Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers - March 2014

President’s Message

They say March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, and I’m hoping this adage holds true. Cold weather and fluctuating water conditions have kept most of us off the local waters and influenced us to complain about the cold, but I’m sure in July it will be the opposite and we’ll have had enough of the heat. 

Personally, I like the four seasons. Each one brings its own special rewards and challenges, but I always feel like I’ve had enough of it around the last few weeks of the season. Now is that time.

March and April will see some pick up in fishing in the Ohio River especially, as the water warms and brings in the migrating fish. Expect sauger, white bass, hybrids, skipjack, and striper fishing to pick up soon. Smallmouth bass are right around the corner. Spring trout trips to the Smokies are right around the corner as are steelhead trips up the “Alley.”

In the club, Conservation planning is also underway with some exciting developments. Fly tying classes with Aaron are being well attended. The new member's fly fishing class was a success too.

The club is doing well and I'm excited to see what projects we can come up with in 2014.

As always, stay safe and I’ll see you soon.

Joshua Rust

March Meeting

Dave Dreves will tell us about what's going on with the Cumberland River as we set out to revisit it several times this year. The past few years were brutal as far as the quality of fishing, but now that the water is coming up and the state is being aggressive about getting in on track we are super stoked. Also, learn about the recent controversy that is keeping the lake from coming up to full pool as well.  

Join us as at the Briarwood in Hebron, KY for our third indoor meeting of 2014.
Time: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Thursday February 6, 2014
Where: Briarwood Banquet Center, Hebron, KY
Reservations: RSVP on the Meetup site, email or call Mike Arnold at (859) 689-4294 

New Member of BOD

Stan Mckinney has joined the Board of Directors as a Director At Large. We look forward to adding his energy and ideas to the BOD and look forward to his participation. Thanks Stan!

Hybrid Bass Pre-Season Party

Come join us as we hang out at Delamere and Hopkins to celebrate the upcoming hybrid bass fishing season. It's getting be that time of year!

When: March 27th, 6-8 p.m.
2708 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati OH

What's This?

Our Conservation Director Don Becher has got an interesting project lined up for us. He'll tell us more at the March meeting!

Welcome New Members!

I would like to announce the following new members to NKFF. Make sure to introduce yourself at the next meeting!

Dale Bailey
Chris Hopper
Kyle McGrath
Rob McLeod
Don McLeod Jr
Charles & Sheila Meyer
Daniel & Anne Murphy
Joe Ruark
Mike & Nancy Shafer
Dave & Pat Stockton

Winter Fly Rod Raffle - Amago Tenkara Outfit

We will be selling raffle tickets at the March, April and May meetings for a new Amago Tenkara outfit. This includes rod, case, flies, and line. If you remember Brian Flechsig's presentation on Tenkara and are interested in trying it out, this is a great opportunity to nab one. Tickets are $5 a piece and the drawing will be held at the May meeting.

Special thanks to Mad River Outfitters for providing a discount for us to purchase this outfit for our raffle.

Red Barrington Scholarship Committee Formed

Tom Bader, Pete Marshall, and Josh Rust have formed the RBSF committee. Paul Stegeman will advise.

Information on how to apply will be up on the website soon. We have already received some solid interest so far and we look forward to picking a deserving student for 2014. 

Upcoming Trips

March 15th: Mad River. Let's go fish the Mad River and swing big streamers.

March 17th/18th: Cave Run Lake Musky Trip. Got huge flies? You'll need 'em!

March 20th: Tennessee trout trip with Josh Lillard. Pick apart the waters in and around GSMNP for some finicky trout in a beautiful environment.

March/April Hybrid/White trips: interested in joining the D+H guys hunting some hybrids? Want to get out and catch some white bass? Keep an eye out on our Meetup group for these events as we are currently planning them.

Fly Of The Month

A visitor to our booth at the BUFF Fly Fishing Show was going on about how great the Near Nuff Sculpin was for smallmouth. He swore by the pattern and a certain cream color that drove the bronzebacks wild. It piqued my interest, so I dug up instructions on it. It's really not that hard!

To watch a video of how this fly is tied, click HERE.

From Around The Web

Check out Len Harris' blog about Driftless Area Trout, click HERE 

Read the fantastic writing of fly fishing poet Erin Block, click HERE

Listen to Tom Rosenbauer's podcast on fly fishing, click HERE