WVFF  Outings

The Club is trying to get folks together to car pool over to the Lynwood FLy Show. 

Contact Mike Huffer  Contact info on contacts page.

WVFF  Events

Fly Tying Class

Wenatchee River Institute

Red Barn, Leavenworth

Tuesday Evenings   6:30 – 8:30  

Feb 20 – March 20, 2018

A few months ago the WRI approached the Icicle Chapter of TU to see if they would be interested in providing instructors for a fly tying class that WRI proposed to offer to the public. The TU folks brought us into the process and I volunteered to create and present the class. The WRI agreed to provide the venue, advertise, pay for materials and provide classroom equipment. The class could be a great motivator for the students to sign up for the WVFF college class that Gary and Tom will be offering. During five, two hour sessions, adults interested in creating fly fishing flies, will learn how to tie a variety of flies that should catch game fish in Chelan and Okanogan rivers and lakes. I will conduct the introduction class and the wrap-up classes while fellow members have volunteered to teach the other three nights. WRI will be charging $50 and the class will be for only a dozen or so folks. This fee is just enough to cover materials, venue and WRI fixed costs. On the first night the student will be introduced to fly fishing equipment and philosophy, a minimum of Latin, the connections between a variety of aquatic food sources and how they relate to the flies being tied. Also an intro to a variety of fly tying techniques that will allow them to tie more diverse patterns independently. After this short lecture addressing tools, materials and some basic techniques we will tie flies. The instructor will talk a little about the bugs then show the group how to tie one, then groups guided by the assistants will take the students through the pattern step by step.

  • Feb. 20     Introduction + Streamers  & Stoneflies
  • Feb. 27     Chironomids and Damsel Nymph 
  • March  6    Mayflies         
  • March 13    Caddis       Sparkle Pupa, Green Rock Worm & X-Caddis
  • March 20    Terrestrials  and  Worms   +  Class Conclusion

For more information and fee schedule contact: www.wenatcheeriverinstitute.org/





It is not too early to start thinking about the 2018 Academy. Again we are preparing for another Youth Conservation and Fly Fishing Academy to be held June 24-30, 2018 at Gwinwood Community Center on Hicks Lake in Lacey, WA.  If you know of a child that might be interested please bring her or him to our attention ASAP and if you need more information give Bruce Merighi the WVFF Conservation / Education Board Chair a call at 679-2274. 

The Academy Staff will be contacting dedicated volunteers to contribute their time for the success of the Academy – for the kids.  This Academy is all about the girls and boys, 12-16 years old, to teach them the basics of fly fishing and conservation.  The event is one full week with some staff and all youth living in clean, warm cabins at the Gwinwood Center.  All meals are provided.  Students need to bring their personal belongings, i.e., sleeping bags, pillows, rubber boots, etc.  All fishing gear and fly tying equipment is provided, however, students may bring their own fishing gear.

The event is supported by the membership of the Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers and the Icicle Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The cost to sponsor a student is $300 for the week, and we usually strive to send two from our neck of the woods but can always do more.   Succesful applicants must provide thier own transportation to and from the academy. 

Applications will be posted on this web site real soon and the NWYCFFA will accept them starting January 1, 2018 until April 15, 2018.  Applications are also available for downloaded from the NWYCFFA website – www.nwycffa.com,   via email to mtclancy39@comcast.net  or call 253-278-0061. As always the WVFF Board must review and approve all applications from our area prior to passing them on to the Academy folks. 

Each applicant must submit an essay explaining why THEY want to attend The Academy.  A letter of recommendation is required from a school teacher or counselor. The academy has a Facebook page listed under their name for viewing pictures from previous events. 

We are very proud of the Academy; this has been a life changing experience for many of our youth and the WVFF will start a campaign to spread the word among local school districts and youth groups in the near future. 

                                                           FROM THE FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS

Dear Fly Tier,

Every year a group of fly tiers from as far away as Texas come to share and learn the craft of fly tying in Washington State. The event they attend is very much like a once a year Frontier Rendezvous were people come to learn and trade ideas.
The Washington State Council of the FFI is recruiting talented tiers willing to share their fly tying craft and techniques with folks like you at our 12th annual Fly Fishing Fair held at the Kittitas Valley Event Center in Ellensburg, WA, May 4th and 5th, 2018.

We would like to extend to you an invitation to demonstrate fly tying at the fair in 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your abilities, network, and exchange information about the art of fly tying with fellow anglers and tying enthusiasts.

Enclosed is a registration form to complete and return by mail or email. You can also register online after January 15, 2018, visit: https://www.regonline.com/2018washingtonflyfishingfair. Regards to filling out the registration form, your contact information is extremely important in maintaining an accurate data base for future events. If you have any questions concerning registration on-line, feel free to contact Jim Maus, 253-732-5006.

The fly tyers schedule and seating arrangements for the Fly Fishing Fair will be finalized March 1st. If you have special seating requests or needs please get your registration in early to help us accommodate your request. To help us from an administrative perspective, please confirm by mail or email if you are, or are not coming, and especially if you are registering on line next year.

Current hotel options are listed on our web site www.wscffi.org/lodging/. If you mention the WA Fly Fishing Fair during registration, you will receive a discounted rate that is listed on the web site of hotels that will provide this gratuity. Do understand that the discount price is usually limited to a set amount of rooms. The early bird catches the worm.
On the evening prior to the event, Thursday, 3 May 2018, the Washington Council will host and pay for a dinner for all attending volunteers and vendors. That includes you, if you choose to participate in the demonstration fly tying.
On Friday 4 May 2018, at 6 PM there is a scheduled banquet and live auction. Sign up for the banquet can be accomplished on-line, at the Fly Fishing Fair website, after January 15, 2018.

Although it is not a requirement to be a member of the FFI, we encourage you to join the Fly Fishers International and support the betterment of the sport of fly fishing through Conservation, Restoration and Education. You may sign up or renew your FFI membership at: www.flyfishersinternational.org, or you may obtain a form and renew or sign up at the Fly Fishing Fair in May. FFI membership is optional for Fly Fishing Fair tyers, however we urge you to join us in supporting the FFI.

If you volunteer to demonstrate your fly tying craft, a representative from the Washington Council may ask you to contribute one or two of your flies from your session. One of the flies will be used with other participant flies from the event for a dinner/auction item. Your donation to the Council is greatly appreciated and helps pay for the expenses of the fair. If you choose to donate additional flies, please bring your flies and complete the donation form available from one of the auction representatives at the Fly Fishing Fair. Thanks in advance for you participation.

The success of this event depends on you. If you have any other questions, concerns, or suggestions please feel free to contact Chet Allison, or Vern Jeremica. (See contact information below)

Thank you in advance for your interest and involvement. The Washington Council looks forward to your participation and seeing you at our event.

Chet Allison Chairman: jochetallison@msn.com
Vern Jeremica Co-Chairman: vern@jeremica.com
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