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First Meeting of 2018

Good Afternoon and Happy New Year!

The first 2018 meeting of the Hoosier Fly Fishers will be this coming Tuesday January 16th at the Colorado Steakhouse. As always, dinner will be at 6:00 and the program will begin at 7:00.

I am sorry to report that due to unforeseen circumstances, our speaker, Mike Exl, will not be able to make it to the January meeting. I know we were looking forward to his presentation on fishing the Tippecanoe Watershed. We will reschedule as soon as possible.

However, we do have a plan “B”… and a seasonally appropriate plan at that. Larry Barber will lead a roundtable discussion on how to mentally and physically prepare for the coming spring fishing. We are thinking of things like cleaning fly lines, repairing rods and reels, tying some flies, ect. The key here is that it will be a roundtable discussion. Bring ideas and questions. I am interested in what methods you use to fix waders.

Tim Mather and a nice Smallmouth Bass

Hopefully we can  reschedule  Mike Exl to  talk about the Tippecanoe  River System, “Indiana’s Most Diverse Fly Fishing Experience!

Wildcat Creek Outfitters has been guiding the Tippacnoe River since 1996. According to the Nature Conservancy the Tippecanoe River is the 6th most biologically diverse river in North America. The numbers of game species is staggering. Smallmouth Bass are the predominate species we pursue but there are certainly plenty of other critters to keep it interesting.” Also from their site. “…The Tippy gives the angler the opportunity at a truly GIANT fish. Our largest Smallmouth landed is 6lbs 14 ozs.” I want one of those!

I am looking forward to adding this watershed to my summer adventures. Booking a trip from WCO might also be great idea! Wildcat Creek Outfitters

HFF Meetings are open to anyone that has an interest in fly tying or fly fishing. We’re always glad to see new faces as well as a few of the old ones.

Looks like we are in for some winter fun for the next few days. Stay warm and safe. See you all on the 16th.


Presentation Flies and Monroe County CASA

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.

HFF Presentaion FliesOur 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.