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.

 

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.