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Tuesday May 9, 2017

Annual Swap Night
Our May 9th Meeting will be our last meeting until September. It is our annual Swap Night. Bring any fly fishing gear, flies etc, that you want to swap or sell. Should be a great night !

(more info on Activities page)

We will be fishing around Flesherton / Durham. Due to the small size of the streams it’s difficult to accommodate a group over 6 people so 2 trips for DIFFERENT attendees will be organized. 

Week 1:  May 24,25,26   Wed, Thurs, Fri    
(note: May 22 is holiday Monday)
Week 2:   Mon May 29,Tues 30, Wed 31  

Tuesday June 13 with June 20th 
as a backup date
We will meet about 5 - 6pm at 
Seneca Park just west of Caledonia.

Sunday July 30  morning to mid afternoon     Syl Apps Arena (Paris) parking lot at 9am
An additional option is to fish Monday July 31 in the morning for Bass , lunch and then Whiteman’s Creek for small rainbows and browns

NEW.......HAFFT M&M                Flyfishing Mentor/Mentee Program
To provide one to two days of one on one on the water instruction to less experienced fly fishers. Each mentor / mentee situation will vary based on capabilities of each and the mutual objectives they share. 
See Activities page for more information

2016- 2017 NEWS of the HAFFT
On April 25

Ruben Moniz spoke about Lake Huron tributaries. Ruben regularly fishes for steelhead and smallmouth bass in such rivers as the Maitland and the Bayfield to name only a few. He explored fishing opportunities, information and tips about these waters

On April 11

At this tying meeting, Joe Boirierc, Jim Fisher, and Tom McDermott demonstarted how to tie their favourite Bass Patterns ..... The Micro Bugger, Bead Head Maribou, and the 'No-Known Name Bass Fly'..........much to the edification of club members

March 28 

On this educational evening, club members discussed and shared local fishing hotspots with each other. Although some sites were familiar to most....some suggested spots were new to many.

February 28

Rob Clarke, master fly tier, demonstrated a number of fan favourite flies. He explained many tips and technical considerations to the appreciation of all present.

February 14

Sheldon Seale described all the ins and outs of three approaches to nymphing; Czech/highstick, Indicator on moving water, and Indicator on still waters. As usual, the presentation was punctuated with lots of humour.

January 24

John French gave an informative  presentation on planning for trips. He shone one of his many flashlights on the necessities, considerations, tricks and tips on executing a well organized, safe and survivable fishing excursion. 

January 10

George Genyk was our guest tyer. He tied a Hendrickson spinner, a wonderfully innovative Elk Hair Caddis and a crane fly. George is a thinking tyer and he introduced simple but highly effective innovations that just make you want to rush to the vice and do some serious dry fly tying. George will be donating the flies he tied for auction so seriously, spend some dough and hope you win George's handiwork! 

December 13

Bruce Wainman gave us a wonderful  account of his adventures while fishing in Patagonia and travelling in Chile and Argentina......the Professor's Patagonian Piscatorial Pursuit in Pictures.

November 22

Shane Thoms of FINtastic Sport Fishing, and member of the Zone 20 Management Council, updated us on the various species in Lake Ontario. He discussed fishing opportunities as well as stocking and conservation initiatives.

November 8

Tom McDermott demonstrated a number of his favourite flies........ Diawl Bach (variation), Scotty's McFly (2 versions), and Don's Gunslinger.

October 25
Ron Arnold of MNR gave a talk about various concerns, challenges and successes in our region. He discussed in detail regs and concerns about the appropriate (and inappropriate) use and transport of bait fish. Invasive species and cross border cooperation was also discussed. Ron's passion for the job was heartening to see.

October 11
Rick Crawford started the season by demonstrating a wide variety of uses for foam......foam ants, foam grasshoppers, foam bass poppers, foam midges and foam mice that left everyone foaming at the mouth!
    Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from September to April. Meetings are held upstairs at the Police Association at 555 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, Ontario. Doors open at 7 and meetings begin at 7:30  Newcomers welcome!!