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WVFF  Board  Meeting Minutes


September 7, 2017

Present: Gary Anderson, Craig Garver, Harry Lane, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt, Al Smith, Rob Winters

Absent: Eric Davis, Mike Huffer

President Craig Garver called the meeting to order at 5:37 p.m. Minutes for the May Board and General meetings were approved as revised.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

President Craig Garver reported that Gary Bates, Tom Rowe and Walt Wittgow will be the 2018 Nominating Committee. They will be seeking nominations for the offices of Outings Chairman and Vice-President. Other Board members have indicated a willingness to remain in their current positions.  Members wishing to run for Board office, may contact any current Board or 2018 Nominating Committee member. Nominations are also accepted from the floor prior to elections in January 2018.

Vice-President: Harry Lane had no report.

Programs: Gary Anderson announced upcoming programs:

  • September—Brian O’Keefe: Stoneflies
  • October—John Kovich: Fishing Cuba
  • November—Judy Niewbauer: Bull Trout
  • December—Annual Fish Tale Share
  • January—Annual General Meeting and Banquet

Treasurer: Al Smith reported that WVFF has spent $2200 less than the budgeted amount for speakers. Current balance is $17, 392. The Board approved the detailed Balance Sheet provided by the Treasurer.

Secretary: JoAnn Lane reported that she sent sympathy cards to Gordi Northrup and family and Ralph Jordan and family.

Following a discussion, it was moved, seconded and carried that “The secretary of WVFF will send condolences to members who have lost a spouse or significant other.” Members are asked to contact the secretary about any such loss they know about. In addition, if members know of a health challenge for which a card should be sent, they are asked to notify the secretary.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt reported the results of his membership review. Currently WVFF has 77 paid members. Eric provided updated membership contact information.

Ghillie: Eric Davis was absent.

Outings: Mike Huffer was absent. The Board discussed outing possibilities for Dry Falls and Big Twin Lakes (following winter kill, Big Twin has reportedly been restocked). Rob Winters also reported on the July Icicle outing.

Publications/ Education and Conservation:  

  • Publications—Bruce Merighi reported that the September Fly Paper is ready for publication. The WVFF website has some problems that he is currently addressing. He will be contacting Eric Davis about the possibility of another internet provider.
  • Conservation—Bruce Merighi reported on the work of the Stemilt-Squilchuck Recreation Planning Group. The group is currently looking at “recreational opportunities and conflicts” relating to the Stemilt land purchase area. They are working to “divide areas to balance use of those areas.” Wheeler is located in Zone 1 and designated “low impact” – the goal being to “minimize use impact. . .in the area.” The National Park Service is currently assisting in looking at options.

    In addition, Bruce provided information from Cascade Conservation Coalition concerning possible changes that could extend fishing near Cole’s Corner on Nason Creek by two to three miles above Cole’s Corner.
     

  • Education: Bruce Merighi reported that WVFF will implement the same format for Salmon Fest participation as that used in 2016. The club’s booth will be in “an excellent location.” Salmon Fest is scheduled in Leavenworth on September 28 and 29. Volunteers are needed. (Note: Following the Boards’ September meeting, Bruce Merighi learned that the Salmon Fest changed its program for 2017. WVFF and other organizations will not be part of this year’s Fest activities.)

OF NOTE:

  • The Annual Banquet Committee currently consists of Craig Garver, Harry and JoAnn Lane and Eric Rainbolt. Bruce Merighi will assist when he is available. The committee is working to add additional women to its roster. Anyone wishing to help with the annual event, please contact Harry or JoAnn Lane. (509.884.1888 or jhlane4865@aol.com)
  • Those members with suggestions for increasing membership numbers and involvement should share their ideas with Board members.

Meeting adjourned at 6:36 p.m.

JoAnn Lane

Secretary WVFF

September 19, 2017


May 4, 2017

 

Present: Craig Garver, Mike Huffer, Harry Lane, JoAnn Lane, Eric Rainbolt, Al Smith, Rob Winters

Absent: Gary Anderson, Bruce Merighi, Eric Davis

 

President Craig Garver called the meeting to order at 5:41 p.m. Minutes for the April Board and General meetings were approved as submitted.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

President Craig Garver reported that Big Twin Lake had a winter fish kill. He will inform the membership.


Vice-President: Harry Lane had no report.

Programs: Upcoming programs:

  • May— Michael T. Williams: “The Magic of Mountain Rivers”
  • September—Brian O’Keefe
  • October—John Kovich: Cuba
  • November—Judy Niewbauer: Bull Trout
  • December—Annual Fish Tale Share
  • January—Annual General Meeting and Banquet

Treasurer: Al Smith had no report.

Secretary: JoAnn Lane had no report.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt presented the membership applications of Andy and Suzi Lane to the Board for approval. The applications were approved by the Board.

Eric will create a new general email address list.

Ghillie: Eric Davis was absent.

Outings: Mike Huffer reported an “excellent turnout” for the Blue Lake Opener/ Outing Fish caught were in the 14-15” range. He expressed appreciation to Eric and Dee Rainbolt, Bill and Shirley Ward, and Tom and Pat Whiteside who hosted the event.

Other scheduled outings– May at Lake Chopaka with Mike Huffer. June at a TBA “warm water fishery” with Gil Biles; July at Banks Lake with Mike Huffer.

Of Note: A request from Phil Rowley to share information with the membership about a workshop to be held at North 40 in Omak was discussed, a motion was made to that effect and carried.

Headhunters Fly Shop and Guide Service located in Craig, Montana, may be interested in donating a guided Missouri River trip.

Meeting adjourned at 6:21 p.m.

JoAnn Lane

Secretary WVFF

June 4, 2017


April 6, 2017

Present: Gary Anderson, Eric Davis, Craig Garver, Mike Huffer, Harry Lane, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt,  Al Smith, Rob Winters

President Craig Garver called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m. Minutes for the March Board and General meetings were approved as amended.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

President Craig Garver had no report.

Vice-President: Harry Lane had not report.

Programs: Gary Anderson announced upcoming programs:

  • April—Skip Morris
  • May— Michael P. Williams: “The Magic of Mountain Rivers”
  • September—Brian O’Keefe
  • October—John Kovich: Cuba
  • November—Judy Niewbauer: Bull Trout
  • December—Annual Fish Tale Share
  • January—Annual General Meeting and Banquet

Treasurer: Al Smith had no report. There has been no change since the March report.

Secretary: JoAnn Lane had no report.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt will review paid membership numbers and report back to the Board.

Ghillie: Eric Davis asked for input on purchasing five (5) statewide fishing maps. The Board supported his suggestion.

Outings: Mike reminded the Board that April 22 and 23 will be the annual Blue Lake Opener/ WVFF Outing. It is usually quite well attended. Tom and Pat Whiteside, Bill and Shirley Ward, and Eric and Dee Rainbolt with serve as hosts for the event.

Publications/ Education and Conservation:  

  • Gary Anderson: The WVCC-WVFF fly fishing class (taught by Gary Anderson and Tom Whiteside) has 21 students enrolled. He purchased 20 tying kits for use in the class and at other education events. They will need help with knot- and fly-tying as well as casting instruction. The class meets from 7-9:30 p.m. at Sexton Hall on the WVCC campus.
  • Rob Winters reported that the previously approved $1000 donation to Dry Lake improvements will be completed when Travis Maitland sends WVFF an invoice.
  • Bruce Merighi for conservation reported

     

     

    Ttwo qualified applicants for the Fly Fishing Academy have been identified. Tobin Walker (Leavenworth) and Madison Jaeger (Cashmere) were approved by the Board. In addition, Trout Unlimited has approved $600 to be used for additional scholarships.

    • The Stemilt land project’s subgroup for recreational planning is “looking at the big map— current uses and challenges, possible changes to be made, what to keep, what users want.” Additional grant-writing assistance is now available from the National Park Service.
  • Bruce Merighi for Publications said that he and Eric Davis are collaborating to enhance website and publication accessibility for WVFF members. He and Eric shared website ideas including items like keeping the site up to date, providing a venue for communicating about fishing experiences and promoting upcoming events.

Past-President: Rob Winters said that he had investigated alternate quotes for the WVFF’s liability and tort insurance policy. Based on his conversations with various insurance providers and agents, it appears that our current carrier is the best policy option at this time.

OF NOTE:

  • The Board continued its ongoing discussion about membership and how to attract additional fly fishers to our club. As a reminder, this topic will be part of the Board’s monthly agenda throughout the club year.

    Those members with suggestions for increasing membership numbers and involvement should share their ideas with Board members.

Meeting adjourned at 6:46 p.m.   JoAnn Lane   Secretary WVFF   April 20, 2017


March 2, 2017

Present: Gary Anderson, Eric Davis, Craig Garver, Mike Huffer, Harry Lane, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt,  Al Smith, Rob Winters

President Craig Garver called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Minutes for the February Board and General meetings were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

President Craig Garver expressed the club’s appreciation to Eric and Kyra Davis for their work in making the film festival a success again this year.

Programs: Gary Anderson announced upcoming programs:

  • March—Sean Visintainer, owner of Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane, WA. His topic will be “Pre-Runoff Fishing in North Idaho.”
  • April—Skip Morris
  • May—TBA
  • September—possibly Brian O’Keefe

Treasurer: Al Smith reported a WVFF balance of $24,304.00. The Fly Fishing Film Festival earned $1528, $300 over 2016’s event. He has not yet received an additional payment of $142.40, the proceeds from ticket sales.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt reported 47 paid members, down 16 from 2016.

Ghillie: Eric Davis had no report.

Outings: Mike Huffer shared the 2017 outings schedule from the Ellensburg group. He also said that:

  • He was the only person who fished Rocky Ford on the 18th. Those attending the Omak Lake outing can choose to purchase a day or annual fishing license. North 40 in Omak sells those. More information about that trip will follow.
  • April 22 and 23 will be the annual Blue Lake Opener/ WVFF Outing. It is usually quite well attended. Hosts for this event are needed this year.

Publications/ Education and Conservation:  

  • Bruce Merighi and others attending the February Sportsman’s Show reported that it went “fairly well overall” and that Sunday went “well.” They said that the new approach used this year proved to be successful.
  • Bruce Merighi reported that the club has received a WVFF Project Application asking for assistance with the Dry Lake Access Project which is currently $1000 short of the needed funds to proceed. Al Smith moved that WVFF donate $1000 to the project. The motion was seconded, discussed and carried. Craig will present this to the membership for their approval.

Outings: Mike Huffer

Past-President: Rob Winters

  • handed out new storage room keys.
  • also said that he was pursuing quotes for the WVFF’s liability and tort insurance policy.

    Fly Fishing Film Festival: Eric Davis shared his post-film festival evaluation, describing those things that were successful and those he suggested be addressed prior to the 2018 event. Attendance was down this year over last. He included in his comments observations about less 2017 media coverage, competing shows, ideas for crossover opportunities with Trout Unlimited and Duck’s Unlimited, and improved connections to encourage involvement of local fishermen. It is important that the club begin a marketing conversation in December 2017 rather waiting until January 2018.

    OF NOTE:

  • A brainstorming session focused on increasing WVFF membership and encouraging current members to participate in outings and monthly meetings. Eric Davis said that this “should be a year-long project and membership program based on information” (gathered from a variety of sources). The Board agreed that this was an excellent idea and it will continue to be a monthly agenda item.
  • The Board discussed the options for replacing the current fly tying kits used by the WVCC class taught by Gary Anderson and Tom Whiteside as well as other hands-on tying opportunities throughout the year. A motion was made, seconded and carried that the purchase of up to 20@ $30 kits be authorized.

Meeting adjourned at 6:57 p.m.   JoAnn Lane   Secretary WVFF   March 13, 2017


Feb. 10, 2017

Present: Gary Anderson, Eric Davis, Craig Garver, Mike Huffer, Harry Lane, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt,
                  Al Smith, Rob Winters

President Craig Garver called the meeting to order at 5:39 p.m. Minutes for the January Board and General meetings were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

President Craig Garver had no report.

Programs: Gary Anderson said the February program will feature the district fisheries’ biologists Ryan Fortier and Travis Maitland sharing the latest information about our area’s rivers and lakes and their prospects for the fishing season.  He has not yet finalized other programs. The Board considered a few additional options. Gary said he welcomes suggestions concerning possible speakers.

Treasurer: Al Smith

  • Provided the Annual WVFF Financial Report. The Board approved the report.
  • Shared the 2017 banquet results which were excellent and very close to those of 2016. A final tally shows over $5000 raised. These monies are used to support the club’s conservation and education efforts. Turnout was excellent and feedback on the Red Lion as a venue was good.

     

     

     

    Discussion followed concerning things learned from this year’s banquet that can be used to plan and organize next year’s event. The biggest concern was that there was only one bartender rather than two causing a longer than expected wait time. Al has talked with the Red Lion about the staffing issue as well as timing for dinner service and the dessert offering. Some Board members would like to look at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club as a possibility for next year.

  • Also presented a draft of the 2017 budget. Discussion followed with minor changes made. Al will make revisions and send these to the Board. If 70% of the Board approves them electronically, the revised budget will be submitted to the membership at the February 16, 2016, general meeting.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt had no report.

Ghillie: Eric Davis had no report.

Outings: Mike Huffer said there is an upcoming outing to Rocky Ford scheduled on February 18th. Other outings were discussed including the traditional March pre-season Quincey Lake trip (ice-off dependent), the Annual Blue Lake opener and a May Chopaka trip. In addition, members considered the possibility of an Omak Lake outing.

Education: The WVFF participation in the Sportsman’s Show is set for February. Volunteers are needed for Sunday of the event.

Publications:  Bruce Merighi had no report.

Fly Fishing Film Festival: Eric Davis reported on the upcoming event scheduled for February 23, 2017, at Snowy Owl Theatre in Leavenworth. He outlined the assistance needed as well as the setup for the fund-raising raffles. The theatre will allow WVFF volunteers to begin work at 5:30 p.m. Several ideas were considered for building a contact data base for possible new members.

OF NOTE: The Board also discussed monthly raffle ideas.

Meeting adjourned at 6:56 p.m.

JoAnn Lane  Secretary WVFF

February 10, 2017

 


January 12, 2017

Present: Gary Anderson, Craig Garver, Steve Harvey, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt, Al Smith, Rob Winters

Absent: Harry Lane

President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 5:37 p.m. Minutes for the December Board and General meetings were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

President Rob Winters reported that:

  • Gordie Northrup will act as auctioneer for the banquet on January 21, 2017.
  • Beehive Reservoir regulations will remain “as they are.”
  • We have rejoined IFFF, and we have affiliated with the Washington Council.
  • Ellensburg event is in need of volunteers.

Vice-President: Craig Garver provided a report on the tasting, saying that the food was very good. He also summarized plans for the physical arrangement for the event.

Programs: Gary Anderson said the February program most likely will feature the district fisheries’ biologists. However, Chad Jackson is “taking one year from ‘the club circuit’” as staffing issues require more of his time until openings are filled and so will not be in attendance. Gary will ask him for informational handouts to be shared.

Ghillie: Harry Lane was absent.

Outings: Fred Kunzmann had no report

Membership: Eric Rainbolt had no report.

Education: No Report

Publications: Bruce Merighi reported that modifications will be made to certain pages on the website concerning hard to read fonts.

Steve Harvey shared information about the upcoming February Fly Fishing Film Festival.

  • Eric Davis said that tickets are available online.
  • The group providing the films is not the same group as last year’s provider; however, they are reported to have excellent films.
  • Help will be needed with setup.
  • Items to be donated should be given to Eric or Steve.
  • He suggested possible standalone fly raffle. Those entering would do so through providing their email information which could be used later to contact them about WVFF.

Elections: Rob Winters announced that elections will be held as required at the annual meeting and banquet on January 21, 2017.

Of Note: January Banquet News

  • Larger item donations were reviewed to decide as to their use in a silent or live auction. Other items were discussed for possible use at the film festival rather than at the banquet.
  • Raffle drawing and announcement will be changed in an effort to streamline the raffle process.
  • There was discussion about a live auction item that would appeal to non-fishing spouses. Steve and Sheri Harvey and Harry and JoAnn Lane will underwrite a two-night stay at Sun Mountain Lodge.
  • Al provided call lists to the Board of those who have yet to reserve a ticket for the banquet. Reports are due to him by Monday, January 16.
  • JoAnn Lane has sent out two email concerning the WVFF Wine Cellar and basket donations.
  • There will be a door prize again this year.
  • Steve and Shari Harvey won last year’s Warm Springs Inn Package. They donated it back to the club for use as a door prize at the banquet. Warm Springs Inn has agreed to honor the package for 2017.

Meeting adjourned at 7:17 p.m.                    JoAnn Lane  Secretary WVFF  January 30, 2017

 


December 1, 2016

Present: Steve Harvey, Fred Kunzmann, Harry Lane, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt, Al Smith, Rob Winters

Absent: Gary Anderson, Craig Garver

President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Minutes of the November 2016 Board and General meetings were approved as submitted.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

President Rob Winters shared that:

  • he had been in contact with Travis Maitland. There is discussion about better boat-launching options for Dry Lake near Manson.
  • he and Bruce were scheduled to make a presentation to Boy Scout leaders concerning the IFFF Academy.
  • The Ellensburg conclave will be held May 5 and 6, 2017.
  • There will be a discussion at the December General Meeting of possible changes to regulations for Black/Springhill/ Lower Wheeler. Upper Wheeler changes are not under consideration.
  • There is a request for input about regulations on certain lakes in the Squilchuck-Stemilt area.
     

Past-President:  Steve Harvey had no report.

Treasurer: Al Smith reported that he has delivered a signed contract and paid a $1000 deposit to The Red Lion for the upcoming January banquet. WVFF balance is $17,144.99

Membership: Eric Rainbolt had no membership report.

Programs: Gary Anderson was not present.

Publications: Bruce Merighi reported that he will be including a menu for the banquet offering in the upcoming Fly Paper.

Education/ Conservation: Bruce Merighi shared that:

  • The Stemilt-Squilchuck group has been awarded a grant to fund a mentor/ grant writer whose role will be to provide support in getting monies for NCW projects. They are asking for feedback.
  • Wenatchee Valley Community College’s Recreation Management course requirements include community service. He provided a three-hour fly-tying class and sees further instruction “an idea to pursue.”
  • He plans to make “Fly Tying Cards” for future tying instructional events that will provide space for notes for those attending.

Ghillie: Harry Lane reported that he is working on the library check-out box organization.

Outings: Fred Kunzmann reported that things “have picked up on the Yakima.” No outings are planned; however, he suggests that members visit the Peshastin Mill Site to see and enjoy this area.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • It was moved, seconded and carried to join the Washington Council of IFFF if membership was free. If not, consideration will be continued to at the next meeting.
  • It was moved, seconded and carried to continue to rent a WVFF storage unit. The Board agrees that it makes both materials storage and access to them much better. Cost is $39/ month or $468/ year. This rate will be “locked in” for 2017.
  • Reports on donations for the January fund-raiser and Annual Meeting were made:
  • Eric Rainbolt received a reply from Cabela’s in Union Gap. They will be providing a donation again this year. He has not received a response yet from Clark Fork River outfitters.
  • JoAnn Lane said that Cooke Canyon Hunt Club will be donating an annual club membership and a bird hunt.
  • Steve Harvey said that Warm Springs Inn will honor their 2016 offering for 2017 as it was not used this year.
  • Rob Winters said that Echo will provide product-for-purchase to be used as auction items at a 50% price reduction. A discussion of possibilities for that offer followed.

    Meeting adjourned at 6:14 p.m.  JoAnn Lane  Secretary WVFF  December 11, 2016


November 3, 2016

Present: Craig Garver, Steve Harvey, Fred Kunzmann, Harry Lane, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt, Al
                Smith, Rob Winters

Absent: Gary Anderson

President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 5:33 p.m. Minutes of the October 2016 Board and General meetings were approved as submitted.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

President Rob Winters shared that:

  • he had prepared and submitted a letter of support for the Rufus Woods project as requested by Travis Maitland and approved by the Board.
  • he had been approached about WVFF’s working with Trout Unlimited to provide fly-tying instruction for the TU Women’s Fly Fishing Class.
  • IFFF membership paperwork needs to be completed and submitted. Membership will actually begin in November and be covered through 2017.
  • Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the November General Meeting.

Past-President:  Steve Harvey reported that he is waiting to meet with Eric Davis the week of November 7. They will work on the Fly Fishing Film Festival scheduled for February 23, 2017, at the Snowy Owl Theatre in Leavenworth.  Discussion followed about publicizing the film festival. It has already been included in the Snowy Owl’s more recent mailing.

Treasurer: Al Smith reported a balance of approximately $18,319.35 which includes $800 of receivables.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt reported membership of 75. Discussion followed about ways to further expand our membership. Ideas included highlighting our club in the media, both in print and on the radio.

Programs: Gary Anderson was not present.

Education/ Conservation: Bruce Merighi will be working with Eric Davis to update our current website. He also shared information from a Wenatchee Habitat meeting he attended, including the role lampreys play in helping the watershed.

Publications: Bruce Merighi will be working with Eric Davis to update our current website. He noted that he posts the minutes online both on the Minutes section of the website and in a shorter version within The Fly Paper.

Ghillie: Harry Lane had no report.

Outings: There was a discussion of possible fall outings.

Of Note:

  • Work has begun on the 2017 Banquet donations. Decorations can be updated and used again this year.
  • The WVFF storage unit rental is due. The Board agreed the unit has been an excellent way to store and have access to club supplies. The rental of a storage unit was included in this year’s budget and will be paid before the end of the year.
     

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Discussion was held concerning a possible WVFF memorial for those of our members who are deceased, particularly those we lost within the past year. It was moved and seconded that WVFF take over co-sponsorship with Darc Knoble (Desert Fly Angler in Ellensburg) of the Isaak’s Ranch/ Back-to-the-Wall banquet raffle item. The motion carried. (Irv Connor used to do this for the club. In the past few years, Al Smith has continued the tradition in Irv’s memory.)
  • A motion to hold the 2017 General Meeting and Banquet at the Red Lion was made, seconded and passed. Bruce Merighi will meet with the Red Lion to discuss the banquet.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • A motion was made that the club again provide a door prize at the annual banquet. It was moved, seconded and carried. Bruce Merighi will contact The Freestone Inn in Mazama about what they might offer the club.

Meeting adjourned at 6:31 p.m.   JoAnn Lane  Secretary WVFF  November 11, 2016

 


 October 6, 2016

Present: Gary Anderson, Craig Garver, Steve Harvey, Fred Kunzmann, Harry Lane, JoAnn Lane, Eric Rainbolt, Al
                Smith, Rob Winters

Absent: Steve Harvey, Bruce Merighi

Guests: Tom Whiteside

President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m. Minutes of the September 2016 Board and General meetings were approved as submitted.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

President Rob Winters shared that:

  • He had reached out to the Boy Scouts and to Trout Unlimited to confirm WVFF’s continued relationships with those organization. Jack Squires had been our liaison with them in the past, particularly in the identification and selection of WVFF-supported candidates to attend the yearly fly fishing academy.
  • Travis Maitland has requested a letter of support for a new boat ramp. Rob will prepare that and forward to the Board for comment and approval.

Past-President:  Steve Harvey was not present

Treasurer: Al Smith reported there has been no change in WVFF fund balance.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt submitted a membership application for Dan Rothrock. The Board approved that application, and Dan’s name will be presented to the general membership on October 20 for final approval. He also said he had an email concerning membership.

Programs: Gary Anderson provided a list of upcoming presenters:

  • OctoberSteve Temple, “Secrets of the Clark Fork.”
  • November–Steve Worley from Worley-Bugger Fly Company, Ellensburg, Washington. His topic will be fishing the Yakima.
  • December—Fish Tales 2016, a member-share of their 2016 fishing adventures.

Education/ Conservation: Bruce Merighi was not present.

Publications: Bruce Merighi was not present.

Ghillie: Harry Lane had no report.

Outings: Fred Kunzmann said the Big Twin was a success with “everyone catching fish.” Tom Whiteside said he will be hosting the upcoming outing on the Yakima, October 22 and 23. Camping is available at Big Pines, a BLM campground located three miles above Rosa Dam.

Of Note:

  • Discussion was held concerning a possible WVFF memorial for Jack Squires. It will be continued at the next meeting.
  • Work on the January fundraiser/ annual meeting and banquet needs to begin as soon as possible. JoAnn Lane will forward documents from last year for comment and update. The Board will need to discuss whether or not to again have a club-purchased banquet door prize.
  • A brief discussion was held about use of a lapel microphone for general meetings. Tom Whiteside will investigate the microphone add-on for the current WVFF equipment.
  • Harry Lane will no longer be able to act as chairman of the 2017 Nominations Campaign as he is now a Board member.

OLD BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS: Al Smith moved that WVFF join IFFF in 2017. Craig Garver seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 6:07 p.m.   JoAnn Lane   Secretary WVFF   October 18, 2016

 


September 8, 2016

Present: Gary Anderson, Steve Harvey, Fred Kunzmann, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt, Al Smith, Rob
                 Winters

Absent: All Board Members Present

Guests: Craig Garver; Harry Lane; Len Zickler International Federation of Fly Fishers Spokesman and Chairman of
                the Board Committee

President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m. Minutes for the May Board and General meetings were approved as submitted.

Presentation: Rob introduced Len Zickler who addressed the board concerning the changes in IFFF organization and focus, what he described as “turning the aircraft carrier around.” Len said that following a meeting including the 17 separate IFFF councils, IFFF is moving forward with good momentum.”

He provided information and answered questions concerning IFFF and its goals, structure and services. He said IFFF is clear that they are not in competition with Trout Unlimited in the area of conservation but will continue their work to support those kinds of efforts.  The group will be focusing on education/ “sharing the gift of fly fishing.” He pointed to their streamlining of membership categories, their outreach and work with both active and veteran military and young adults, their work to introduce younger people and women of all ages to fly fishing, and their small IFFF grants ($500-$5000) for conservation projects.  Of Note: IFFF has also restructured its membership dues.


COMMITTEE REPORTS:

President Rob Winters shared that:

  • The Nomination Committee’s report that Craig Garver had accepted an invitation to be placed in nomination to fill the vacant Vice-President’s slot for 2016 and had also agreed to have his name submitted for the office of President for the 2017 year. Harry Lane has agreed to have his name submitted to finish the term of Jack Squires as WVFF Ghillie and to have his name placed in nomination for the office of Vice-President in 2017.
  • The previously-approved signs for Lake Chelan had been delivered.
  • A thank-you has been received for the club’s $3000 donation to the Peshastin Mill Site Project. This project was successfully funded.

Treasurer: Al Smith reported a balance of $17,309.30 compared to $16,347.54 at the same time in 2015. Gary Anderson added the WVCC fly fishing class netted the club approximately $1100.

The cost for liability insurance is currently $950 per year. Inquires will be made concerning club options for a liability insurance provider.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt had no new membership applications. WVFF membership is currently 72.

Programs: Gary Anderson provided a list of upcoming presenters:

  • SeptemberDavid McCoy, fly fishing for sea-run cutthroat.
  • OctoberSteve Temple, “Secrets of the Clark Fork.”
  • November–Steve Worley from Worley-Bugger Fly Company, Ellensburg, Washington. His topic will be fishing the Yakima.
  • December—Fish Tales 2016, a member-share of their 2016 fishing adventures.

Education/ Conservation: Bruce Merighi said that the format for WVFF participation at the Salmon Festival has been changed. Fly-tying instruction will be replaced with fly-tying demonstrations that directly connect to Gary Anderson’s river biology talks and display.  

An additional request for assistance at another October event could not be filled as it came with too little time to organize and prepare. Steve Harvey will report back to those making the request and tell them WVFF would be interested in considering such requests with more advance time given.

Publications: Bruce Merighi said that WVFF website updates are coming, including a mobile-friendly upgrade. The Fly Paper is ready for publication and will include a summary of the Board minutes. Full minutes of Board and general membership meetings can be found on the club website as well.

Outings: Fred Kunzmann said the Big Twin outing is scheduled for September 16-18. The club has made prior reservations at the campground. Anglers will be able to fish Big Twin, the Methow and nearby lakes.

Past-President:  Steve Harvey had no report.

NEW BUSINESS: Eric Rainbolt moved to accept Craig Garver (Vice-President) and Harry Lane (Ghillie) to fill open positions on the 2016 Board.

Of Note: Bruce Merighi and Rob Winters said that work continues on a draft for a possible WVFF project support application.

Meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m.    JoAnn Lane   Secretary WVFF   September 15, 2016


There were no meetings in the summer months


May 5, 2016

Present: Gary Anderson, Steve Harvey, Fred Kunzmann, JoAnn Lane, Eric Rainbolt, Al Smith, Jack Squires, Rob Winters

Absent: Bruce Merighi

President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Minutes for the April Board and General meetings were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

President Rob Winters reported that:

  • Following Board approval he had submitted an application to IFFF for a grant to support the Peshastin Mill Project.
  • He has also been in conversation with their local representative who expressed the hope that WVFF would rejoin IFFF.

Treasurer: Al Smith reported a balance of $17,877.72. Last year’s balance at this time was $19,680.88. This difference is the result of WVFF contribution to the Peshastin Mill Site Project. He said that the officers’ insurance liability premium for this year is $920.00.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt reported that WVFF has three new member applications for consideration at the General Meeting.

Programs: Gary Anderson provided a list of upcoming presenters:

  • May–Carol Ann Morris (attending with spouse Skip Morris), photography for fly fishing.
  • September–David McCoy, fly fishing for sea-run cutthroat.
  • October–Steve Temple, “Secrets of the Clark Fork.”
  • November–Steve Worley from Worley-Bugger Fly Company, Ellensburg, Washington.

Ghillie: Jack Squires reported that the book sale has been concluded and $68 was submitted to the treasurer. He will have newly acquired books available at the May General Meeting.

Education/ Conservation: Bruce Merighi was absent. Gary Anderson said he and Tom Whiteside need assistance with fly tying for the WVCC class. An email will be sent out requesting assistance.

Publications: Rob Winters shared a member’s inquiry about access to 2016 minutes. They are not currently available on the website. JoAnn Lane will send the minutes in question to WVFF members until they can be posted on the website. 

Outings: JoAnn Lane reported that:

  • The Blue Lake opener was very successful with a good deal of positive feedback from those who attended. Fishing was excellent.

Of Note:

  • There was a discussion concerning the Bill Barnett Fund that remains open but does not currently have a cash balance. The Board agreed that it remain should open in case monies for the fund are received at a later date.
  • The Board will continue consideration in September of a proposed application form to be used when monies are requested for project support.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • President Rob Winters reported that fund-raising work continues on the Peshastin Mill Site Project. They are “getting closer” to the required money.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Rob Winters reported on requests for WVFF assistance to purchase replacement signs for Lenice and Nunnally lakes. In addition, Travis Maitland requested money for fish identification signs to be posted at Lake Chelan. Following a discussion, the Board approved the purchase of signs for Lenice and Nunnally. Steve Harvey and Rob Winters were given permission to use the WVFF logo on signs (Lake Chelan Cutthroat Trout Regulations and Identification) should they decide to purchase the signs for Lake Chelan themselves. Rob and Steve will follow up; Rob has contacted three vendors. There was a significant difference in two quotes and a third had not yet received.

    Meeting adjourned at 6:43 p.m. JoAnn Lane  Secretary WVFF  May 12, 2016

 


 April 7, 2016

Present: Gary Anderson, Steve Harvey, Fred Kunzmann, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt, Al Smith, Jack Squires, Rob Winters

President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m. Minutes for the March Board and General meetings were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

President Rob Winters reported that:

  • The March general meeting raffle and book sale generated $83.
  • Monies from ticket sales and dinner revenue at O’Grady’s Pantry associated with the recent film festival generated an additional $313.
  • He has named Gary Bates, Harry Lane and Walt Witgow to the 2017 nominating committee for the 2017. Current Board members should contact him to indicate whether or not they are interested in remaining on next year’s board.

Treasurer: Al Smith had no report.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt reported he has received four new applications for membership. Those names will be submitted to the membership on April 21, 2017.

Programs: Gary Anderson provided a list of upcoming presenters:

  • AprilPaul Anderson from The Dalles, Oregon, fishing for salmon on the Columbia.
  • MayCarol Ann Morris (attending with spouse Skip Morris), photography for fly fishing.
  • SeptemberDavid McCoy, fly fishing for sea-run cutthroat.
  • OctoberSteve Temple, “Secrets of the Clark Fork.”
  • November–Steve Worley from Worley-Bugger Fly Company, Ellensburg, Washington.

Ghillie: Jack Squires reported that the March book sale provided $28 for additional library acquisitions. Books remaining after April’s meeting will be donated to a local library.

Education/ Conservation: Bruce Merighi had no report. Jack Squires reported that one student chosen to attend the summer fly fishing academy will be unable to do so. He is looking for another candidate and invited suggestions from the Board and WVFF members.

Publications: Bruce Merighi provided an overview of the upcoming Fly Paper. 

Outings: Fred Kunzmann reported that:

  • The Sportsman’s Club is asking for 4-6 volunteers to help with an April 16 kids’ outing at Rock Island Ponds.
  • There are two Blue Lake outings scheduled—April 23-24 and early June.
  • The Big Twin/ Methow outing has been scheduled for September.

Past-President:  Steve Harvey led a discussion of what role WVFF might play in the 2017 Sportsman’s Show. The conversation focused primarily on the possibility of a WVFF-provided and WVFF-sponsored seminar.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • President Rob Winters presented a rough draft for a proposal request which could be used to provide information to the Board and membership about projects members and others are submitting for monetary support. Following a discussion, Bruce Merighi and JoAnn Lane volunteered to work on further revisions to the rough drafted document under consideration.
  • Bruce Merighi will update the website to reflect the recent member-approved change which added the month of June to Board and General Meeting summer suspension dates.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Jack Squires and Fred Kunzmann suggested the WVFF buy two (2) large “checks” to be used in press-release photos when WVFF donations are made to the Stemilt Land ($1000) and Peshastin Mill Site ($3000) purchases. The Board is asking Gary Anderson and Eric and Kiera Davis to be part of news release photos. Jack Squires will coordinate the publicity release.
  • Len Zickler representing the International Federation of Fly Fishers contacted Rob about attending a meeting to discuss recent IFFF changes. Following a discussion of various items on upcoming general meeting agendas, the Board approved inviting him to attend a fall board meeting.
  • The Board decided how to group fishing equipment donated by Paul Ford. The equipment’s description and availability will be shared through emails and at the April meeting. Minimum bids will be provided. Items will be sold through live auction at the May General Meeting.

    Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

  • JoAnn Lane  Secretary WVFF  April 12, 2016


 March 4, 2016

Present: Gary Anderson, Steve Harvey, Fred Kunzmann, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Al Smith, Rob Winters

Absent: Eric Rainbolt, Jack Squires

President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Minutes for the February Board and General meetings were approved.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

President Rob Winters reported that:

  • Travis Maitland informed him that the WDFW is considering using the WVFF-purchased fish identification signs on the Mad River.
  • He located the club’s PA system. It is in working condition and should meet the club’s needs at least for the short term.
  • He purchased a cash box for the club’s use.

    Programs: Gary Anderson said the March program will feature Jim Gallagher and Johnny Boitano from Troutwater Fly Shop in Ellensburg and Cle Elum. They will be talking about fishing for bonefish in Christmas Island, roosterfish in the Baja and fishing the Klickitat River.  

April’s program will feature Paul Anderson from The Dalles, Oregon. His topic will be fishing for salmon on the Columbia.

Ghillie: Fred Kunzmann and Rob Winters, along with Ghillie Jack Squires, have completed culling the WVFF library. They selected nearly 50 titles which “had not been checked out within the last decade.” Those books will be at the March general meeting for members to purchase. Any monies from that sale will be used to update current holdings.

Treasurer: Al Smith reported a balance of approximately $22,000. Proceeds from the raffle at the film festival were $785. Additional monies will be added to this total when we receive a percentage of the ticket and O’Grady’s Pantry sales. The 2016 budget was finalized for submission to the membership on March 17, 2016.

Education: Bruce Merighi reported on the Sportsman’s Show. There were no young people for an audience at the scheduled Sunday “Kid’s Program.” Fly Fishing was a very small part of the show this year. New club brochures and cards were available for attendees.

Publications: Bruce Merighi said that the Fly Paper is now available in three formats: Word, PDF and Printer Friendly. He has reduced the amount of whitespace. The outings calendar is usable. He will be meeting with Eric Davis to discuss website improvements. He continues to update membership emails to assure that all addresses are accurate and communication is optimized.

Conservation: The Board received updates on several projects that may be of interest in the future. Members discussed the Peshastin Mill Project and the role WVFF might play in that acquisition.

.Outings: Fred Kunzmann said that the March outing will be at Quincy Lake. He will host the event with a cookout lunch on Saturday, March 19. The April outing will be the annual Blue Lake Opener. The Rainbolts and Lanes will host.

OF NOTE:

  • Rob Winters would like to have an April discussion about proposal process for those requesting monetary support from WVFF.

OLD BUSINESS:

  • Following a brief discussion, a motion was made and seconded to begin Board and General Membership meeting suspension in June rather than July, as has previously been the club’s practice. The June meetings are generally not well attended. Meetings will begin again in September.
  • Rob Winters reported on the cost to construct PVC pipe used line collectors. The Board discussed a variety of problems including some liability issues that might be presented by maintaining them and decided to take no further action.

NEW BUSINESS:

  • Following a discussion of how to best utilize the funds raised from the International Fly Fishing Festival, it was moved and seconded to donate the proceeds to the Peshastin Mill Project and match that amount up to a maximum of $3000. The motion passed unanimously and will be presented to the general membership at the March meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 7:02 p.m.

JoAnn Lane

Secretary WVFF

March 17, 2016


                              February 3, 2016

Present: Gary Anderson, Steve Harvey, Fred Kunzmann, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt, Al Smith, Jack
                 Squires, Rob Winters

Absent: Steve Harvey

Also Attending:  Eric Davis

President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Minutes for the January Board and General meetings were approved as revised.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

President Rob Winters reported that the Leavenworth Trout Unlimited group have some concerns about the Boulder Field proposal. He will continue to monitor and report on the situation.

Programs: Gary Anderson said the February program will feature the district fisheries’ biologists sharing the latest information about our area’s rivers and lakes and their prospects for the fishing season.  He has not yet finalized the March program.

Treasurer: Al Smith

  • Shared the 2016 banquet results which were “much better than last year” with over $5500 raised to support the club’s conservation and education efforts. Turnout was excellent and feedback on the Red Lion as a venue was very good. Discussion followed concerning things learned from this year’s banquet that can be used to plan and organize next year’s event. Bruce Merighi presented a brief list of suggestions for consideration.
  • Also presented a draft of the 2016 budget. Discussion followed with minor changes made. Al will make revisions and send these to the Board. If 70% of the Board approves them electronically, the revised budget will be submitted to the membership at the February 18, 2016, general meeting.

Membership: Eric Rainbolt reported that more than 50% of the club members have paid 2016 dues. He requested the yearly membership dues cost remain at $35. The Board voted to submit this recommendation to the membership for approval on February 18.

Ghillie: Jack Squires announced upcoming work on culling the library’s books and digital holdings along with any unnecessary items currently stored in the library cabinet.

Outings: Fred Kunzmann said there is an upcoming outing to Rocky Ford.

Conservation: Rob Winters said that

  • Travis Matlin may request our help in monitoring fish in Antilon Lake. At this time no fish from the previous work done by WVFF have been seen. “They need to identify where the fish are going.”
  • He is drafting a WVFF letter in support of the CCFEG nutrient enhancement project. He will send the letter to the Board asking for electronic approval.
  • He is investigating the possibility of partnering with other entities to provide PVC collectors for old line. Trout Unlimited is considering placing some of the collectors on the Icicle for salmon and steelhead fishermen’s use. Rob will gather and present figures at an upcoming meeting for this type of project.

Education: The WVFF participation in the Sportsman’s Show is set for February.

Publications:  Bruce Merighi

  • Reported a website update within the next six months. Eric Davis said he will be able to assist with that update.
  • Pointed out that club informational materials are very outdated. In order to prepare for the upcoming film festival, new pamphlets should be available. Following a discussion of options, the Board approved up to $300 for updated materials.
  • He is in conversations with the Sportsman’s Club newsletter editor. They plan to meet to consider sharing information and other ideas.

Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

JoAnn Lane

Secretary WVFF

February 18, 2016

 


                    January 7, 2016

Present: Gary Anderson, Eric Davis, Steve Harvey, Danny Horan, JoAnn Lane, Bruce Merighi, Eric Rainbolt, Al Smith, Jack Squires, Tom Whiteside, Rob Winters

Also Attending:  Jack Squires

President Steve Harvey called the meeting to order at 5:38 p.m. Minutes for the December Board and General meetings were approved as revised.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

President Steve Harvey shared an email from Eric Davis concerning February’s upcoming fly fishing film festival. The communication summarized what has been done to date, merchandizing materials available (like the club banner, a fly tying display, WVFF information cards, and tri-fold flyers), and further items needed.

Programs: Gary Anderson said the February program will again feature the district fisheries’ biologists.

Ghillie: Danny Horan reported that he had spent his yearly budget on items for the library.

Education:

  • The Board briefly discussed the possibility of offering youth tying instruction at the upcoming sportsman’s show. Rob Winters and Bruce Merighi are working to finalize a plan for the youth event on Sunday. (The allotted 20 minutes is not enough to provide fly-tying instruction, but they hope to devise a worthwhile alternative.) The club will provide fly tying on Saturday.
  • Jack Squires provided information concerning WVFF’s past sponsorship of one or more students to the Summer Fly Fishing Academy. A brief discussion followed.

Steve Harvey received a request from Hannah Butler of Wenatchee School District asking for $300 to provide fly-fishing instruction to district students. The Board agreed it did not have enough information and most likely the club could consider providing the instruction and materials using member volunteers and WVFF supplies. Steve will contact Ms. Butler for additional information.

Elections: Steve Harvey announced that elections will be held as required at the annual meeting and banquet on January 23, 2016.

Of Note: January Banquet News

  • JoAnn Lane, Eric Rainbolt, Jack Squires and Rob Winters met to discuss donations. They reported that donations are going well with several excellent items including those appealing to both fisherman and non-fishing guests.
  • Al provided call lists to the Board of those who have yet to reserve a ticket for the banquet. Reports are due to him by January 15.
  • JoAnn Lane will send an email to the membership just prior to the banquet reminding them of items for auction and WVFF Wine Cellar donations.
  • Al Smith won last year’s Freestone Inn Package. He donated it back to the club for auction at the banquet.
  • There will be a door prize again this year.

Meeting adjourned at 6:48 p.m.  JoAnn Lane  Secretary WVFF  January 28, 2016


 


General  Meeting 

Minutes


Sept 


May 18, 2017

General Meeting: President Craig Garver called the meeting to order at 6:47 p.m.

Introductions: Jim Johnson and Paul Collard

General Reports:

  • President Craig Garver: Craig reported a winter kill at Big Twin Lake. He talked with Ryan Fortier who is looking for fish-stocking sources. Other fishing reports: Quincy Lake—nice fish that have “fattened up”; Lenice—slow but decent, better toward end of day; Chelan—good fishing; Dry Falls—“very difficult”
  • Treasurer: Al Smith had no new report. He did receive a request-for-donation letter from Casting for Recovery, an organization whose mission “is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing.” Following a brief discussion, a motion to donate $___ was made and carried.
  • Outings: The annual Blue Lake Opener held on April 22 & 23 was very successful. The Rainbolts, Whitesides and Wards hosted the event.
  • Ghillie: Eric Davis reviewed additions to the WVFF Library:  Maps and guide books for Washington, Idaho and Montana (“a great deal of information for planning fishing trips to these areas”) and new DVDs focused on “new anglers.” He encouraged members to check them out for summer and return them in September.

Of Note:

  • Fred Knuzmann reported that he and Rob Winters had made a trip to Wheeler/Black Lake for trash pickup and removal.
  • Gary Anderson and Tom Whiteside expressed their thanks to all who helped with casting work at the WVCC class. There was at least one instructor for every two students; some students even had one-on-one instruction. Gary added that “The club needs to commit to assistance (for the class).” Members should mark their calendars and plan to help on those evenings when it’s needed. WVFF instructors Gary Anderson and Tom Whiteside will be supported in providing the best learning opportunity for their students.)

Programs: Gary Anderson introduced featured speaker Michael T. Williams. His program “The Magic of Mountain Rivers” was dedicated to “those who took us fishing.” His content and stunning photographs took the audience to headwater lakes in Colorado, Washington and Oregon–waters he describes as “mesmerizing” fisheries.

Michael began his work as a photographer in 1952 and discovered fly fishing in 1955—the same year he discovered the art of fly tying. Today he is a “nationally recognized fly tying demonstrator and instructor (as well as) . . . a fine art photographer.”

http://www.mtwilliamsflyfish.com/index.html

The meeting adjourned at 8:23 p.m.

                                                                                    JoAnn Lane

                                                                                    Secretary, WVFF

                                                                                    May 29, 201

 


 

April


 

March 


February 17, 2017

General Meeting: President Craig Garver called the meeting to order at 6:47 p.m.

Introductions: Dave Thornock new/ returning WVFF member; Yakima River Fly Fishers Virgil
                            Redwine
(President) and Tera Redwine (Secretary)

General Reports:

  • Craig Garver reminded members of the annual Sportsman’s Show at Toyota Town Center. Volunteers will be working on Sunday.
  • Treasurer: Al Smith reported a WVFF balance of approximately $22,000. The annual banquet raised $5,384. This amount was about $500 less than last year, but there were fewer “big ticket items.” He also submitted the 2017 Budget approved by the Board for final approval. The membership unanimously approved the budget as submitted.
  • Outings: Mike Huffer announced upcoming outing to Rocky Ford on Saturday, February 19, 2017. Those attending will meet at 8:00 a.m.
  • Eric Davis updated members on the International Fly Fishing Festival. Tickets have been selling well. He also reminded members of raffle offerings and the need for volunteers to help with raffle ticket sales and information dissemination before, during and after the show. To encourage attendees to share their email information with WVFF, the club will raffle two separate boxes of flies.
  • Secretary: JoAnn Lane reported that final results of the banquet show a successful evening of socializing and fundraising. She mentioned the few specific concerns with the Red Lion venue which have been shared with Red Lion’s events coordinator.
  • Conservation & Publications: Bruce Merighi reported that
  • He is working to fix website web fonts that are causing some accessibility problems.
  • The Stemilt Partnership sub-committee meeting will be held in at 6:30 p.m., March 20, 2017, at the Malaga Fire Hall.
  • March 15th is the due date for applications for Fly Fishing Academy. Applicants will need a letter of recommendation from their schools or if home-schooled a letter from a parent.
  • He will send an email about an upcoming shoreline public easements workshop.

     

    Programs: Gary Anderson announced upcoming speakers. March–Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane speaker will update the “Pre-Runoff Fishing in North Idaho”. April—Skip Morris will speak about “Dry Flies and Emerges Work.” Skip will focus primarily on streams.

    Gary introduced our local fisheries biologists Ryan Fortier (District 2) and Travis Maitland (District 3). Chad Jackson (District 5) was unable to attend.

    Travis and Ryan provided up-to-date information and handouts outlining local fishing prospects and answered other questions relating to local rivers and lakes.

    The meeting adjourned at 8:43 p.m. following a brief question and answer session.

 

                                      JoAnn Lane               Secretary, WVFF                 March 1, 2017

 


January 21, 2017

Wet Fly Hour and buffet dinner at the Red Lion Hotel preceded the general meeting. The evening ended with a raffle and silent and live auctions.

General Meeting: President Rob Winters called the meeting to order following dinner.

General Reports:

  • Elections/ Nomination Slate: Rob Winters introduced the current slate of nominees for 2017’s WVFF Board. There were no further nominations. It was moved and seconded to accept the slate as presented. Motion carried by a unanimous voice vote of those members present. 2017 officers are: Craig Garver—President, Harry Lane — Vice-President, Al Smith—Treasurer, JoAnn Lane—Secretary, Gary Anderson—Programs Chairman, Eric Rainbolt—Membership Chairman, Mike Huffer—Outings Chairman, Eric Davis—Ghillie, and Bruce Merighi—Publications/ Conservation.
  • Newly-Elected President Craig Garver presented out-going President Rob Winters with a gift from the club, a day of fishing at Back-to-the-Wall. He expressed WVFF’s appreciation for his service.  Rob has served as WVFF president for two terms—in 2014 and most recently in 2016.
  • Fund-Raisers:  Gary Anderson and Pat and Tom Whiteside coordinated raffle and silent auction activities, announcing winners and distributing items. Gordie Northrup acted as auctioneer for the live-bidding portion of the program. WVFF Wine Cellar donor, membership drive and door prize winners were announced. Back-to-the-Wall fishing package was underwritten in part by WVFF in memory of those members we have lost. Fred Kunzmann spoke briefly about Jack Squires, highlighting his love for fishing, his friendship and his work to support WVFF education and conservation activities.

President Craig Garver made brief closing remarks and adjourned the annual meeting.    JoAnn Lane   WVFF Secretary           January 30, 2017

 


December  2016

WVFF GENERAL MEETING HAD MIMIMAL BUSINESS AND

MORPHED INTO THE ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SHARING.

 AKA  THEIR 2016 DISCOVERIES IN THE WET WORLD OF FLY FISHING !

 


November 17, 2016

WVFF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

 

General Meeting: President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 6:55 p.m.

General Reports:

  • Rob Winters said that:

     

    A letter supporting a grant to build an new access point at Rufus Woods was sent.

    • Upcoming elections have a complete nomination slate. Anyone who would like to make additional nominations or place his/ her name in nomination for an office on the Board should contact Walt Wittgow.
  • Secretary: JoAnn Lane said that planning for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Banquet has begun with several donations already confirmed; these include several excellent guided trips. She reminded members that donations for the WVFF Wine Cellar and Raffle baskets are being accepted from those wishing to participate in that part of the fundraiser. Other committee members enumerated specific donations secured to date. These will be published so members will have an idea of what will be available at the banquet and also at the Fly Fishing Film Festival in February.
  • Past President: Steve Harvey said that planning for the film festival is moving forward and will include fly-tying demonstrations.
  • Treasurer: Al Smith reported a current balance of $15,300.
  • Outings: Fred Kunzmann said that fall outings slated for the Wenatchee River will be not possible: the river remains closed due to low returning-fish counts.
  • Membership and Ghillie: Eric Rainbolt and Harry Lane had no reports,
  • Education/ Conservation: Bruce Merighi reported that:

     

    He has distributed information packets about the Fly Fishing Academy to all area school superintendents. He has also reached out to the Boy Scouts who have often assisted WVFF in identifying academy candidates.

    • He attended a Trout Unlimited meeting held “up the Icicle River.” He has been attending Wenatchee River Habitat project meetings. Members should look for articles in the upcoming newsletter for information from those sources.
    • A meeting with the Stemilt Partnership provided information about the whole Stemilt Basin as they look to “more expansion” that will include development for community needs.

       

      Programs: Gary Anderson introduced Steve Worley, owner of Worley-Bugger Fly Company in Ellensburg, and his associate Nathan Schepker. Steve’s presentation “The Yakima River—Upper River Trout Fishing” was filled with valuable information amassed during his 25+ years as guide and outfitter on the Yakima.

    • He took the audience through the seasons of the river, a year-round fishery. He included the expected hatches for each season accompanied by the corresponding best-fly patterns and best places to find the fish during particular times of the river’s year. He made it clear that you need “to know where fish are each season. . . as often you won’t seem them rising.” His assessment of the Yakima River is that it “has been revived.” A question and answer session followed.

      Steve said that he welcomes any additional questions you may have. He can be reached at Worley-Bugger Fly Company, 1713 South Canyon Road, Ellensburg, WA, 509.962.2033. You will find the fly shop on the internet at http://www.worleybuggerflyco.com/. The site has a wealth of information about fishing area rivers. Also included are on-line shopping options and descriptions of guided trips on the Yakima, Klickitat, Wenatchee and Methow rivers and on Rocky Ford and related creeks.

      OF NOTE: Steve has generously donated a guided Yakima River trip for our upcoming banquet auction.

      The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.   JoAnn Lane    WVFF Secretary    November 29, 2016

 


October 20, 2016

General Meeting: President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

Introductions: New Members Sheryl and Doug Brown

General Reports:

  • Rob Winters said that:

     

    The Board voted to rejoining the International Fly Fishers Foundation in November 2016; this will make WVFF a member of IFFF for the remainder of the year and for 2017.

    • Harry Lane has stepped down as the chair of the 2017 nominating committee because he is now a Board member; Walt Wittgow and Gary Bates will remain on the committee and can be contacted concerning Board positions. The Ghillie position remains open for the 2017 proposed slate of officers. Anyone wishing to be considered for the post or any other office should contact either Walt or Gary.
  • Secretary: JoAnn Lane said that planning for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Banquet will begin right away. The committee will meet next week to begin work. In addition, donations for the WVFF Wine Cellar and Raffle baskets are being accepted from those wishing to participate in that part of the fundraiser.
  • Treasurer: Al Smith asked Rob to report that there has been no change in WVFF financial balances.
  • Outings: Fred Kunzmann asked Tom Whiteside to share information about the Yakima River Outing, October 22-23. Camping will be at Big Pine. Tom said that the river is a “tough fall fishery” but can provide good opportunities including the possibility of evening fishing with a Yellow Stonefly hatch.
  • Membership: Eric Rainbolt submitted for approval the membership application for Sheryl and Doug Brown. That application was accepted by a unanimous vote of those members present.
  • Education/ Conservation: Bruce Merighi shared information from a Salmon Habitat meeting he attended recently. The group focuses on working to better salmon habitat in the Wenatchee River and its tributaries.
  • Programs: Gary Anderson introduced Peggy and Steve Temple, outfitters, guides and owners of Clark Fork Trout. Steve’s portion of the evening’s program “’Secrets’ of the Clark Fork River” included stunning pictures of the best Clark Fork angling waters and the fish found there. According to Steve the removal of the last dam has “cleaned and scrubbed the Clark Fork,” and it’s fishing better than ever, particularly during late June and July. Among the many valuable topics he included were specific details concerning locations for favorite fishing spots, the best choices for flies (including a new “gummy” San Juan worm), premier river access points, the hatch cycle, float and camping choices, lodging, and most effective angling techniques. Peggy followed Steve with information about fly fishing classes designed specifically for women.

     

    A question and answer session followed.

    Peggy and Steve Temple can be contacted in Superior, MT, at 406.382.0161 or seen on the web at www.ClarkForkTrout.com. Their new fly fishing store is scheduled to open in April, “just before runoff begins.”

    The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.  JoAnn Lane         WVFF Secretary         October 24, 2016

 


September 15, 2016

General Meeting: President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

Introductions: New Member Dan Rothrock and Guest Russ Ricketts

General Reports:

  • Rob Winters said that:

     

    • The club was saddened by unexpected loss of member Jack Squires, WVFF Ghillie and good friend.
    • The Fly Fishing Film at Leavenworth’s Snowy Owl will be organized as it was in 2016. The date is set for February 23, 2017.
    • The Sportsman’s Show, February 24-26, 2017, will feature one hour of WVFF fly tying demonstrations for “kids only.” Unlike last year, the show’s organizers will not schedule WVFF in the same time slot as the bear exhibit.
    • The 2017 nominating committee reported that Craig Garver has agreed to have his name placed in nomination for the office of 2016 vice-president and Harry Lane is available to fill the remaining Ghillie term. A motion was made and seconded to accept Craig and Harry to fill those empty 2016 Board positions. Craig has agreed to have his name submitted for the office of President and Harry for the office of Vice-President in 2017.
  • Secretary: JoAnn Lane said that Jack Squires had been very involved in the fund-raising activities for the annual banquet and asked that members should consider how they can help to fill that void for the 2017 event. She also said that the club should make an appropriate memorial donation in Jack’s honor.
  • Treasurer: Al Smith reported that the WVFF current balance is approximately $17,300.
  • Outings: Fred Kunzmann reported that September’s outing will still be held at Big Twin Campground between Twisp and Winthrop. Anglers can fish the Methow and nearby lakes if conditions are good. There will be a potluck Saturday evening featuring chicken and pork loin; breakfast will also be provided on Sunday morning.
  • Membership: Eric Rainbolt submitted the membership application of Dan Rothrock for approval. That application was accepted by a unanimous vote of those members present. WVFF membership stands at 72.
  • Programs: Gary Anderson introduced Dave McCoy, guide, outfitter, photographer, published author and owner of Emerald Water Anglers in Seattle. Dave’s program “Fishing for Saltwater Cutthroat” combined outstanding information about fishing in the Puget Sound area with stunning photographs and a good deal of humor. He shared the many fishing attributes of the Sound, discussed approaches to researching and fishing the Sound at various times of the year and described techniques for both fly matching and presentation. His program was followed by a question and answer session.

     

    Dave can be contacted at Emerald Water Anglers in Seattle, by phone 206-708-7250, or at http://emeraldwateranglers.com/.

    The meeting was adjourned at 9:06 p.m. JoAnn Lane          WVFF Secretary                      October 6, 2016


May. WVFF General Meeting Minutes will be inserted ASAP


April 21, 2016

General Meeting: President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 7:16 p.m.

Introductions: Kevin Fenton, Rim Veitas, Frank St. Dennis, Ken Cramer, and Cliff Wells

General Reports:

  • Rob Winters said that:Anyone interested in running for a WVFF Board position should contact Rob or a member of the nominating committee (Gary Bates, Harry Lane, Walt Wittgow)

     

    • Members should file their steelhead punch card data to avoid a penalty.
    • Monies supporting the Peshastin Mill Project will be delivered.
  • Conservation and Publications, Treasurer and Secretary: Had no report.
  • Education: Gary Anderson thanked members who assisted with the knot-tying class session at the WVCC. Assistance will be needed for the upcoming fly tying and casting sessions. They hope to have one WVFF teacher for every two students. The class has 20 students.
  • Outings: Fred Kunzmann reminded members of the upcoming Blue Lake Outing. JoAnn Lane said that a club-provided lunch would be available at noon on Saturday and Sunday and a potluck would be held on Saturday evening.  
  • Membership: Applications for WVFF were submitted to the membership. All names submitted were approved.
  • Ghillie: Jack Squires said that all overaged WVFF library books not sold at the evening’s meeting would be donated to students attending the Fly Fishing Academy.

     

    Of Note:

  • Sale of WVFF library overaged books and the auction of items donated by Dalton Thomas were held.
  • May meeting will feature a live auction of fishing items donated by Paul Ford. Information has been sent out to members. Those who are interested in bidding but are unable to attend should authorize another member to bid for them.
  • Programs: Gary Anderson announced May’s speaker Carol Ann Morris, a well-known videographer, illustrator and photographer. Carol Ann Morris’s program will be “Fly Fishing Photography.”  She will be accompanied by her husband Skip Morris, fellow angler, author, speaker and fly tier.

Gary introduced Paul Anderson, owner of Flyfishing Strategies Fly Shop in The Dalles. His program “Still Water Salmon and Steelhead Fly Fishing provided exciting, engaging and valuable information about what Paul described as a “unique experience. . .It’s the presentation. . .We out fish them all. . . Right line, right depth, right speed.” The program provided details about the fisheries, equipment, flies, technique, location and etiquette. In his wrap up, Paul said this was “just scratching the surface” of this exciting fishing opportunity.

His shop is located at 109 East 2nd Street, The Dalles, OR 97058. Paul can be reached at 509.930.4406 or www.flyfishingstrategiesflyshop.com. The meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

    JoAnn Lane               WVFF Secretary         April 30, 2016

 


               March 17, 2016

General Meeting: President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 6:42 p.m.

Introductions: New member Steve Knox and guests Roger and Charlie Young

General Reports:

  • Rob Winters reported that Trout Unlimited has asked if any WVFF members would be available for “manual labor” conservation projects. Rob will send information to any members who would like additional details.

     

    • The Board voted unanimously to suspend meetings during the months of June, July and August. Meetings will resume in September. Historically low attendance rates during June led to the decision to extend summer suspension status to June meetings.
  • Conservation and Publications: Bruce Merighi reported that

     

    There will be a Wenatchee Habitat meeting to discuss the fire effects on bull trout and Chinook salmon.

    • Those wishing to share input for recreational planning related to the Stemilt land area should contact him.
    • There are now three versions of the Fly Paper available: PDF, Word and Printer-Friendly.
    • The WVFF website’s calendar is available but will be upgraded.
  • Education: Steve Harvey reported on the Sportsman’s Show. It “went pretty well except for Kids’ Day.   Steve explained that WVFF representatives had prepared a presentation as requested by organizers, but it was scheduled for the end of the day and no children attended. The dates for next year’s event have been set for February 24-26, 2017.
  • Outings: Fred Kunzmann reminded members of the upcoming Quincy Lake outing.  Lunch will be at noon.
  • Eric Davis reported on the International Fly Fishing Festival results. The house was sold out, and the club received just under $1100 in proceeds. It should become an annual WVFF-sponsored event. Rob and the membership joined in recognizing Eric and Kyra Davis for their tremendous efforts in bringing the film festival to our area and making it such a success.
  • Ghillie: Jack Squires asked that overdue books be returned. He, Fred Kunzmann and Rob Winters have reviewed the library holdings “by checkout date.” Those that have not been checked out in the last 10 years will be offered to members for $2, with a few “collectables” priced from $5-$7. Those not purchased will be donated.

Of Note:

  • Roger Wristen from Cascadia Conservation District-Chelan County was introduced. The group is looking for a new board member.
  • Jack Squires reported that the local scouting groups have identified two candidates for the summer fly fishing camp. Any member wishing to nominate other candidates should contact Jack. The deadline is April 15, 2016.

Old Business:

Budget: The 2016 budget was presented and approved unanimously by the membership.

New Business: Rob Winters presented the Board’s vote to donate monies to the Peshastin Mill Project. It was moved and seconded to donate $3000 to the project. Discussion followed:

  • Questions were raised about safeguards to insure the property once purchased will remain in public hands. Rob Winters said the purchase will include “a reversionary interest clause. . . the goal of which will be to keep the land in public hands.“
  • Also of concern was the status of WVFF monies should the purchase not be completed. Trout Unlimited, the group handling the project’s financial work, will receive the funds. If there is not enough money raised to complete the purchase, WVFF’s contribution will be returned.

The motion carried with a unanimous vote of members present.

Programs: Gary Anderson introduced Jim Gallagher and guide Johnny Boitano from Troutwater Fly Shop located in both Cle Elum and Ellensburg. They provided photographs and extensive information about angling for bonefish in Christmas Island and roosterfish in the Baja as well as fishing on the Klickitat.

Jim and Johnny can be reached at 113 East First Street, Cle Elum, WA 98922, 509.674.2144 and 425 North Pearl Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926, 509.962.3474. You can visit their website at http://troutwaterfly.com/.

                                                                                                                                                JoAnn Lane

                                                                                                                                                Secretary, WVFF

                                                                                                                                                March 26, 2016


February 18, 2016

General Meeting: President Rob Winters called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

General Reports:

  • Rob Winters reported that

     

    Trout Unlimited will be sponsoring a June Women’s Fly Fishing class.

    • ALEA Grant updates are available.

       

      He also reminded members of the annual Sportsman’s Show at Toyota Town Center. Volunteers will be working on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Outings: Fred Kunzmann announced upcoming outings to Rocky Ford and Quincey Lake as well as the annual Blue Lake opener. Information about dates, times, etc. is available on the website. He also asked that club members wishing to volunteer to host outings during the upcoming season contact him.
  • Eric Davis updated members on the International Fly Fishing Festival. Tickets have been selling well, and he predicted a “sold out house.” He also reminded members of raffle offerings and the need for volunteers to help with raffle ticket sales and information dissemination before, during and after the show. O’Grady’s Pantry is donating 10% of their evening’s dinner receipts to WVFF.
  • Secretary: JoAnn Lane reported that all outside donors to the banquet and film festival have been sent thank you notes and tax receipts for their records.
  • Membership: Eric Rainbolt reminded members that dues are now payable.

     

    Programs: Gary Anderson introduced our local fisheries biologists Chad Jackson (District 5) and Ryan Fortier (District 2). Travis Maitland (District 3) was not able to attend but provided ALEA update materials.

    Chad and Ryan provided up-to-date information and handouts outlining local fishing prospects and answered other questions relating to lakes, rivers and the newly adopted regulations. Of special interest were their comments concerning drought and wildfire impacts on local fisheries.

    The meeting adjourned at 8:21p.m. following a brief question and answer session.

             JoAnn Lane    Secretary, WVFF     February 29, 2016

 


January 23, 2016

Wet Fly Hour and buffet dinner at the Red Lion Hotel preceded the general meeting. The evening ended with a raffle and silent and live auctions.

General Meeting: President Steve Harvey called the meeting to order following dinner.

General Reports:

  • Elections/ Nomination Slate: Steve Harvey introduced the current slate of nominees for 2016’s WVFF Board. He reported that the office of President Elect/ Vice-President remains open. There were no further nominations. It was moved and seconded to accept the slate as presented. Motion carried.  2015 officers are: Rob Winters—President, Al Smith—Treasurer, JoAnn Lane—Secretary, Gary Anderson—Programs Chairman, Eric Rainbolt—Membership Chairman, Fred Kunzmann—Outings Chairman, Jack Squires—Ghillie, Bruce Merighi—Publications/ Conservation.

  • Newly-Elected President Rob Winters presented out-going President Steve Harvey with a gift from the club and expressed WVFF’s appreciation for his service this past year.  

  • < > and Danny Horan coordinated raffle and silent auction activities, announcing winners and distributing items. John Murio and Jack Squires acted as auctioneers for the live-bidding portion of the program. WVFF Wine Cellar donor, membership drive and door prize winners were announced.

President Rob Winters made brief closing remarks and adjourned the annual meeting.

    JoAnn Lane                                                                                                WVFF Secretary

                                                                                                January 30, 2016


 

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