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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.


October – November Meetings

The HFF October Meeting went well with a pretty good turn out for the meal and the meeting. There was a fair amount of fish tales going around during the meal. While I was in a heated discussion about how the summer fishing was on lake Monroe, I was able to hear some of the other conversations around the room. Some of the words I recall being uttered were, steelhead, smallie, wiper, walleye, salmon, one pound bluegills, and a rainbow. I’m not sure if the rainbow discussion was about the piscatorial type or an astrological phenomenon. At any rate, I’m sure they were all “keepers”.

After the short business meeting, Mike Donovan tied a few of his favorite traditional streamers. We tried to film the event to see if we can build a video library of the clubs favorite flies. We hope to have a page with fly tying videos on it soon.

Also, Charlie and Jeanne Shaw gave a presentation on their trip to Montana this past summer. What a great trip they had! The video and presentation was spectacular. Check out some of their photos in the gallery below. We hope to have more pictures and maybe a video of their adventure in the main gallery soon. Thanks, Charlie and Jeanne.

The November meeting of the HFF will be on Tuesday the 21st.
As always, at the Colorado Steakhouse, dinner at 6:00 and the program at 7:00.

The program this month will be US… In a recent discussion with a friend it was suggested that it may be interesting to have the members bring some photos of their favorite place to fish. Where is that place and why is it your favorite place, what did you catch and on what fly? Is this magic place near and familiar or far away and exotic?

Dick Powell will be doing the tying demo. I am thinking it may be a Frank Sawyers Pheasant Tail (wire instead of thread). I am looking forward to this…

The Christmas party will be December 10th at the Colorado Steakhouse. Stay tuned for details.

Stay warm,