This month’s general meeting of the 4th Corner Fly Fishers will be held at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club on Thursday June 25, 2015. The Wet Fly will begin at 6pm with dinner at 6:45. The program will begin at 7:30 and will be followed by the general membership meeting.
This month's program will feature our very own 4CFF member, Scott Willison, owner of the Confluence Fly Shop. Scott will take you on a journey to highlight the nearly year-round fly fishing opportunities for our Native Bull Trout in Northwestern Washington and Lower Mainland British Columbia. Our native char are a truly special fish, having thrived in many of our area rivers, wild and unfettered by hatchery supplementation throughout their existence. You will understand the life cycle of the bull trout, their habits, diet and seasonal migrations throughout the year from the headwater streams of the Western Cascades to the fjord-lands of Northern Puget Sound and all points in between. Scott will share some of his favorite rivers, flies, equipment and techniques for targeting bull trout throughout the season for this fantastic fishery in our own backyard.
Here’s a bit about Scott and his fishing background:
Scott Willison owns and operates the Confluence Fly Shop in Bellingham, WA, now into its third year. He grew up in Renton, WA and has been fly fishing and tying flies since the age of 12. Much of his early fishing focused on trout, from the Cedar River cutting through the valley just a few short miles from his home to the fertile high desert lakes east of the Cascades and blue ribbon streams of Montana and Colorado. Aside from trout exploits across the West, Scott’s fished in the Bahamas, Mexico, Costa Rica and France.
Since discovering steelhead on the swung fly in his early twenties, Scott’s become a self-proclaimed steelhead fanatic and spends much of the year fishing a spey rod from the NF Stilly to the Olympic rainforests and lower mainland BC. He spends more and more time exploring the beaches of Puget Sound these days and has an immense love for saltwater sea run cutthroat and coho salmon as well. Beach fishing can be the puzzle of all puzzles in fly fishing but deeply rewarding. Scott also enjoys fly fishing large and smallmouth bass throughout Whatcom and Skagit Counties during the dog days of summer. Scott loves to tie flies for the fisheries he enjoys and tied commercially for several years through his company, Willy Dog Flies. He has also worked as a fly fishing guide on the Skagit, Stillaguamish and Olympic Peninsula rivers.
Beyond fishing, Scott is a Native Fish Society River Steward for the Stillaguamish River and former educator for the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association. He has written several articles for Northwest Fly Fishing along with chapters in some upcoming books from Stonefly Press. Scott is also an active member of the Fourth Corner Fly Club and honorary member of the Whidbey Island Fly Fishing Club.
Please RSVP for the meeting by Tuesday, June 23 (midnight deadline) by visiting http://4cff.eventbrite.com, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 360-319-1350. Be sure to indicate if you’ll be having dinner or just attending the meeting, and remember that a dinner reservation made is a binding commitment to pay. Also, a reminder that getting your RSVP in on time helps us provide an accurate count for the kitchen and we very much appreciate your help in placing your reservations on time.
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4th Corner Fly Fishers
The members of the 4th Corner Fly Fishers (located in Bellingham, WA) are united by our enjoyment of the sport of fly fishing and by our desire to preserve and enhance fishing opportunities for all. To these ends, we will strive to promote conservation of angling brotherhood and to broaden the understanding of fellow anglers.