Hoosier Fly Fishers started the new year off with a great meeting. As always the food and hospitality at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse was the best. Thanks to the staff for always taking such good care of us!
The guest speaker for this month was Mike Exl, head fly fishing guide at Wildcat Creek Outfitters located on Main Street in Zionsville, Indiana. This evening Mike gave a talk about fly fishing for carp in Indiana and Lake Michigan. Mike is very enthusiastic about fly fishing for carp and covered every aspect of carp on the fly so well that several of the members are ready to start tying carp flies for the coming year. He even mentioned a few of his secret flies and honey holes for carp. I know I am anxious to get to the tying bench to tie up some of those purple thingies and this summer you will find me wading the flats. Thanks Mike for a great presentation. If you are interested in fly fishing Indiana stop in at Wildcat Creek Outfitters and talk to Mike about a fly fishing trip soon or email him from their website. You’ll be glad you did.
Club President Tim Mather gave a fly tying demonstration on tying weighted flies. Tim showed a large fly box full of examples of weighted flies from size 8 up to size 2/0. For the demonstration Tim tied a Flat Wing Full Dress Clouser with tips on tying dubbing loops and spacing materials. Tim also discussed what fish species he has caught using weighted flies such as wipers, smallmouth bass, carp and one pound bluegills. What a great looking fly! I will use it wisely, thanks Tim. If you missed the large box of weighted flies, it is rumored you might get a close look at it in the April Meeting, bring cash.
Fish Report: NONE
Upcoming Meeting Highlights: February, Jill Vance of the Indiana DNR will be here to talk with us about youth fishing and Lake Monroe events. April, Colonel Kevin will once again delight us with his Auctioneer Skills.