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
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TVFF Annual Banquet/Auction for 2014
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Our annual banquet/auction will be held on Friday, November 7th beginning at 6:30 p.m. The auctioneer will be the same as last year, Mr. Daniel Culp of Fowler Auctions.
For our new members, the annual banquet is a special time to get as many of our family and friends together to share an evening of good food and fellowship. After the meal we hold an auction to raise money for the club.
Our Annual Money Making Event
This annual auction is a primary source of funds for the club. Without the generous support of you, the members, we would not be able to have the quality programs and activities that we enjoy during the year. Expenses include FFF annual fees ($200), club insurance ($250), outing expenses ($300), donations ($700+), banquet costs and other project expenses. Our only sources of income are annual dues, monthly raffles, and the banquet/auction. We raised around $2000 at the last banquet. This year we hope to do the same but this requires membership support.
Please Donate Items
First, we need donated items to be in the raffle and auction. Many individuals purchase items and donate them. These include fishing tackle, gear bags, lines, reels, rods, and fly tying material. Other members make items to be sold, including items that are of interest to other family members. Tying benches, flies, crafts, and wall hangings have all been donated. We had books, rods reels and a very nice float tube won at auction.
This year we have some fly tying donations from The Golden Rule Fly Shop and Wishes & Fishes Fly Shop. We also have some smaller items which will be raffled during the auction. Raffle tickets will be available at the Banquet registration table.
Second, we need you to bid and buy the items. It is all done in fun while helping the club. And you can obtain some nice items in the exchange.
The banquet will be at Faith Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Friday night, November 7th at 6:30 pm. This is the site of our current meeting place. We will have a catered meal like before, with members paying for adults while the club pays for the kids.
Upon arrival you will check-in at the registration table at the entrance, pay for the banquet ($6.00 per adult) and obtain your assigned number/paddle for the auction. Raffle tickets will also be available here for some small select items that will be raffled off during the auction. Then find yourself a table/seating for the banquet. Following the banquet, the auction will commence and items will be bid upon by the membership using the numbered paddles obtained during check-in. At the conclusion of the auction, all auction acquisitions will be totaled per paddle number and each member will pay for his/her total purchases (checks or cash, please).
Please bring a dessert! We have many bakers and chefs with remarkable talent. Having so many wonderful desserts to sample really makes our banquet special. This is our club. Let’s support this fun event to ensure our continued success.
**** Remember the Banquet/Auction replaces our normal 3rd Thursday meeting for November. Also, the December meeting will be a social event only (no program) with drinks and snacks supplied. All you need to bring is yourself and the normal boastful stories from the past year to share with those who are interested.
2014 Fall Arkansas Fishing Trip
This year’s fall trip to Arkansas encompassed the 9 days of Saturday, 27th September through Sunday, October 5th. Fifteen TVFF members attended this year’s trip and were presented with a beautiful week of weather and a week with good water flows for both wading and boat fishing. Only one problem …. nobody told the fish we were there !! The fishing during the week ranged from average to so-so. Some members caught some reasonable quantities of fish, others were not so sucessful. Largest reported fish of the week was ~18” with a few others in the 16-17” range. Most fish were around 12-14” range.
Numerous styles of fishing were incorporated from dries to wets to streamers and some combinations in between. Those fishing hoppers had reasonable success as did those fishing woolly buggers. To achieve better quantities the soft hackle/nymph approach seemed best. All in all, the weather rated an A whereas the catching was about a C+.
This year we rented three (3) cabins to house our 15 members with all meals being prepped and served in Cedar Gables. Per man cost for this year’s event was $250 (lodging) and $75(food) for a total of $325. The only added expense to this total would be your gas cost for travel, fishing license and the monies you spent for personal items. Quite a deal for a 9day/8night trip !!
As always, we had some events occur during the week worthy of mention. Here are a few from this trip:
1- -- Breaking a car rear window while casting in the front yard
2- -- A speeding ticket
3- -- A minor fender bender with boat trailer and pickup truck in the Wal-Mart parking lot
4- -- A shredded boat trailer tire
5- -- 2 members came down with some illness but no hospital visits required
Here’s the group photo of the 15 attendees in all their radiant glory ---
Front row (seated), left to right: Ted Crona, Dick Curtis, Mike Campbell
Second row (standing), left to right : Shannon McCurley, Fred Kaufmann, Everett Sharp, Joe Tremblay, Bill Pittenger, Roger Bauer, David Darnell
Back row (standing), left to right : Larry Hice, Brian Bouma, Corey Pedigo, Mark Shepard, Reid Benton
Some fish photos of David Darnell and his son, Sam, fishing Dry Creek :