Are you ready to have some
Fly Fishin' Fun?
Here is the scoop on the Oct. 3rd – 5th , 2014 IFFF Southern Council Fair.
Friday Welcome Dinner 5:30pm until ????
The fun starts with a Welcome Dinner in the C2 Building on the Baxter County Fairgrounds
Everyone is invited to come eat FREE Burgers and Brats, soft drinks, tea and water will be provided. Beer will be a bottomless cup in a cool IFFFSOC cup that you can buy for $5.00. You keep the cup. Let's see if the keg can float as good as the boat!
A Casting Game for prizes! Distance and Accuracy, 1 man's winner & 1 women's winner. TFO Rod for the winners!
50/50 Raffle for CASH!
There will be a few surprise raffles that you do not want to miss out on, here is a hint to what they might be Sage, TFO ….. who knows what else?
After the dinner and casting games we will have a live band provided by Scott Chism and the Better Half from Hattiesburg Mississippi. "Scott Chism is a story teller. His warm drawl makes even the most simple of his stories seem like epic tales. Five feet away sits Lynsey Terry, the better half and conscience of the duo, looking on with a tender, but skeptical look on her face. Rooted in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, their back porch poetry with its humor and old southern morals is set to a blend of Americana, folk and bluegrass that inspires as it entertains. You will not want to miss out on Friday Night!!!!
Saturday Night Awards Dinner and Live Auction
5:30- till the last person leaves!
5: 30pm – 6:30pm
Sit down and eat great BBQ for $15, Dinner will include BBQ Chicken and Pork, Pit Beans, vegetable plus desert soda, tea or water. Beer will have a $5 bottomless cup with another cool IFFFSOC Cup! The BBQ is provided by Hearts on Fire BBQ Team from Springfield MO, Kyle and his team has competed all over the nation Winning many top honors. You will not want to miss the dinner bell Saturday Night.
Enjoy live music by Missouri Boatride.
The "Missouri Boatride" Bluegrass band was formed in the late 90's when a group of family and neighbors began “jamming” together. A uniqueness of musical talent in instrumentals and vocals appeared and the group began receiving requests to perform publicly. Performances have included the Branson's American Star, Silver Dollar City, and many unique venues throughout the Branson, Missouri area. A couple of the members have even been on the Andy Griffith Show.
The band will take a break and we will have our LIVE AUCTION for 30 – 45 minutes, then the band will come back. Auction items that will be on the block that night will include the Legends Fly Plate, The Tiers Plate, and a plate Featuring the flies of Michael Schmidt (the fly plates are framed by Steve Jensen) ,select art work from Dave & Emily Whitlock, and Duane Hada. We are also auctioning off fishing trips with Jason Randal and Michael Schmidt that will take place on Sunday. I have acquired many rods and reels that include Sage, Hardy Rods and Able Reels plus many more items that are sure to be on your wish list.
Merchandise available through live auction, silent auction or raffle.
- Legends Fly Plate
- SOC Tiers Fly Plate
- Mike Schmidt Fly Plate
- Full Day Fishing Trip with Jason Randall for Sunday , Oct. 5th
- Day Fishing Trip with Michael Schmidt for Sunday , Oct. 5th
- VIP Package - $500 Fair Dollars, Lodging for 2 nights, 2 Banquet Tickets
- Guided Duck in MO between Oct. 31, 2014 – Jan. 14, 2015
- Able Super 3N with engraved artwork by Ray Cover retail $800
- Sage xi3 9' 10wt. w/Able Super 910 Tarpon Reel retail $1,800
- Dave Whitlock Art
- Duane Hada Art
- Abel 5n
- Sage one 3 wt
- Lots more stuff…
If you PRE-REGISTER & donate *$500.00 dollars to the IFFFSOC you will receive 2 free nights during the event at the Ramada or Comfort Inn in Mountain Home, plus you will receive a $500.00 credit for the live and silent auctions or if you wish it can go towards a Premium Program that you wish to attend.
New this year! You have the option to purchase “Fair Bucks”. These will be sold at a discount during pre-registration. Once you arrive at the Fly Fishing Fair, your Fair Bucks can be used to purchase anything that is for sale by the Southern Council. Shirts, hats, pins, silent auctions, live auctions, drinks during the Friday night Welcome Dinner and the Saturday night Dinner & Live concert with Missouri Boat Ride.
During pre-registration, Fair Bucks will be sold in $50 increments that will cost you $45. A savings of 10%! Your Bucks will be issued on a card you will carry and Bucks will be deducted as you spend them. If you have Fair Bucks left at the end of the event, please donate your card with whatever amount is left, to your favorite non-profit in attendance. Your balance is not refundable, but your donation is tax deductible. Receipts will be given by the non-profits to acknowledge your donation.
*$500 Credit Holder must be the individual who bids on and wins an auction item. $500 credit may be used toward the purchase of Premium Programs for the holder or immediate family members only. $500 credit may be used to purchase SOC shirts, hats, pins, raffle tickets and Sat. night BBQ dinner tickets and drinks. If you have Fair Bucks left at the end of the event, please donate your card with whatever amount is left, to your favorite non-profit in attendance. Your balance is not refundable, but your donation is tax deductible. Receipts will be given to acknowledge your donation.
There's going to be some fun!!
If you want to see the programs in chronological order without summaries, go to the 2014 Fly Fishing Fair Preregistration Form (PDF).
Programs by Presenter
Jason Randall — Author of 3 books, frequent speaker, contributor to fly fishing magazine publications since 2001, appearing regularly in American Angler since 2010. Jason Randall is a veterinarian certified in fish health and medicine. He lives in Woodstock, Illinois.
Trout Sense: A Fly Fisher's Guide to What Trout See, Hear and Smell
Stackpole Books/ Headwater Books - To be released in August of 2014
A comprehensive presentation on trout's sensory capabilities, specifically what they see, hear and smell, and how to utilize that information to catch more fish. Ideas to improve fly choice and design enhance presentation and avoid the things that alert and alarm fish are discussed in detail.
The more you know about trout, the more fish you'll catch. This third and final book in Jason Randall's Fly Fisherman's Guide series explains the trout's world for fly fishers who want to know more about their quarry. Randall sees fly fishing as both a physical and an intellectual pursuit. Like a coach sharing the scouting report on a rival team, Randall gives readers all the details about trout they need to prepare for their next contest on the water.
Randall's approach is both scientific and simple. He uses the latest research to answer common questions like where an angler should stand on the river bank and whether or not to use ultraviolet fly-tying materials. Trout Sense is a smart, entertaining book that's guaranteed to change how you see trout—by revealing how they see you!
"Jason has done a masterful job of examining the senses of the trout… [His] comments on fly selection and angling tactics, which are riveted solidly to the scientific data, are a must study for all fly rodders." — Dr. Gary A. Borger, Professor Emeritus, Biology, University of Wisconsin, Marathon County
Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher's Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat
Stackpole Books/ Headwater Books August 1, 2013
- Trout eat a large variety of food items, and diets and feeding behaviors change over time
- The more you understand about the fish and their ecosystem, the better skilled you will be at determining what fish are eating
- You can learn to adapt your fishing strategies to trout's routines
- Secrets for catching larger trout
Moving Water: A Fly Fisher's Guide to Currents
Stackpole Books/ Headwater Press May 1, 2012
- The most comprehensive book on how current affects fly fishing, the good and bad of drag, which casts and techniques to use when, and much more
- Nymph fishing and accounting for variations in current speed at different depths
- How even small movements of water can change your fly's movement, and what to do about it
- The effects of turbulence on water temperature and oxygen content
- How mayflies, stoneflies, and midges are affected by the water in which they live
- Trout's evolutionary and day-to-day responses to current
- Fishing drop-offs, midstream obstructions, and sweepers
Jason Randall Programs
#2 Friday 9am – 12pm Premium Program: - Nymph Fishing: Contact Techniques – Jason Randall which stresses two basic goals: maintaining contact with the river bottom where the fish are and maintaining contact with your flies to improve strike detection. It breaks down the newer European styles of nymph fishing, compares and contrasts methods of strike detection, offering alternatives to the classic 'bobber' style strike indicators and stresses the importance of presentation and the need master the tuck cast. This class is a short powerpoint followed by hands on instruction conducted on-the-water, with students using their own rods to learn the tuck cast and master the techniques. This portion of the class is an on-the-water program. Fishing license required or yarn fly only. Bring your rod/reel, waders, etc. 3- 4 hours in length. Program will begin in ½ #2 Western Sizzlin' conference room (in the Ramada) and ends on-the water. Limit 12 Program will be on Friday, Oct. 3rd 9am – 12pm Cost $35 IFFF member, $50 non-member
#6 Friday 2pm – 5pm Premium Program: - Advanced Nymphing Strategies for the Three Dimensional River – Jason Randall - This will be an on-the-water program. Based on the first book, 'Moving Water; A Fly Fisher's Guide to Currents,' with underwater video to illustrate drag while nymph fishing. Actually shows underwater strikes and how to correct and improve nymph presentation to catch more fish. Covers new European and tight line techniques. Tied in with a workshop on constructing the ideal nymph leader, either the European styles or the 'tight line' types. Fishing license required or yarn fly only. Bring your rod/reel, waders, etc. 3 hours in length. Limit 10 - Program will start at the Ramada Inn Lobby -Friday, Oct. 3rd 2pm – 5pm Cost $35 IFFF member, $50 non-member
#10 Sat. 9am – 9:50am 'Catch your Trophy: Get in the Mind of Large Trout.' – Jason Randall -Matching your fishing strategy to the feeding strategy of large trout to catch bigger fish. Once you understand hypertrophic fish, their default diet and default feeding strategies, they become more predictable. Based on the second book, 'Feeding Time; A Fly Fisher's Guide to What, Where and When Trout Eat.' Sat. 9am – 9:50am Seminar Rm. No attendance limit. FREE
#14 Sat. 11am -11:50am 'Old School Wet Flies.' Jason Randall Covers the often lost art of the many ways to fish with wet flies and soft hackles. How, when, where and why to fish with this effective technique. Covers patterns, rigging and fishing techniques. Do a tying demo of the fly patterns discussed. No attendance limits. Program will be on Sat. 11am – 11:50am, Seminar Rm. FREE
#18 Sat. 2pm – 2:50pm 'Seasonal Angling Strategies: Fishing the Winter River.' Jason Randall Understanding the winter river and how it affects trout and their prey. Based on seasonal changes in the river, the composition and density of prey organisms in the drift, you can identify the limiting factors and predict where trout are found and what they should be eating. Seminar Rm. Sat. 2pm – 2:50pm No attendance limit. - FREE
#21 Sat. 4pm – 5pm 'Seasonal Angling Strategies: Fishing the Summer River.' Jason Randall Understanding the thermal behavior of rivers and how it affects trout and the prey they feed upon during warm weather. Predict where trout hide and how their feeding behavior is affected when the water temperature rises. Also covers how to handle fish caught from warm water to improve survivability after release. Seminar Rm. Sat. 4pm – 5pm No attendance limit. - FREE
Mike Schmidt is known by all of his friends as a fish junky. Every spare moment not on the water is occupied by some aspect of fly tying to enhance the next trip. He is always thinking about new techniques, fly patterns/applications and fishing locations whether in his car, at work, in the gym or lying in bed. From the time he could walk he was constantly taken out on Lake St Clair, Lake Huron, up Michigan's west coast rivers, and in to the Upper Peninsula in search of the next fish. He did not fly fish at the time but targeted anything with fins, something he still does to this day.
Mike started tying his own flies in college and converted, with near exclusivity, to fly-fishing. For over a decade he has tied commercially for his company located in Dublin Ohio, Anglers Choice Flies (www.anglerschoiceflies.com). He does not focus on one particular style of fly but rather is a jack of all trades, tying patterns and refining them to fit whatever the situation may require. Mike ties a large catalogue of standard patterns as well as employing his knowledge of the sport and creativity to come up with new and innovative patterns to fool even the most wary fish.
Throughout the year Mike teaches fly tying and fishing technique at a number of clubs and retail locations around the Midwest. In addition he spends the winter months traveling to present and tie at fly fishing shows around the country. Doing so allows him the opportunity to meet many people involved in this wonderful sport and to teach fly tying to a very diverse audience.
Has been published in Hatches, Northwest Fly Fishers, Eastern Fly Fishers, Fly FishOhio.com & more.
- Contract Tyer and Tying instructor for Mad River Outfitters
- Signature Tyer for Jag Fly Co./Steelhead Alley Outfitters
- Performance Flies Pro Staff
- Clear Cure Goo Pro Staff
- OrvisNews.com contributor
- 2008 Winged Wet Fly Tier of the Year, flytyingforum.com
- 2009 Winged Wet Bronze medal, flytyingforum.com
- 2009 Wet/Emerger Bronze medal, flytyingforum.com
Mike Schmidt Programs
#5 Friday, Oct. 3rd 2pm – 5pm Premium Program: - Tying Classic Wet Flies - Mike Schmidt - A 'hands-on' tying session for the intermediate to advanced fly tier. The attendees need to bring their vises, thread & tools. Tying materials will be provided. 3 hours in length. – maximum attendees; 10 Will be offered on Friday, Oct. 3rd 2pm – 5pm Location: ½ #1 Western Sizzlin' Conference Room (in the Ramada) Cost $35 IFFF member, $50 non-member
#4 Friday, Oct. 3rd 10am – 12:50am Premium Program: - Articulated Action – Mike Schmidt A 'hands-on' tying session for the intermediate to advanced fly tier. A look at tying proven articulated patterns like the Double Deceiver, Voodoo Squatch, Red Rocket and Drunk & Disorderly. The attendees need to bring their vises, tools and thread. Tying materials will be provided. 3 hours in length, maximum attendees; 10. Will be offered on Friday, Oct. 3rd 10am – 12:50am Location: ½ #1 Western Sizzlin' Conference Room (in the Ramada) Cost $35 IFFF member, $50 non-member
#12 Sat. 10am – 10:50am Production Tying Techniques for Everybody - Mike Schmidt - Will highlight different setups, ideas, and techniques from production work that anyone can use to produce more consistent flies at home and faster. Sat. 10am – 10:50am – Seminar Rm. No attendance limit. – FREE
#16 Sat. 1pm – 1:50pm Trout Hunting With Meat – Michael Schmidt A brief history of streamers and how they have progressed, and then goes though gear, reading water, fly selection and action…basically is a good primer course to dial in streamer fishing. Will be offered on Saturday, Oct.4th 1pm – 1:50pm – Seminar Rm. - No attendance limit. – FREE
#19 Sat. 3pm – 3:50pm Production Tying Techniques for Everybody - Michael Schmidt - Will highlight different setups, ideas, and techniques from production work that anyone can use to produce more consistent flies at home and faster. Sat. 3pm – 5pm – Seminar Rm. No attendance limit. – FREE