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

Wow ... another GREAT MEETING in February! Our second at the new fall/winter/spring home at the Clubhouse at Boone Links Golf Course in Florence, KY was just really great. We had a smaller crowd … 45 members and 4 guests attended and were treated to a wonderful meal, two great mini-seminars (Keith Haungs & Don Becher showing a display of upcoming trips and how to sign-up for them on Meetup, Jarold Benson showing some of his Rod-Building expertise and Wayne Noakes showing "Fly-fishing Knots"and a great program by Jim Stuard from Ohio Fly Fishing showing how he FRANKENSTEINS flies.

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

NEXT MEETING –  Thursday MAR 3rd – 5:30-9:00PM


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

March’s great program will be JOSH McQUEEN (from Mad River Outfitters) presenting Lake Erie Steelhead - Locations and Techniques      

Mini – Seminars – 

HAND-TYING LEADERS by Keith Haungs, 

"How to make your own lightweight PVC rod-tube". Mike will bring the materials for any           of you who wants to build one (for fly rods only please) at the meeting ... BUT you have to email him your name, number of sections to the rod and the length of the longest section - Cost will be for $10 each rod tube built. 

And maybe someone tying “’FINS’ LAKE” Trout Flies, too.

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.