April HFF Meeting and Stuff

UPDATE: Ian Anderson is unable to attend the HFF meeting on the 15th.  Amended schedule will include three fly tying specialists doing what they do best.  Come see what they will be tying.  Ian Anderson will be rescheduled later in the year.  Food and fellowship at 6:00 PM and Fly Tying Demonstrations at 7:00 PM

The next meeting of the HFF will be on April 15th at the Colorado Steakhouse.   As always dinner will be at 6:00 and the program will start at 7:00.  We have an exciting program this month with Ian Anderson telling us all about Fly Fishing for White Bass.

Well,  at least we will not have to water the lawn any time soon. On the other hand,  it may be a few days before local fishing makes any sense.   At 9:00 this morning Lake Monroe is at 545.62 feet which is above  538 feet, the normal pool.  This is 7.62 feet high!  And,  the chance for rain today is 50%.  You can keep an eye on the lake levels at the club web site,  click on Lake Monroe Hydrograph. There are other local water condition links on the website.  Check them out for current water levels.  Some even have water temperatures.

On a brighter note,  the April program will be Ian Anderson from Flymasters (http://www.flymasters.com) and the very interesting website, Warmwater Chronicals (http://warmwaterchronicles.com).   Ian will be telling us all about White Bass fishing.  According to the Flymasters staff profile,

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

“Ian taught himself to fly fish at 17 and has done nothing but fly fish since.  Having grown up in Northern Indiana he has spent many long hours learning warmwater fly fishing.  His favorite fish is the smallmouth bass.  “They can be as finicky as trout but always put up a good fight”.  Having recently started saltwater fishing he likes to get back to the sea as often as he can.”  Ian also teaches the Beginning Fly Tying and Intermediate and Skills Development Fly Tying Classes being offered at FlyMasters. Come join us and learn all about tackle, techniques and flies.”

More news…  The annual HFF picnic will be May 31st.  Once again Barry Clarke has offered this Lake Lemon estate for the venue. Thank you Barry.  The club will provide burgers,  brats and buns. Please bring some tasty side dish to round out the groaning board.  As always this will be a chance to chat with friends and perhaps even catch a fish or two.  The fun will start at 11:00 with food at 1:00. More on this later…

The Hoosier Fly Fishers does not officially meet over the summer. Our constitution mandates this schedule.  The reason for this pause in official business is the fact that we need to be fishing during the summer,  not attending meetings.  So it is just that simple,  simply go fishing.  However, if you miss our merry band of fly fishers,  we will meet unofficially on Tuesdays over the summer at the Colorado Steakhouse.  Unofficial meetings will be June 17,  July 15,  August 19,  and September 16th.  Hope to see you all there.  Tall tales and useful tips are in order.  The first officially official meeting of the fall will be October 21st.

Tim

March 2014 HFF Meeting

Larry Brown Tying a Streamer

Larry Brown Tying a Streamer

Several Members attended the March Hoosier Fly Fishers meeting and enjoyed the  food and fellowship as well as a  fly tying demonstration by Larry Brown.   The Annual HFF Merchandise Auction was the main event for the evening and members brought in some great stuff for us to bid on and take home.   A sampling of the items up for grabs were,  fly reels,  fiberglass fly rod,  bamboo fly rod,  fly packs,  hand tied flies,  and many other nice items.   As expected, Colonel Kevin Montague was in fine form for the night.   He  entertained us with his wit and coaxed us into bidding on the fine fly fishing items with his auctioneering skills.  Thank you Kevin for a delightful evening.  The proceeds from the auction will go into a fund for acquiring guest speakers for the club.

Larry Brown Demonstrates tying by hand.

Larry Brown Demonstrates tying by hand.

After the auction Larry Brown gave a demonstration on tying a smallmouth streamer fly of his own design.   The unique thing about Larry’s presentation was that the only tools he used was a pair of scissors to trim the material with.   The fly was tied completely by hand.   Larry also told about how he came up with the fly pattern while fishing for smallmouth bass on a local creek.    If you missed the story about the fly and the smallmouth, ask him about it sometime.   The story is a good lesson in what fly fishing is all about.   Thanks Larry for the demonstration and your insight into our sport.

Warm Water Cronicles

Warm Water Cronicles

The April 15th meeting will feature Ian Anderson of Warm Water Chronicles and Fly Masters in Indy as the program.   He will tell us all about spring White Bass fishing.  Ian also teaches beginning and intermediate fly tying at FlyMasters and is a font of information about warm water flyfishing.  If you haven’t already, check out the WWC site for Ian’s weekly tying tips. Good stuff there.

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