NEXT MEETING August 22, 2017 Fleming Hall
Branson Fly Fishing Expo by Springfield and Branson MTFA
Friday July 28th and Saturday the 29th. Time: 9 am to 5 pm.
Casting Demos Fly Tying Demonstrations Raffles and Silent Auctions
PHWFF Calendar for July & August
Project Healing Waters Report by Jim Kissane
Following the completion of the National Fly Rod Building Competition,
The contest will run through Sept. 15, with five national finalists to be
announced in early October.
Prizes include PHWFF Regal fly tying vises and PHWFF tool kits. Judging will be done by a panel of experts, including PHWFF volunteer leadership and celebrity and professional fly tiers.
Participants will submit four identical flies of the same pattern, which can
be either a well-known pattern or a creation of their own design.
Flies will be judged on the following criteria:
Scale and Proportion
Use of Materials
Proper Use of Thread
Overall Style of the Fly
Kevin Gabert of our program won the 2013 competition, and David Bagley received honorable mention in 2015. Good luck to this year’s entrants!
PHWFF National Fly Tying Competition Heats Up During Summer
August 2:Fly Tying 101 at KCVAMC, Drug and Alcohol Recovery Floor, 1 pm
August 8:General meeting, Fleming Hall, Lake Jacomo, MO @ 7:00 pm
August 15:General meeting, 5 pm at Rainbow Fly Shop, 4621 S Shrank Dr. Independence, MO. Food, fun, and fly tying with Matt.
August 23:Fly Tying 101 at KCVAMC, Drug and Alcohol Recovery Floor, 1 pm
Success in Rod Building Contest Earns Ken Hicks a Bamboo Treasure
Ken Hicks was a first-place winner in the 2016 Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing National Rod-Building Competition. His reward was the opportunity to build another rod.
Ken returned recently from a week-long class at Bamboo Bend Handcrafted Healing, an organization in Grayling, Mich., that offers a bamboo rod building program for veterans. A dozen participants spent five days crafting their own bamboo fly rods and a couple of days fishing. Ken returned with a beautiful fly rod and rod tube, a Hardy fly reel with line, a library of books on rod building and some great memories.
"We were all housed together, so we got to know one another," he said. "In the evenings, we’d be telling war stories, fishing stories and whatever other stories we had to tell. We became life-long friends. I was well-blessed to be able to go."
Missouri Fishing Licenses Online
You can purchase your fishing, hunting, etc. license’s on line through the Missouri Department of Conserva-tion web site or even from your smartphone using the Mo. Hunting app. Your valid permit will appear on the app Immediately after your purchase. You can carry your license with you where ever you go. Check out:
Replacements for Felt Soles
Have you been wondering what to do with your felt-soled boots that are no longer allowed in Missouri trout streams? Club member, Vic Smedley, has found a shoe repair shop that can replace those felt soles with a nonporous sole. Vic also reports that the shop’s rates are reasonable, too.
Shoe Express,19321 E. US 40 Hwy, Independence, MO 816.795.6655