Our Mission Statement
- To share our passion and knowledge of fly fishing with others regardless of age, gender, culture, origin or experience level.
- Provide fly fishing information to our members and the general public about the sport, its rich traditions, etiquette and numerous skill sets.
- Support the preservation and/or restoration of local fisheries, causes that protect the environment and strive to perpetuate a world in which future generations can discover the joy of fly fishing.
Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers offers membership to all interested women and men. Annual dues are $35, and member benefits include monthly meetings featuring fly fishing oriented programs from May – September each year, both single and multi-day club sponsored fly fishing outings, conservation and educational activities and projects as well as enjoying fly fishing outings with other members.
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Articles of Incorporation
“The purpose for which the corporation is organized are as follows:
- To promote Fly Fishing as an art form, as an enjoyable sport and as a unique and quality method of fishing which is most consistent with and respectful of nature;
- to protect, conserve and enhance the natural environment particularly that affecting fisheries;
- to protect, conserve, enhance and propagate wild fish and endangered species of fish though the voluntary practice of catch-and-release of fish in these categories, and through other measures;
- to promote scientific research of water, watershed management, and fish so as to improve the understanding of fisheries management and other natural resources;
- to support efforts which this organization and its members believe will protect and/or enhance sport fishing in general and fly fishing in particular;
- to promote fellowship and comradely between all fly fishers;
- and to promote educational efforts and activities which inform and encourage participation by the membership and the general public in the above-stated activities.”
Founding of the WVFF
The organization of the Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers was spearheaded by Bill Barnett and Rob Hannon of Wenatchee, and Jeff Meredith of Plain. An article by Dick Piper appeared in the Sunday edition of the Wenatchee World on April 22, 1984 describing their organizational efforts. A quote by Bill Barnett who describes fly fishing as a “solitary sport, the most enriching sport I know of” appears in the article. At the time the obvious void in the state — without a fly fishing club — was the general area of the Wenatchee Valley. These three individuals felt there was a sufficient number of fly angling enthusiasts in the area to warrant a club—people who wanted to organize for “social, educational and political reasons.” The article listed the phone numbers of the three for contact. An invitation form for interested individuals also appeared in the paper. There were numerous meetings of Bill Barnett and Rob Hannon to do preliminary work and to answer “what’s cooking or hatching” questions from the public about the formation of a new club. They had to put together the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of starting an organization.
Around June 1984 a core group comprised of Bill Barnett, Rob Hannon, Gary Anderson, Ray Bull, and Greg McEwen formed an organizing committee which began meeting regularly to firm up a plan of action. Due to the need to accomplish many start-up tasks they decided to put off the first organizational meeting until the fall of 1984, on advice of experience fly club leaders around the state. Bill Barnett, Rob Hannon, Ray Bull and Gary Anderson attended a fly fisher seminar at Whislin’ Jacks on the Tieton River September 8-9, sponsored by the Northwest Regional Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers. There they were able to consult with the FFF leaders about the information of a Wenatchee club.
On September 22 the Washington Council of the FFF held its fall meeting in Wenatchee. Any local fly fisher expressing an interest in a club was invited to the meeting. After dinner that evening the Wenatchee core group met informally with officers of the council to get general advice and to formulate an agenda for a first organizing meeting set for Thursday October 18. A notice of that first meeting appeared in the Wenatchee World. It read: Attention Fly Fishers! First organizational meeting Thursday October 18th at the Chieftain. Dinner and social at 6:00pm, meeting stats at 7:30 — film and door prizes. Acting chairman Bill Barnett started that first organizational meeting promptly at 7:30 with 41 people in attendance. Gordy Young, a long time FFF member and senior advisor to the Northwest Council of the Federation was the featured speaker. He discussed the advantages of having a club and why a club should consider being affiliated with the Federation of Fly Fishers. Ray Bull, an organizing member, gave a brief review of proposed bylaws. Based on the results of a questionnaire made available during the meeting, the majority of those present preferred that:
- The club be named the Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers
- The club be an adult-only club (minimum age 14 for membership)
- The meetings be held on Thursday evening of the third week
- An optional social and dinner session preceded the monthly meetings. (The second and third of these have since been changed.)
A film, The Way of a Trout, was shown. The door prize, a Wheatly fly box was won by Warren Travis. Acting Secretary, Gary Anderson, recorded the events of that evening. A second organizational meeting was held November 25 at the Chieftain with 30+ seriously interested in participating in a club attending. An overwhelming majority supported having a 100% Federation of Fly Fishers membership club, charted under the FFF. Ty Duhamel, a local attorney interested in participating in the club, volunteered to be its legal advisor. He discussed the advantages that incorporation would have for the club. He suggested it would: limit the liability of the club and individual directors, allow the club to petition for tax-exempt status, and formalize the club so that it might exist as an organization over time. The proposed bylaws that had been sent to each person on the mailing list were discussed and approved after minor revision.
Greg and Tori McEwen of Leavenworth displayed a proposed club logo. Bill Barnett, Len Padillo, and Ron Stallings volunteered for a committee to nominate club officers. On December 13th the third organizational meeting was held at the Four Seasons in East Wenatchee. Acting chairman, Bill Barnett, called the meeting to order with 23 persons in attendance. Ty Duhamel summarized the prepared Articles of Incorporation and invited those who wished to be initial incorporators to sign them. Twenty-three of those present did sign. Ray Bull updated the status of the prepared bylaws. Preceding the election of officers, Bill explained the club offices and the responsibilities of the board of directors. Ron Stalling, chairman of the nominating committee, then introduced the slate of candidates. They were: President-Ray Bull, first VP-John Connolly, second VP-Greg McEwen, Secretary-Gary Anderson, Treasurer-Rob Hannon, Ghillie-Mike Chambers, past acting President-Bill Barnett, and Directors-Archie Mills and Dick Piper. Nominations from the floor were called for, there were none. A motion was made to accept the candidates by unanimous ballot and the motion was carried by those present. On January 17, 1985 the first regular meeting of the Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers took place at the Chieftain Restaurant with 15 members present. The dues structures proposed by the board of directors was presented. Three committees were formed: the projects committee, the outings committee and the membership committee. That Charter Membership list of 30 included: Gary Anderson, Bill Barnett, Brad Bockemohle, Scott Brixley, Ray Bull, Mike and Melanie Chambers, John Connolly, Lowell Doyle, Ty Duhamel, Rob Hannon, Kurt Hedeen, John Little, Grag and Tori McEwen, Dan Miller, Archie Mills, John Murio, Chris Nystrom, Dave Osburn, Len Padilla, Ken Paton, Pete Rich, Dick Piper, Bud Rechterman, John Schraecher, Glenn Smith, Ron Stallings, Mark Syria, Warren Travis, Gordon West, and Ray Wonacutt. There was also a list of 28 prospective members.