2018 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. Please note that PayPal accepts all major credit cards and a PayPal account is not required. 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 2018 Activities
January 3 HCFF meeting at 7 p.m.
Slide Show and Social Hour at 6 p.m.
Ken Brough, owner of the Eagle Lodge on the Prince of Wales Island, will show a video presentation and discuss fly fishing on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska.
January 6, 20, 27 & Feb 3

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 Saturday mornings starting on January 6 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 $75 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 $75 per person. Current HCFF members will receive first priority.
February 7 HCFF meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m.
Alan Ward, DNR Strawberry Lake Manager, will provide a short synopsis of the health of the Strawberry fishery and then Gilbert Rowley will present us with an evening of fly tying and fly fishing video entertainment. Gilbert is the producer of Lance Egan and Devin Olson’s video Modern Nymphing. He is also an accomplished Euro Nymphing fisherman. He will show us some of his flies in a fly tying session beginning at 6:00 p.m. The HCFF meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a few announcements followed by Alan's Strawberry update and Gilbert’s presentation on Film Making in the Fly Fishing Industry.
February 8-11 Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience
Join High Country Fly Fishers in supporting the 2018 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 the Western Hunting Expo website.
February 28, March 10, 14 & 24 Fly Tying and Story Telling (aka "Flies and Lies")
Our advanced fly tying sessions will alternate between Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The sessions will be on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 24 at 9:00 a.m. All sessions will be at the Red Rock Junction in Park City.

Flies and Lies will feature guests tying some favorite patterns and instructing on the best way to fish them. Following each fly demonstration, attendees will try their hand at tying the fly with coaching from the expert. You will provide your own equipment and materials and the list of which will be provided prior to each program. Those who just want to observe are also welcome.

The program is free, but space is limited, so click on the Sign-Up button if you are planning to attend.
March 7 HCFF meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m.
Mark Raisler from Head Hunters Fly Shop will present a program on the Four Seasons of the Missouri. Head Hunters Fly Shop is located in Craig, Montana. Starting at 6:00 p.m., Mark will demonstrate tying some of his favorite flies for the Missouri River. Mark’s program will follow HCFF announcements at 7:00 p.m.
April 4 HCFF meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m.
Ken Burkholder and Andrew Catt from Dreams on the Fly Guide Service in Meridian, Idaho will present a program about fishing the Owyhee River. A fly tying demo will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the program following at 7:00 p.m.
April 5-7 Wasatch Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo
The Wasatch Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo will feature instructional classes, 110 vendors, 80 fly tiers, casting competitions, bucket raffles, a banquet with a live auction, and much more. HCFF is one of several Utah TU chapters who host the Expo. Most presentations are free of charge, but there are also specialty classes available for a small fee. HCFF shares in the revenue from this event, which provides a major portion of our annual budget, so we need your help. We need 15 to 20 volunteers each day, so please sign up and be sure you tell us which day or days you are available. You will have time at the Expo to enjoy the show free of charge.
April 12-14 Crittenden Lake Fishout
We have purchased a 2018 membership for Crittenden Lake, a trophy trout and bass fishery in nearby Nevada. Our membership allows HCFF paid members and one guest to fish the lake for $75 each per day. We're also having a club fishout on the dates listed where we can all fish together and learn the lake. Details on camping, lodging, joint dinners, etc. will be provided soon. Barbless flies and minimum 6-weight rods are required so as not to stress the large fish.
April 20-21 East Idaho Fly Tying Expo
The 25th East Idaho Fly Tying Expo, held in Idaho Falls, is one of the premier fly fishing shows in the western United States. Admission is free and the two-day show features many notable speakers and authors. Vendors display their equipment and trips, and many offer show specials. Most presentations are free of charge, but there are also specialty classes available for a small fee. The show features many raffles, silent and live auctions, and other events, including a banquet on Saturday night. Visit the East Idaho Fly Tying Expo website or call Jimmy’s All Season Anglers at (208) 524-7160 for more information.
April 24-26
Men's Fly Fishing Clinic
This three-day clinic is an introduction to fly fishing. Space is limited to 25 students so we can pair each student with an individual instructor.

Day 1 is an evening class at Red Rock Brewery in Park City covering tackle, entomology, reading the water, and other essential subjects.

Day 2 is an evening casting clinic held at the Deer Valley Lakes and we provide all the gear.

Day 3 is where you put what you have learned to work fishing one of our local rivers or lakes. As before, we will pair you with an experienced angler and provide all equipment.

The $75 fee includes membership in HCFF for the rest of the calendar year, so after you pay for the clinic, please visit our Join HCFF page on this website and click the "Sign Up" button to be added to our email list so we can keep you informed about our activities and programs.
May 2 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m.

Van Beacham, from the Solitary Angler Guide Service, will present a program on Quality Fishing without the Crowds. Van guides in Southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico, and Southwest Wyoming. John Rohmer will be a special guest tying flies suitable for fishing Van’s waters. John is the developer of Arizona Simi Seal dubbing products, which is a quality product used by many great tiers.
May 8-10 Women's Fly Fishing Clinic
This three-day clinic is an introduction to fly fishing cosponsored by Jan's Mountain Outfitters. Space is limited to 25 students so we can pair each student with an individual instructor.

Day 1 is an evening class at Red Rock Brewery in Park City covering tackle, entomology, reading the water, and other essential subjects.

Day 2 is an evening casting clinic held at the Deer Valley Lakes and we provide all the gear.

Day 3 is where you put what you have learned to work fishing one of our local rivers or lakes. As before, we will pair you with an experienced angler and provide all equipment.

The $75 fee includes membership in HCFF for the rest of the calendar year, so after you pay for the clinic, please visit our Join HCFF page on this website and click the "Sign Up" button to be added to our email list so we can keep you informed about our activities and programs.
May 17-20 Starvation Reservoir & Surrounding Rivers Fishout
New for this year is a trip to Starvation Reservoir. This location provides opportunities for both stillwater fishing in the lake and river fishing in nearby rivers, including the Strawberry River, Strawberry Pinnacles, Currant Creek, and the Duchesne River. Details on camping, lodging, joint dinners, etc., will be provided later.
May 23 Wounded Warrior Fishout
Details coming soon.
June 5 Women's Fish Day Number 1
Women's fishing days provide our female members of all skill levels a way to network and learn from each other. The time and location will be announced at least a week ahead of time, and will be based on fishing conditions. We are planning to include rivers, streams, still water, and possibly some private water.
June 6 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m
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Mike and Christy Carlson, owners of Pioneer Anglers in Alpine, WY, will entertain us with stories about the Salt River in Wyoming. The Salt is a major tributary of the Snake, flowing into Palisades Reservoir. Christy will demonstrate tying flies for the Salt and Mike will present a program on “Fishing the Salt.” Last year, large 22+-inch fish were caught frequently.
June 8 Provo River Entomology Class
HCFF member and Provo River guide, Steve Caldwell, will conduct an entomology class on the Middle Provo covering identification of the major groups of insects and how understanding 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. The class is free to all HCFF members and their guests. We will meet at 6 p.m. in the parking lot on Old Highway 40, just below the Jordanelle Dam. Waders are recommended.
June 10-13 Panguitch Lake Fishout
Panguitch Lake is located 270 miles south of Park City. The word “Panguitch” means "big fish" in the local native American language and the lake is full of them. Its 8,400 ft. elevation creates a spectacular setting and comfortable summer temperatures. It is near Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Zion National Park. Camping and lodging are available nearby. Details on camping, lodging, joint dinners, etc., will be provided later.

Just so you know what you are getting into, last year a couple of the club members fished in mid-May and each caught 30 to 50 fish per day on John Schultz’s Angstrom – so get tying! John’s Angstrom video is on our website.
June 15 Project Healing Waters Spring Outing
HCFF will take veterans from the Salt Lake Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program to the beautiful Ensign Ranch. We will provide lunch and gear and pair experienced anglers with the veterans. All fishing is catch and release, and barbless hooks are mandatory.
July 4 Fourth of July Parade
HCFF members march in Park City's Fourth of July Parade alongside Dave Allison’s '57 Chevy pickup truck towing our founding member, Cal Massey’s, self-built drift boat. We promote fly fishing and our Trout Unlimited chapter with signs on Dave’s truck and by shadow casting as we march along the one-mile parade route. We encourage you to bring your family and participate. There are lots of other activities to enjoy in Park City after the parade too.
July 10 Women's Fish Day Number 2
Women's fishing days provide our female members of all skill levels a way to network and learn from each other. The time and location will be announced at least a week ahead of time, and will be based on fishing conditions. We are planning to include rivers, streams, still water, and possibly some private water.
July 11 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m
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Due to the July 4th holiday, we are deferring our monthly meeting by one week.

Wes Johnson, a member of the Utah Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, will talk to us about fishing some special spots in the High Uintas. Wes has a cabin up there and knows the area well. He plans to focus on a couple of the rivers and discuss the timing, flies, and the techniques needed to be successful.
July 12-15 Strawberry River & Strawberry Reservoir Fishout
We will camp at the Soldier Creek Campground, which is located at the eastern end of the lake and is close to some great river fishing. Just below the dam, fishing the Strawberry River can be very productive. Also, nearby are Currant Creek, the Strawberry Pinnacles, and Duchesne River. Participants will need to make their own campground reservations. Details on camping, lodging, joint dinners, etc., will be provided later.
August 1 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m
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Program to be announced.
August 3 Steak Fry
Join us for our annual Steak Fry and picnic at beautiful Rotary Park in Park City. Bring your own main course and something to share, such as an hors d'oeuvre, salad or dessert. The club will have charcoal grills fired up for grilling and provide soft drinks and water. The time is from about 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bring a coat, as it cools off quickly once the sun sets.
August 14 Women's Fish Day Number 3
Women's fishing days provide our female members of all skill levels a way to network and learn from each other. The time and location will be announced at least a week ahead of time, and will be based on fishing conditions. We are planning to include rivers, streams, still water, and possibly some private water.
August 23-24 Green River Single Fly Competition
The Single Fly is sponsored by High Desert Anglers, the Vernal Chapter of TU, as a fund raiser in support of conservation programs in their area of Utah. HCFF will sponsor two four-man teams, paying 50% of the $500 entrance fee for six members and 100% of the fee for two members who will be selected from those volunteering for at least two HCFF events. Members interested in participating should contact Dave Allison. High Desert is also inviting all HCFF members to attend their closing fundraising banquet (with open bar) free of charge on Friday night, where great prizes will be raffled and auctioned. More details will follow.
August 25-27 Green River Fishout
We planned our trip to accommodate those participating in and/or attending the Single Fly competition; therefore, we are staying at the Red Canyon Lodge, the base of the Single Fly. You are invited to attend the Single Fly awards banquet (with open bar) free of charge on the 24th, where great prizes will be raffled and auctioned. Additional details on camping, lodging, joint dinners, etc., will be provided later.
September 5 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m
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Program to be announced.
September 9-13 Island Park Fishout
High Country will return to Island Park in September. The Lakeside Lodge (320 miles north of Park City), which has rooms, cabins, RV spaces, and dry camping sites, as well as a restaurant and bar, will serve as our base of operations. Contact the lodge at 208-558-9770 or lakesidelodgeandresort@hotmail.com for reservations.

Fishing opportunities in that area include the Henry’s Fork, Warm River, Henry’s Lake, Sheridan Lake, and numerous creeks. A few miles up the road is West Yellowstone, MT with other lakes and rivers, including the Madison and Firehole Rivers, and Hebgen and Quake Lakes.

Additional details on camping, lodging, joint dinners, etc., will be provided later. In the meantime, contact Mike Leigh at fshnfly81@gmail.com or 435-901-8486 with any questions.
September 15 Kokanee Festival
The Kokanee Festival is sponsored by the Friends of Strawberry Valley and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. During the Kokanee spawn, DWR biologists show how eggs are extracted and discuss the process of raising Kokanee fry for replanting in the Strawberry Reservoir and other Utah waters. The event is free of charge and held at the Forest Service Visitor Center, located just south of Highway 40 at the turnoff to Strawberry Marina. HCFF assists DWR with casting and fly tying demonstrations during the festival, so please sign up if you can help.
September 18 Women's Fish Day Number 4
Women's fishing days provide our female members of all skill levels a way to network and learn from each other. The time and location will be announced at least a week ahead of time, and will be based on fishing conditions. We are planning to include rivers, streams, still water, and possibly some private water.
September 22 Willow Planting
Our 2018 bank stabilization location is as yet undetermined. This 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 26 Project Healing Waters Fall Outing
HCFF will take veterans from the Salt Lake Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program to the beautiful Ensign Ranch. We will provide lunch and gear and pair experienced anglers with the veterans. All fishing is catch and release, and barbless hooks are mandatory.
October 3 Annual Meeting at 6 p.m.
High Country Fly Fishers will hold its Annual Meeting at Red Rock Junction in Park City. A hosted hors-d'oeuvre buffet will be provided. The agenda for the meeting will be to review the year's financial results and activities, discuss next year's proposed calendar and budget.
October 9 Women's Fish Day Number 5
Women's fishing days provide our female members of all skill levels a way to network and learn from each other. The time and location will be announced at least a week ahead of time, and will be based on fishing conditions. We are planning to include rivers, streams, still water, and possibly some private water.
October 10 Fred Drulard Memorial Fishout
This annual event is held at Ensign Ranch and is the club's way of showing our appreciation to our volunteers who helped with HCFF projects during the year. In addition to a day of fishing, the club will provide lunch, water, and soft drinks. When you sign up, tell us which event(s) you helped with and about how many hours you spent. This information in needed for our annual reporting to TU National on volunteer hours expended.
October 14-17 Fontenelle Dam & Hams Fork Fishout
Details to be announced.
November 7 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m
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Program to be announced.
December 1 Christmas Party at 6 p.m.
Sun Peak Recreation Center
1950 Bear Hollow Drive, Park City, Utah 84098

Toast the holidays at the High Country Fly Fishers Christmas party. It is a potluck, 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 $20. If there is more than one guest who would like to participate, bring a gift from each. Both gag and traditional gifts are appropriate. You never know what you will go home with.
December 5 HCFF Meeting at 7 p.m.
Fly Tying and Social Hour at 6 p.m
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Program to be announced.