You can now register and pay online for your show admission, banquet tickets, members’ business lunch tickets, and membership renewal or joining. Go here for more info.
Check out the main 2016 HFFA Annual Meeting and Fly Fishing Show info on this page.
To print out and mail in your registration form and membership renewal, click here.
Central Iowa Fly Fishers looks forward to hosting and invites you to attend the:
42nd Annual Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association Fly Fishing Show
February 19-21, 2016 — Public Welcome
Tom Rosenbauer [bio]
This well-known fly fishing enthusiast, instructor, and author hosts the Orvis Fly Fishing Podcasts and has been with the Orvis Company for over 30 years. He’ll be presenting on “Small Stream Fly Fishing,” Prospecting for Trout,” and “Reading the Water.” He’ll also be giving fly tying demonstrations as a featured tyer.
Charlie Craven [bio]
Charlie is a professional fly tyer, former guide, author, and owner of Denver-area fly shop “Charlie’s Fly Box”. He’ll be presenting on “Dry Fly Techniques,” “Parachutes and Hackling Tricks,” and “Working with Deer and Elk Hair,” in addition to participating as a featured demonstration fly tyer.
- Presentations by Additional Speakers on Fly Fishing Techniques and Destinations
- Small Group Sessions by Featured Presenters
- Member and Guest Fly Tyers
- Exhibits: Conservation, Education, and More!
- Fly Fishing Equipment and Materials for Sale
- Silent and Live Auctions
- Youth Program
- Photo and Essay Contests
Live Auction Catalog now available. Live auction at Saturday night’s banquet event. Don’t miss out on items like a Hardy Zenith fly rod/reel outfit, Pennington bamboo fly rod, Montana guided trout fishing trip, and fine art.
Registration & Show Hours:
Friday (5:00 – 9:00 pm) $10; Saturday (8 am -5:00 pm): $15; Sunday (8 am to 12:30 pm): $10
All three days: $30
Children under 12 admitted free!
Note that the show program is tentative and subject to change.
For more information, contact Larry Murphy: Lmurphy498@gmail.com
The Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center is located off Interstate 80/35 at 5291 Stoney Creek Ct., Johnston, Iowa. A block of king and double (2-bed) rooms are set aside through January 19, 2016 at the rate of $99/night. Reference “Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association” to receive the discounted rate. Reserve your room now!
Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast (7-10am), use of the recreation center, heated pool, whirlpool, free WiFi and free parking.
SILENT AUCTION INFO
Support the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association with your donation for the 2016 Silent and Live Auctions! Send your auction items and item information to:
Barry and Julie Ericson
1910 66th Street
Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324
>>Please include the following information with each item:
1. Donor name and address 2. Item description 3. Market value.
If you’re planning to bring items with you to the show in February, that’s great, but please let us know what you are bringing now, so we can be prepared.
Support the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association with your donations for the 2016 Silent and Live Auctions! See the main 2016 Annual Show page for specific info. Scroll to the bottom. And Thank You!
Dick Mullin – recipient of the Outstanding Member award at the 2015 HFFA Annual Meeting – passed away last Sunday. Dick and his surviving wife, Sharon (who received the 2015 HFFA President’s Award), worked tirelessly to support HFFA activities in so many ways, from Annual Meeting registration to prepping and serving hearty lunchtime meals at workdays. Please keep the Mullin family in your thoughts. Dick, you will be dearly missed.
You can read his obituary in The Gazette here: http://www.thegazette.com/obituaries/richard-mullin-20151027-0001083892-01
There were 13 Fly Tyers entered (5 Junior division, 3 Expert division and 5 Adult division entrants). We had 38 entries with 16 entries in the Adult division, 13 entries in the Junior division and 9 entries in the Expert division.
This year’s judges were Dean Elder of Marshalltown and James Barnhart of Des Moines. The judging took place on Friday, August 14th.
The Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association provided the display case. The Department of Natural Resources provides the signs, location and stand for the display case. The State Fair Administration provided the ribbons for the various places.
Central Iowa Fly Fishers provided the name cards for the display and loading the display with the entries.
Thanks to all our participants and supporters!
State Fair Fly Tying Competition Results
Dry Fly Category
1st Place Alexus Mullin Alexus Emerger Cedar Rapids
2nd Place Kendra Jacobs Hen Wing Caddis Monticello
3rd Place Kimmy Mullin Caddis Cedar Rapids
Wet Fly/Nymph Category
1st Place Kimmy Mullin Zebra Cedar Rapids
2nd Place Gage Jacobs Half & Half Scud Monticello
3rd Place Alexus Mullin Prince Cedar Rapids
1st Place Gage Jacobs Murdich Minnow Monticello
2nd Place Kimmy Mullin Works for Me Cedar Rapids
3rd Place Alexus Mullin Pink Sweetheart Cedar Rapids
1st Place Kendra Jacobs Landing Strip Monticello
2nd Place Ashlynn Niday Featherwing Streamer Knoxville
3rd Place Alexus Mullin Bottom Hugger Cedar Rapids
Dry Fly Category
1st Place Larry Niday Extended Body Blue Wing Olive Knoxville
2nd Place Tom Wolske Black Stonefly Ames
3rd Place Jesse Bainter Flathead Snake Pleasant Hill
Wet Fly/Nymph Category
1st Place Larry Niday Soft Hackle Hare’s Ear Knoxville
2nd Place Jesse Bainter Stone Nymph Pleasant Hill
3rd Place Tom Wolske Stalcup Baetis Nymph Ames
1st Place Larry Niday Spider Knoxville
2nd Place David Zimmerman Walking Stick Clive
3rd Place Tom Wolske Purple Married Wing Salmon Fly Ames
1st Place Larry Niday Rangeley Sesquicentennial Knoxville
2nd Place Jesse Bainter Messy Nessie Pleasant Hill
3rd Place Tom Donnelly Olive Matuka Cedar Rapids
Dry Fly Category
1st Place Jeff Moore Royal Wolff Marion
2nd Place CJ Klenske EZ2C Caddis Cedar Rapids
Wet Fly/Nymph Category
1st Place Jeff Moore Pheasant Tail Nymph Marion
2nd Place C J Klenske Peeking Caddis Cedar Rapids
1st Place Jeff Moore Baron Marion
1st Place Ed Lash Tradition Popper in Fire Tiger Brighton
2nd Place C J Klenske Power Ant Cedar Rapids
1st Place CJ Klenske Thin Mint Bugger Cedar Rapids
2nd Place Jeff Moore Black Ghost Marion
HFFA is again sponsoring the Fly Tying competition at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Fly entries need to be received at the Fair Administration post box by July 31st. 2015. This year’s fair will be held from August 13th through the 23rd. The fly tying display will be in the DNR Building on the Fairgrounds during the fair. The judging is scheduled for Thursday, August 14th at 3:00 p.m.
There are three divisions
- Adult division is for anyone 17 years of age and older.
- The Junior division is for anyone 16 years and younger.
- Expert division for tiers who have sold flies.
There are four categories for each division. The categories are the following:
- Dry Fly
- Wet Fly/Soft Hackle/Nymph
- Open Class
You may enter in each of the categories, but only one fly for each category.
You must be an Iowa resident to enter. If you have ever tied flies commercially or sold the flies that you have tied, you must enter the Expert Division If you won a blue ribbon for one of the categories last year, you are not permitted to enter the same category this year.
The Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association will provide judges for the competition. Ribbons will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Each fly will be judged in its category. In our contest, a panel of judges will chose the places in each category and division. The visitors to the state fair will see the flies displayed in the DNR Building.
No flies smaller than size #18.
Flies must be sent to the Iowa State Fair Administration Office, P.O. Box 57130, Des Moines, IA 50317 and received by July 31, 2015. Each fly entered must have the Fly Tiers name, address, telephone number, name of the fly, division to be entered and the category.
You may pick up your flies after 7:00 pm on last Sunday of the State Fair.
Be sure to check out Iowa Outdoors on Iowa Public Television this week. At 8:30 PM on Friday (June 5) and 8:30 AM on Saturday (June 6), the Iowa Outdoors show will highlight Steve Pennington’s bamboo rodmaking work, and show how these rods work magic on the water. Click here for a program guide: http://www.iptv.org/series.cfm/15752/iowa_outdoors/ep:502.
We will hold the annual HFFA Bluegill outing at Lake Sugema, 3 miles southwest of Keosauqua, IA, the weekend of May 15, 16 and 17. There should be a bumper crop of big bluegills and crappies, with a few walleyes thrown in.
So bring your favorite black bead-eyed leeches and your boat or kick-boat and have a great time. We will have a pot luck lunch at noon on Saturday so cook up your favorite side dish (fried onion patties and caramel brownies hint, hint) and Steve and Dan will cook all those wonderful fillets you catch. If you hang around for Sunday breakfast you may be treated to Jim’s famous pancakes or Frank’s breakfast burritos. See you all there. Click Here for IDNR’s profile of Lake Sugema and a lake map.
Campers will be camping at the Lacey-Keosauqua State Park campground, clustered toward the back (east) of the campground (look for a chuckwagon trailer).
Your contributions to HFFA enabled the INHF’s successful acquisition of a major trout stream corridor (commonly referred to as the Nelson property) adjacent to Yellow River State Forest. We are excited and proud to be a part of this multi-partner effort to protect sensitive habitats and expand public fishing opportunities. You’re invited to help us dedicate the new Paint Creek Valley Addition to Yellow River State Forest at a ceremony tentatively scheduled for late morning, May 7, 2015. Additional details will be posted as the time and place are confirmed. If you have questions about this event or the Paint Creek Valley project, please contact Heather Jobst of the INHF at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-288-1846 ext. 32.