WVFF  Outings


October Outing at Rat Lake

By Alex Fisher

One person’s impression of the fall Rat Lake excursion…

We met at Pateros’ Sweet River Bakery, to ponder the day ahead.  Undeterred by the fact that the hot chocolate maker was down, Craig regaled us with bits and pieces of his recently completed wildlife tracking class. Now there’s an idea for some of us to consider. But at the moment, we had to move on and not let the morning slip away.  As we caravanned up to the lake, it was difficult to not notice the fall color splashes along the canyon, accented by black angus seemingly dotted everywhere. Solitary bovine exclamations occasionally broke the silence.

Unlike the early morning Columbia River ride from Wenatchee, with its long shadows, sunlit clouds and water reflections, the sun above Rat Lake that day was only dimly visible behind a glaze of diffuse cloud mass, refusing to warm the chilly air for most of the day.

This is the main reason why Mike Huff was the star of the action. His gas firepit  brought movement to many a frosted finger while his hot coffee and  “cheese burgers or regular?” question provided fuel for the stoic, cold fishermen earnestly rowing to the call of their stomachs. Throughout the morning, the lake was quite placid with only a light easterly breeze at times, just enough to push a float tube in an unwanted direction.

Everywhere on the lake there were numerous thin, twisted bits of what appeared to be light colored dried plant matter suspended in the water columns extending down from the surface as far as one could see. Only occasionally through the mid morning to early afternoon did a trout rise.

The fishing itself was at least adequate. Most guys were dropping or trolling streamers like Carey Special or Gil’’s personally tied woven green dragon fastened to the tippet by a bowline knot for easy movement. He has fished this lake before and generously indicated places along the east and west shorelines where he has had success. He noted that in places, the middle lake depth was about 75 feet but most fish were in the 20 to 25 foot range, many only about ten yards offshore. 

One plucky middle aged mechanic with a ponytail caught a pretty good sized rainbow trolling a green Carey Special.  Later, he noted that he had caught a couple of smaller browns. Someone else caught a couple of rainbows on a cinnamon colored woolly bugger. There were reported hits along the shore using chironimids but no firm commitments from its inhabitants.  As we were packing to leave, we were snapped out of our flat water revery by a speedy Sheriff’s SUV spinning out of the turnaround point, doing the job of law enforcement (or looking for one of Mike’s burgers) even way up here in this delightful canyon. Moments later a scrawny fellow with hamburger wrappers and coffee cups on the dashboard of his beat up low slung faded blue pickup with a Sonoma license plate holder anxiously asked us what the cop was looking for. We shrugged our shoulders.  He said, “I was at work when that SUV came up here, you know.” Uh huh…Not sure about him, but we’ll be back.

WVFF  Events

WVFF Banquet     Jan 13, 2018

Red Lion Hotel  Wenatchee WA 

More details about this event will be posted here as they become available


There may be a fly tying class offered in Leavenworth this winter. Stay tuned for details…





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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