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I just got off the phone with the DNR. They hope implement the lifetime trout stamp for persons 65+ sometime this month. When they do they will post it on Facebook and it will show up on the Resident Fishing License section on their website. The cost will be a one time fee of $65.00.
2021 Fly Tying Competition Fair Results
A Letter from the Committee to #SaveBloodyRun
Some places are special. Bloody Run Creek is one of the best trout streams we have, and one of only 32 streams designated an Outstanding Iowa Water.

Some actions cannot go unchallenged. DNR’s approval of the nutrient management plan (NMP) for Supreme Beef, which sits near the headwaters of Bloody Run, was politically motivated, devoid from reason, and scandalous. Read more at:
www.savebloodyrun.org/about-bloody-run-creek/
A Letter from the Committee to #SaveBloodyRun
Some places are special. Bloody Run Creek is one of the best trout streams we have, and one of only 32 streams designated an Outstanding Iowa Water.
Some actions cannot go unchallenged. DNR’s approval of the nutrient management plan (NMP) for Supreme Beef, which sits near the headwaters of Bloody Run, was politically motivated, devoid from reason, and scandalous. Read more at:
Don't forget to enter your favorite fly you tied into the State Fair Fly Tying Competition this year! There are three divisions, Adult, Expert and Junior and four categories, Dry, Nymph/Wet,, Streamer, and Open. Don't forget your child or grand children entries. Entry by July 31st.
Trying to learn how to fish small mouths. I live by middle raccoon river. I know at one time was suppose to be good for small mouths, but I have recently been told otherwise. Looking for tips on good rivers to fish.
Is there a 2021 bluegill outing?
Bluegill Outing 2020
Lake Wapello

The Bluegill Outing will be held at Lake Wapello near Drakesville IA
May 8, 9, 10
The Bluegill outing will be at Lake Wapello this year. I know it is Mother’s Day Weekend but it is the only weekend that Steve “Fish Slayer” Anderson can be there and if you want to eat fish we need him. Most people leave on Sunday morning anyway so if you want to leave then or earlier I understand. We have had it there in the past and people liked it because the campground is right on the lake and you can leave your boat tied up. Lake Wapello has gone through a major renovation and the campgrounds have seen improvements also. They have cabins for those of you that do not want to rough it. Steve and I will be cooking all your fillets so bring a covered dish for the Saturday noon pot luck and your Black Bead Eyed Leaches and come join the fun.
If you want to make cabin reservations the phone number for Lake Wapello is
641-722-3371

For those of you who want to make reservations you can now do so on the DNR reservation website.
Lost a hearing aid at Mink last Friday. If anyone found it I would like to know.
The Tiger Hawk. Pretty sure this one is going on the wall and not the water. Too special to me.
San Juan rainbows
Redington Crosswater 9' 8wt 4pc. Purchased new in February to use as a backup for a recent trip. Comes with sock and warranty card. $50.00 + postage if I have to ship.

The Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association is a state-wide organization of anglers, tiers and conservationi The Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association (HFFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of anglers and conservationists dedicated to the promotion of fly fishing and associated activities, to the education of others in the art and joys of fly fishing and the outdoors, to the preservation and conservation of those natural resources that are important to fly fishing and to the enhancement of fellowship and camaraderie among fly fishers.

19/03/2022

Scott Nordby doing a fly tying program at the Great Waters Fly Fishing show in St. Paul today. Note the vise he's using is rotary using a drill press chuck, horseshoes base and pliers used as vise jaws. Would this be the world's first and original rotary vise?

13/02/2022

Those who love and appreciate Iowa's public lands, listen up!

A bill that would be disastrous to the future of conservation in Iowa passed rapidly through the Iowa Senate Natural Resources and Environment Subcommittee yesterday and is advancing to the full committee soon.

Senate Study Bill 3134 severely restricts the Iowa DNR and county conservation boards from acquiring land by placing a cap on the amount these groups can spend, which would mean less land and natural resources protected and restored in the future. The cap also punishes Iowa landowners who want to sell their land for public use. 

This is the wrong direction for our state if we want any chance of improving our polluted waterways and supporting local wildlife.

Contact the committee members and tell them you do not support SSB 3134: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/committee?groupID=699&ga=89

#iowa #conservation #landprotection #iowaoutdoors #publicland

10/01/2022

I saw this on Facebook today and thought that many HFFA members might be interested.

08/01/2022

Bluegill Outing 2022 [REVISED DATES]
With luck we will have a bluegill outing this year at Lake Wapello IA. May 20-22, 2022
We want to make sure everyone is safe so the food thing will be a little different. If you bring food please provide a serving utensil. Dan Peterson is going to ask for 2-3 people that have been vaccinated to be servers; he will provide gloves and masks for servers.
Attendees will provide their own drink, Steve and Dan will still cook all your fish you catch and clean 😊
Let’s have a good time and be safe.

2021 FFI Women Connect | Driftless Rendezvous 4K 16/11/2021

2021 FFI Women Connect | Driftless Rendezvous 4K

Fly Fishers International, HFFA's parent club, sponsored the FFI Women Connect group for a week of fishing in the Driftless on Sept 27 - Oct 3, 2021. Participants came from all over the country, including several HFFA members from Iowa.
The film premiere showing was tonight. See if there is anyone you recognize!

2021 FFI Women Connect | Driftless Rendezvous 4K This fall, our travels took us back to our home waters in the beautiful Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota for a gathering of women fly anglers taking ...

02/11/2021

Watch for this to be released soon. We have several HFFA members in the preview. See if you can spot them.

2021 Virtual Expo Activities 02/11/2021

2021 Virtual Expo Activities

There is a lot going on this weekend at the FFI Virtual Expo. For only $25 there are dozens of free programs over 3 days.

2021 Virtual Expo Activities Novmeber 5-7, EVERYONE INVITED!

20/10/2021

Learn from the Pros!

Fly Fishers International is the parent club of Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association. It's a great price and worth checking out.

Photos from Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association's post 14/10/2021

After recent rains our area rivers are about a foot high and too dirty for effective fly fishing. With any luck they will rebound back into shape before cold water temps shut the fishing down for the year. Smallies, Northern Pike and Walleye all have put on the feed bag preparing for winter. If conditions allow you definitely need to get out chasing these river bruisers.

23/09/2021

Press Release:

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST IOWA DNR
SAYS BLATANT MISCALCULATIONS PUT IOWANS AT RISK

Iowa Chapter Sierra Club files suit - accuses Iowa DNR officials of using bad information to approve Supreme Beef CAFO near Monona.

CLAYTON COUNTY, Iowa – A feedlot set to house 11,600 head of cattle approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to cause controversy.

The Committee to Save Bloody Run says the proposed Supreme Beef LLC concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) in Clayton County used a skewed nutrient management plan (NMP) riddled with incorrect information and miscalculations. A lawsuit filed this morning details point after point of wrong information presented to and considered by the Iowa DNR for approval.

Because the Iowa DNR has refused to reconsider its decision – even after exposure of the faulty data used by Supreme Beef – the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club has taken legal action.

“In spite of numerous comments from over 100 people and groups, the DNR blatantly violated its own rules and Iowa law when approving the nutrient management plan,” said Wally Taylor, legal counsel for Sierra Club of Iowa. “The DNR failed to protect Iowa’s water. That’s their job. We need to set a strong precedent that we expect the DNR to do its job.”

Among the many arguments raised by the lawsuit, the filing details obvious miscalculations. Inappropriate manure storage, improper calculation of the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus in manure the 11,600 cattle will produce, and the risk of spreading manure on Highly Erodible Land (HEL) pose a dangerous risk to nearby Outstanding Iowa Water designee Bloody Run Creek and other streams in the area.

“Bloody Run Creek is a designated Outstanding Iowa Water. Beyond that, we have laws about manure lagoons sited in karst terrain that should have prevented this from happening,” explains Steve Veysey, Committee to Save Bloody Run organizer. “DNR approved it anyway. I, for one, would like to know why.”

The Committee to Save Bloody Run has embarked on a comprehensive water testing initiative for streams in the area. The group intends to establish baseline readings to quickly identify when pollution occurs in the future.

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Donate to our legal and water testing fund at www.savebloodyrun.org/donate

16/09/2021

TONIGHT: Virtual Presentation on Bloody Run Creek
Monthly Iowa TU virtual presentations resume tonight at 6:30pm when the North Bear Chapter hosts Steve Vesey and Wally Taylor, talking about Bloody Run Creek and the threat from a large, concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) to the Bloody Run Creek watershed. Wally and Steve will highlight concerns, current activities taking place to address the CAFO and answering questions from the meeting participants. Please join us to find out what you can do in this effort!

Bloody Run Creek is a high-quality trout stream and one of only 32 streams designated Outstanding Iowa Waters. If you would like to learn more about this prior to the presentation, please visit www.savebloodyrun.org.

Virtual meeting information:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84538791105?pwd=OGZ2RU9NcUlwZlNJbElYWjhvbldwZz09
Meeting ID: 845 3879 1105
Passcode: 193986

About Bloody Run Creek - Save Bloody Run 12/08/2021

About Bloody Run Creek - Save Bloody Run

About Bloody Run Creek - Save Bloody Run A Letter from the Committee to Save Bloody Run Some places are special. Bloody Run Creek is one of the best trout streams we have, and one of only 32 streams designated an Outstanding Iowa Water. Some actions cannot go unchallenged. DNR’s approval of the nutrient management plan (NMP) for Supreme ...

Photos from Larry-Pat Murphy's post 12/08/2021

Photos from Larry-Pat Murphy's post

08/08/2021
13/07/2021

Here is the info for this year's Iowa State Fair Fly Tying Competition. Get your entry in!

13/07/2021

Don't forget to enter your favorite fly you tied into the State Fair Fly Tying Competition this year! There are three divisions, Adult, Expert and Junior and four categories, Dry, Nymph/Wet,, Streamer, and Open. Don't forget your child or grand children entries. Entry by July 31st.

02/12/2020

UPDATE: the site appears to be back up and running. Still looking into the cause.
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We are aware the HFFA website is showing a message that it is suspended. This is being investigated. Please continue to check this page for the most current HFFA information. Thanks

News From Our Friends at Casting For Recovery | Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association 06/10/2020

News From Our Friends at Casting For Recovery | Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our friends at Casting for Recovery have something special set up with Exile Brewing in Des Moines. Special edition Ruthie bottles in stores, a donation to Casting for Recovery and Casting for Recovery night at Exile Brewing Company Oct. 21. Read more here: https://www.hawkeyeflyfishing.com/newspost/casting-for-recovery-and-exile-brewing/

News From Our Friends at Casting For Recovery | Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association News From Our Friends at Casting For Recovery TO: Casting for Recovery Iowa participants, river helpers, volunteers and breast cancer survivors This October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Iowa’s Exile Brewing Company has partnered with Casting for Recovery Iowa to support local women on...

10/08/2020

Had a fun day floating and fishing with Hank Moeller and Jason Hayes today. We didn't catch smallies everywhere and all the time. It was more of a here and there, now and then kind of day. But we all enjoyed our time on the water and we did catch "enough".

03/08/2020

Ray Thys and I did some smallmouth prospecting on a small river today. We caught decent numbers of smallies but just not the bigs we were hoping for. We had to settle with 13" and 14 inchers as our biggest. Nothing wrong at all with smallies that size. They are still loads of fun on a fly rod.

Photos from Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association's post 26/07/2020

Four of us floated and fished for smallies today. It was a very good fishing day with some bigs in the mix, unlike last Sunday when every fish we caught were 12" and smaller. Our largest fish today was my 17" smallie. We also had at least 4-15 inchers and several 14's. Great day to be chasing smallies though it was just a tad warm.

Photos from Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association's post 23/07/2020

After work today I took a friend to a favorite small stream in search of some smallmouth bass. We didn't catch huge numbers of fish but we certainly landed some quality fish. Eastern Iowa small streams and rivers are finally coming around to fishable levels and water clarity is very good on some waters.
Please hold off the dumper late summer rains and flooding this year. We all need to get some time on the water chasing the Bronze Brawler.

Photos from Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association's post 19/07/2020

One of HFFA's founding members, Craig Ritland, getting into some smallies today on an Eastern Iowa river.

11/07/2020

With the cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair we will not be holding the annual State Fair fly tying competition. Of course we are disappointed but hope you all will keep your skills sharp and creative juices flowing for a fantastic set of entries for 2021. See you next year!

04/07/2020

The port-a-potties at the North and South Bear Confluence sites on Quandahl are now placed and ready for use. Due to COVID-19 virus concerns, please take proper precautions when touching all surfaces. Cleaning is done once a week by NESS Pumping Service, owners of the potties.

Donations for the continued placement of the potties are welcome and may be made by placing money in the blue donation boxes or through gofundme at https://www.gofundme.com/port-a-potty.

The donation boxes were made by TU chapter member, John Beard.

Photos from Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association's post 08/06/2020

Nick Hayes and I floated and fished the only river in our area that is at a reasonable water level right now. The water clarity could have been better but we still did OK in the stained water. We didn't catch smallies everywhere and all the time but we did tally a respectable number of fish for the day including some 14" and 15" bronze brawlers. Better fishing days are ahead.

Photos from Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association's post 14/05/2020

MANY OF YOU MISSED ATTENDING THE BLUEGILL OUTING THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF GOVERNOR'S ORDERS. I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THERE IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO FISH MANY OF THESE SOUTHERN IOWA LAKES NEXT WEEK. WATER TEMP ON THE LAKE WE FISHED THIS WEEK WAS STILL COOL ENOUGH THAT BLUEGILLS WEREN'T GOING GANGBUSTERS YET, BUT WE PICKED UP SOME NICE ONES. CRAPPIES WERE A LITTLE SLOW, BUT FUN WITH SEVERAL BIGS. BY NEXT WEEK, WITH SOME DAILY HIGH TEMPS IN THE 80'S, THE GILLS SHOULD BE CRASHING FLIES. GO FORTH AND HAVE FUN :)

Photos from Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association's post 04/05/2020

A friend and I floated a river today hoping to entice some of the inhabitants, namely smallmouth bass. 65-70 of the targeted fish were willing to take our flies. For me, the Bronze Goddess, size 6, was the fly of the day. Most of the smallies were 8-12" but we did catch 4 big smallies 16-17".

02/05/2020

Unfortunately the blue Gill outing for 2020 is cancelled due to Governors order

Timeline photos 22/04/2020

Wise words from Mat and Geri.

We’re taking a brief break on fishing reports and social media. Rural areas are just now starting to see the virus showing up and we need to keep our community safe. We’re still recommending people stay home if you can. If you make a trip here please make it a day trip (fill up at home, pack your lunch etc). Social distancing still needs to be practiced in Wisconsin as well. Outside the virus, creeks are crowded and many landowners are not happy about the traffic, especially out of state and out of area traffic. Please do not crowd access points and respect landowner rights! We had had numerous reports of anglers trespassing, relieving themselves, picnicking etc. It is such a hard time for everyone. Fishing can be super healthy and good for your sanity and it is till legal in Wisconsin, but please consider everyone in the rural areas before you visit. We couldn’t handle a virus hot spot, and for the future we can’t afford to lose the support of landowners, or would it be a good thing to have the state shut fishing down like the parks due to bad behavior and breaking social distancing rules. No, this isn’t good or ideal for anyone and it feels harsh, but the fish will be waiting for you and our small towns ready to welcome you with open arms once we get through this.

Photos from Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association's post 28/03/2020

The Iowa trout were hungry on Wednesday. Social distancing was easy, plus legs and lungs got a workout! What are you doing to remain happy, yet active and safe? And remember that those vendors that attended our HFFA Show would likely really appreciate your phone and online orders for materials for all of those flies that you could be tying right now! Maybe you have some social distancing flies to share with us!??

12/03/2020

This is the detailed info from the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo FB. We will miss seeeing everyone!

After escalating concerns in the Midwest, the Expo and Minnesota Trout Unlimited have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo, set to occur March 20-22. This decision has been made following World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, and MN Department of Health guidelines.

This decision has not been made lightly. We deeply appreciate the exhibitors, volunteers and attendees who have contacted us with concerns and thoughts. We sincerely apologize to any attendees that have made travel plans and arrangements to attend. We will miss seeing you all this season.

In the wake of many fly fishing show and large event cancellations, note that many shops and businesses rely on sporting shows like ours for a large portion of their annual income. Please take the time to support these businesses in the coming months.

If you have purchased online tickets to the Expo or Film Showcase look for an email shortly from us through TicketTailor, our ticket retailer, for next steps.

Look for announcements about the 2021 Expo in the coming weeks, we will hope to see you there!

12/03/2020

Sadly, the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo next weekend has been cancelled.

02/03/2020

To all HFFA members and especially those attending the HFFA Show in Dubuque this weekend )March 6, 7, & 8th).

Scott Nordby, one of our presenters doing a talk on Fly Tying Vices has a message:

I would like to ask if the you have any vintage or antique fly tying equipment or books (mainly pre 1970) If you do, would bring them to the show for me to look at. I will have a lot of my vintage vises and bobbins on display for people to see. But I'm in search of more information all the time. Or if you have anything you want to get more information about, I would be glad to help.

One thing I'm looking for are Herter's and Thompson catalogs from the 30's and 40's. I would love to look at the information in there. That is really the best way to date some stuff. I'm really only looking for information that I can get some pictures and research data from. My oldest Herter's Catalog is 1948

I'm mainly interested in the information but a couple items on my wish list are a Herter's 6B vise, a Thompson Thread Clip, a Thompson D or E vise, A Herter's long arm hand vise, and a Herter's 21R vise. And any old 1920 or older Jewelers style vise.
Thanks
Scott

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