"the rest of the story"
Welcome to the Washington State Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers website. I hope you find the website easy to use and informational. Please let either Jim Maus or myself know if you have any suggestions or comments on the site. As we get ready to enter 2017 and look back on 2016, I hope many of you had some wonderful fly fishing memories. For me, my wife and I spent the summer (2 1/2 months) in Alaska. WE had a wonderful time seeing the sights and doing a little fishing. I also had the opportunity to visit the Alaska Fly Fishers, attending their meeting in July and Spey Clave in August. My wife and I enjoyed ourselves and hope to go back some day. I have posted a few pictures in the photos gallery if you are interested.
Right now the Council is beginning the preparation and promotion of the 2017 Washington Fly Fishing Fair, our 11th year in Ellensburg. The dates of this year's show will be May 5th and 6th. Again, this year we will be using the Armory for our meal events, the Volunteer Dinner will be Thursday May 4th and the Awards Banquet and Auction will be Friday May 5th. I hope to see you there. Please continue to watch our web Site for more information; it will be updated as the information becomes available. Also please join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wacifff I hope to see you in Ellensburg at the 2017 Fair. Also, if you attend the The Washington Sportsman's Show in Puyallup or The Fly Fishing Show in Lynnwood, please stop by the booth and say hi.
This year is my 11th as Council President, some days it seems like just yesterday that I took the job and others it seems like it has been forever. It is hard to believe what is now the Fly Fishing Fair started with a tying event in the Ellensburg Library 11 years ago. That year the main committee was Vern Jeremica and myself. There have been many folks who have worked on parts of the Fair since then and I am not going to try and name everyone but to everyone who has chaired a committee or volunteered at the Fair, the Council would like to THANK YOU. The Council and Fair would not be what they are without you!
The mission of the IFFF is to support, enhance and preserve fly fishing opportunities.
Fundamental to this mission is environmental stewardship and education.
At its core, the IFFF is the only outdoor sports non-profit organization exclusively representing fly fishing for all fish in all waters.
Our core connection vehicle is education.
We strive to be the best fly fishing educators in four areas: casting, tying, fly fishing skills and conservation.
How Can You Help?
You can help by donating to the Federation through several vehicles we provide.
You can give a one-time donation, recurring donation or bequeath through a will or trust.
Your donation can support a particular program
as you wish or can be used by the program that has the most need.
The Federation has a sound accounting system in place to ensure that donor wishes are honored.
If you interested in helping protect fisheries for generations to come - consider joining the Fisherman’s Conservation Corp
For the past 40 years, great strides have been made in protecting oceans and fish, but more action is needed. As an avid angler, you are in a unique position to make your voice heard.
To take the next step in conserving one of our most valuable natural resources, we need to pursue improvements in the following five areas of fisheries management:
· Conserve bait fish;
· Protect essential fish habitats;
· Minimize bycatch;
· Make sure new fisheries are sustainable from the start;
· Create fishery ecosystem plans for better management.
By signing up for the Fisherman’s Conservation Corp, you will be part of a nation-wide group of fishermen who support science-based policies for protecting our oceans and also believe that healthy fisheries are a vital public resource. You will have the opportunity to tell our nation’s leaders your vision for a more comprehensive approach to fisheries management as well as be kept up to date on the latest developments in your region.
Join the Fisherman’s Conservation Corp by signing up at this link: http://bit.ly/2gdzCAf