Feb. 17-19, 2017 HFFA Annual Meeting, Iowa City, IA

Join HFFA members in Iowa City for the 2017 Annual Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association Fly Fishing Show

February 17-19, 2017

Clarion Hotel Highlander Conference Center, Iowa City, Iowa — check this website for more details in the weeks to come

Featured Presenters: Lori-Ann Murphy and Jay “Fishy” Fullum

PLUS: regional experts and programs focused on youth and women in fly fishing




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!

For Chad Mason’s presentation on Warmwater Fly Fishing in Central Iowa, >>click here to download<<.


  • 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.

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.


2016 State Fair Fly Tying Competition – Winners Announced

Judging Fly 20162016 Iowa State Fair Fly Tying Competition

The fly tying competition was held this past week at the 2016 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). Thank you to the Central Iowa Fly Fishers for their organization and work in making this annual event a success.

There were 12 entrants with 36 flies entered into the competition from across the state: 3 in the junior division, 7 in the adult division, and 2 in the expert division. Contestants could enter flies in four categories – dry flies, wet/nymph flies, streamer flies, and open.

This year’s judges were Dean Elder (Marshalltown) and James Barnhart (Des Moines). The judges awarded three places for each category. The judging took place at the State Fair on Friday, August 12th and awards were presented on the DNR stage on Saturday, August 13th.

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 was nearly full attendance in the DNR Courtyard stage area for these demonstrations.

Thank you to all the tiers for sharing their creations with us and thank you to the judges and organizers for making this competition possible. And the results of the 2016 Iowa State Fair Fly Tying Competition are…

Junior Division

  Tier Name Fly Pattern City
Dry Fly Category      
1st Place Owen Harris Ant Polk City
2nd Place Keelan Van Heiden Yellow Sally Simulator Holland
Wet Fly/Nymph Category      
1st Place Keelan Van Heiden Bead Head Prince Nymph Holland
2nd Place Owen Harris Pink Squirrel Polk City
3rd Place Anna Harris Big Catch Polk City
Open Category      
1st Place Owen Harris Big Bill Polk City
2nd Place Anna Harris Golden Winner Polk City
Streamer Category      
1st Place Keelan Van Heiden Olive Woolly Bugger Holland
2nd Place Anna Harris Little Sparkle Polk City
3rd Place Owen Harris Black Ghost Polk City

Adult Division

  Tier Name Fly Pattern City
Dry Fly Category      
1st Place Micah Fields October Caddis Iowa City
2nd Place Clayton Walters Griffiths Gnat Ely
3rd Place Tom Wolske Ginger Quill Ames
Wet Fly/Nymph Category      
1st Place Tom Donnelly Hornberg Cedar Rapids
2nd Place Tom Wolskey Shakey Bealy Ames
3rd Place Clayton Walters Pheasant Tail Ely
Open Category      
1st Place Micah Fields Hopper Juan Iowa City
2nd Place Tom Wolske Hydropsyche Caddis Larva Ames
3rd Place Clayton Walters Wooly Bugger Ely
Streamer Category      
1st Place Clayton Walters Muddler Minnow Ely
2nd Place Tom Wolske Rogan’s Royal Gray Ghost Ames
3rd Place Rick Kelly Ally’s Shrimp Johnston

Expert Division

  Tier Name Fly Pattern City
Dry Fly Category      
1st Place CJ Klenske Sparkle Blue Wing Olive Dubuque
2nd Place Michael Jacobs Humpy Monticello
Wet Fly/Nymph Category      
1st Place CJ Klenske Caddistrophic Pupa Dubuque
2nd Place Michael Jacobs Rubber Leg Peacock Nymph Monticello
Open Category      
1st Place Michael Jacobs Grim Reaper Monticello
2nd Place CJ Klenske Hot Wire Stone Dubuque
Streamer Category      
1st Place Michael Jacobs Goldie Monticello

Judges 2016 State Fair

Spring Branch Workday this Saturday

Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Spring Branch Creek – meet at Hatchery parking lot – coffee and rolls start at 8 a.m., work begins at 8:30 a.m.: The DNR has had a contractor repair/replace the corridor fence along the Tibbott Easement, farther back from the stream. We will be removing old posts and fence.  DNR staff will be operating equipment and will remove posts with the assistance of volunteer crews.  Volunteers will also be removing clips and staples from the old fence using pliers and will be rolling the old barb fence for repurposing or disposal.  Volunteers will also be needed to carry posts and wire from removal locations to an on-site “pile” or hay wagon.  Volunteers will not need to be in the water so waders are not needed.  Volunteers should consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots, and gloves to avoid punctures and abrasions from the old barb fence and brush.  It is also recommended that volunteers wear some type of protective glasses if working around the old fence and brush.

It is our best guess that we have at least an entire morning of work and may even need to work after lunch a bit if folks are available and willing.  It will largely depend on how the day goes and how many volunteers help out.  We will not be post-pounding this time and will wrap things up by 3:00 pm at the latest.  With some luck we will have things finished up way before the afternoon.

See below for a map to the Manchester DNR Fish Hatchery parking lot.



2016 HFFA Workdays

2016 HFFA Workdays announced

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – Turtle Creek public access on Lake Delhi – 8 a.m. – noon Dan Kirby, Mark Winn (both DNR), and the Delaware County Conservation Board have been constructing stake beds at the Turtle Creek public access during the fall and would like HFFA volunteers to help continue construction and installation of fishing habitat on-site. This depends on the weather, so watch the website and the Facebook page for updates.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 – Spring Branch Creek – downstream from the Hatchery – 8 a.m. – noon: The DNR has had a contractor repair/replace the corridor fence along the Tibbott Easement. The fence-line was moved farther back from the stream. The DNR saved money on the contractor cost and reduced impact on the corridor by leaving the old fence for us to remove with hand labor rather than with a bulldozer. HFFA volunteers would snip and roll-up the old wire and remove t-posts with the assistance of Dan and Mark on a small tractor.

Saturday, October 8, 2016 – Seed Saver’s Exchange, Decorah Iowa – 8:30 a.m. –noon: Seed Saver’s Exchange has been hosting a workday for a few years with free on-site camping on Friday and Saturday night for volunteers. Stay-tuned for details as they develop.

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.