Calendar

Here's our calendar of meetings, activities and events for the current year. Most activities require a sign up simply so we know how many folks to expect and a few require a small payment to cover our costs and perhaps to add a few dollars to the treasury. If you'd like to attend an event, just click on the appropriate button and complete the form that appears. If you have any questions, click the Contact Us button and ask away. We'll get back to you as soon as we can. See you there!

Date 2017 Activities
January 4 HCFF meeting at 7 p.m.
Mike Dawkins from WorldCast Anglers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Victor, Idaho will present a program on DIY fly fishing in the Jackson Hole area. He will also discuss some of the destination fishing spots that WorldCast Anglers offers. www.worldwcastanglers.com.
January 7, 14, 21, & 28

Beginner Fly Tying Class
This class is designed for those who have cast a fly or two and now want to try making their own creations. It's a beginning fly tying course and will be taught by several club members who are experienced fly tiers. The club will supply the equipment and materials for the patterns, but if you have your own tying equipment, you're encouraged to bring it with you. Enrollment is limited to 10 students, however, if we get additional instructors we can open it up to more students as we try to have at least one instructor for every two students. If the class is sold out when you try to register, please send a note using the Contact Us button above and we'll put you on the waiting list.

The class will be held on four successive Saturday mornings starting on January 7 at the Red Rock Junction restaurant in Park City, just a short distance from Interstate 80, from 9 a.m. until noon. The club will provide coffee and fresh bagels. Sign up and pay the $50 fee by clicking the Add to Cart button and be sure to complete the entire PayPal form so we can send you additional information. You don't need a PayPal account and any credit card will work. The cost is $50 per person. Current HCFF members will receive first priority.
February 1 HCFF meeting at 7 p.m.
Cam Coffin from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana will be the speaker. He will discuss fishing opportunities in the West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park areas. www.blue-ribbon-flies.com.
February 16-19 Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience
Join High Country Fly Fishers in supporting the 2017 Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. The goal of the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience is to positively influence youth and to get them involved and excited about hunting, fishing, shooting sports and wildlife conservation through the missions of both the Mule Deer Foundation and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. HCFF members will support that goal with fly tying demonstrations and discussions about the importance of protecting the environment for all outdoorsmen. For more information and coupons for discount passes, please visit www.huntexpo.com.
March 1 HCFF meeting at 7 p.m.
Boots Allen from Snake River Anglers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will present “Tierra del Fuego: Land of Fire and Giants.” Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland, across the Strait of Magellan. Boots is a fly fishing author and guide in the Jackson Hole area. www.snakeriverangler.com.
March 4, 11, 18 & 25 Fly Tying and Story Telling (aka "Flies and Lies")
Starting on Saturday, February 25 and running for four consecutive Saturday mornings, Fly Tying and Story Telling will demonstrate some of the favorite patterns of local fly tiers here in the Park City area. A different pattern will be featured each week and the tier will embellish the presentation with stories about the best way to fish it. Following the demonstration, attendees will try their hand at tying the fly with coaching from the expert, so you should bring your own tying equipment and the required materials. The materials needed will be listed on the program that will be published prior to each session. These sessions will be geared to intermediate and advanced fly tiers, but those who just want to observe are also welcome.

The program will be held at the Red Rock Junction restaurant in Park City from 9:00 a.m. until about 11:00 a.m. and the club will provide coffee, tea and hot chocolate. There is no fee, but space is limited, so click on the Sign Up button if you're planning to attend and be sure to tell us if you're going to tie or observe.
April 5 HCFF meeting at 7 p.m.
Codey Stocks from Savery Creek Fishing in Savery, WY will discuss trout fishing on private water in southern Wyoming. www.saverycreekfishing.com. In addition, Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, will give an update on Utah's water supply.
April 7-8 Wasatch Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo
The Wasatch Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo is an excellent local show held in Salt Lake City and this year there are many new programs and activities. The lead sponsor is the Stonefly Society chapter of Trout Unlimited, based in Salt Lake City, and HCFF is one of several Utah TU chapters who assist with running the Expo. We sell raffle tickets, shirts, hats and assist the Stonefly Society in other ways as requested. The Expo has over 60 vendors, 50 fly tiers, including some from HCFF, casting competitions, bucket raffles, a banquet with a live auction, and much more. HCFF shares in the revenue from this event and that revenue is a major portion of our annual budget, so we need your help. We need a good 15 to 20 volunteers each day for various projects, so please support your club and tap that Sign Up button. Be sure you tell us which day or days you're available.
April 21-23 Sand Hollow Fishout
Join us for a change of pace as we cast exotic flies to warm water fish. Sand Hollow Reservoir is a stillwater fishery in southern Utah near St. George, about 300 miles south of Park City. The reservoir contains largemouth bass, bluegills and catfish, and other nearby rivers and lakes contain trout, wipers, bass and crappies. Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon and Las Vegas are also within striking distance so this is a perfect opportunity to combine fishing with other fun activities. Click here for more details and be sure to click the Sign Up button too so we know you're coming.
April 21-22 Eastern Idaho Fly Tying Expo
The twenty-fourth Eastern Idaho Fly Tying Expo, held in Idaho Falls, Idaho, is one of the premiere fly fishing shows in the western United States. Admission is free and the two-day show features several notable speakers and authors from the world of fly fishing. Typically, the show includes 150 fly tiers and many well-known Utah tiers are invited to tie each year. In addition, numerous vendors display their equipment and many offer show specials as well. Most presentations are free of charge, but there are also specialty classes available for a small fee. A major theme is programs for the young fly fisher. This show is a fund raising event for the Snake River Cutthroats chapter of Trout Unlimited and money is raised by raffle ticket sales, silent and live auctions, and other events, including a banquet on Saturday night. Check out the website for more information or you can also call Jimmy’s All Season Anglers at (208) 524-7160. www.srcexpo.com.
April 26, 27 & 29
Membership Status
Men's Fly Fishing Clinic
This clinic is cosponsored by Trout Bum 2 and is designed to introduce beginners to the wonderful sport of fly fishing. Day 1 is classroom instruction covering fly fishing tackle, entomology, reading the water and other essential subjects. Day 2 is a one-on-one casting clinic held at the Deer Valley Ponds. Each participant should bring a fly rod with reel and line attached. If you don't have a fly rod and reel, the club has a few to loan, but let us know in advance if you need one. No flies are needed or allowed during the casting clinic. Day 3 allows you to try out what you've learned by fishing one of our local rivers or ponds. As before, you will be paired with an experienced angler and equipment can be supplied if needed.

The cost is $50. The $50 fee for non-HCFF members also includes membership in HCFF for the rest of the calendar year. If you are currently a member of HCFF, the fee will cover your upcoming membership. Space is limited to 25 anglers and priority will be given to those who have never taken the clinic before. If you've taken it before and would like to take it again, we'll put you on a waiting list for available openings. Finally, if you pay the $50 to attend the clinic and join HCFF, please be sure to visit the Membership page and click the "Join HCFF" button so we can add you to our club roster and keep you informed about all our great activities.
May 2, 4 & 6
Membership Status
Ladies' Fly Fishing Clinic
This clinic is cosponsored by Jan's Mountain Outfitters and is designed to introduce beginners to the wonderful sport of fly fishing. Day 1 is classroom instruction covering fly fishing tackle, entomology, reading the water and other essential subjects. Day 2 is a one-on-one casting clinic held at the Deer Valley Ponds. Each participant should bring a fly rod with reel and line attached if you have one. If you don't have a fly rod and reel, the club has a few to loan, but let us know in advance if you need one. No flies are needed or allowed during the casting clinic. Day 3 allows you to try out what you've learned by fishing one of our local rivers or ponds. As before, you will be paired with an experienced angler and equipment can be supplied if needed.

The cost is $50. The $50 fee for non-HCFF members also includes membership in HCFF for the rest of the calendar year. If you are currently a member of HCFF, the fee will cover your upcoming membership. Space is limited to 25 anglers and priority will be given to those who have never taken the clinic before. If you've taken it before and would like to take it again, we'll put you on a waiting list for available openings. Finally, if you pay the $50 to attend the clinic and join HCFF, please be sure to visit the Membership page and click the "Join HCFF" button so we can add you to our club roster and keep you informed about all our great activities.
May 3 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Marty Howard will give a presentation on steelhead fishing in the Northwest. Marty is known as an expert in “Two Handed Rod” fishing for steelhead. The presentation will include fishing on waters in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Canada.
May 12 New Member Social
This is a social event to welcome the new members of High Country Fly Fishers. We will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Red Rock Junction in Park City. If you are a new member (loosely defined as anyone who has become a member since January 2016), or if you already belong to the chapter and would like to meet some of our new members, please join us. Spouses are not only welcome, but encouraged to attend. HCFF will provide appetizers for the event, but please be sure to sign up so we have enough food.
June 3 Provo River Entomology Class
HCFF will conduct an entomology class for bugs on the Middle Provo. The class will cover identification of the major groups of insects found locally, with a particular emphasis on how a basic understanding of entomology can improve your fishing. Participants will sample the river for nymphs, identify them and then discuss the flies and techniques needed to catch fish at different times of year and during the various hatches. No prerequisite knowledge is required and the class is free to all HCFF members and their guests. The class will meet at 6 p.m. in the parking lot just below Jordanelle dam on Saturday, June 3. Be sure to wear your waders.
June 7 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Butch Bryant from Double Haul Fly Fishing will present a program on “Fly Fishing for Carp.”
June 8 Project Healing Waters Spring Outing
This outing will be held at Heiner Ranch and will allow veterans in the Salt Lake Project Healing Waters program to test their fly fishing skills. The veterans will be able to fish in one of several ponds for nice, friendly trout and lunch will be provided. HCFF needs volunteers as we try to pair up one-on-one with the veterans. We will meet in Park City at 8 a.m. and carpool to Heiner Ranch, which is about 45 minutes east on the road to Evanston, Wyoming. You should bring your own gear and an extra rod if you can. The club has a good collection of fly rods with floating lines but, depending on the turnout, some extra rods may be needed. Most of the fishing is done from the bank but a few members have used either their own small boat (electric motors or oars only) or one of the aluminum boats at the ranch. Click on the Sign Up button and give us your name if you can help.
June 13 Women's Fish Day Number 1
This the first of several women's fishing days during the 2017 season and it's open to all lady fly fishers, not just beginners. We'll start early in the morning or maybe late in the afternoon, depending on when and where the good fishing is being reported, and we'll announce the time and location about a week ahead ahead of time. For instance, if the Green Drakes are on the Provo, that's where we'll go and we'll try to target the appropriate time of day. Click the Sign Up button and select Women's Fish Day Number 1 if you think you might like to join us so we can send you the details on where we're going, what we're going to fish with, and so on, as it won't be published on the website and you won't know unless you sign up. Every time will be different, but in general, we'll fish together until noon, have lunch (bring your own plus snacks and water), then fish on our own or return to the rally point as you wish. We could be 20 minutes from Park City or we could be a couple hours away. We're planning to include rivers, streams, still water, and possibly some private water. We'd love to have you join us!
June 22-24 Strawberry Reservoir Fishout
Another great summer trip! The club reserves and pays for one of the group campsites for two nights, and camping includes a parking pass at the boat launch. On the second night, we gather for a group dinner and to swap fish stories. Dinner participants are asked to bring their own main course and an hors-d'oeuvre, a side dish or a desert to share. With any luck, the menu all works out. Those choosing not to camp are welcome to come up for the day or just for the evening dinner. Sign up so we know you're coming and keep checking back for more details as we get closer.
July 4 Park City Fourth of July Parade
This event supports Park City's Fourth of July Parade as HCFF members and friends march alongside Dave’s antique '57 Chevy pickup truck which is towing our founding member Cal Massey’s custom, hand built drift boat. We promote the wonderful sport of fly fishing and our Trout Unlimited chapter with signs on the truck and by marching with waving fly rods along the one-mile parade route. It's a fun family event and both adults and children are welcome to participate. There are lots of other activities to enjoy in Park City after the parade is finished too.
July 5 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Nick Teynor will give a presentation on “Soft Hackles for the Intermountain West.” Nick is on the shop staff, an instructor, casting champion and guide for Western Rivers. A dedicated fish-bum, student, and teacher of all things fly-fishing, Nick comes from a self-educated background. He taught himself how to cast and fish from a young age through grit, determination, and countless hours on the lawn and water. He loves to share his knowledge with anyone interested in learning to become a better angler and caster. Nick embraces all aspects of fly-fishing: dries, nymphs, streamers - as long as there is potential for a fish to be on the end of his line, he will fish it.
July 8-11 Green River Fishout
This is one of the premier fishing trips and social events of the year and you don't want to miss it! The club has reserved the Greendale Group Site for four days of fishing, camping, grilling and socializing. Arrive on the 8th and leave on the 11th, but some club members may come early and others may stay late. We have a group dinner one evening where everyone brings their own main dish, but also contributes an hors-d'oeuvre, a side dish or a desert to share. With any luck, the menu all works out.
July 11 Women's Fish Day Number 2
For more information on this outing, see the description for Women’s Fish Day Number 1 on June 13. If you would like to participate, please click the Sign Up button and make sure you select Women's Fish Day Number 2.
August 2 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Jeff Currier, fly fisherman, lecturer and artist. There is just too much to say here. Go to his web site and take a look. www.jeffcurrier.com.
August 8 Women's Fish Day Number 3
For more information on this outing, see the description for Women’s Fish Day Number 1 on June 13. If you would like to participate, please click the Sign Up button and make sure you select Women's Fish Day Number 3.
August 11-12 Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival
The Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival is a two-day, mid-summer event featuring a variety of family activities. There are equipment demonstrations, casting programs for adults and kids, and fly fishing clinics. It's organized by Fall River Fly Rods and cosponsored by a couple of dozen fly fishing equipment manufacturers and vendors promoting their equipment, resorts and services. The festival is held at Hamlet Park in Midway, Utah near the Legacy Bridge. HCFF is a minor sponsor and our members help by demonstrating fly tying. There is no admission charge so bring the family and have a great time!
August 18-20
Washington Lake Fishout
Fly fish the beautiful High Uintas at the HCFF Washington Lake Fishout! The club has reserved a group campsite at Washington Lake for Friday night, August 18, and Saturday night, August 19. Space is limited, so sign up soon if you're interested. The cost is $5.00 per party. Click here for more details.
September 8 Annual Steak Fry
Say goodbye to summer at the annual steak fry and picnic at Rotary Park in beautiful Park City. For this event, everyone brings their own main course and a side dish such as an hors-d'oeuvre, salad, or dessert to share. The club will have charcoal grills fired up for grilling and provide soft drinks and water. The time is usually from about 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., but watch for an announcement as we get closer to the event.
September 12 Women's Fish Day Number 4
For more information on this outing, see the description for Women’s Fish Day Number 1 on June 13. If you would like to participate, please click the Sign Up button and make sure you select Women's Fish Day Number 4.
September 16 Kokanee Festival
The Kokanee Festival is an event organized and sponsored by the Friends of Strawberry Valley and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. It is held during the Kokanee spawning run and is open to the public with no admission fee. DWR biologists show how eggs are extracted from spawning fish and discuss the process of raising Kokanee fry for replanting in the Strawberry Reservoir and other Utah waters. The event is held at the Forest Service Visitor Center, located just south of Highway 40 at the turnoff to Strawberry Marina, and it's a great family outing. Additionally, HCFF assists DWR with casting and fly tying demonstrations during the festival, so please sign up if you can help out.
September 23 Willow Planting
Our willow planting efforts along the Strawberry River over the last five years have come to an end and the river banks are recovering nicely. DWR has now asked that we work on a couple of the other streams flowing into the Strawberry Reservoir. These are Mud Creek and Chipman Creek. Other than the location change, all else remains the same as previous years. HCFF will buy willows and plant them along the stream banks of each creek. This one-day event is one of our major conservation projects of the year, so please sign up if you can help. The organizer will contact you with further details as the date approaches.
September 28 Project Healing Waters Fall Outing
This outing will be held at Heiner Ranch and will allow veterans in the Salt Lake Project Healing Waters program to test their fly fishing skills. The veterans will be able to fish in one of several ponds for nice, friendly trout and lunch will also be provided. HCFF needs volunteers as we try to pair up one-on-one with the veterans. We will meet in Park City at 8 a.m. and carpool to Heiner Ranch, which is about 45 minutes east on the road to Evanston, Wyoming. You should bring your own gear and an extra rod if you can. The club has a good collection of fly rods with floating lines but, depending on the turnout, some extra rods may be needed. Most of the fishing is done from the bank but a few members have used either their own small boat (electric motors or oars only) or one of the aluminum boats at the ranch. Click on the Sign Up button and give us your name if you can help.
October 4 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Lance Egan fly fishing and fly tying.
October 6-9 Island Park Fishout
This will be the first year for this event. Island Park, Idaho is about 320 miles north of Park City and the outing will be a combined camping and lodging trip. As arrangements are finalized, more details will be provided here. Fishing opportunities in that area include the Henry’s Fork, Warm River, Henry’s Lake and numerous creeks. A few more miles up the road is West Yellowstone Montana with other lakes and rivers in that area including the Madison River and Hebgen Lake.
October 10 Women's Fish Day Number 5
For more information on this outing, see the description for Women’s Fish Day Number 1 on June 13. If you would like to participate, please click the Sign Up button and make sure you select Women's Fish Day Number 5.
October 14 Strawberry Reservoir Cleanup
HCFF will conduct a one-day cleanup of some of the most common fishing areas on Strawberry Reservoir. Location and timing details will be provided later, however the club will try to get the cleanup done by about noon and then serve lunch. After lunch, we'll fish until dark, so be sure to bring your fishing gear.
October 17 Fred Drulard Memorial Fishout
This event will be held at Heiner Ranch and is the club's way of showing our appreciation to all the volunteers who helped with our projects during the year. In addition to a day of fishing at the ranch, the club will provide a free lunch. So, if you helped with the Wasatch Expo, fly tying classes, fly fishing clinics, willow planting, Project Healing Waters or any of our other events, click on the Sign Up button and accept our heartfelt thanks. Be sure to tell us which projects you helped with too.
November 1 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Kelly Glissmeyer, Idaho fly tier, lecturer, and fisherman will discuss fishing spring creeks with new methods and flies.
December 1 Christmas Party
Sun Peak Recreation Center at 6 p.m.
1950 Bear Hollow Drive, Park City, Utah 84098
Toast the holidays at the High Country Fly Fishers Christmas party! This is the perfect occasion to reminisce about all the great fishing of 2017 and to chat about planned outings in 2018 with all your HCFF friends. It's a pot-luck dinner party, so please bring a main dish, side dish, hors-d'oeuvre, salad, or dessert to share.

The highlight of the evening is the gift exchange. If you would like to participate in the exchange, bring a wrapped gift with a suggested value of about $15 to $20. If there is more than one person (i.e., your significant other) who wants to participate, bring a gift from each. Both gag gifts and good gifts are appropriate and there is a fun game played to exchange them. You never know what you'll go home with! Happy Holidays from HCFF!