February 28th 6:30 pm Lunker Dinner and Raffle
Put the date on your calendar and plan to attend our catered dinner. Please turn in your reservation to Sharon Beckman at (913) 387-9090. The club will hold a raffle at the dinner and raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. If you have any fishing/tying equipment you would like to donate please contact David Cook, our raffle coordinator.
Bring a guest and join in on the fun!
MTFA Winter Club Outing - February 11 at Bennett Springs
Ok, we are trying to have our winter club outing. The club outing in January was canceled be-cause of the massive, devastating Ice Storm the weather people were predicting. Even the Chiefs game time was moved!
We are currently planning on meeting in the parking lot by the hatchery managers office at 9:00 am. Get your cold weather gear and come join us. If you are new to fly fishing and need some help we will be there to help you. This is the last weekend of catch and release at the State Parks. For more information contact David Cook at 816-272-5194.
MTFA Embordered Shirts
Are you interested in a fishing shirt with the club logo or project healing waters logo, your name and a fish or some flies embroidered on it? They really look nice and I have received numerous comments on mine. The club has contacted Terre Bobbitt that has embroidered shirts for us in the past. Terre has agreed to be at our Lunker dinner (Feb. 28th) to exhibit different designs and take orders, all you need to do is bring your shirts and a check book or cash.
PHWFF Reaches Out to Kansas City VA Medical Center’s Honor Annex
Our Greater Kansas City Program opened a new door in January with an informational table at the KC Veterans Administration Honor Annex outpatient facility. Participants and volunteers tied flies in the lobby of the Honor Annex and explained the Project Healing Waters program to veterans visiting the facility.
"Our goal is to introduce our program to as many Veterans as possible," said Mike Davis, Outreach Coordinator for the Greater Kansas City Program. "Hopefully we’ll get enough interest to start having regular meetings here."
We plan to conduct quarterly informational sessions at the Honor Annex.
The National PHWFF Rod Building Con-test kicked off in January and will continue each Monday in February (6-13-20-27) and Tuesday, Feb. 14 at Fleming Hall. Sessions begin at 7 pm. Our participants have done very well in previous contests, and it’s great fun to see the progress they make from week to week.
Also on the February calendar:
Feb. 14:General Meeting, Fleming Hall, Lake Jacomo, MO, 7 pm.
Feb. 15:KCVAMC, Recovery Floor Fly Tying Program, 1 pm.
Feb. 21:General meeting, Rainbow Fly Shop, 4621 S Shrank Dr. Independence, MO @ 5:00 pm. Food, fun, and fly tying with Matt.
Bradbury, Carruthers Receive Honors
Congratulations to Chuck Bradbury (top left) and Ron Carruthers (bottom left), recipients of the "Leaping Trout Award" as our pro-gram’s Participant of the Year and Volunteer of the Year, respectively.
Chuck has been with our program since its outset, taking part in national rod-building and fly tying competitions as well as local activities.
Ron has been a tireless volunteer, assisting at fishing outings and with all of our local and national activities. Chuck and Ron received their awards from Bob Barnett, Greater Kansas City Pro-gram Lead.
MTFA Christmas Party
The spirit of Christmas was at the forefront of the MTFA Christmas party. The annual event always features a delicious array of food and, of course, a gift exchange. This year’s gathering included a $1000 donation to our Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program from the Cowboy Up Triathlon. We are grateful to be the sponsored charity for the Cowboy Up Triathlon, and we appreciate their continued support of our Kansas City program.
Pictured from left are Program Lead Bob Barnett, Mike Powell and Chad Martz from Cowboy Up Triathlon, and Merril Miller of MTFA, a longtime triathlon participant.
Our program also is the feature in an outstanding short film by David Simmons of Thill Media. The video is sponsored by local PBS station KCPT leading up to the release of Ken Burns’s documentary on the Vi-etnam War in the fall of 2017. You can see it on our Facebook page.
One of our volunteers, Ron Carruthers, was familiar with David through his work as a photographer and his interest in fly-fishing. David did a great job of summarizing the Project Healing Waters program, as well as introducing many of our participants. To thank him for his efforts, Bob (left) and Ron (right) presented David with a framed patriotic photograph.
Fly Tying Classes - Winter 2017
The Kansas City Chapter of MTFA will be holding fall fly tying classes beginning January 23rd 7 - 9 pm, with an introduction to fly tying. After that, classes will be held each Monday night for six weeks. No need to worry about your current level of fly tying experience, there will be something for everyone.
I am asking for donations. We are looking for materials such as hackle, pheasant tail, turkey tail, hare’s mask, elk, deer body hair, zonker strips, hooks, thread and beads. If you have any extra materials lying around, we will greatly appreciate your donations. If you have any questions, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (816-673-9863) if you would like to donate.
Missouri Fishing Licenses Online
You can purchase your fishing, hunting, etc. license’s on line through the Missouri Department of Conserva-tion web site or even from your smartphone using the Mo. Hunting app. Your valid permit will appear on the app Immediately after your purchase. You can carry your license with you where ever you go. Check out:
Replacements for Felt Soles
Have you been wondering what to do with your felt-soled boots that are no longer allowed in Missouri trout streams? Club member, Vic Smedley, has found a shoe repair shop that can replace those felt soles with a non-porous sole. Vic also reports that the shop’s rates are reasonable, too.
Shoe Express,19321 E. US 40 Hwy, Independence, MO 816.795.6655