2018 Activities and Upcoming Events


This will be the one you don’t want to miss! Always an enjoyable evening, the raffle provides funding for the club’s conservation and educational efforts.

Local fly shops, a few national vendors and generous members have donated numerous items to make our Conservation and Education Raffle a success. A sample of this year’s items include a custom-built fly rod by member Dan Ferguson, a couple of #5 & #6 fly rod/reel combo kits, several waders, PFD fishing vest, two zero-gravity chairs for relaxing after your fishing trip, several member guided lake and stream fishing trips, at least one pontoon boat and numerous other items.

For our new Fly School members, this is a great way to acquire new or slightly used items to support you as you begin your fly fishing journey.

For donors, you can check in your donated items beginning at 5:30pm.

Please bring your family, neighbors and friends. More importantly, don’t forget your checkbooks, checks, credit cards and cash. Ticket sales and viewing of items will begin at 6:00pm. After a short business meeting, the RAFFLE will begin around 7:15pm.

The prices for the tickets are:
$ 1        1 ticket
$ 5      7 tickets
$10     15 tickets

Once you have purchased your tickets, put your assigned number on the back of the ticket and then place a ticket in the bag placed in front of each item you wish to win. If you like, you can put many tickets in the item bag that you REALLY want or spread things out and take your chance on a number of items.


By: Al Odenthal

Our April presenter will be Devin Olsen, a member of the U.S.
International Fly Fishing Team. Devin is an accomplished guide,
formerly based in Joseph/Enterprise, Oregon and now of Utah.
His passion for fly fishing has earned him a spot over the past
several years on the U.S. Team in the International Fly Fishing
competition. He hates losing to the Europeans and, along with
his teammate and business partner, has perfected nymphing
techniques using “sighter” elements (absent floating strike
indicators). Devin is an enthusiastic and detailed presenter.
Devin has produced a DVD regarding his methods and will have
some available at our meeting for sale.
If you want to “raise your game” when nymphing, especially on moving water, don’t miss our April program!

MAY 5, 2018

By: Craig Adams

It’s that time again to start thinking about Kids
Fishing Day and how much fun it is. If you have
never done it before I think it is one of the best
days you will have every year. You get to help
children between 5 and 14 years old catch fish
(for some it is the first fish they ever caught).

More will follow in the next two Barbless Flyers, but if you want more information now please contact me, Craig Adams (509) 999-5660 or craiga49@hotmail.com

FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Ed Engle
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Our February program promises to be a memorable one! Renowned fly fishing guide, author and presenter, Ed Engle, of Colorado Springs, comes to the Spokane Fly Fishers Club to present “Catching Difficult Trout”. If you’ve ever stood on the bank of a river or lake while trout were rising
furiously all around you but you couldn’t get them to take your fly offering, then this is the program to attend.

Ed Engle has published a number of well-regarded books on fly fishing including; Trout Lessons (2010), Fishing Small Flies (2004), Tying Small Flies (2003) and Fly Fishing Tailwaters (1991). He regularly guides and fishes the South Platte and other rivers in Colorado including the Frying Pan. Though Ed is especially known for his penchant for small flies and tailwaters, his presentation will include tactics and techniques to fool difficult trout on freestone streams as well such as we have in the immediate Spokane area.

“Catching Difficult Trout” will dispel some myths about ‘educated’ trout (a convenient but flimsy excuse) as well as special considerations regarding approaching the water, planning for an effective presentation, locating feeding and holding lies in a variety of water conditions and other secrets to success on those difficult days on the water.

Our program, as always, will include ample time for questions and answers from our presenter. We’re finalizing efforts to have copies of Ed’s books available on our meeting night for sale and author signing so bring your checkbook, cash or credit card. Plan now to attend on February 14th and bring a friend interested in expanding their knowledge of fly fishing from a world-class presenter.

Meeting night is the evening of Valentine’s Day. Plan your escape to the meeting now or bring your “special someone” along…but DON’T MISS THIS ONE!

By: Claude Kistler       

February Update

The deadline for ordering club logo shirts is at our February 14th club meeting. Payment must also be received at that time. Shirt examples and ordering information will be available at that time.

You may have recently received an email blast displaying shirt types, and colors and costs. If you did not receive it, please contact me at clkistler@comcast.net and I will send you a pdf file with this information.

Shirt prices range from approximately $52 to $63. Club logo hats can also be ordered at $15 each.

As an added feature, I can also accept your personal shirt for logo embroidering at a cost of $10 per shirt. Please bring your shirt to me at the February 14th meeting with payment and I can include that in our order.

Let me know if you have any questions.


The club is working to give you the opportunity to purchase fishing shirts with the SFF logo. There are two manufacture options (Eddie Bauer and Dri-Duck) with three to four color options.

The Eddie Bauer shirts feature two fabric options (2.3oz 100% polyester and 3.5oz cotton poplin) in short and long sleeve choices. There are three to four color choices depending on the fabric choice. Sizes are S-2XL with the 2XL running an additional $2.00 base price.

The Dri-Duck fabric is 100% polyester and long sleeve only. There are three color choices and size choices are S-4XL.

The Eddie Bauer Shirts cost approx. $49 to $54 in cotton poplin and $57 to $62 in polyester.

The Dri-Duck shirts are $54.

I will be taking orders at the February meeting and should have a couple of fabric and color choices available for you to preview.