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

April 25 HFFA Workday at Manchester

April 25 HFFA Workday at Manchester: Come out the morning of April 25 to the IDNR Manchester Hatchery (22693 205th Ave., Manchester, IA) to assist with trout sampling in Spring Branch creek and brush clearing along the stream corridor to improve access. we’ll get started at 8:30am. If anyone plans to help out in the stream, non-breathable waders are helpful (although breathable waders are okay). Brush clearing will require sturdy clothing, shoes, pruners/loppers and gloves.
For the trout sampling, we will be looking for are tagged trout for an additional year of recapture. Data collected will help determine the growth rate of brown trout. (HFFA helped to purchase the tags used.) We sampled the trout the last Saturday of April last year, so this is an excellent time to sample again.

An HFFA board meeting will follow the morning workday; all members are invited to attend HFFA board meetings.

 

Another HFFA Annual Meeting in the Books – check back for more 2015 events!

IMG_1733comp HFFA Celebrated the Driftless this year with its Annual Meeting and Fly Fishing Show in Dubuque, Iowa, this past IMG_1655compFebruary. HFFA and the Dubuque Fly Fishers hosted fly fishing and tying enthusiasts from across the region and presented programs highlighting the special angling and natural richness of the creeks and coulees in the Driftless. Many thanks to the hours and hours of work put into the show by the Dubuque Fly Fishers show committee and other HFFA volunteers, the proceeds of which go directly to benefiting habitat, fisheries and outdoor education. Be sure to mark the weekend of Feb. 19-21, 2016 on your calendars as we look forward to next year’s show and meeting in Des Moines. See you on the water this spring!IMG_1712comp

Nov. 14, 2014 – DEADLINE to submit comments regarding Waters of the US under the Clean Water Act

November 14, 2014 is the last day to submit public comments solicited by the EPA in their current effort to clarify the definition of what waters are covered by the Clean Water Act’s protections from filling in and pollution – think headwater streams and wetlands. You can submit your comments online here, or by emailing to ow-docket@epa.gov. Include EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880 in the subject line of the message.

The Des Moines Water Works has a page with more information here. The EPA has produced an information video here  and the main EPA information page is here.

Anglers know firsthand the importance of small streams and wetlands for the health of our fisheries. Please consider submitting comments on this important rule.

Knotweed Injection Workday this Saturday, Aug. 23

HFFA Volunteers: Please remember that tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 is a workday for those interested in helping out with the Japanese Knotweed control project coordinated by the NE Iowa RC&D along Paint Creek in Allamakee County. For an earlier description of the project, click here.

 

Volunteers should meet at the Waterville Lutheran Church parking lot, 101 Main St., also known as Waterville Road, at 8:00AM or slightly before. The parking lot is across from the church.

Clothing: ankle high work boots with good grip, long pants and long sleeve shirts are strongly recommended. If you have gloves and goggles, bring them – RC&D will also have some to borrow.

Please bring sufficient drinking water, sunscreen, and consider rainwear as there is a 40% chance of rain. We plan to work until noon.

Lunch is on your own, and of course fishing afterward. For more info, contact the project coordinator at NE IA RC&D, Richard Kittelson, at kittelson@northeastiowarcd.org, or by phone at 563-605-0163.

Iowa State Fair 2014 Fly Tying Competition Results!

This year, HFFA and its local club, the Central Iowa Fly Fishers, again facilitated the Iowa DNR’s Fly Tying contest at the 2014 Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, IA. Entries were submitted from around Iowa and the very capable HFFA/CIFF judges went to work. We want to thank the judges and all the volunteers that make this successful competition so fun, and we congratulate the winners and applaud all the entrants for participating. And be sure to check out Iowa Public Television’s video profile of the event, featuring CIFF’s Larry Murphy as well as some of our other members.

The winners are as follows:

Adult Division

Dry Fly Category

1st Place          Tom Donnelly             March Brown Parachute Emerger       Cedar Rapids

2nd Place        Tom Wolske                White Miller                                        Ames

3rd Place         Jesse Bainter               Stimulator                                           Pleasant Hill

Wet Fly/Nymph Category

1st Place          Larry Murphy              Caddis Emerger                                  Ankeny

2nd Place        Larry Niday                Czech Nymph                                     Knoxville

3rd Place         Jesse Bainter               The Only                                             Pleasant Hill

Open Category

1st Place          Mike Schrader             Hatchling                                            Des Moines

2nd Place        Tom Wolske                Golden Doctor                                                Ames

3rd Place         Larry Murphy              Sunburst Muddler                               Ankeny

Streamer Category

1st Place          Tom Wolske                Dickey’s Dace                                     Ames

2nd Place        Tom Donnelly             Light Spruce                                       Cedar Rapids

3rd Place         Larry Murphy              Autumn Splendor                               Ankeny

Junior Division

Dry Fly Category

1st Place                      Gage Jacobs                            Flying  Ant                              Monticello

2nd Place                    Kendra Jacobs                         Renegade                                Monticello

3rd Place                     Alexus Mullin                         Lexy Caddis                           Cedar Rapids

Wet Fly/Nymph Category

1st Place                      Kendra Jacobs                         Mega Scud                              Monticello

2nd Place                    Gage Jacobs                            Hendrickson  Nymph              Monticello

3rd Place                     Alexus Mullin                         Spike                                       Cedar Rapids

Open Category

1st Place                      Kendra Jacobs                         Egg Sucking Stone Fly           Monticello

2nd Place                    Alexus Mullin                         Tigger                                      Cedar Rapids

3rd Place                     Kimberly Mullin                      Dancing Lady                         Cedar Rapids

Streamer Category

1st Place                      Gage Jacobs                            Pearl Marauder                        Monticello

2nd Place                    Kendra Jacobs                         Bead-eye Leach                      Monticello

3rd Place                     Ashlynn Niday                        Purple Matuka                         Knoxville

Expert Division

Dry Fly Category

1st Place          Mike Jacobs                Foam Cricket                                      Monticello

2nd Place        C J  Klenske                March Brown Parachute                     Cedar Rapids

Wet Fly/Nymph Category

1st Place          Mike Jacobs                Fast Sinking Scud                               Monticello

2nd Place        C J Klenske                 Soft Hackle Marvel                             Cedar Rapids

Open Category

1st Place          Mike Jacobs                Heavy Hitter Crayfish                        Monticello

2nd Place        C J Klenske                 Charleston Chew                                Cedar Rapids

Streamer Category

1st Place          Mike Jacobs                Boss Tom                                            Monticello

2nd Place        C J Klenske                 Black Matuka                                      Cedar Rapids

 

Invasive Species Workdays

Invasive Species Workdays. This summer, HFFA is teaming with the Driftless Chapter of TU and the NE Iowa RC&D on an exciting and sorely needed Japanese knotweed eradication project. This project requires volunteer fieldwork along Paint Creek and will (hopefully) produce tangible results. Japanese knotweed is an aggressive, non-native invasive plant that was introduced from Asia as an ornamental plant. It spreads vegetatively (i.e. it doesn’t need seeds to reproduce). Knotweed forms dense monocultures, with a thick layer of accumulated leaf and fibrous stem litter. It excludes native species by shading them out and also by releasing toxic or inhibiting chemicals into the soil, making competition from other plants difficult. Knotweed can contribute to erosion and to flooding, by crowding out plants that help maintain streambanks. HFFA is helping out by buying special herbicide application equipment and through volunteer labor in three stages: stem bending, stem injection, and foam spraying. Chemical application will be supervised by a certified commercial operator.

The NE Iowa RC&D has set 3 “bending” dates for us: June 28, July 26, and August 16, all  Saturdays from 8AM to noon (which leaves plenty of time afterward for fishing). If general consensus is that we need to start at a later time in the morning, that is definitely a possibility. It is anticipated that 10-15 people per day would be the best to manage efficiently.

Injection Days: Wednesday, August 20th and Saturday, August 23rd
Foam Spray Treatment Days: Wednesday, September 24th and Saturday, September 27th

For more information on the project, or on these volunteer days, please contact Brian Comiskey at bcomiskey@idexcorp.com, Richard Kettleson at kittelson@northeastiowarcd.org

, or Larry Niday at nlniday@iowatelecom.net.