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Annual HFF Members Picnic May 21st 2022

Time once again for one of highlights of the year, the HFF annual picnic!! And, once again, the Clarke’s have generously offered their Lake Lemon home as the site for the picnic. This year the picnic will be May 21st.  The fun will start about 11:00 with food at 12:00.  The club will provide burgers, buns, chips and soft drinks. If you want adult beverages, you will have to bring those. Please bring a side dish to share… I have the chocolate cake business covered. Again, many thanks to the Clarke’s for their generosity!

Please note that Lake Lemon is in the back yard and this would be an excellent time and place to try out all the first-class tackle and flies you bought at the auction. Who knows, there may even have been some flies noted for catching Bluegills in local water.

Another thing to note is that the HFF will be having “Official Meetings” this summer.  Usually we have had “unofficial meetings”, that is there would not be a “real” program for the meeting, just eat dinner and tell fishing lies stories. This summer we will be having programs for the meeting and still eat, drink and tell stories.  As always, we look for suggestions for program or demos. Please stay tuned for details of up-coming meetings. Rumor has it that there may well be a demo on tying a feather Game Changer fly in July.

Hope to see you all at the picnic on May 21st. Claims of 1-pound Bluegills taken from Lake Lemon during the picnic will be carefully weighted by the Executive Committee and the successful fly will be confiscated for our personal future use…

See you there,  Tim

Upcoming HFF meetings and Events 2021-2022

The HFF Christmas Party: We  will meet  at the Red Lobster Restaurant on December 11th at 11:15. The Red Lobster is located at 2617 E. 3rd ST in Bloomington. We are really looking forward to seeing you all for a great time! The raffle for this year will be a fly rod with a reel and line. Can it get any better than that? Who doesn’t need another rod…Early Christmas gift, if you win…  Each payed up member will receive a $20 token for themselves and their guest.  This is intend to cover food and drinks. It will be most helpful to get a RSVP if you plan to attend and if you will be bringing a guest. Please send your RSVP to Barry Clarke at  This will greatly help with the planning .

Fly Tying and Rod Building: Classes are being planned for the coming year. The dates for these is to be determined but we would like  to have a tentative sign up for each class to help with the planning for materials and work space. Let us know if you would be interested in these classes.

Fly Tying: Classes will cost $30 and that will include all materials necessary for the flies involved. This does not include tying tools but does include all the hooks, feathers and other tying materials need. By the end of this class, you will have some new or improved skills and a supply of flies you tied. Nothing beats catching fish on your own flies! Our skilled members will be the instructors and we hope for one instructor for every four students.

Fly Rod Building: Classes will cost $100. This price includes a rod blank and all the hardware necessary to build your  own fly rod. Again, skilled members of the club  will provide the instruction.  For the cost of this class, you will wind up with a new skill set and a fly rod worth at least 3 or 4 times the cost of the class. We will have a list of the rod blanks available at the Christmas party.

The January HFF Meeting :The program will be Larry Barber presenting his recent research on “what fish eat” and in what type of locally available waters the fishy food live. He will be suggesting fly patterns that will mimic the bug and catch the fish. He will be tying a few of the patterns to match the fishy food. Looks like a fun filled evening!

The April HFF Meeting: April’s meeting will be the Annual HFF Auction. This auction will focus on fishing related items. A real chance to pick up that odd treasure you didn’t really know you needed. The auction also usually includes  flies from a number of our club members. So, save up a few bucks to spend at the Annual HFF Auction and dig out a few treasures  you no longer need for the auction…fishing related items someone else will love. And, if that is not enough, our own Colonel Kevin Montague with his highly regarded dulcet voice has again committed to be the auctioneer! Proceeds from the Annual HFF Auction help support the club.

Stay warm, Tim