Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fishing British Columbia with Will Godfrey

Due to a slight mix up in scheduling for our February meeting, the Walla² Fly Fishers had our dinner served in the dining car at Jacobi's Cafe. This month we had 13 members and guest in attendance.

Business discussed was the purchase of a guided fishing trip on the Yakima River with Joe Rotter of Red's Fly Shop, for a club fund raiser. The lucky raffle winner of this club fund raiser will receive accommodations for 4 at the lodge of Red's Fly Shop, and guided fishing trip for 2. Our cost for this raffle will be $405. We hope to sell 100-150 tickets at $10 apiece. Scott and Bob will be the leaders of this campaign and the drawing will be held at the end of our 2011 Fly Fishing Fair at Waterbrook Winery on Saturday 11 June.
Details are to follow.

After this topic discussion, Treasurer Doug Coe gave a report of annual membership dues collected at our January meeting. Collected at that time was $270 which brings our club treasury to over $850 in the black. More membership dues were also collected this evening.

Also discussed were club plans to continue with our winter fly tying workshop of 2011, and it is planned to be held again at
Country Estates Mobile Home Park in College Place Wednesday 23 February, 7-9 p.m. Please find direction to Country Estates in the right hand column of this blog posting.

Following these topics of club business, we were privileged to have Will Godfrey as our speaker for the evening discussing his past 50 years of fly fishing the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia.
Will Godfrey is a Life Member of the FFF and has a long history of giving back to the fly fishing sport, in the 1970s he owned a fly shop in the fabled area of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Island Park Idaho and he has been neck deep in the sport and the art of Fly Fishing ever since. Will has volunteered his time and his talent for decades to promote the sport and support both conservation and education, especially youth education about the sport. He is an accomplished Auctioneer who this year alone will be raising money for the Henry’s Fork Foundation, Federation of Fly Fishers at the annual Conclave, Snake River Cutthroats, Washington Council of the FFF and of course his home club the Kelly Creek Fly Casters where he serves on the Board and is the past president. He has for many years had a special place in his heart for Steelhead fishing and the art of tying flies for that endeavor. He is an accomplished author with 2 books published and a 3rdin the works.

Will's presentation this night was on the Babine River steelheading and the fishing opportunities there and about the fishing in the Lewiston / Clarkston area. His presentation was based on slides of his adventures of the 1960's and 70's which had a rich flavor of the way fishing used to be.

We wish to thank Will for his time and travel to make such a generous presentation to our club this evening.

Will's presentation was over shortly before 9:00 p.m. and the meeting was adjourned shortly thereafter.

Respectfully submitted,
Dale McKain

Walla² Fly Fishers

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Bob Long - President

Tyson Kopfer - Vice President
Dr. Doug Coe - Treasurer
Dale McKain - Secretary