Kim Rowland-Dollins, owner of Ryders Run on Little Red Guide Service, is a well-known fisher and advocate for promoting more women to fly fishing. She has served on the board of the Trout Unlimited Chapter 722 for the past 10 years and will discuss Trout Unlimited Women's Initiative and empowering more women to get out and learn to fly fish, as well as trends with women and fly fishing across the nation. Kim is an active volunteer with Casting for Recovery - Arkansas Oklahoma and Little Red River Foundation helping with casting lessons and river guiding. She is a passionate teacher and especially loves teaching women and young children how to fly fish!
Trey Reid will give a brief overview of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and a presentation on our fisheries, the trout program, and new projects on the horizon. He will also discuss how catch and release isn’t always the best answer for some Arkansas fisheries.
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.
John Jones is going to provide insight into his experiences in fishing the remote Sedanka River in Kamchatka, Russia—a trip of a lifetime in what some call the “cradle of civilization for wild rainbow trout”. The Sedanka, a spring fed creek, is known for having vast numbers of all five species of pacific salmon, rainbow trout, kundzha char, and Dolly Varden. It is a dry fly fisherman’s paradise.
Toby Vaughan with Reel Recovery Arkansas will talk to the club about Reel Recovery, a national non-profit organization that conducts free fly fishing retreats for men living with all forms of cancer. Reel Recovery was founded in 2003 by a group of avid fly-fishers, inspired by their fishing buddy’s ongoing battle with brain cancer. Witnessing first-hand the beneficial impact fly-fishing provided their friend, they created Reel Recovery to provide the same opportunity for other men battling the disease. Combining expert fly-fishing instruction with directed “courageous conversations”, the organization provides men with all forms of cancer a unique opportunity to share their stories, learn a new skill, form lasting friendships and gain renewed hope as they confront the challenges of cancer.
Make plans to join us in Cajun’s Wharf Pontchartrain room for AFF’s annual fundraising event. This is a lot of fun with great food, prizes, and camaraderie. This event helps us have the resources we need for club activities, conservation, and education programs. We have a great line up of prizes! Tickets on sale now!
Kent Stone, AFF member and fly fishing consultant at the Ozark Angler, is one of the most accomplished fly tiers around. To those in the know, he is THE go to guy if you have a once in a lifetime trip (or if you just like first class flies) and need custom ties. He’s also one of the nicest guys you will meet who is generous with his fly fishing knowledge. Kent has been perfecting some techniques for tying and painting poppers and he has agreed to show us how he makes it all come together. This is the kind of skills exposure you can’t really find easily anywhere else.
Jessica Callahin is a rock star in the fly fishing and art world! She is a disabled veteran who found meaning through fly fishing. Her own story and commitment to Project Healing Waters, The Mayfly Project, women's fly fishing, and so much more is inspiring (Check it out here in Drake Magazine). And her artwork is really cool...check it out here .
Remember not to go to Whole Hog this month!
Our annual fish fry and fundraiser. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy eating catfish from EatMyCatfish. Prizes raffled throughout the event!
$20 per person for dinner & one raffle ticket. By tickets online now at https://goo.gl/U5eBqp.
Additional raffle tickets available for purchase at the event.
This is a blast every year!!!
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.
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.
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.