Northern Kentucky Fly Fishers - February 2016

President’s Message

Dear Members of NKFF,
January 2016 is almost behind us.  In reflection, it started with a great general meeting.  Why was this so great? Well, to start with, we moved the general meeting to a new venue, Boone Links Golf Course.  This gave us more space and we returned to the mini-demos and seminars before the meeting, which we have missed since moving from the Briarwood. We had our 2015 annual banquet here at BLGC and we hope this will be our home for the foreseeable future.  Secondly, we had a phenomenal turnout with over 70 members and guests attended the meeting.  We have been averaging around 50 each month for the past few years so this was an enormous attendance jump for us.    We had 9 guests attending, six of whom joined at the meeting.  We had a great presentation by Brandon Wade of Cumberland Drifters who gave us an excellent slide show on the status of the Cumberland River.  “All in all” this created a meeting with a great energy from start to finish.  I would encourage everyone to keep up the good work. 

As we head into February, we approach indoor Fly Fishing Show season.  Derby City Fly Fishers held the Kentuckiana Fly Fishing show on January 23rd.  NKFF was well represented by Mike Arnold and Jerold Benson with Rod Building and Fly Tying demonstrations.  NKFF will also be represented at the Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing February 4th, 5th and 6th.  If you have not been to this show you owe it to yourself to go. 

Go on line at to see what this show is all about.  This one is close by, so don’t miss it.  It is also a good place to buy tying supplies.  February 19-21 is also the Great American Fly Fishing Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.  This year Dave and Emily Whitlock will be there. The local trip to Brookville Tailwater in January had to be postponed because of high water.   It is now scheduled for Saturday January 30.  This is an excellent opportunity learn to wade, read moving water and catch Browns or ‘Bows.

One other item of note, at the January “Beers and Barbs” we had excellent discussion on what is involved in being an on trip coordinator.  This was a good Q and A on how to make trips more effective and enjoyable for all members.  If interested in coordinating a trip, there is now a document available describing how to plan a one day to a multi day trip with guide.  Please see me or Mike Arnold for a copy. Upcoming in February, is the start of our six week training course on fly tying.  In this course, Aaron McDaniels demonstrates traditional fly tying techniques starting with tying simple flies and progressing to more complex techniques.  This is an excellent way to become a tyer. 
Again, I encourage all members to participate in at least one trip or to attend one of our classes.  You are guaranteed to become a better fly fisher.

Tight Lines,
Tom Bader
President, NKFF

Club News

What a GREAT MEETING January’s NKFF meeting was! Our first at our new fall/winter/spring home at the Clubhouse at Boone Links Golf Course in Florence, KY was just fantastic. What a crown … 62 members and 9 guests attended and were treated to a wonderful meal, two great mini-seminars (Josh Rust tying flies And Mike Arnold showing How to Dress for Winter Fishing, a wonderful program by Brandon Wade of Cumberland Drifters Guides Service (see notes belowAnd a high-yield Regular Meeting Raffle put on by the Wizard of Tickets, Josh Lillard.

Cumberland River Notes:

            The BIG fish are back
            They love big bulky flies – even with dries
            May is the big CADDIS HATCH
            There’s a new public access near Rainbow Run
            Cumberland Drifters Fees $375 for 2 – full day

            $325 for 1, call Brandon at 859-983-2907
            Jimmy’s Shuttle Service - 270-566-1011

            The new Hatchery Creek is filled and fish
            are moving into it from the river. Sorry …
            No fishing until it opens in MAY, 2016
            To see a video of the New Hatchery Creek filling with water please click HERE

UPCOMING EVENTS - Check out the "Upcoming Events" tab for a whole list.

NEXT MEETING –  Thursday FEB 4th – 5:30-9:00PM


Back at the new location 19 Clubhouse Drive in Boone Links Golf Course – click here for MAP. Click HERE to make a reservation.

February’s great program will be JIM STUARD ON “FRANKENSTEINING”FLY PATTERNS – you know bastardizing regular patterns so they catch fish for us. Mini – Seminars – KNOT-TYING (JOSH RUST & OTHERS) – HOW TO SIGNUP FOR EVENTS ON MEETUP (KEITH HAUNGS & DON BECHER)       

Fly Of The Month - The BACKSTABBER

For in depth tying instructions, click HERE.

From The Web...

The state of Tennessee has released their winter trout stocking schedule, click HERE.

KDFWR put together a video on their work on Hatchery Creek, click HERE.

Great video on fly fishing in Elk Valley (Southeastern British Columbia), click HERE.

Michigan senators launch anti-Asian carp bill, click HERE.

Orvis debuts popular redesign of Orvis Guide Sling, click HERE.

How To Catch More Fish - The Company You Keep, click HERE.

Develop more power in your cast, click HERE.