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.
- 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 you.