2018 44th Annual HFFA Meeting & Fly Fishing Show – Public & Families Welcome!

Come Have Fun, See Old Friends, and Make New Friends

March 2-3, 2018
Friday Evening & All Day Saturday

Isle of Capri Hotel, Bettendorf, Iowa

>>click here for show program<<

[full December 2017 Newsletter]

>>click here for show registration form<<

Featured Presenters:
Landon Rainbow Trout
Landon Mayer [bio]

Landon Mayer’s angling success is fueled by an addiction to pursuing large trout with small flies and lightweight fly-fishing equipment. Mayer enthusiastically teaches and demonstrates his techniques and on-river knowledge to fellow anglers and has developed innovative strategies for sighting, hooking, and landing selective trout. He shares these tips and secrets in his several books, DVDs, articles, guided trips, and presentations. Landon will be presenting Friday evening on “Successful Seasons: Techniques for Catching Large Trout all Year,” then Saturday on “Trout Tips: Secrets & Tactics for Selective Trout,” “Mayer’s Guide Flies: Quick Step Umpqua Ties That Catch Fish,” and this year’s banquet program “Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing”. He will also be a featured demonstration fly tier.    

 

Kip Vieth [bio]

Kip Vieth is an award-winning guide for smallmouth bass, musky, and trout in the Upper Midwest, conservationist and fisheries advocate,  author of numerous articles on fly fishing, and innovative fly tier. He’ll be presenting Friday night on “The Mississippi River: the Nation’s Greatest Warm Water Fishery,” then Saturday on “Minnesota on the Fly,” and “The Seasons of River Smallmouth,” in addition to participating as a featured demonstration fly tier.

 

 

Also featuring local speakers Scott Nordby, Liz Siepker, Marlene Huston, and Chad Dolan!

Regional Speaker pic ribbon

Plus:

  • Member and Guest Demonstration Fly Tyers
  • Exhibits: Conservation, Guides, Tackle, Tying Supplies, and More!
  • Fly Fishing Equipment and Materials for Sale
  • Bucket Raffles
  • Banquet Saturday Night with Program & Live Auction
  • Hospitality Suite Both Nights
  • Photo and Essay Contests (click here for rules) (note: only HFFA members may enter the contests)
  • IA DNR Presentation by Chad Dolan Friday Night

Prizes and Raffles! Get your chance to win the Show Grand Prize Raffle – a Sage Foundation 590-4 Fly Rod and Sage 2230 Reel Outfit!

Registration & Show Hours

Friday (4:00 – 9:00 pm) $10; Saturday (8 am – 5:00 pm): $15

Children 18 years and under admitted free with paid adult.

Live auction at Saturday night’s banquet event. Don’t miss out on selected, exceptional items with proceeds going to support HFFA’s conservation and education mission. Note: To be sure of receiving a banquet ticket, your registration must be received by February 16, 2018.

Note that the show program is tentative and subject to change.

For more information, contact Kate Lodge: katelodge25 [at] gmail [dot] com or Dave Jones: dave [dot] jones [at] kentww [dot] com

HOTEL INFO

The Isle Casino & Hotel, voted the area’s best hotel by 2017 Quad-City Times’ Reader’s Choice, is located in Bettendorf’s riverfront, right off Interstate 74 at Exit 4; 1777 Isle Pkwy, Bettendorf, Iowa. A block of rooms (some with 1 king bed, some with 2 queens) are set aside through February 16, 2018 at the rate of $99.99/night which includes breakfast. Call 1-800-843-4753 and reference “FLYFISH” to receive the discounted rate. Reserve your room now!

LIVE AUCTION and BUCKET RAFFLE INFO

Your donations are needed and appreciated!

Support the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association with your donation for the 2018 Bucket Raffles and Live Auctions!  Send your auction items (or a description if it’s services or something intangible) and item information to:

Dave Jones
2672 Becky Thatcher Rd.
Muscatine, Iowa, 52761
Phone: 563-299-2759
Email: dave [dot] jones [at] kentww [dot] com

>>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 March, that’s great, but please let us know before the show what you are planning to donate, so we can be prepared.

March 2 & 3, 2018 – HFFA Annual Show

Save the date! The 2018 HFFA Annual Show is in Bettendorf, Iowa at the Isle Casino on Friday evening, March 2, 2018 and continuing through Saturday, March 3. Show wraps up with the annual awards and fundraising banquet Saturday evening.  Keep an eye on this website for more info coming soon!

2017 Iowa State Fair Fly Tying Competition Roundup

2017 Iowa State Fair Fly Tying Competition by Larry Murphy

The fly tying competition was held at the 2017 Iowa State  Fair.  This competition has been developed and sponsored by the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association (HFFA) with support of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  There were 13 entrants with 39 flies entered into the competition from across the state.  There were 2 in the junior division, 7 in the adult division, and 4 in the expert division.    There are four categories; dry flies, wet/nymph flies, streamer flies, and open.  There are 3 divisions (Expert, Adult and Junior).

This year’s judges were Dean Elder (Marshalltown), Larry Young (Des Moines) and James Barnhart (Des Moines).  The judges awarded three places for each category.  The judging took place at the State Fair on Wednesday, August 9th.  The awards were presented on the DNR stage on Saturday, August 12th.

The flies were on display in the DNR building on the fairgrounds during the entire fair.  On the first and second Saturday of the fair, HFFA provided a demonstration on the basics of fly fishing in Iowa.  There were nearly full attendance in the DNR Courtyard stage area for these demonstrations.

The results of the 2017 Fly Tying Competition are:

JUNIOR DIVISION

Dry Fly Category

1st Place Keelan Van Heiden Elk Hair Caddis Emerger Holland
       

Wet Fly/Nymph Category

1st Place Joss Van Heiden Blue Zebra Midge Holland
       
2nd Place Keelan Van Heiden Beadhead Prince Holland
       

Open Category

1st Place Keelan Van Heiden Foam Beetle Holland
 

   

ADULT DIVISION

Dry Fly Category

1st Place Larry Murphy Adams Ankeny
2nd Place Chris Niemand Midge Klinkhammer Urbandale
3rd Place Brad Peterson Grizzly Wulff Cedar Rapids
       

Wet Fly/Nymph Category

1st Place Chris Niemand Hotflash Scud Urbandale
2nd Place Chris Connors Pink Squirrel Davenport
3rd Place Brad Peterson Beadhead Pheasant Tail Cedar Rapids
       

Open Category

1st Place Brad Peterson PMX Cedar Rapids
2nd Place Chris Niemand Fievel goes Midwest Urbandale
3rd Place Larry Murphy Blue Dragonfly Ankeny
       

Streamer Category

1st Place Chris Niemand Baby Brown Urbandale
2nd Place Larry Murphy St. Croix Bugger Ankeny
3rd Place Justin Mark Wooly Bugger Winterset
       

EXPERT DIVISION

Dry Fly Category

1st Place Mark Smothers Renegade Peosta
2nd Place Mike Jacobs Lochsa Special Monticello
3rd Place Larry Niday Moose Mane Hex Knoxville
       

Wet Fly/Nymph Category

1st Place Mike Jacobs Half n Half Scud Monticello
2nd Place Mark Smothers Muskrat Peosta
3rd Place Larry Niday Kori Green Knoxville
       

Open Category

1st Place Larry Niday Silver Doctor Knoxville
2nd Place Kevin Slater KRSD Rose Des Moines
3rd Place Mark Smothers Professor Peosta
       

Streamer Category

1st Place Mark Smothers Silver Matuka Peosta
2nd Place Larry Niday Harlequin Streamer Knoxville
3rd Place Kevin Slater KRSD Rose Des Moines

Bluegill Outing This Weekend

The 2017 HFFA Bluegill Outing will be held at Lake Wapello (State Park) near Drakesville, IA, May 19, 20 and 21.
The campground is right on the lake and you can leave your boat tied up. Lake Wapello has gone through a major renovation and the campgrounds have seen improvements also. They have cabins for those of you that do not want to rough it. Rangers report anglers are catching a lot of nice size Bluegills and we should see some 10”-10 1/2” fish this spring. Bring a covered dish for the Saturday noon pot-luck and your Black Bead Eyed Leaches and come join the fun. If you want to make cabin reservations the phone number for Lake Wapello is 641-722-3371 or click here to do it online.

An HFFA Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 1:30pm on Saturday, May 20, following the potluck. All members welcome to attend.

 

THIS SATURDAY Bank Hide Building Workday – Manchester Hatchery 9:00AM

April 22 HFFA Workday at Manchester: Come out this Saturday morning to the IDNR Manchester Hatchery (22693 205th Ave., Manchester, IA) to assist with building bank hides for installation in area streams. We’ll get started at 9:00am. Sturdy clothing, shoes, and gloves are suggested. We will wrap up around Noon with lunch to follow.

Related: our Spring 2017 HFFA board meeting will be held May 20 during the 2017 Bluegill Outing after the potluck lunch (~1:30pm) (for details: HFFA President John Miller, dbqflyfisher@mchsi.com); all members are invited to attend HFFA board meetings.

 

The 2017 HFFA Bluegill Outing is May 19-21 at Lake Wapello, IA near Drakesville. Come camping! Bring/share a boat or fish from shore. Potluck at noon Saturday.

 

Check out our Annual Banquet Live Auctions

2017 Hawkeye Fly Fishing Assoc. Annual Live Auction
>>Only at the Banquet! Check registration for any remaining tickets.<<

1. ½ Day Guided Trip with Bear Creek Anglers, Decorah, IA. $10 for a $150 guided trip? You bet, if you’re the lucky winner of the heads-or-tails game. Check out Kent Kleckner and Bear Creek Anglers in the vendors room during the show and be sure to play!

2. Tom Schmuecker handmade bobbin – cocobolo. This bobbin is a handmade heirloom by Tom Schmuecker, Pres. and CEO of Wapsi Fly, Inc. (the largest supplier of fly tying materials in the world), which was in Independence, IA. Tom also is a founding and lifetime member of HFFA. Est. price $65. Owning a piece of Iowa fly fishing heritage? Priceless.

3. Pennington 7′ 4wt Bamboo Rod, Orvis Battenkill II Reel, SA Mastery WF4F Line, SA Backing. This is Steve’s upgraded Garrison 201E taper, 2-tip rod with tiger stripe reel seat, aluminum tube. “The Garrison 201E taper has emerged as the all-time favorite for midwest trout streams and, in my 30 years of bamboo building I have sold more of them than all other tapers combined.” Find it online – it’ll run $425. With reel & line this is a $618 value.

4. PS22 / Ed Lash Deer Hair Bass Bugs. From his vise in Brighton, IA, Dr. Ed Lash painstakingly stacks and shaves deer hair to craft some of the most perfect bass bugs in the country. He’s shared some special ones for this event. You’ll be tempted to keep these in a glass case, but they catch fish! Sold individually.

5. Numbered Brodin birdseye maple boat net. Long handle, beautiful wood. Slightly experienced net, w/ser. number. Est. value $15020170216_212618

6. Brook Trout Wood Sculpture by Carvings by WAY-KO. From New Richmond, WI, Wayne Kolstad creates his stunning, one-of-a-kind, award-winning fish sculptures. This gorgeous brook trout seems to hover under the cover of driftwood. Wayne’s pieces sell from $495-800.

7. Hardy Jet Switch 10’6” 4/5 & Hardy Ultralight 4000 reel. You need this outfit!!! Trout-weight switch rod magic. Retail $864.

8. Framed print of original artwork by Jay “Fishy” Fullum. Fishy worked as a designer and graphic artist for 30 years and this talent is still on display whenever he illustrates magazine articles or a new book. His art is highly regarded and you can take one of his works home from the banquet.

There will be plenty of other items to bid on in our silent auctions, or win in the various raffles. All proceeds go to supporting HFFA, it’s programs and conservation in Iowa.

Check registration desk at the Show for Sat. night Banquet Tickets

Banquet Tickets may still be available but only at the HFFA Show Registration. Ask if there are any left when you come in. Check out the live auctions planned:

2017 Hawkeye Fly Fishing Assoc. Annual Live Auction
>>Only at the Banquet!<<

1. ½ Day Guided Trip with Bear Creek Anglers, Decorah, IA.
$10 for a $150 guided trip? You bet, if you’re the lucky winner of the heads-or-tails game. Check out Kent Kleckner and Bear Creek Anglers in the vendors room during the show and be sure to play!

2. Tom Schmuecker handmade bobbin – cocobolo. This bobbin is a handmade heirloom by Tom Schmuecker, Pres. and CEO of Wapsi Fly, Inc. (the largest supplier of fly tying materials in the world), which was in Independence, IA. Tom also is a founding and lifetime member of HFFA. Est. price $65. Owning a piece of Iowa fly fishing heritage? Priceless.

3. Pennington 7′ 4wt Bamboo Rod, Orvis Battenkill II Reel, SA Mastery WF4F Line, SA Backing. This is Steve’s upgraded Garrison 201E taper, 2-tip rod with tiger stripe reel seat, aluminum tube. “The Garrison 201E taper has emerged as the all-time favorite for midwest trout streams and, in my 30 years of bamboo building I have sold more of them than all other tapers combined.” Find it online – it’ll run $425. With reel & line this is a $618 value.

4. PS22 / Ed Lash Deer Hair Bass Bugs. From his vise in Brighton, IA, Dr. Ed Lash painstakingly stacks and shaves deer hair to craft some of the most perfect bass bugs in the country. He’s shared some special ones for this event. You’ll be tempted to keep these in a glass case, but they catch fish! Sold individually.

5. Numbered Brodin birdseye maple boat net. Long handle, beautiful wood. Slightly experienced net, w/ser. #. Est. value $150

6. Brook Trout Wood Sculpture by Carvings by WAY-KO. From New Richmond, WI, Wayne Kolstad creates his stunning, one-of-a-kind, award-winning fish sculptures. This gorgeous brook trout seems to hover under the cover of driftwood. Wayne’s pieces sell from $495-800.

7. Hardy Jet Switch 10’6” 4/5 & Hardy Ultralight 4000 reel. You need this outfit!!! Trout-weight switch rod magic. Retail $864.

There will be plenty of other items to bid on in our silent auctions, or win in the various raffles. All proceeds go to supporting HFFA, it’s programs and conservation in Iowa.

2017 Annual HFFA Meeting and Show – Public & Families Welcome!

Please join us in Iowa City for the 43rd Annual Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association Meeting & Show

February 17-19, 2017

Clarion Hotel Highlander Conference Center, Iowa City, Iowa

 >>click here for show program<<

[full December 2016 Newsletter]

>>click here for show registration form<<

>>vendor info – updated Feb. 11 with maps<<

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

Featured Presenters:

Lori-Ann Murphy [bio]

Lori-Ann is a pioneer in fly fishing. Originally based in the trout-rich region around Jackson Hole, she was the first female Orvis-endorsed guide. Five years later, Lori-Ann co-founded Reel Women Fly Fishing Adventures, the first company to offer women-only fly fishing trips all over the world. Her company now offers guided floats for both men and women, fly fishing schools, guide schools, and destination trips. She’ll be presenting on “A Guide’s Perspective on the Northern Rockies,” “Finding Success in the Salt in Belize,” the banquet program “The Adventures of Women in Fly Fishing. Welcome to the Revolution!”, and Sunday’s “Southwest Montana: Find Your Passion as a Family.” She will also be offering casting instruction and leading small group discussions on women’s leadership and the intersection of fly fishing and creativity.    

 

 

Jay “Fishy” Fullum [bio]

Fishy is an author, graphic artist, and novel fly tier, featuring many of his innovative patterns in his regular “Creative Tying” column published in Fly Tyer magazine over the last 15 years. He writes about numerous original patterns in his three books, Fishy’s Flies, Fishy’s Favorites, and Fly Tying with Common Household Materials. Fishy loves teaching kids and new anglers about tying and fly fishing, and has presented numerous programs and clinics around the country. He’ll be presenting on “Learning to Teach: How to Pass on a Love of Fly Tying,” “Unique Materials, Extraordinary Flies,” and “Warmwater Flies and Fishing – Get Fish to Eat Your Fly,” in addition to participating as a featured demonstration fly tier.

 

Also featuring local speakers Orlan Love, Mike Jacobs, Todd Robertson, Bob Trevis, and Mike Siepker!

Plus:

  • Small Group Sessions by Featured Presenters
  • Member and Guest Demonstration Fly Tyers
  • Exhibits: Conservation, Live Aquatic Organisms, Guides, Tackle, Tying Supplies, and More!
  • Fly Fishing Equipment and Materials for Sale
  • Silent and Live Auctions
  • Youth Fly Tying Workshop on Sunday
  • Photo and Essay Contests

Prizes and Raffles! Get your chance to win a Sage X 597-4 Fly Rod and Sage 4650 Reel Outfit Valued Over $1,300

Registration & Show Hours:

Friday (6:00 – 9:00 pm) $10; Saturday (8 am -5:30 pm): $15; Sunday (8 am to 12:30 pm): $10

All three days: $30

Children 18 years and under admitted free!

Live auction at Saturday night’s banquet event. Don’t miss out on selected, exceptional items with proceeds going to support HFFA’s conservation and education mission. Note: advance registration for the banquet is required, deadline Feb. 7, 2017.

Note that the show program is tentative and subject to change.

For more information, contact Nate Hopkins: nate [at] nateandlindahopkins [dot] com or Ryan Maas: maas_ryan [at] yahoo [dot] com

HOTEL INFO

The Clarion Hotel Highlander Conference Center is located right off Interstate 80 at Exit 246; 2525 North Dodge Street, Iowa City, Iowa. A block of rooms (some with 1 king, some with 2 queens) are set aside through January 15, 2017 at the rate of $76.99/night. Call 319-354-2000 and reference “Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association” to receive the discounted rate. Reserve your room now!

Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast (limited hours), use of the exercise room, heated pool, whirlpool, bar & lounge, and free parking.

SILENT AUCTION INFO – Your donations are needed and appreciated!

Support the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association with your donation for the 2017 Silent and Live Auctions!  Send your auction items (or a description if it’s services or something intangible) and item information to:

Ryan Maas
620 Ronalds St.
Iowa City, IA   52245
Email:   maas_ryan@yahoo.com
Phone:   319-621-6940

>>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.

Fall Trout Outing Update – Cancelled

Fall Trout Outing Update – Cancelled.

Due to the heavy rains that recently hit northeast Iowa, the Upper Iowa River experienced severe flooding. The traditional location for the HFFA fall trout outing was the Upper Iowa Resort and Campground but they suffered significant damage and are currently only renting cabins — no camping.

More rain across the region yesterday and today means most of the streams are not very fishable. Creeks in the spring branch area may be, however.  Previous plans to  hold a “rain date” outing this weekend  instead at Big Joe’s campground have been scratched.

It’s our understanding that the Spring Creeks TU Trout Outing  and creek cleanup at Waterloo Creek have also been cancelled but you may want to check their website/chapter leaders to confirm.