Welcome

Welcome to the High Country Fly Fishers website. We are a conservation-oriented fly fishing club located in beautiful Park City, Utah and we meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. at Red Rock Brewing in Kimball Junction. Old friends and new members are always welcome, so drop by for good conversation, interesting programs and fish tales.

Next Meeting
Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Red Rock Brewing
1640 Redstone Center Drive
Park City, UT 84098

Please note that due to Utah liquor laws, you must be at least 21 years old to enter our meeting room at Red Rock Brewing.
Program: Mike Slater from DWR will give us an update on the health of the Provo River and discuss what they are seeing in the river from a biologist’s perspective.  Prior to Mike’s presentation, HCFF President Dave Allison will demonstrate some of his favorite Provo River dry flies.

Dave Allison 02Sitting in my office watching the snow fall over the Jordanelle and thinking about the big Browns and Tiger Muskie swimming under the ice makes me want to knock the dust off the kick boat. But spring is still a few months away and, unless you want to walk out onto the ice and drill a few holes….

On the other hand, the rivers are fishing pretty well despite the snow and cold temperatures. The midges look like pepper flakes on the snowy banks and noses are up just about every day. It’s worth a shot, and it looks like this winter might just give us the water we need to fill the rivers and lakes all over Utah. I’m very grateful for that.

HCFF just finished our four-week Beginner Fly Tying Class. It was a great time with talented students and exceptional teachers. (I brought the bagels.) Hopefully, we will gain ten new members and, you never know, one of them might just become president.

Next up, several members of the club will be tying at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace, February 14-17 from 10 a.m.to 7 p.m. If you haven’t been, it’s a big show with over 300 vendors. It’s geared more towards hunting than fishing, but there’s a lot to see, so if you get a chance, come down and visit.

This is a great time of year to fill your fly boxes. If you like to tie or just watch others tie beautiful patterns, join our Advanced Fly Tying classes, aka “Flies and Lies,” on March 2, 9, 16 and 23 at our usual meeting place; Red Rock Brewery, 1640 Redstone Center Drive in Park City. We start at 9 a.m. and coffee and bagels will be provided. A different guest tyer will be featured each week and they will teach their favorite patterns. Please sign up on the website, as we need a headcount and contact information so we can inform you of the materials needed for each session. Our guest tyers will provide some of the harder-to-find materials and, between all of us, we usually have plenty to go around. So throw your vise in a bag and come tie with us. We are asking for a $5 donation for each session to help defray costs.

If you enjoy fly fishing expos, there are several coming up. Besides the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo in February, we have the Western Fly Fishing Expo in Albany Oregon on March 9-10. If you would like something closer to home, there is the Eastern Idaho Fly Fishing Expo in Idaho Falls on March 29 and 30, and then, of course, we have the Wasatch Intermountain Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Expo on April 12-13 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy.

We are cosponsor of the Wasatch Expo and we need your help to put on the show. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so please sign up on our website or email Jen Stockett at email hidden; JavaScript is requiredand let her know which days you can work.

Check out our new website, built for us by Dave Collett, our webmaster and long-time member. If you go to the “Calendar” page you can see our upcoming meeting schedule, classes, events and, of course, our fishouts. And, please join me in thanking Dave for the countless hours he spends keeping us all informed.

Finally, speaking of the website, we could use more photos from HCFF members. Just click the “Send Photos” button on the Photo Galleries page and you’ll be able to email your images to the webmaster for posting. The Fish Tales gallery contains photos of big fish that you’ve caught anywhere and we’d love to see them, but we really need images from HCFF events so we can document all the great times.  Photos from HCFF members only, please.

Looking forward to another great season.

Tight lines,
Dave Allison

Park City, Utah