Welcome to the website of the Hamilton Area Fly Fishers & Tyers......."HAFFT"
Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from September to April. Meetings are held upstairs at the Police Association at 555 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, Ontario. Doors open at 7 and meetings begin at 7:30
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Tuesday March 27, 2018
Speaker: Bill Spicer
Topic: Atlantic Salmon fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador
As host of The New Fly Fisher, Bill has acquired a wealth of information on many locations. He will be giving us the complete picture of salmon fishing in this 'bucket list' destination. Come on out for this 'must see' guest speaker!
2017 - 2018 News of HAFFT
WTF? On Tuesday March 13, HAFFT held its first WTF (What's That Fly) tying contest. A great time was had by all with many very bizarre flies coming off the vices. Members are already talking about next year's event!! Winners included newcomer Chris Biederman.
Alan Hansel spoke to the club about the role and activities of "Stewards of Cootes Watershed" and updated us on the positive things they are doing for the Cootes Paradise environment. More info at: www.stewardsofcootes.ca
On Feb 13th Chris Krysciak demonstrated three patterns (Rainbow Warrior, Higa's SOS, Iron Lotus) which are very appropriate for modern nymphing techniques. His insights on fly design, equipment selection and techniques for employment were captivating.
On January 23, Bill Christmas gave us an overview of the recent activities of the Ted Knot chapter of Trout Unlimited. He covered project successes and challenges on Miller and Spencer Creeks and their tributaries. All present were encouraged to participate in TU endeavours.
The fly tying night on January 9th was a great success. Tommy Kee returned to lead us through tying the Tarpon Toad, a great tarpon fly (which might look really good to a bass or pike as well) Feathers were flying and the sound of scissors filled the air.
On December 12 Richard Curry, one of our own HAFFT members, gave a great presentation of his recent trip to Alaska. He tied into eight different species of salmonoids in one week.......a Grand Slam!!!!! He covered the trip in detail leaving the audience ready to book a trip of their own.
Tommy Kee gave a great presentation about saltwater flyfishing in the Bahamas on Novemebr 28. There were many tantalizing pictures of huge fish, sunny blue sky, clear water, and sand.
On Tuesday November 14 Peter Iannozzo demonstrated a few streamer patterns showing us some great tips while tying classics like Muddler and Zonker patterns.
John French led a great workshop on rod and reel maintenance on October 24th. We dismantled and cleaned reels, line/leader/backing connections, and rods while discussing do's and don'ts, tools, etc.
Rob Clarke visited on October 10th and demonstrated a few oh his favourite "late season" hairwing steelhead patterns. Punctuated with tying and fishing tips, Rob's demonstration was entertaining and educational........like always!
On Tuesday September 26, Rick Crawford led a discussion of fishing small streams with small dry flies for small trout. Rick then went on to demonstrate the tying of three of his favourite small dry flies he uses for small stream