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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:
Sean Dempsey (256) 426-4991,
sean.dempsey@intergraph.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

Arkansas Trip – A Tale of Failed Expectations

Anticipation of good conditions and excellent fishing during the Arkansas Spring trip was high. The weather conditions looked good with temperatures in the mid to high 60’s for the week.  Fishing reports were encouraging with the caddis hatch in its infancy and with some signs of shad still coming thru the dam to entice the big browns.  What a great week we had in front of us, with mild temperatures and expectations of great fishing.

The conditions, both weather and water level/clarity, were ideal upon our arrival on Saturday afternoon.  Expectations rose.  Sunday was a nice day and everyone was out and about on both the White and Norfolk rivers.  High generation levels on the White forced those fishermen to boat fish. Normal fishing results were the sign of the day with Joe Tremblay catching an 18 incher.


Monday was an entirely different day.  As predicted we had rain the entire day.  As it turned to late afternoon the rain turned to snow and lasted late into the night.  Rain and a little snow …. no problem.  The rest of the week is supposed to be very mild and we can get back to catching all these fish.

With the dawn of Tuesday morning came the realization that we had a problem.  The eight plus hours of constant rain followed by hours of snow had created a massive runoff which turned our fishing waters to mud.  The Buffalo River rose 20 feet and caused the White to rise 10 feet at our lodge.  While we sat eating breakfast we could see the muddy water and debris coming out of the Buffalo into the White creating an un-fishable set of conditions.  Entire trees with root balls were floating by our lodge within a constant flow of other debris, both large and small.  The water was high, flowing fast, muddy and full of debris.  Not an ideal set of conditions!  To further our angst, the generation from the dams was increased to handle the rain & snow runoffs in order to maintain desired lake levels.