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Tennessee Valley Fly Fishers (TVFF) is an affiliate of the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) located in Huntsville, Alabama for the purpose of fly fishing, fellowship, information sharing, education and the preservation, conservation and wise use of our fishing waters and game fish. Our home waters are in North Alabama, Tennessee, Western North Carolina, NW Georgia, Arkansas and the Gulf Coast. All are welcome!

Join us every 3rd Thursday at Faith Presbyterian Church located at 5003 Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville (see following map)

Our meeting room (#209) is in the center building of the church complex.

Social time : 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Meeting : 7:00 pm

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David Darnell (931) 581-3792,
Vice President:
Mark Shepard (256) 542-7085,
Ted Crona (256) 574-4345,


At Large Directors:

Larry Hice (256) 508-2344,
Dick Curtis (256) 461-7983,
Fred Kaufmann (256) 881-4198,
Joe Tremblay (256)379-2356,
Mark Shepard (256) 542-7085,


"If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere."


                          --Vincent Van Gogh


Walt Holman Obituary

January 8, 1930 – March 22, 2015


Walter Leslie Holman, Jr., age 85, of Madison, Alabama passed away on March 22, 2015 at his home in Madison, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Natalbany, LA on January 8, 1930 but most of his earlier years were spent in Bogalusa, LA and Mobile, AL.


He was preceded in death by his parents Walter Leslie and Minnie Lee Taylor Holman; his wife of 27 years, Sue Barbour Holman; a sister Ollie Jeanette Holman Cupstid and husband, Charles; and brother, John Archie and his beloved wife of 53 years, Millie Regan Holman; brother-in-law, Joe B. Averett; a son, Walter Phillip Holman; and daughter-in-law Lisa Ogle Holman.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Gennie Nowlin Holman; his sister, Joyce Holman Averett; his children: Mary Lynn Holman Phleiger-Moody (Mark); Robert Leslie Holman (Wanda); Jay Russell Holman (Debbie); step-children: Joni Wilkerson Cornelison (Ronny); Regina Wilkerson Matheny (Chuck); John Sims Wilkerson (Brenda); fifteen grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.


Walt was a 1950 graduate of University Military School in Mobile, AL. After serving in the U. S. Navy in Japan from 1950 to 1954, he attended Auburn University pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. He successfully wrote the State of Alabama Professional Engineering examination and worked as an electrical engineer for the Ballistic Missile Defense organizations at Redstone Arsenal until his retirement in 1990. During this time he spent a two year tour at the Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands where he is remembered for his recording of his “Kwajalein Peculiar” songs.


Walt enjoyed playing the guitar and painting, but his life-long passion was fly fishing and fly tying. In September 2013, in West Yellowstone, MT, he was awarded the “Buz Buszek Memorial Award”, the most prestigious award the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) bestows upon an individual. His fly plate containing a sampling of his creations is on display in the IFFF museum in Livingston, MT. His retirement years were filled by numerous appearances at fly fishing exhibitions across the United States demonstrating his fly tying techniques. He was featured in numerous fly fishing magazine articles.


Visitation will be at Valhalla Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 698 Winchester Road, Huntsville, AL on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from noon to 2:00 pm with services following in the chapel. Entombment will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens.


The family would like to request that in lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.

TVFF Spring Fishing Trip to Arkansas

The TVFF Spring Arkansas fishing trip participants will leave for Mountain Home, AK on Saturday, March 21st and return Sunday, March 29th, 2015.  This trip coincides with the Sowbug Roundup fly fishing show being held in Mountain Home on Thursday, March 26th through Saturday, March 28th.

This trip and the Fall trip are the most cost effective trips you’ll find and affords each attendee with an opportunity to fish on the world class White and Norfolk Trout Rivers and attend the events of a Fly Fishing Conclave.  This 9 day/8 night trip, including all related trip expenses (gas, meals & lodging), will cost each attendee between $400-$500 for the entire stay !!


Donavan Lakes Bass/Bream Trip

The club is considering organizing an annual bass outing to Donavan Lakes. Those of us who have had the opportunity to fish Donavan look forward to returning every year. I've fished Donavan the past 4 years and have caught 5+ pound bass every year. You can see from the attached photos that I was not the only one. 99% of the bass were caught on stealth bombers or poppers making for some exciting top water memories. Visit for more information and more great photos.

Email Joe Tremblay at before the 19th of February if you are interested to allow ample time to set up the trip. Reservations need to be made early.


Trip particulars:

Location, Marion AL.(Approximately 4 hrs. from Huntsville)

Date: April-May (Exact date TBD)

Duration: 4 days, Arriving before 3 PM gives you time to fish that evening and you can squeeze in another morning on the lake by departing at noon on final day.

Facilities: Donavan Inn, 3 bedroom (6 beds), one rollaway bed and one fold out couch. Visit for more information.

Lakes: There are 8 lakes that are managed for bass. All bass over 3 pounds must be releases ensuring large numbers of trophy bass and several with 2+ pound bluegill.

Boats: Gas motors are not permitted, trolling motors are recommended. 1 boat with trolling motor provided with Lodge rental. Canoes, kayaks, flat bottom boats, etc. are ideal


Breakfast (5 am +/-) consist of cereal, rolls and muffins.

Lunch (12:30 pm +/-) is the large meal of the day and prepared by one of the participants.
Names are drawn to see who will prepare meals, members that do not have to prepare a meal will provide deserts. Cost of all meals and deserts will be shared by all participants.

Dinner (8 pm +/-) Consist of leftovers, sandwiches, hot dogs etc.


Lodge $260+/- for a 4 night stay. Meals depend on your choice of meals but generally run less than $100 per person. Gas is normally shared with whoever you ride with.



 A $50 nonrefundable deposit will be required at signup with the balance due the week prior to the trip. The deposit will guarantee you a spot and a standby list will be maintained in case of a late withdrawal.

Whitesburg Baptist Outdoor Expo – March 12

The WBC Outdoor Expo 2015 features outdoor vendors and other organizations interested in hunting and fishing.  TVFF will, once again, participate in the Expo in the form of a fly tying demonstration.  In addition to the vendors/organizations showing their wares other booths will provide snacks and wild game offerings.  Doors open at 4:30 pm.

Culminating the evening is a dinner with a featured speaker.  This year’s speaker is Randy Howell, a professional bass fisherman was last year’s Bassmaster Classic Campion.

This Month’s Speaker -- Mike Proctor-Bjorgo