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    2024 January Program

    Our presenter will be in-person at the VFW. The presentation will also be viewable online for those that do not attend in person.
    Speaker: David Paul Williams
    Topic: Washington Fly Fishing: From Desert to Salt

    Washington Fly Fishing: From Desert to Salt A lifetime of choices await fly anglers in Washington. David Paul Williams seminar begins with Desert Lakes and ends with Puget Sound Beaches and covers the rivers and lakes between those two extremes. He even provides information about Olympic Peninsula Rivers. David Paul Williams has written for American Angler, Fly Fisherman, Northwest Fly Fishing, Southwest Fly Fishing, American Fly Fishing, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Fusion, Bassmaster, Fly Fishing & Tying Journal and Game & Fish magazines and wrote the book on smallmouth bass, Flyfishing for Western Smallmouth. He writes the Good-Gear Guide at good-gear-guide. blogspot.com and is the former Editor-In-Chief of Flyfisher and Department Editor at Flyfishing & Tying Journal. He gives entertaining media presentations to clubs and organizations on carp, smallmouth bass, saltwater beach fishing, panfish and alpine trout. Also known for his simple, yet effective fly patterns, he has been fly fishing since he was ten years old.

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    President’s Message

    From: President Ron Olsen

    President’s message March

    March, that magical time when the first of the seasonal lakes open, even if that season is ice, snow and wind. Anyone venture forth to Eastern Washington? Could have been a good move as our local Westside lakes have been slow. And the more adventuresome among you all head for warmer climes, like Florida, Cuba and Christmas Island, and there were good fishing reports, permit me to say, it is no trevally matter, no bones about it!

    The Fly Fishing Show was a good time and it was fun to run into so many club members there, salivating over gear, tying and casting skill demonstrations, destinations, educations, and the FFI receptions. There were many classes and mini seminars not to be missed and of course THE MOVIE. Had a great time at the FFI reception Saturday evening. Rubbing shoulders with those who really get involved. Kinda gets the juices moving.

    And makes you think about getting off your keister and looking into our education and skills classes that will make you knowledgeable and skilled as well as increase your chances of outwitting some poor fish in a river, lake or beach. Just do it!

    If you weren’t at the February meeting, you missed another good one! Our own Jack Berryman provided us with a spellbinding look at a Northwest legend none of us knew, Ben Hur Lampman. We didn’t know him because he has been gone for many years, and didn’t leave a killer fly or line of rods as a namesake, or appear on U-Tube. No he did it the old fashioned way, with a notepad, a typewriter, and a printing press. And it goes to remind us that words put together well have meaning, power, grace, and can take us away to a painted place in our minds that is oh so calming and relaxing. Wow, thanks Jack. We had several emails from members who got motivated to do research, and share additional wonderful passages. I will never look at my dog the same way. (Go look it up) Home run Joe and Jack.

    At each board meeting, we evaluate the effectiveness of the previous membership meeting. We then make adjustments to enhance our future meetings. Did you notice the more friendly attitude at the door? And folks walking up and asking how things were going? The attendance at our meeting is excellent (over 40) with many new faces in the crowd. It is really important that new people can recognize current member’s names, get questions answered, and see the pride that current members have in the club. This really helps in the recruitment of new members. For a new member to join, they must respond affirmatively to the following question, ―Do I feel welcome and comfortable at the meeting?

    Save the date May 4th for the WSCFFI event to be held at Lake Ballinger. We have been asked by WSCFFI (Washington State Council of FFI) to take on a larger role this year, in rotation with other clubs. Steve Jones, President of WSCFFI, spoke with our own Steve Foisie about the ask to discuss the scope of the project that he is requesting OFFC to support.

    In summary, there are two elements we are being asked to support:

    1. setting up and taking down the casting course
    2. setting up and taking down tables and chairs in the Ballinger Conference center.

    The setup of the casting course — which is now rebranded as the Skill Development Course — will be directed by Neal Hofburg (WA Fly Fishing Club). Eight to ten OFFC volunteers are requested for this effort. They should plan to arrive between 7:30 and 8 am on the morning of the event. Volunteers will also be responsible for dismantling the course at the end of the program, approximately 3:30 pm. We should plan to bring the club’s “skill development components” to the event though it is not certain at this time if it will be needed.

    The stream near the conference center is undergoing a habitat restructuring. It is anticipated that the lawn area where we have set up the casting course in the past may not be available. Alternatively it may be necessary to move the course to the soccer fields to the north of the parking lot. Again, we will receive direction from Neal regarding placement.

    The staging of the conference center essentially involves setting up (and taking down) tables and chairs for the events that will take place in the center during the day. It will require two volunteers from OFFC and they should arrive by 7:30 to assist in this effort. Someone from WSCFFI yet to be identified by will coordinate this effort.

    Steve Jones said that he will be sending us more information about the event and the names of the various event coordinators. We will keep you all informed of this great opportunity for our club to step forward and support the sport we love.

    Looking forward to this month’s General meeting, maybe, by popular demand (and Rodney’s wife) another mini SWAP to relieve GAS (gear acquisition syndrome), a great speaker in Todd Fuchigami who will discuss Rocky Ford, a special place for our club with Memorial Bench and bridge project memories, as well as what skinny water enthusiasts can expect from the Yak’ this time of year. And yes, we will have a meal!!!

    March General meeting BUFFET MEATLOAF DINNER!

    The VFW will do a meatloaf dinner for $18.50!!! This will be like the old days where you head on up to the bar to pay and get your dinner ticket (and something to wash it all down!) and then a buffet style in the room. Bring your own dessert. Oh yea baby, let the good time roll. Meeting agenda to follow.

    Outings chair Sir Rodney continues to add to the outings slate, go online and pick your poison, there is something for everyone. Chasing albacore tuna out of Westport. Tuna on a fly Jake? Not everyone can commit to a multi-day trip; however, there are numerous other opportunities available to fill your fishing needs Plan your spring, summer and fall fishing trips from the outings schedule, there are dozens of opportunities.

    Finally, at the last meeting I was approached by Howard Levens, with a large brown paper bag. In that bag were a number of nicely preserved pheasant skins, thanks Howard for a lot of work! These are excellent larger soft hackles for Carey flies, and dyed olive are the basis of the Olive Willy. So what to do, what to do. Some of these will be excellent additions to tying kits being prepared by our youth folks (thanks Bill Reisbick), some will go to any happy camper who wants to donate $5 to the club (hint hint), and I am looking for a volunteer out there who can help me learn how to dye feathers. Heck, maybe we can make this a class?

    So if you are reading the Wind Knots from in front of a warm cozy fire, a pontoon boat on Lenice, a windy beach in the South Sound, or deep lining Lake Sammamish, we appreciate each and every member and their contributions to the club.

    May you leader never knot, and your indicator always go down, Ron

    Memorial PlaqueBiographies of Honored MembersDedication and Background

    Gene Armstrong (1910-1990):  Gene was an active member of OFFC until his untimely passing in 1990.  He served OFFC as a Trustee, Education Committee Chair, 3rd Vice President-Conservation, and Treasurer.  Gene was a well-known conservationist and fly tier and was known for his dragonfly nymph, damselfly, and other fly patterns.  He received OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 1985. In 1989, he led a group of OFFC members who built the wooden footbridge at the upper end of Rocky Ford Creek, which remained in service for over 20 years.  After Gene’s passing, the club erected a plaque in his memory next to the bridge, dedicating it as the Gene Armstrong Memorial Bridge, and club members spread his ashes in the creek.

    Bill Ball (1929-2015):  Bill and his wife Madeleine were active members in OFFC for many years.  Bill served briefly on the OFFC Board, was an active fly tier, and contributed many flies to OFFC raffles.  Bill passed in 2015 and is fondly remembered by many club members.  Madeleine still lives in Issaquah.  In the fall of 2018, Madeleine generously donated to OFFC Bill’s extensive collection of fly fishing gear, flies, and fly tying equipment, which has greatly benefited the club’s Raffle, Education, Chubski Fly Tiers Roundtable, Holiday Party Auction, and Youth Fly Fishing Outreach programs.

    Frank Chubski (1923-1989):  Frank was a founding member of OFFC and its monthly fly-tying roundtable.  Frank also served OFFC as Education Committee Chair, Membership Vice President, and President.  Sadly, Frank passed away in 1989 before he could complete his term of office as President.  The following year, OFFC renamed the monthly fly tying roundtable that Frank helped found the Frank Chubski Fly Tiers Roundtable in his memory.  The Chubski Roundtable continues to flourish as an integral part of OFFC.

    Julian May Dikty (1931-2017):  Julian was the author of numerous science fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, horror, and children’s books, mostly published under the name Julian May.  She was an active fly fisher and outdoors enthusiast throughout her life and briefly a member of OFFC, preferring to fish alone.  Shortly before her passing, Julian generously donated to OFFC her extensive collection of flies, fly-fishing equipment, and fishing books, from which the club has benefited significantly.

    Larry Dixon (d. 2015, age 69):  Larry Dixon was an avid fly fisher and hunter who served OFFC as President, Vice President, and Trustee in 1982-1985.

    Larry Graham (d. 2002):  Larry Graham was a master fly fisher, guide, and fly tier who developed the popular Lightning Bug fly pattern and many others.  He was an active member and leader of OFFC’s monthly fly tying roundtable for many years and also served OFFC as Vice President and Trustee He received OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 1991.

    Al Green (1924-2016):  Al was an avid fly fisher who served OFFC as President, Trustee, Conservation Chair, and Warm Water Committee Chair in 1984-1989 before relocating to Winthrop, where he helped found the Methow Valley Fly Fishers.

    Malcolm Hickey (1924-2015):  Mal Hickey was an active OFFC member for many years, having served OFFC as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Trustee in 1980-1983, and as Picnic Committee Chair from 1987 through 1999.

    Howard Kalber (1920-2003):  Howard was an accomplished fly fisher, fly tier, and rod builder who was actively involved as a member of OFFC and its fly tying roundtable for many years.  He served as President of OFFC in 1986 and also as Vice President, Trustee, Raffle Committee Chair, Auction Committee Chair, and Sportsman’s Show Committee Chair.  Howard represented a number of fly fishing gear manufacturers and vendors for many years.  As a result of his relationships with these companies, he was able to obtain fly fishing gear at bargain prices to benefit OFFC’s Raffle, Education, Holiday Party Auction, and other programs.  Howard received OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in both 1987 and 1988.  He led some unforgettable outings to superb fishing spots like the Babine River in Central British Columbia and the Bow River in Alberta.

    Gordon Legg (1943-2010):  Gordon was a founding member of OFFC and very active in the early years of the club.  He served OFFC as President in 1978 and also as Treasurer for two years.  He received OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 1979.

    Lloyd Lewis:  Lloyd was a founding member of OFFC and remained active in the club for many years.  He served as OFFC’s President in 1975 and 1982 and also served as Vice President, Trustee, Treasurer, Ghillie, and Picnic Chair. He was the first recipient of OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 1978 (with Lory Watkins) and also received that award in 1981.

    Charles Lowe: Charlie Lowe was an active member of OFFC for many years, having served as OFFC’s Treasurer for nine years (1981-1989).  He received OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 1986.

    Bill Mackay (1923-2008):  Bill Mackay had previously served as President of the Puget Sound Fly Anglers before joining OFFC in the mid-1990s.  He soon made a huge impact on OFFC and remained a driving force in the club and in the fly fishing community until his passing in 2008.  Bill served OFFC as Membership Vice President in 1997, President in 1998, Trustee, and finally Conservation Chair for eight years.  He was passionate about fly fishing, conservation, and ecology and was an active participant in FFF (now FFI) and numerous conservation organizations.  Bill received OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 2003.  In 2006, He became the first recipient of what is now known as the Bill Mackay Hall of Fame Award, which honors a member’s lifetime contributions to OFFC as well as to the fly fishing community.

    David Nielson (1943-2015): Dave Nielson was a skilled fly fisher who mentored numerous OFFC members during his long tenure in the club and is fondly remembered by many.  He served as OFFC President in 1988 and also served the club as Membership Vice President and Trustee. David received OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 2014 (with Cliff Barker).

    Larry Petersen (d. 2016, age 74):  Larry was an active member of OFFC for many years, leading and participating in numerous club outings.  He later relocated to Port Ludlow, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula.  Larry passed away in 2016 and is fondly remembered by many.

    Dan Quinn (d. 2010):  Dan and his wife Marilyn were active members of OFFC in the early years of the club.  Dan served OFFC as President in 1979 and also served the club as Vice President, Trustee, and Windknots Editor (for several years).  Dan received OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 1980 and in 1982 (with Marilyn Quinn).  Dan and Marilyn later relocated to Sequim, Washington.

    Gordon Rasmussen (1923-2017):  Gordon was an avid fly fisher, conservationist, and fly tier who was an active member of OFFC for many years.  He served OFFC as President in 1985, the year the club was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation, and also served as Vice President, Trustee, and Historian (for many years).  After his passing, Gordon’s family and friends generously contributed over $1,000 to OFFC in his memory to be used toward the purchase and acquisition of the Rocky Ford Memorial Bench to honor Gordon and other former OFFC members who have made substantial contributions to the club.

    Dick Scales (1927-2017):  Dick was an active club member for many years and an avid fly tier.  He received OFFC’s Bill Mackay Hall of Fame Award in 2008.

    Francis Smith (d. 2006, age 73):  Francis was an OFFC member for many years who served as OFFC Programs Vice President, Trustee, and Membership Vice President before stepping in to complete Frank Chubski’s term as President in 1989. 

    Lory Watkins (1941-2013):  Lory Watkins was a founding member of OFFC who became an OFFC institution for nearly 40 years until his passing in 2013.  Lory was a skilled fly fisher, fly tier, and conservationist.  He served OFFC as President in 1976 and in many other capacities including Secretary, FFF Committee Chair, and Windknots Editor and Historian for many years.  He was the first recipient of OFFC’s Outstanding Lifetime Service Award in 1978 (with Lloyd Lewis) and received the Bill Mackay Hall of Fame Award in 2007.  After Lory’s passing, his wife Linda generously donated Lory’s extensive collection of his own hand-tied flies and other fly fishing equipment to OFFC to benefit its programs and activities.

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    Understanding and Fishing Stillwater in B.C.

    For February we Are having a presentation and a fly tying demo. Deb Paskall is our presenter. She is an exceptional fly tyer and an accomplished fly angler.
    Her presentation topic is understanding and fishing stillwater in British Columbia specifically in the Kamloops/Merrit area.  This will be followed by a fly tying demonstration of two very productive stillwater fly patterns.

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    Historical Archive of Meetings

    So you want to know the last time we heard about the Grand Ronde?  Oct 28, 2008 of course!  In case you didn’t remember, here’s where to look it up.

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    So you want to know the last time we heard about the Grand Ronde?  Oct 28, 2008 of course!  In case you didn’t remember, here’s where to look it up.

    JanuaryTiger MuskyDave Dana
    FebruaryWestern Rivers ConservancyJim CoxJohn Day River Project
    MarchFly Lines Technology Bill WheelerUnderstanding Fly Lines and Their Use
    AprilGear Swap and RoundtablesClub Members Roundtables: 1.Len Zickler IFFF Why join?, 2. Tying a water boatman w/ Bill Reisbeck, 3. Jason Cotta All about reels
    MayFly Fishing Photography 101Carol Ann MorrisHow to Capture What You See
    SeptemberHi-LakersEric FickheisenShort history, a few statistics, surveys Planting fish vs. not planting fish, Local easy access lakes & medium effort lakes
    OctoberWild Fish ConservancyJaimie GlasgowHow the Consevancy Works & their Projects
    Novermber HumorDick StreaterFreshwater Hall of Fame Member
    1stPlace winner Northwest Outdoor Writers 1993-1994
    December Holiday Party

    2016 Meeting Speakers & Topics

    FebruaryWashington WildernessMichael WilliamsMichael T Williamsʼ “Washington Wilderness” presentation is a captivating combination of remote country fly fishing coupled with backpacking and llama packing adventures. Michaels outstanding photography plus inspiring anecdotal narration make for an engaging and informative experience. Alpine lake fishing tips are included. Two of Washingtonʼs many Wilderness areas are featured: The Pasayten, 530,000 acres of North Cascades peaks, flower filled meadows, open slope highlands---and dozens of trout filled lakes. Pasayten Wilderness, 25 miles north of Winthrop, WA, borders British Columbia to the north, Ross Lake to the west. 600 miles of trail! Awesome fishing! Indian Heaven, 20,000 acres of huckleberries, beargrass and jewel-like lakes is located SW from Mt Adams in the Southern Cascades. Native Cultures have been coming to this magnificent area for at least 1,000 years.
    MarchSmall Streams of the West Zach Sexton Zach Sexton is the host of Fish Whisperer TV. He worked for several fish and wildlife agencies while working his way through college and found a variety of fishing opportunities off the beaten track. Zach will be talking to the group about fishing small streams in the northwest, flies to use, techniques, and what you need to carry to have a successful day. In addition, Zach is an accomplished custom rod builder with a penchant for both bamboo and fiberglass and will be happy to share his experiences as time permits in the evening.
    AprilSwap Meet and Skills TablesClub membersTBD
    MayWaters of Whatcom County,& Smallmouth Bass Lake WhatcomScott Willison Northwest Washington near the Canadian border often gets overlooked among the many outstanding fisheries within the state, from the Yakima River and fertile trout stillwaters east of the Cascades to the productive sea run cutthroat beaches of southern Puget Sound. Scott Willison, owner of the Confluence Fly Shop in Bellingham will share some of his favorite lesser known fisheries in Whatcom, Skagit and Island Counties as well the Lower Mainland, BC. He'll discuss timing, tactics and patterns to catch big Lake Whatcom smallmouth bass, coho salmon, sea run cutthroat and the elusive sea run bull trout along the beaches of Whidbey Island and the shirt sleeve summer rainbow and bull trout fisheries within the Skagit system from Washington to British Columbia.
    SeptemberTBDJim Teeny Jim Teeny is a northwest fly fishing icon that has been developing leading edge products for over 40 years. He is the developer of the Teeny Nymph fly pattern, which has been responsible for more than 30 IGFA world records and will catch just about anything that swims. In addition, he has developed his own hooks and purpose built fly lines, which have become the #1 sinking lines throughout the world today. Jim will be giving a fly tying demonstration on how to tie the Teeny Nymph before our meeting and talk to group about how fly fishing needs to be viewed as a system and how to apply that system to the waters of the northwest.
    OctoberFish Need WaterTyler Allen I have developed a robust program called “Fish Need Water” that addresses fish handling and the ability to reduce post-catch mortality in our sport fisheries. We keep things fun, at the same time relying heavily on peer-reviewed science and our combined experience guiding, fishing, and living on the water. I outline ways to help keep sportfish populations strong and the reasons each of us should care. The information is just as valuable to harvest anglers as strictly C&R fisherpeople.
    NovemberSea Run Cutthroat in Fresh Water Rivers and Lakes Patrick TrotterTBD
    January 2017 Tiger Muskie Dave Dana TBD
    February 2017 Smallmouth Bass on the John DayJim Cox TBD

    2015 Meeting Speakers

    JanuaryFly Fishing the Flats Without a Popper: Hooking, and Landing the flats Grand Slam: Bone Fish, Permit and TarponLeland Miyawakiwww.orvis.com/bellevue
    FebruaryDry Fly Fishing at Fernie, British Columbia John Waggoner
    MarchSagebrush Small Mouth Bass on the Yakama RiverDavid Paul Williamswww.thewriterealtor.com
    AprilQuality Waters within District 5 (Grant and Adams Counties)Chad Jackson (Washington D.F.W.)
    SeptemberNorthwest Salmon and Trout Fishing under Current Drought ConditionsDavid Paul Williamswww.thewriterealtor.com
    OctoberPuget Sound Sea Run Cutthroat Combined with Trout Fishing on the Lower Deschutes River in Oregon from Warm Springs to the Columbia RiverChester Allenwww.askaboutflyfishing.com
    NovemberFishing Puget Sound Saltwater for Sea Run Cutthroat, Salmon as well as Kayak FishingBlake Merwinwww.gigharborflyshop.com

    2014 Meeting Speakers

    JanuaryEat MeMike Koslosky   PSFF
    FebruaryIndicator Fishing StillwatersIra Siebert
    MarchSearun CutthroatsLeland Miyawaki Orvis
    AprilWestside FisheriesDaniel Garrett   DFW
    MayGarage Sale &Fishing Skills 
    July PICNICNate Heckman
    OctoberStillwater FishingPhil Rowley
    DecemberHoliday PartySanta


    2010 Presentations

    2010 Christmas Party Presentation
    2010 Christmas Party Slideshow
    Smith River — Five Days of Heaven, by Joe Kristof’

    Fly Fishing Argentina – Larry Petersen
    Fly Fishing the Owyhee River in Oregon – Chas Wade
    Fly Fishing the Olympic Peninsula – Rex Mauer
    Fly Fishing Books – Reading and Collecting – Lory Watkins
    Preparing for the Smith River Montana Float Trip –
    Kristof Brothers

    2009 Presentations

    Alaska on a Budget, by Lee McKenna
    An Introduction to Fly Fishing Still Waters, by Bill LeFever

    2008 Presentations

    January 22
    This evening’s program will cover three great fishing opportunities in the northwest:  Bill LaFever will be covering lake fishing techniques, equipment and locations in Washington and BC; Chas and Andy Wade will highlight flyfishing for steelhead on Olympic Peninsula rivers; and Joe Kristof will share his knowledge of planning a self-guided, multi-day float trip on Montana’s Smith River.

    February 26
    Smallmouth Bass Fishing the John Day – Dave McCoy, Emerald Water Anglers

    March 25
    Fishing Eastern Washington Lakes – Jeff Korth, DFW Fisheries Biologist

    April 22
    Flyfishing for Steelhead and Salmon on Olympic Peninsula Rivers – Jim Kerr,   Guide

    May 27
    Fly Rod Design and Technology – Chris Andersen – Director of Marketing, Sage

    June 24
    Flyfishing for Carp in Eastern Washington – Dave Williams

    July 26
    OFFC Club Picnic

    August 26
    High Alpine Lake Fishing – Dave Weyrick

    September 23
    Fly Fishing the Wenatchee River  – Steve Joyce, Red’s Fly Shop

    October 28
    Ron Romig –  Fly Fishing the Grand Ronde for Steelhead
    Ed Kane –  Bonefish on a Fly

    November 25
    Gary Loomis  – Gary will be talking about the Coastal Conservation Association.  CCA is spearheading the recovery of northwest salmon and steelhead through addressing the commercial over-harvesting of fish.

    December 9
    Holiday Party

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