Sunday, November 30, 2014


The IFFF continues to promote conservation and the sport of fly fishing year after year.  It takes real money to keep this vital organization moving forward.  Take joy in helping the organization that helps you, the fly fisher.

The IFFF has partnered with Network for Good to help with the administrative function and processing of donations in a secure manner.  This is more efficient than bringing in more help and the worry of security.

Thank you for your generous donation to the International Federation of Fly Fishers.  We are a 501(C)3 non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible pursuant to the IRS rules governing donations to non-profit organizations.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


When you observe these fly tiers in action, one could make a strong case that fly tying is an addiction.  The more they do it the more they want to do it.  Can they stop, not likely.  Probably best to just surrender and go all in.  This pair of feather infected individuals have bravely stepped forward and bared their most recent offerings.  They have invited other fly tiers to do the same.  Once you have taken the first step it gets easier.  Send the photos in JPG format and have a nice background without shadows.

Pink Ghost tied by Dave Roberts

Canadian Green tied by Dan Kellogg

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


SFF at Ft. DeSoto with PHWFF

October 29, 2014 was a sunny and pleasant day and to be with 14 veterans was a special day not only for them but for those of us who helped.  

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is a national program between veterans and local fly fishing clubs to introduce veterans to fly fishing.  John Craig, Tom Gadacz,  Ken Hofmeister, Terry Kirkpatrick, Richard Oldenski, Ted Rich, and Alan Sewell of Suncoast Fly Fishers, a Charter club of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, assisted veterans at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Heath Care System at an outing at Ft. DeSoto, a Pinellas County Park.  

These and many other veterans have spent many hours with fly tying and rod building.  The trip to St. DeSoto gave the veterans on the water experiencewith fly fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. There was plenty of fly fishing, kayaking, and fly casting along with a great lunch.  VA staff member and Recreation Specialist, Peter Jonsson arranged for these veterans and members of their family to have a great time in the sun and waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Be The Winner In Bend

The Fly Tying Chair for the IFFF 2015 Fair is busy making the mid August event a success.  Dave Roberts is tying some very special flies for the raffle.  The most recent is for a Fly Plate for the Central Oregon Fly Tyers Guild.  Someone will be very happy to win this Fly Plate in Bend next summer.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Bend Fishing

Meet the brothers Justin and Brandon Francis.  These two brothers profess that they are fly fishing fanatics.  Talking to them for a few minutes and you just know that they are very good at catching fish.  Catch and release for sure.  Their smart phones are just chock full of big fish pictures.  They are not species specific and their picture collection includes Steelhead, Bass, Bull Trout and everything with fins.  Their home water is the Deschutes but many other fishing opportunities are nearby.  Justin and Brandon believe that Bend, Oregon is the perfect location for fly fishing fanatics such as themselves.  Perfect for the variety of water and variety of large fish with wide shoulders.
Brandon with a nice Steelhead

Justin with a Deschutes Steelhead

Friday, October 10, 2014


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- State and federal wildlife officials are resorting to installing giant water chillers in some of California's fish hatcheries, as drought, over-allocation of water and climate change all combine this year to make temperatures too warm for some baby salmon and other fish to survive.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service workers installed the coolers at the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery at the foot of northern California's Shasta Dam this summer when water temperatures hit the mid-60s - too tepid for the half-million winter-run baby salmon growing there, said Scott Hamelberg, a federal hatchery manager.  To continue reading click here.


The Cause and The Cure

by Tom Dempsey, Mobile, Alabama, USA

Anglers, like all athletes, are subject to musculoskeletal injuries acquired in pursuit of their specific sport. Fly fishers have uniqueaches and pains that can make them uncomfortable. One of the most common problems seen in the fly fisher occurs from using the elbow repetitively to swing a rod and line.

Generically this was referred to as “tennis elbow,” an inflammation of the ligament insertion on the outside of the elbow which produces pain on flexion and extension of the elbow, i.e., during the casting stroke. It can be exquisitely tender to the touch.
Proceed down to pages 21, 22, and 23.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hold Onto Your Bobbins

When you first see Dave Roberts at his tying bench in his own home, you know that tying flies is not just a passing fad.  One wouldn’t call him a hoarder of fly material but he is well supplied.  This is the result of a lifetime of fly tying emersion.  Add to that his Marine Corps background and you just know that his selection to be the Fly Tying Chair for the IFFF 2015 Fair was no happen-stance choice, and a darned good choice too.

Dave can be a practical joker but you can bet that when mid August rolls around, he will be all business.  We just have to tell one story.  Every New Years Day two of the fly fishing clubs in Southern Oregon have a chili feed at a local flies only area we call the Holy Water.  That particular day another angler was fishing so as to be the first to catch a fish in the New Year.  He hooked up and was trying to bring the fish to hand when Dave started throwing snowballs at the fisherman and encouraged all the others present to join in and they obliged.  Yep, that’s Dave.

When we see you in Bend, Oregon at the 2015 Fair in mid August just look for the guy in among all the tiers that has a hat with a Marine Corps pin on the side.  Just walk up and say, “you’re the guy” and then watch him get the look that says, “What did I do now”.

Friday, September 19, 2014

BC Flyfishers Community Involvement

The  BC Flyfishers chapter of IFFF has a mission to promote the sport of fly fishing. Part of that mission is accomplished through education and on-the-water outings, and while the chapter has been successful with its own members, it also strives to reach out and educate the less fortunate, including those people who are disabled in some way.

Enter Kurt Nelson, BCFF webmaster. Back in February of 2008, Marc Feeko met Kurt at Timber Creek Sportsman Shop as he demonstrated and taught fly tying to a group from Broome Developmental Center (BDC), referred to as "consumers". The consumers typically have a multitude of developmental disabilities that can make teaching quite difficult. However, Kurt apparently liked the opportunity to help and interact with the group. That August, he held a fly casting demonstration at BDC and to test skills, he organized a fly fishing trip on the Delaware River.

These outings soon evolved into an on-going tradition with fly tying in winter, fly casting in spring, and fly fishing in the early and late summer. The consumers from BDC ended up fishing for trout, bass, panfish and channel cats in ponds, streams and rivers. Also during winter, Kurt taught groups to ice fish with guidance from additional employees of Gander Mountain. Kurt and another employee from Gander Mountain even procured the necessary equipment for these trips. Kurt has since worked to increase volunteer commitment from various fly fishing groups such as the Al Hazzard TU chapter and most recently, the BC Flyfishers chapter of IFFF.

And so it was on a recent Wednesday evening as Kurt and the BC Flyfishers hosted an on-the-water fly fishing outing for BDC consumers. The outing started around 3 pm, with Marc and a group from the BDC showing up around 4:30 pm at a pair of private ponds in Harpursville. The ponds are stocked with largemouth bass, crappie, and some big (and hungry) channel cats. Fly fishing is decent with lots of casting room and easy access to the pond form its shoreline.

The fishing was good. BC Flyfisher volunteers and the BDC consumers caught bass, crappie, and bluegill. Unfortunately, a line of thunderstorms came in and the group had to head for safe cover under a nearby gazebo. But all was not lost - hot dogs were soon on the grill, served with good helpings of talk and laughter. After the storm passed, the group got back to fishing. Near dark, they fed the channel cats and tried catching them on small poppers. Top fish for the eveningwas a 7 lb largemouth caught on a streamer by a volunteer. Everyone caught fish on fly rods - some more than others. Overall, it was a fun evening of fly fishing for volunteers, BDC staff, and consumers.

Marc Feeko is a believer. According to Marc, Kurt and his volunteers have been able to help the BDC consumers accomplish tasks that sometimes seem insurmountable to them. That work is not easy and requires a 1:1 BDC consumer to helper ratio in most cases. The numbers vary but usually 12 -15 BDC students attend a fly fishing session, with the appropriate number of staff andhelpers to assist with casting and casting instruction, changing flies, and helping with the landing and releasing of fish. Many of the BDC consumers help with local fish stockings, so this is an effort to get them to see what all of their work is about and a way to give back to them.

Many of the students have gone on to group homes and are no longer at BDC. This is partly due to the skills they have learned through fly fishing, fly tying and ice fishing with regular folks who volunteer. None of this would be possible without the many friends, fellow TU'ers, and IFFF'ers who volunteer. In Marc Feeko's words, Kurt and his BCFF / TU volunteers have made a difference in the lives of the BDC consumers in many ways. They have taught skills that will benefit BDC consumers throughout their entire lives.

Blogger's note:  BC Fly Fishers are located in Broome County, New York, about three and a half hours northwest of New York City.  Check out their website

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Whitney Gould – guide, teacher and caster extraordinaire

Willa, my dog, has rolled in half dead chum and is cleaning herself on my bed.  Fish are cleaned, processed, and ready for the smoker and the guide meeting is done. I reflect on the day’s events as I head off in search tomorrow’s guests to discuss their fishing options.
It’s mid-season at Alaska West. It’s my favorite part of the guide season as the river provides many fishing options, giving an angler an opportunity to catch three out of the five salmon species in addition to the dollies and trout. It is a transition time, a time when the really, really large kings are in the river, chums are abundant and silvers are beginning to show.
Trout Unlimited has sent up a group interested in fishing the upper river for the legendary K-tok leopard rainbows, so I am surprised to hear that the next day’s guests want to spend their last day on the river fishing for Kings with two-handed rods. Mentally I start my checklist, get three two-handed and two single-handed rods rigged to fish different water conditions, check the tide chart, tie flies, get coffee and fresh drinking water, and don’t forget lunch. “Done!”
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Frank Moore

IFFF President, Phil Greenlee was standing there handing an IFFF Life Membership to Frank Moore.  It was a moment that made one feel really good inside.  It happened last Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers Fall Festival.  The venue was the Glide Community Center in Glide, Oregon.  The venue was small by most standards but it was staffed and attended by people that were pleased to be a part of it.  There was a great sense of history in the room with Frank Moore and his wife Jeanne in the room along with Skip Hosfield.  To be there in the shadow of where the genesis of the IFFF occurred and to listen to the people who were there and be part of it was special.

Now don’t think the whole day was about the old days.  There was plenty of talk about the future of our sport.  One topic was how do we get people to join before they get gray hair?  Back to Frank Moore.

Frank and Jeanne Moore built and then operated the Steamboat Inn on the North Umpqua River for many years.  It is located east of Roseburg, Oregon.  It is a very famous place for folks to come and fish for Steelhead.  Much has been written about Frank Moore and all you need do is go to the computer and search for “Frank Moore Oregon”, and there you will find a plethora of written articles and videos.  One is a TED Talk that is very moving and reveals the much loved Frank Moore.  It is a You Tube video titled “A Perfect Life & Love”.  Click here for the video.