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Welcome!

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

FFF

TVFF is an active club member of the national Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF),#99312, Southeastern Council.

TVFF and FFF


Tennessee Valley Fly Fishers (TVFF)

 

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"There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process."

 

                                 - Paul O'Neil

 

 

TVFF

TVFF is a fly fishing organization established in 1985 and based in the northern Alabama city of Huntsville, AL.  The goal of the club is to promote the sport of fly fishing and its objectives of conservation, education and community/local area outreach. 

Our goals are to join together with others to share the sport of fly fishing, help conserve our game fish environments and further the sport of fly fishing through education and outreach.  All are welcome. We are a family oriented organization and we encourage children, women, and entire families to join and participate.

 

The Sport of Fly Fishing

Arnold Gingrich once said “Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up.” and we agree. It is easy to learn but you can spend a lifetime getting better. Fly fishing differs from bait casting in that you are throwing the weight of the line instead of the lure. The fly just goes along for the ride. This takes a different style of casting which is easy to learn but, like all casting, takes practice to perfect.

Fly fishing can be as expensive or inexpensive as any type of fishing. You can fly fish in our local streams, rivers, lakes or travel to beautiful waters around the country and the world. We fish warm and cold waters as well as salt waters. Anything you can legally fish for you can catch with a fly rod.

Fly fishing is a wonderful way to be close to nature and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing together is one of the best things you can do as a family and will be fondly remembered by your children and grandchildren when memories become important.  If our club interests you and you want to consider joining our club, please go to the Join tab on the website for more information.

 

Club Offerings

Fishing Outings


We have organized, annual fishing trips throughout the year for our club members.

·         Twice annually (spring & fall) we travel to Mountain Home, AR for a full week and fish the blue ribbon trout rivers of the White and Norfolk .

·         A 4-5 day bass/bream trip (April or May) to an Alabama private bass club

·         A day outing & lunch (May) to our local Madison County lake for Bass/bream

·         Ad hoc trips

o   Day trips to trout fish in Alabama

§  the Sipsey river

§  Madison County lake fishing in Jan & Feb

o   Tennessee trout fishing

§  the nearby Elk and Duck rivers

§  Smokey mountain trout streams

o   Bass/bream fishing in local lakes and ponds

o   Salt water trips to the Gulf and beyond with other members

We encourage members to join up on special trips of interest and make these trips together. This can result in a large group going to a neighboring state or just a couple of people headed out to go fishing in local or extremely remote locations & waters. 

The photos that follow are of fish caught on a fly in a variety of waters by our membership.  


Cold  Water




Warm Water





Salt  Water




Fellowship & Education


Monthly Meetings -

Once a month (the 3rd Thursday) we have a club meeting which consists of  1) a social time to swap fish stories and plan upcoming trips, 2) a short membership discussion time, 3) an ½ hour subject presentation followed by 4) a raffle of flies and fly fishing paraphernalia.  The subject presentation is focused on being both informative and educational. 

Fly Tying -

Every second and fourth Thursday the club has a fly tying session specifically for  those members interested in tying flies.  All types of flies are considered and address cold, warm and salt water species.  Specific fly patterns can be requested and open participation/discussion is encouraged.  It’s a time to tie flies, whether you’re an old-timer or newbie, tell some fish stories, tell some lies, laugh and have a good time !!

Our monthly fly tying sessions are organized so that the leader of the tying session brings all supplies necessary for learning/tying a new fly. The final session of each month (the 4th Thursday) is set aside for a specific tyer to demonstrate  our “Fly of the Month”.  Tyers of all levels are welcome and loaner equipment (vises, etc.) are available. 

Family Outings -

From time to time the club sponsors family outings to encourage all the TVFF families to join together and socialize.

Annual Banquet /Auction -

In the fall we have an annual banquet/auction attended by the membership and their families.  This event is the clubs primary income producing activity for the year.    Normally held during early November, the evening starts with a BBQ meal with all the fixings followed up by an auction where the bidding is fun and enjoyed by all…. a regular  “good ole time” !! 

       Seminars -

TVFF and/or its members may, from time to time, offer seminars on subject specific topics, such as rod building, casting, fly tying for beginners, Salt water fly fishing 101, etc.

Mentoring -

It is our goal to help those new to the sport. To that end we have established a Mentoring Program whereby experienced members are available to mentor new anglers based on their defined needs.  For more information on this program go to the Mentorship tab on the website.

 

Conservation


Conservation is an integral part of any outdoors, nature related organization.  To that end, TVFF has been active in local & community conservation opportunities.  TVFF has been involved with the Earth Day event at Hays Preserve since its inception and has also adopted a section of Aldridge creek for an annual clean-up event.  Club donations/contributions to offset costs on nearby stream improvements have also been a part of our efforts/support.


Communications


Website –

Our TVFF website includes specific tabs of information for the public and the TVFF membership in an attempt to provide the most up-to-date information about our club happenings and those evolving in our sport of fly fishing.   For a complete list of planned club activities or sponsored activities see the table under the Activities tab on the website. 

Club News -

The club provides a monthly update of club activities/news to the Club News tab section of the website.  Monthly reminders of these website updates are sent by email to all members.

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