April Meeting going once, going twice……..

Kernal Kevin
Kernal Kevin working his magic.

The April Hoosier Fly Fishers Meeting was a great success.  Everyone had a good time visiting and telling fish stories as well as welcoming some new faces to the group.  There were several of us old faces there for the fellowship and  a helping of  Steve’s awesome cooking but mostly we were there for the Annual HFF auction of good stuff.  The Annual HFF auction helps to fund the club’s activities and any Environmental Projects we support.   As usual, Kernal Kevin was in good form for the occasion and with his quick wit and humor he managed to auction off tons of good stuff.  Among some of the more popular items were fly tying supplies, fly rods, and fly boxes full of one pound bluegill flies.  Kevin worked hard at clearing the tables full of stuff and when the dust settled he had raised over $600 for the club.  Many thanks Kevin for a job well done and thanks to all the members that brought in all that good stuff!

After the meeting, I was standing in the Colorado Steakhouse parking lot talking with club president TimM about all the one pound bluegill flies he had been tying.  All the good stuff had been loaded and hauled away and all that remained was a small car exiting the parking lot. As the car turned south on College I heard a faint voice say “going once…… going twice…….”

HFF Projects: The HFF Club has purchased 500 trees for the Indiana DNR to plant around Monroe Lake.  The DNR plans to plant the trees the morning of May 21st. Fishing clubs and the Boy Scouts have volunteered to help plant the trees but more help is needed. If you can spend a couple of hours with friends and help with the planting you can contact Rex Waters at the Paynetown Office and let him know you are coming to help. Bring a shovel and meet at Paynetown.  PH: 812-837-9546

The club also purchased some fishing line disposal units to be placed around Monroe Lake. More info soon.

Fish and Lake Report: Fishing has been good pretty much everywhere. We have received good reports from North Carolina, Lake Lemon, Griffy Lake, farm ponds, Monroe Lake and a few local creeks. We have had reports of almost every species of fish being caught on flies. Warmer weather has the fish in a feeding mood, Spring is a great time to fly fish, try it.

Monroe Lake is 5ft high and dropping slow, surface water temperature is hovering around 60 degrees and warmer in the backs of bays. Northern Indiana Reservoirs are at pool or below, expect low flow rates downstream from them, southern reservoirs are high and releasing lots of water, expect high water levels if you fish downstream from them. If you fish below reservoirs or in Indiana streams or rivers you can get water flow rates and levels on the USGS website. You can read historical, recent and real-time water data by clicking on a location in Indiana. Some of the gauges even read real time water temperature.  Check it out here: USGS Water Data for Indiana

April HFF Meeting

The next HFF meeting will be April 19, 2016 and will be at The Colorado Steakhouse, Dinner at 6:00 and the program at 7:00.

 Ahhh…Spring in Indiana. Things you might need for spring in Indiana, Tee shirts, it might be 75, or snow shovel for the driveway, or chain saw for the wind downed tree in your driveway, the number for a good roofer thanks to the straight line winds and maybe, just maybe a fly rod on occasion, I could go on but you get the picture. And, by the way, I hope you are not trying to grow peaches or have a vineyard, there is a freeze watch tonight!

However, one spring event that comes without hassle and happens every year regardless of rain or snow…the annual HFF AUCTION! I have talked with Kernal Kevin and he assures me he has been in training, first 5 minutes, now 10, now 20, can he make 30? We need you to bring lots of really good stuff for Kevin to sell. Kevin will do his part; our part is to bring some really cool stuff for the auction. This is a wonderful opportunity to shed some of the “extra” rods and reels, flies, materials and such. The better stuff you bring, the more fun we will have and the harder Kevin will have to work. And oh yes, bring a few bucks. Funds raised help pay for the Christmas Party, the Picnic and any donations the club makes to fishing and conservation related activities.

As if the auction were not enough fun, Mike Donovan will tie a neat little streamer for fishing brush piles.

The May meeting will be the club picnic on May 14. More information on this will come soon.

See you all on April 19th at the Colorado Steakhouse for another fun fill evening.

Tim

FISH REPORT: Monroe Lake is still high, 5.3 foot at the moment, water temperatures hovering in the mid 50’s. Rumors are heard of every species being caught but apparently none have been photographed, so I have to assume they all have been small. RogerD has given up and headed to NC for some dandy trout and the report is he is doing well. Club members can see his fish reports in the Members only forums. Higher temperatures are in the forecast so fishing will get much better soon. Spring is a wonderful time on the fly, especially for one pound bluegills!

 

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