November Fly of the Month
Richard's Sparkle Braid Sowbug
NAFF Meetings - 3rd Tuesday of the Month, 7:00 pm
1st Methodist Church of Mountain Home
November President's Message
INovember has been and continues to be a busy month: A.K. Best came and went, the kids fly fishing class continues, we have elections, and we have lost our longtime meeting location!
Tom Emerick and I drove to the Branson Airport to pick up A.K. Best. But when we were about half-way there, I got a call from A.K. He had missed his flight from Denver. Fortunately there are two flights a day from Denver to Branson. Instead of arriving at 1:00 pm he would be arriving at 5:30 pm. We had some time to kill. So we went to Branson Landing for lunch and then visited the Fly Shop owned by Carolyn Parker, who is our speaker this month. The fly shop is right below Table Rock Dam and very near the fishing access which we also visited. The access looks very nice. Expect an outing to Table Rock Dam in the near future.
Aside from the problem with the airline flights, A.K's visit was quite successful. While the titles of his talks were fishing high and low water in Colorado, they were really about fly tying; which is what we hoped for. A.K. is an excellent speaker. He spoke on fly tying, materials handling, and reminisced about fly fishing and music. NAFF member Terry Briggs had A.K. as a music teacher in the 50s in Michigan!
On Saturday evening we had a "Meet & Greet" with A.K. at George Peters' Rainbow Bridge Lodge. This is the third year we have done so; the event has become one NAFF's more social events! The pizza from Nima's was ordered and delivered in a timely manner.
The Kids’ fly fishing class is moving along nicely. We have two more fly tying sessions and another outing to Dry Run Creek. We signed out four fly tying kits for use at home at the end of our last class. The kids are all about 10 years old. This is a prime age; they are interested, excited, but not yet obnoxious proto teenagers.
We will be electing officers at the November meeting. This will be the last meeting at which I will preside. Recently joined member Ken Sickels has accepted the nomination for president. He is looking forward to holding and the position of President of NAFF. I think that he will do a good job! I will continue on the board as the "Past President".
Those of you who were at the October meeting know that we were evicted from our meeting location at the Senior Center. We ended up meeting in the main room, a very unsatisfactory location. I was not happy about the situation! But, we have found a new meeting place at the First United Methodist Church of Mountain Home. We will continue to meet on the same day and time. Our first meeting at the church will be in January. Actually, I think that the appeal of NAFF may be improved by not meeting in the Senior Center. This is the same church where we now hold the Sowbug dinner.
For the last few years NAFF has participated in the Mountain Home Christmas parade. Our participation has amounted to pulling a White River boat with our banner on it and tossing candy to the kids. Last year we bought $75 of candy at Walgreens on the day after Halloween. This year we bought $100 at Wal-Mart. If Tommy Hagan can curb his enthusiasm, the candy should last for the entire parade. Anyone who would like to participate in this event please call Tommy Hagan ((870) 736-7466).