Category Archives: Meetings 2021

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

November 2021 HFF Meeting

The next meeting of the HFF will be Tuesday, November 16th at the American Legion post on 3rdst. Dinner at 6:00 PM Program at 7:00 PM.

This will be a busy and exciting meeting. First we will have an up or down vote on the officers for next year. They will be installed at the December meeting. There will be a selection of hackle for sale at half the original price. These will be for personal tying and not for resale. There are some real deals here for your winter fly tying adventures. In addition to the feathers, there will be some rod building supplies and several finished rods for your perusal. As always, looking for future program suggestions and hearing a few of your fantastic fishing stories.

On the program Barry Clarke will demonstrate the Uni Knot and several of its applications in fly fishing. There will be some paracord for some hands-on practice. Tim will be demonstrating how to tie the “Lake Lemon Lady” nymph. This is a pretty darn good Bluegill fly.

We are working on a location for the Christmas Party…suggestions are welcome. We will let you know as soon as a site is confirmed. Looking forward to seeing you all this coming Tuesday the 16th at American Legion Post # 18 at 1800 W. 3rd. ST> Bloomington. Dinner at 6:00 PM and the program at 7:00 PM.

In the meantime go chase some Wipers at Lake Monroe…

Best to you all,