The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and its trout biologists have been very active in developing and implementing measures to keep the White River and our other fisheries healthy and productive. They will communicate the logic behind their assessments and decisionmaking. Maybe they'll even have some initial insights into how they think recent regulation changes are impacting the fisheries.
There are some very accomplished anglers who are AFF members. Some of these members branch out to some really cool destination waters. This month we will have several of those members share some great trip ideas and how to plan and prepare for those adventures. We expect Gary White (who also serves as our Project Healing Waters Coordinator) to talk about some amazing trips to Patagonia and other Chile destinations, Ash & Kenley Money to talk about their trek through some great Montana waters last summer, and one more guest still being coordinated.
Migrate over the first Monday of the month to Flyway Brewing, 314 Maple St in NLR. We have social fly tying nights which start at 6pm. Bring your fly tying vise, tying materials and hooks, order some food and a beverage and we will tie flies and trade fishing lies. If you don't tie (yet) & just want to see how it's done, we'd love to see you. No experience necessary.
AFF has invited representatives of the US Corps of Engineers and they have accepted. Recently, one of our AFF board members met with members of the Corps to discuss the Little Red. He came away with a better understanding and appreciation for their options, requirements, & the factors in their decision making processes (won’t say he loved every response...but he came to respect the professionalism & thoughtfulness put into matters)....this is a perennial issue for fly fishers and everyone benefits from understanding where the professionals charged with management of this resource are coming from. We are asking for questions. Here’s a few that have already come to us: How do they balance the watershed -- dams, lakes, rivers --- what takes precedence? How do they feel about minimum flows? How much does S.W. Power dictate flow levels --- do they take into consideration weekends where more fishermen are present? How much do the non-resevoir watersheds contribute to the calculation. When rain sits over N.E. Arkansas and Southeast Missouri -- the Black river pours a lot of water into the White. How much is still out of their control? Great questions. Keep ‘me coming.
Jess Westbrook will talk about the Mayfly Project’s use of fly fishing as a catalyst to mentor foster care children—some of the most at risk youth in our community. Mayfly’s mission is to build relationships with children in foster care through fly fishing and introduce them to their local water ecosystems, with a hope that connecting them to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for foster children to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection with the outdoors.
Ben Woodard, Fly Fishing Guide and Instructor (and fly fishing manager) at Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters, Owner of the Woodard Rod Co., and one of the folks behind the newly formed Trout Unlimited Chapter 501--Little Missouri, is going to share his knowledge & experience on south Arkansas fly fishing opportunities. He will cover the Diamond Lakes tailwaters for multiple species (striper, pickerel, largemouth bass, white bass, walleye), the Little Missouri for trout, & the Caddo River smallmouth game. Ben & the OOO guys are hitting the Arkansas fly fishing scene hard & have established themselves as the to go place for fly fishing in Hot Springs. It’s going to be fun & it will almost certainly make you realize you are missing some sweet fly fishing opportunities in south Arkansas!
Bryan Hendricks, long time Arkansas Democrat-Gazette outdoor editor & sports writer is our February speaker! He will give a philosophical talk on fly fishing, process versus product. He will also talk about the art of reading water and how to translate the message of the water into fishing applications, with lots of examples from trips across the country.
Bingo Night! We have lots of prizes and it'll be a great time
Migrate over the first Monday of the month to Flyway Brewing, 314 Maple St in North Little Rock. We have social fly tying nights which start at 6pm. Bring your fly tying vise, tying materials and hooks, order some food and a beverage and we will tie flies and trade fishing lies. If you don't tie (yet) & just want to see how it's done, we'd love to see you. No experience necessary.
Chris Morris, local guide, will discuss his insights and knowledge into Euro Nyphing; an amazingly effective European technique that uses line control and quick sinking flies to help anglers catch more fish by detecting extremely subtle strikes!
Not known for great trout waters, Kentucky never-the-less can boast of two that warrant great attention: the Cumberland River Tailwater (CRT) considered one of the 50 best trout tailwaters in the US and Hatchery Creek (HC); both are home to giant browns, rainbows and brookies.
Our August 2016 AFF Monthly Meeting will feature Dave Whitlock as the featured speaker. Dave last presented to us 2 years ago and it was a standing room only crowd.
There will be a fee of $10 per person for NON-MEMBERS for this meeting. Kids under the age of 13 are free.
Members who have NOT paid their dues this year will be required to pay the fee too, unless you want to renew your membership. Memberships will also be sold at the door; $25 for individuals, $35 for a family membership.
The meeting will be held on Monday August 15th from 6-8 pm at the Whole Hog Cafe on Cantrell in Little Rock.