Skip Morris and Rick Hafele present: Mastering Western Rivers & Lakes

Skip Morris and Rick Hafele, two of the best known fly-fishing authors and instructors in the country, have scheduled a special 2-day workshop titled

Mastering Western Rivers & Lakes, to be held February 25 & 26, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Issaquah, WA.


Saturday’s focus will be on rivers: all the major hatches of mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies and midges will be discussed along with the most effective patterns and tactics. Sunday’s class covers similar information for fishing lakes with mayfly, caddisfly, dragonfly/damselfly, midge and leech behavior, patterns and tactics covered in detail.  Skip will also be demonstrating tying techniques for some of his favorite stream & lake patterns.

Club members are being offered a special reduced cost for this workshop: $125 (reduced from $145) for both days, or $70 (reduced from $80) for one day.  For more information and to register go to:  


To receive the club discount you must enter the registration code - FCM - where required during registration.



This workshop will benefit both beginner and experienced fly fishers.  Class space is limited and pre-registration is required, so sign up today for this great opportunity to get a leg up on the 2012 season.



Skip & Rick also want to thank the Creekside Angling Company (stores in Issaquah & Seattle) for their support of this workshop.

Education 2012

photo by: Carlos Porto

During 2011 a variety of educational opportunities were provided including four fly tying classes (2 beginner and 2 intermediate), spey casting and an all-day trout and steelhead clinic in Forks.

Looking ahead to 2012 we want to provide some more fly tying (perhaps shorter sessions focusing on one or more of our traditional outings) and a casting clinic. I’d like to hold one or more small on-the-water clinics like we did in Forks. We could really use some input from you on what you might be interested in. Do you want to have tying instruction around a specific type of fly? Would you like to see a certain type of experiential clinic? Drop us an email or comment on

this post so we can include your ideas in our 2012 education planning.

Intermediate Fly Tying Class

An Intermediate Fly Tying Class is being planned for
October. Janet Schimpf will be teaching intermediate fly
tying for up to 15 tiers and the class will begin sometime
during the week of October 10th.

This evening class will run for 4 weeks and will probably be from 6 to 8 p.m.
We are working on a location right now (probably the
clubhouse on Black Lake where we held last fall’s auction)
so haven’t landed on what night of the week this class will
occur. The fee for this four week class will be somewhere
between $50 and $60 and will include all tying supplies.

If you want to sign up for this class contact us or give me a call. I will have a signup list at our August 16th
picnic. I will also have the signup at our September
meeting but expect the class will be full by that time.

Also if you have particular types of flies you’d like to see
taught in this class let we know so I can pass it on to Janet.

Spey Casting Class – two spots still open

Don't forget to sign up for the spey class! This class is limited
to four participants and two of the spots are already filled,
so if you are interested in learning about Spey Casting get
a hold of Chuck right away. This class will be held on three
evenings – July 21, 26 & 28 – at Wapato Lake which is
just off I-5 at 72nd street in south Tacoma.

This class is being offering at a tremendous bargain. The fee is $25 and
if you attend all three classes you will receive ½ of your
class fee back. In addition all class fees will be donated to
our club’s conservation fund.

Chuck Pfeil
SSFF Education