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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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Officers:

President:
David Darnell (931) 581-3792,
davidldarnell@gmail.com
Vice President:
Vacant
Treasurer:
Mark Shepard (256) 542-7085,
mark.l.shepard@gmail.com
Secretary:
Ted Crona (256) 574-4345,
tedcrona@yahoo.com

 

At Large Directors:

Activities:
Larry Hice (256) 508-2344,
lhice@plasticfusion.com
Communications:
Dick Curtis (256) 461-7983,
racurtis@knology.net
Conservation:
Fred Kaufmann (256) 881-4198,
fredanddebbie@knology.net
Education:
Joe Tremblay (256)379-2356,
tremblayjo46@hotmail.com
Membership:
Mark Shepard (256) 542-7085,
mark.l.shepard@gmail.com

   
N
o man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same
river and he’s not the same man.
  

--   Heraclitus






TVFF Fishing Trip   Last Chance to Sign-Up !!   

The TVFF Spring fishing trip to Arkansas is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st through Sunday, March 29th, 2015.  This trip coincides with the Sowbug Roundup fly fishing show being held in Mountain Home, Arkansas on Thursday, March 26th through Saturday, March 28th.

The upcoming February meeting is your last chance to sign-up for this March trip to Arkansas.  If you desire to participate in this trip your “trip deposit” of $50 must be paid at that time in order to make allowance for planning the lodging, meals and travel.

This trip is the most cost effective trip you’ll find and affords each attendee with an opportunity to fish on world class Trout Rivers and attend the events of a FFF 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 !!  All you have to do is commit (a $50 non-refundable deposit is required), gather your fishing gear, pack your clothes and provide either 1 dinner meal or a desert for the group (determined by a drawing).  You should seriously consider this trip and, if you have any questions, talk to your fellow club members who have participated in the past.   Come and join those of us who make this trip an annual event …. You’ll have a wonderful time!



TVFF Member authors article for National Magazine

 

The following article re-creation appeared in the Jan/Feb 2015 edition of the Eastern Fly Fishing magazine.  Kudos to the Matt Lewis, the author and a long time TVFF member and past Secretary of the club.  Great job & congratulations !!


Little River, AL

By Matt Lewis

       

When most people envision bass fishing in Alabama, they see  large lakes  teeming with glittery  bass boats and conventional tackle capable of pulling big largemouth bass from the thick weeds and lily pads. But few anglers are aware of the "pretty boy" of the Micropterus genus: the redeye bass. Fishing creeks that harbor redeye bass always require climbing waterfalls, bouldering, dodging rapids, and creating our own trails. However, the beauty and seclusion found while fishing for redeye bass rival that of any southern Appalachian brook trout stream. In fact, redeye bass are affectionately referred to as the brook trout of Alabama. Redeye bass angling, like fishing for brook trout, is entirely about plucking one of the South's most beautiful native fish from the water to enjoy their unique beauty up close, and doing so in some of the wildest and most alluring places.  One of the best places to find redeye bass is Little River Canyon National Preserve, www.nps.gov/liri, near Fort Payne, AL.


   

The preserve lies in the southern most reaches of the Appalachian Mountain chain, and the Little River is virtually the only river in North America that flows its entire length atop a mountain. The Little River has carved the deepest canyon in the country east of the Mississippi River and is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. Several maintained trails provide access to the river. At the upper end of the Little River, along Canyon Rim Parkway, Eberhart Point has picnic tables, a rest- room, barbecue grills, and some of the best overlooks in the canyon. to the river.

 

The wide and well-maintained Eberhart Trail is steep, dropping almost 400 feet in less than a mile. The Powell Trail, while not as well maintained as the Eberhart Trail, is more scenic. By far the most convenient river access is at Canyon Mouth is at the end of Canyon Rim Parkway.  This day-use facility has a restroom, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and a beach area along the mile-long trail.

 

The two most important considerations for fishing the Little River are the water temperature and water levels. The winter months bring lots of rain to the Little River, turning the calm flowing river into a world-class white­water stream. The summer brings more ideal water temperatures and lower water levels, which continue into the fall.

 

Redeye bass are aggressive predators, but they are endowed with certain survival instincts that make them a formidable adversary. Stealth is more important than presentation. Sloppy wading or overhead shadows will send them dashing for cover. Try to stay out of the water as much as possible, move slowly and use large boulders as cover. The Little River is crystal clear, and dressing in earth tones will help you blend in with the environment. Redeyes are not leader-shy, and using at least 3X tippet is the best way to save flies from the abundant rocks. Redeyes are most fun on small to medium-size poppers. The larger bass live in the deeper eddies and pools, around the rocky structure of ledges and submerged rock.  If you're looking to try something adventurous and get away for a day of fishing, consider the Little River, and enjoy one of Alabama s most wild and hidden treasures.



Speaker - February Club Meeting