Feb. 19-21, HFFA Annual Meeting, Johnston, IA

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

Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, Johnston, Iowa

 >>click here for show program<<

>>click here for show registration form<<

>>click here for online registration, meal tickets and to join/renew your membership<<

Featured Presenters:

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.

And local speakers Ben Olson, Chad Mason, Lee Schulteis and Mike Steuck!


  • 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

Prizes and Raffles! Get your chance to win an Orvis Helios 2 905-4 Tip Flex Rod and Mirage II Reel Outfit Valued Over $1,000

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.


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
Email:   bjericson@msn.com
Phone:   515-229-7978

>>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.

Passing of Dick Mullin, Cedar Rapids

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

Iowa State Fair Fly Tying Competition Results

DSCN0302There 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


 Junior Division

 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


Open Category

1st Place                      Gage Jacobs                            Murdich Minnow                    Monticello

2nd Place                    Kimmy Mullin                        Works for Me                          Cedar Rapids

3rd Place                     Alexus Mullin                         Pink Sweetheart                      Cedar Rapids


Streamer Category

1st Place                      Kendra Jacobs                         Landing Strip                          Monticello

2nd Place                    Ashlynn Niday                        Featherwing Streamer             Knoxville

3rd Place                     Alexus Mullin                         Bottom Hugger                       Cedar Rapids


Adult Division

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


Open Category

1st Place          Larry Niday                Spider                                                               Knoxville

2nd Place        David Zimmerman     Walking Stick                                                Clive

3rd Place         Tom Wolske                Purple Married Wing Salmon Fly              Ames


Streamer Category

1st Place          Larry Niday                Rangeley Sesquicentennial                        Knoxville

2nd Place        Jesse Bainter               Messy Nessie                                               Pleasant Hill

3rd Place         Tom Donnelly             Olive Matuka                                              Cedar Rapids


Expert Division

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


Open Category

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


Streamer Category

1st Place          CJ Klenske                  Thin Mint Bugger                                      Cedar Rapids

2nd Place        Jeff Moore                  Black Ghost                                                 Marion

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Deadline Approaching – State Fair Fly Tying Competition

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
  • Streamers
  • 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.

2015 Annual Bluegill Outing – May 16 weekend – Lake Sugema

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.bluegill

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).

May 7, 2015 – Dedication of Paint Creek Valley Addition to YRSF

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 hjobst@inhf.org or 515-288-1846 ext. 32. Nelson save the date