Hope the summer has treated you well with lots of successful fishing.!
The first Official meeting of the Hoosier Fly Fishers will be October 18th at the Colorado Steakhouse. Please note that dinner will be 6:00 and the program will begin at 7:00.
The program this month will be about fly tying and tying bench tools. I will demonstrate two flies that involve rabbit fur in a dubbing loop. The flies are Murray’s Strymp and Shenk’s White Minnow. Both these flies have been productive for me for Small Mouth Bass in local waters. Tutorials for both these flies can be found on line. However, I will be showing some tools and techniques from my bench that I think make the pattern easier to tie.
About those tools… first is a dubbing loop tool I have made and a method for cutting rabbit fur into zonker strips and crosscut rabbit fur strips. Both tools are easy to make from simple materials, effective and fun to make and use. I will also show some hair packing tools I have made. And, some other stuff… I strongly invite and encourage others to bring some of their homemade fly tying tools! I always look forward to seeing and learning about others tier’s tricks and tools. When we share, we learn.
As always, we are looking for suggestions for future programs. We are working on several programs for the coming year, including cleaning and cooking fish and a neat little event Paul Brown and Larry Barber will describe. Guest speakers are also in the works. And, oh yes, dues are due.
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday October 18th at the Colorado Steakhouse at 6:00 PM. Don’t forget to bring some of the nifty gadgets you have invented to make tying easier, more fun and productive.
Traditionally Hoosier Fly Fishers take the summer off from Official Meetings. This doesn’t mean we do nothing at all. Most of us are still fishing and tying and some of us still gather at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse to compare notes on the summer fishing and discuss what exciting new places we have visited and what flies we have been tying. September 20th will be the last of the unofficial meetings of the summer. We usually show up around 6PM. Unofficial meetings are a good time to meet and visit with local anglers and learn more about the club and the places we fish. The first Official meeting of the HFF will be in October, a good time to join the club. HFF meetings are always open to anyone who has an interest in Fly Fishing or Fly Tying. Check the website calendar for meeting times and dates.
Our club has several talented fly tyers and this summer they have been busy tying up some of their best flies for a fund raiser to support Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. HFF and CASA Board member Larry Barber, a long time supporter of CASA has organized our fly tyers and agreed to supply hand crafted display cases for all the beautiful flies that have been donated. Tyers for the auction are Tim Mather, Paul Brown, and Mike Donovan. Many thanks to Larry for all his efforts in this cause. You can check out the details of the Monroe County CASA Organization and their special event on their website and then be sure to attend the annual CASAblanca evening. Here’s Looking at you kid.
FISH REPORT: Fishing is still slow but the weather is looking up. Hopefully the fish will be looking up too. Most of the creeks are back to normal levels and it’s a good time to hit those while it’s still warm enough to wet wade. Lake Monroe is 3 foot high but dropping fast so wade fishing will be more accessible. As the waters cool off we are hoping for good runs of fall feeding wipers. Fish reports indicate that fish are biting good in the creeks and a few wipers have been caught.