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NEXT MEETING August 22, 2017  Fleming Hall

Branson Fly Fishing Expo by Springfield and Branson MTFA

When: Friday July 28th and Saturday the 29th. Time: 9 am to 5 pm.
Location: Lions Community Building 1015 E. State Highway 76 Branson, Mo 65915
Admission: $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family


Activities: Fly Casting Demos Fly Tying Demonstrations Raffles and Silent Auctions
Many Local Exhibitors For More Information Call: 417-335-6618 or 417-544-0056





PHWFF Calendar for July & August

Project Healing Waters Report by Jim Kissane

Following the completion of the National Fly Rod Building Competition,
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing now turns its attention to its fifth annual National Fly Tying Competition.

The contest will run through Sept. 15, with five national finalists to be announced in early October.
The five finalists will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Somerset, NJ, in November to participate in the International Fly Tying Symposium.
At the conclusion of the Symposium, the 1
st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced, along with two honorable mention winners.
Prizes include PHWFF Regal fly tying vises and PHWFF tool kits. Judging will be done by a panel of experts, including PHWFF volunteer leadership and celebrity and professional fly tiers.

Participants will submit four identical flies of the same pattern, which can be either a well-known pattern or a creation of their own design.
Flies may be submitted from the following categories: Dry Flies, Nymphs, Streamers, Warm Water Flies, or Salt Water Flies.

Flies will be judged on the following criteria:

Color Harmony

Scale and Proportion

Use of Materials


Proper Use of Thread

Overall Style of the Fly

Kevin Gabert of our program won the 2013 competition, and David Bagley received honorable mention in 2015. Good luck to this year’s entrants!

PHWFF National Fly Tying Competition Heats Up During Summer

August 2: Fly Tying 101 at KCVAMC, Drug and Alcohol Recovery Floor, 1 pm

August 8: General meeting, Fleming Hall, Lake Jacomo, MO @ 7:00 pm

August 15: General meeting, 5 pm at Rainbow Fly Shop, 4621 S Shrank Dr. Independence, MO. Food, fun, and fly tying with Matt.

August 23: Fly Tying 101 at KCVAMC, Drug and Alcohol Recovery Floor, 1 pm


Success in Rod Building Contest Earns Ken Hicks a Bamboo Treasure

Ken Hicks was a first-place winner in the 2016 Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing National Rod-Building Competition. His reward was the opportunity to build another rod.

Ken returned recently from a week-long class at Bamboo Bend Handcrafted Healing, an organization in Grayling, Mich., that offers a bamboo rod building program for veterans. A dozen participants spent five days crafting their own bamboo fly rods and a couple of days fishing. Ken returned with a beautiful fly rod and rod tube, a Hardy fly reel with line, a library of books on rod building and some great memories.

"We were all housed together, so we got to know one another," he said. "In the evenings, we’d be telling war stories, fishing stories and whatever other stories we had to tell. We became life-long friends. I was well-blessed to be able to go."


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:


Officers for 2017:
President - David Cook         
Vice President - Gary Davisson
Secretary - Ardith Haynes
Treasurer - Darrell Durst
Membership Chair - Carol Cook 

Members at Large:
   Marvin Allison
   Merril Miller
   Roger Theroux


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 nonporous sole. Vic also reports that the shop’s rates are reasonable, too.

Shoe Express,19321 E. US 40 Hwy, Independence, MO   816.795.6655