his life. Their marriage exemplified unwavering devotion and constant companionship. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you provide a donation in Buddy’s memory to Owl Radio, c/o Low Vision Resource Center [501 (c) 3], 11510 Sandman St., San Antonio, Texas 78216 or to the charity of your choice.
PROJECT HEALING WATERS FLY FISHING CELEBRATES 4TH BIRTHDAY Photo courtesy of Carole Katz
By Carole Katz
building and Fly n four short years, Project Fishing Healing Waters Fly Fishing, 101. Inc. has grown from a sinThese gle program at Walter Reed classes Army Hospital to 75 programs and the nationwide in both military camaand V.A. hospitals. (left to right) Rusty Emmerton, Shaun raderie Volunteers in that first Meadows and Jesse Garza were three that program worked with the Project Healing Waters participants who develops wounded returning from Iraq went on a fishing trip in Montana. are just and Afghanistan. It didn’t take as important to the participants as the long for everyone involved to recognize actual fishing outing. Initially, the numerous benefits from fly-fishing activiorganization was incorporated as a subties and make the decision to expand. sidiary to the FFF in order to be able Rather than create an entirely new netto solicit tax deductible contributions. work of volunteers within the fly fishing In June 2009, PHW received its own community, existing clubs within the 501(c)3 designation as a completely FFF and TU were invited to join Project independent nonprofit corporation. Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. as partThe year 2009 began with a winter ners in this rewarding endeavor. Now, rod-building contest. Rod-building kits in addition to those clubs, programs are were supplied for the participants, after also being operated by American which completed rods were sent to Casting Association clubs and as well as the judges at Hook & Hackle in several independent organizations. Pennsylvania (results are posted on our With a board of trustees and 12 Web site listed below). The top six winregional coordinators, Project Healing ners were eligible to select a national Waters (PHW) is unique in that our fishing outing as a prize. There were volunteers are teaching regular, ongonumerous fishing trips to great destinaing classes on fly casting, fly tying, rod
tions, including Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska, Maine and others. For the fourth consecutive year, PHW sent soldiers to the FFF Conclave after several days of fishing in nearby Colorado waters. National plans for this fall and winter include more rod building, as well as building drift boats from kits that will be supplied by Montana Boat Builders. The individual organizations will define their own agendas for the coming months. Any club interested in becoming part of this rewarding organization can obtain information at www.project healingwaters.org. There you can contact the administrator or any of the regional coordinators for more information about what is going on in your area. The national organization is able to provide financial support for programs, as well as donated or discounted equipment, along with a nationwide network of successful programs from which to draw inspiration and knowledge. We’d like to talk to you about joining us, so please check our Web site. Carole Katz spends many hours working on Project Healing Waters and helping those who were injured in the service of their country.
PROJECT HEALING WATERS BOAT BUILDING PROJECT
ver the winter of 2008, our PHW office in conjunction with wounded warriors and volunteers from the Washington, D.C. area took on a special project to build a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing skiff from a kit donated by Jason Cajune at Montana Boat Builders. The project resulted in a boat named The Mending, and the intent was twofold: It would be another way of helping our PHWFF participants in their recovery and to have a boat for some of our outings. The boat will be a great fishing platform, and a floating billboard advertising our organization’s mission. We all had a great time building the skiff and, since its completion, it’s been a great promotional tool at shows and on the water. We’re pleased to have been asked to exhibit it at several shows next year. It would be great to ultimately
Photo courtesy of Ed Nicholson
By Ed Nicholson
work out a have at least one of Taking the new Project Healing Waters Fly rotation schedthese in every region. Fishing boat (The Mending) on a short trip. ule for next Right now, that summer and would be cost prosee that the hibitive, but I think drift boat gets we could do one or plenty of two for starters. visibility on the Cajune has popular rivers agreed to provide the in the West. kits at a very reasonPicture a able cost. Look at our PHWFF drift request for proposal boat alterto construct one of nately on the Madison, Clark Fork, these kits. The reason for the formality Missouri, Yellowstone, etc. We’ll work is to make sure that our program leads on developing this concept as you do think this through carefully. You’ll need the building! the right space, the volunteers and parNow is the time to start thinking ticipants, and commitment. If you would about this idea – I encourage you to like to participate, but don’t think the boat would have much use in your give this winter project some serious area, don’t let that stop you. I have consideration. More information is been talking to some of our guide and available at 301-643-2148 or www.projectheadlingwaters.org. outfitter friends in Montana about providing our drift boat to that community Ed Nicholson is president of Project Healing on loan for the summer. They would Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. Flyfisher Autumn 2009 - Winter 2010
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