HFFA Celebrated the Driftless this year with its Annual Meeting and Fly Fishing Show in Dubuque, Iowa, this past February. 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!
The 2015 HFFA Annual Meeting and Fly Fishing Show will be held in Dubuque, Iowa, February 20 – 22, 2015 at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center, 3100 Dodge St., Dubuque, IA 52003. Hosted by the Dubuque Fly Fishers. CLICK HERE for the show poster with more info.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Include EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880 in the subject line of the message.
Anglers know firsthand the importance of small streams and wetlands for the health of our fisheries. Please consider submitting comments on this important rule.
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 email@example.com, or by phone at 563-605-0163.
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:
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
1st Place Mike Schrader Hatchling Des Moines
2nd Place Tom Wolske Golden Doctor Ames
3rd Place Larry Murphy Sunburst Muddler Ankeny
1st Place Tom Wolske Dickey’s Dace Ames
2nd Place Tom Donnelly Light Spruce Cedar Rapids
3rd Place Larry Murphy Autumn Splendor Ankeny
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
1st Place Kendra Jacobs Egg Sucking Stone Fly Monticello
2nd Place Alexus Mullin Tigger Cedar Rapids
3rd Place Kimberly Mullin Dancing Lady Cedar Rapids
1st Place Gage Jacobs Pearl Marauder Monticello
2nd Place Kendra Jacobs Bead-eye Leach Monticello
3rd Place Ashlynn Niday Purple Matuka Knoxville
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
1st Place Mike Jacobs Heavy Hitter Crayfish Monticello
2nd Place C J Klenske Charleston Chew Cedar Rapids
1st Place Mike Jacobs Boss Tom Monticello
2nd Place C J Klenske Black Matuka Cedar Rapids
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
Another volunteer opportunity in Manchester, IA on June 9. Iowa DNR Manchester Hatchery staff will host a youth day June 9 at at Schram Park, 120 Schram Drive, Manchester, IA, covering all types of fishing, and HFFA has been invited to demonstrate fly tying and casting. They are expecting 50 kids for this event. We will do a tying demo for about 45 minutes at 10:00am and again at 1:00pm, and we will be helping with the actual fishing. We need six volunteers for this event. Please contact Larry Niday, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more info or to let him know you plan to volunteer. Schram Park is on the north side of Hwy 20, west of the Maquoketa River. Click here for location: http://goo.gl/YXlgt0.
Volunteers needed in the Iowa City/North Liberty area June 7. In the past, HFFA has teamed with Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) to organize a youth and family fly fishing and fly tying workshop, usually held in Fayette County. This year, TAKO has expanded to the Corridor and is a key participant, along with the Iowa DNR, City of North Liberty, and Scheels in the Family Fishing Day on Free Fishing Weekend, held at the Liberty Centre Park in North Liberty, IA (map at: http://goo.gl/NRT3Et). The event is from 9 to noon, starting with the Fish Iowa Youth Casting Games Regional Casting Qualifier, and the Family Fishing Event following. If the weather cooperates, we could have upwards of 400 visitors. HFFA plans to demo/teach fly tying, casting, and help get the kids on a fish in the pond. This is a great volunteer opportunity to teach young and old about fly fishing. We need at least six volunteers for this event. Contact Ryan Maas at email@example.com for more details.
2014 Annual HFFA Bluegill Outing. May 16-18, Lake Keomah State Park, just east of Oskaloosa, south off Hwy 92. Check out our Facebook for more details here. There is a potluck lunch scheduled for the group at noon on Saturday. Freshly caught fish can be cooked on-site at the lunch.
A relatively new avenue for Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association to raise funds in support of our habitat work and educational programs, is the opportunity we have as an Iowa 501(c)(3) conservation organization to auction a special Non-Resident Iowa Deer hunting tag. Purchase price in excess of the base tag price ($426) is tax deductible. Proceeds are split with the Iowa DNR, with the base cost of the tag being deducted from HFFA’s share. Last year’s auction netted HFFA over $4,000. The value in this tag is two-fold: the buyer assures themselves of an opportunity to hunt an Iowa buck, in either 2014 or 2015 (buyer’s choice), which is particularly important to buyers who missed out in the regular tag drawing, and the tax deductible proceeds go to benefit Iowa’s natural resources.
Bidders interested in purchasing the tag in this year’s auction, or to get more information, can find it on eBay, item 121404700686, or by clicking here. If you don’t hunt yourself, or don’t need a non-resident tag, but know an avid non-resident deer hunter who wants to be assured of having a tag to hunt on for 2014 or 2015, please share this info. Auction ends Aug. 17, 2014 at 10:22:46am Pacific Daylight Time.