The HFF will meet this coming Tuesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM. However, given the recent notable increase in the number of cases of the various strains of the Covid virus, we have decided that attendance will be at the members own discretion within their comfort range. In light of this change, we have determined that it would be best to reschedule Larry Barber’s much anticipated presentation on what nymphs fish eat and the best water to find these bugs. We really look forward to this program and thank Larry for his work on this presentation. We will reschedule this event for a later date.
As usual the meeting will start with a roundtable discussion. Part of this discussion will be on establishing a mission statement and a vision statement for the Hoosier Fly Fishers. The meeting will also include:
- Mike Donovan will discuss plans for the Fly-Tying class.
- There will be a list of the various upcoming fly-fishing shows.
- There will be additional items from Dick Powel’s supplies of tying materials for sale. This will include hooks, feathers and some equipment. This sale may well take the form of a mini auction.
- There will be a traditional raffle.
We will reschedule Larry’s presentation and other anticipated major programs for later dates that are more comfortable for the majority of the members. Again, we will meet on January 18th at the American Legion Post in Bloomington, dinner at 6:00 PM and activities at 7:00 PM.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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