Activities and Benefits for Members
of the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association:
- Conservation - The HFFA undertakes several conservation
projects each year involving primarily the cold water streams
of Northeast Iowa. In 1989, Governor Terry Branstad presented
the club with the State of Iowa Governor's Volunteer Award. This
award recognized HFFA's involvement with conservation on Iowa's
trout streams as outstanding service to the State of Iowa.
The club works closely with the Iowa Department of Natural
Resources; activities include fencing streams, building bank
hides and other fish holding structures, and assisting in fish
population surveys. Much of this work has been done on Spring
Branch Creek, near Manchester. This stream now holds a good population
of brown, rainbow, and brook trout under special regulations.
With the assistance of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation,
a portion of Ensign Hollow, located north of Strawberry Point,
was acquired and improved with the help of club members starting
in 1990. This stream is now managed under catch and release regulations
and holds a good population of brown trout. Recently a 21 inch
brown was caught and released at Ensign Hollow.
- Education - The HFFA sponsors a number of educational
activities including introductory fly fishing and fly tying clinics
at several state-wide locations, as well as fly-tying sessions
on the local level. There are currently five regional chapters
centered in Dubuque, Iowa City, Cedar Falls / Waterloo, Quad
Cities, and Des Moines.
- Club video library with over 120 video tapes available
for free rental to all club members. Two tapes may be rented
for up to two weeks at a time; the only cost is that of postage
for the tapes.
- Meetings - The HFFA sponsors a number of meetings
and activities throughout the year, but the grand daddy of them
all is the HFFA Annual Meeting which features guest speakers,
fly tying demonstrations, special programs on all aspects of
fly fishing, a banquet, and a silent auction of fly fishing goods.
Past speakers include Gary Borger, Dave Whitlock, Lefty Kreh, Jimmy Nix, Barry
and Cathy Beck.
Local area groups hold meetings in several locations across
the state. These meetings include fly tying, casting days, presentations
by local anglers and fishing outings.
Membership Application: Hawkeye Fly Fishing
- Newsletter - The Flyline is published six times a
year and is free to all members. Each issue is full of informative
and entertaining articles on fly fishing by Iowa fly fishers
and also keeps members abreast of all club news and upcoming
activities. And it's also archived on line!!!
- Fun! Through outings, meeting, tying sessions you
have a chance to make new friends, learn about fly fishing and
develop new sources of places to fish.
In addition, a 10 percent savings on a three year membership is available for
Associate, Senior, Student, and Family memberships. To join please send your
Name, Address, Phone Number and E-mail address along with payment. Make checks payable to Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association. Please indicate the level of participation you wish, whether
this is a new or renewal membership and if a club member sponsored
Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association
P.O. Box 8145
Cedar Rapids, IA 52408