Annual HFF Picnic

The annual HFF picnic was a big success again with several club members and families attending.  The weather was perfect, the fishing was fair, the food was great,  and Suzie and Barry were the perfect hosts.  Barry cooks up the best burgers and brats in the county and Buddy entertained us all with his endless energy and appetite for tennis balls.  It was a great day for the HFF Annual picnic outing, thanks Barry and Suzie for sharing your place with us.

Checkout a few pictures of the events.

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.

John Gierach has a new book, “All Fishermen Are Liars.” This will
certainly be some good summer reading!

Hope to see you all at the picnic,

Tim

North to Alaska

North to Alaska

North to Alaska

The expression “North To Alaska” has been used quite a bit in the past by pioneers and adventurers.  There has been a popular song by that name and a John Wayne movie called North To Alaska.   Today there is a website and TV show about North to Alaska with Larry Csonka.   It seems there has been a migration North To Alaska from this country ever since the US acquired the territory in a treaty with Russia in 1867 and purchased it in 1868, see the actual receipt here.

Today some of the migration is due to the fantastic fishing and the lure of a wilderness adventure that is available in Alaska.  Modern fishing lodges are scattered throughout some of the best fishing areas in the state and most of them will cater to the fly fishing enthusiast.  A few of our members have had the chance to experience the wonder and thrill of a fishing trip to Alaska.  One of our own, Ben West,  will be migrating to Alaska for the summer and we hope we can follow along with him.

Ben’s first passion is fishing and he is good at it, we say he is “fishy” because when we fish it’s Ben that catches the first fish…always and he usually gets the most fish.  He is also an accomplished fly tier and always seems to know what the fish like.  Well, Ben is on his way to Alaska to work and guide at one of the remote fishing lodges of Deneki Outdoors.  We hope to follow along with him in his travels and maybe even get some fish pictures and fishing reports straight from the wilderness.

Caught ya Caddis by Ben West

Caught ya’ Caddis

Ben is also a very good artist and plans on taking lots of Alaska pictures as well as fish pictures for his collection of art resources.  Hopefully we can share some of the pictures here in a “North To Alaska Gallery”.  Ben’s artwork is featured on his website at West River Artwork and he recently had a showing and sale at the King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia.  He is very talented and his paintings feature his passion, fish and fishing.

We’ll post more links and information from Ben as soon as he is able to send that information on to us.  For now Ben is on his way North To Alaska!

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