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.

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 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 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, or by phone at 563-605-0163.