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Winter is the perfect time for a gathering of fly fishing families to gather.

The Annual Oklahoma Fly Fishers Extravaganza has been an event that Davy and I have enjoyed participating in for three consecutive years.

If you are in the area, come by and see us at our table; we will be tying and have items available for purchase.

Additionally there will be other vendors, tyers and guest speakers scheduled throughout the day.

The information for this can be found on this flyer.

See you there!






The Thanksgiving holiday is over, time to go back to work.
We will be hitting the road for Chicago!

Looking forward to seeing familiar faces and making new friends; weather is supposed to be great.

If you’re in the area, and would like to join us, check out the Drift Fly Tyers website and contact them for more information.

Keep a hook in the vise,

TBird and Davy


Tue Dec 01, 2015 – 07:00 PM – Health Science Center (HSC), Room 1234
Guest Speaker Davy Wotton


Davy Wotton at the vise with a bit of company from his little Jack Russell he calls, Siana.

My first introduction to the art of fly tying was in the 1960s. At that time l was given the materials and tying tools that belonged to one of my school masters. Thus began my passion for fly tying and its relationship to fishing and catching fish. In the 1960s l began to tie flies commercially, at that time very much the old school of thought still existed so far as fly patterns were concerned. This factor alone allowed me to gain a great deal of knowledge and skill to reproduce the traditional flies.

New ways of thinking and the introduction of synthetic materials leaned me into the new era of developing new fly tying techniques and innovate new fly patterns. Many of my fly patterns are commercially produced by the world’s major producers of fishing flies. Since the early 1970s l have contributed and had published a good 100 articles and features for both fly fishing magazines and books all over the world, related to fly tying techniques and the introduction of new fly patterns. So too l have been featured on many TV shows, produced fly tying videos, and travel country at the request of fly fishing organizations to demonstrate my tying skills.

Free for DRiFT Members…Non-members $5.00 admission.

For all the info click the link below:

IFFFOS.Org Fly Fishing Fair in Mountain Home, Arkansas



Davy and I are on our way to Louisiana.
We are happy to be returning to the North Louisiana Fly Fishers Club.

For more information on this club or tomorrows event click on the link below:

Keep a hook in the vise,

Public Announcement:

Hello Everyone,


The AGFC Trout Management Program will be hosting a general public meeting on Thursday August 13th, 2015  to discuss the current status of the Bull Shoals and Norfork Tailwaters.  The meeting will be from 6:00-8:00 PM in the McMullin Lecture Room, Dryer Hall, on the Arkansas State University campus in Mountain Home.  I  will be giving a presentation about data collected during recent years and discuss upcoming projects planned for the rivers. We’ll also discuss recently completed projects.  There will be plenty of time for questions at the end of the meeting. Multiple representatives from AGFC will be in attendance, including our new Chief of Fisheries, Chris Racey.


We look forward to providing you all with this information and hope you will be able to attend. Feel free to send to other interested parties.





Christy Graham

Trout Biologist Supervisor

E-mail: | P: (870) 424-5924 | M: (870) 404-0477


Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

201 East 5th St. | Mountain Home, AR | 72653

O: (877) 425-7577 | F: (870) 425-6596

Posted July 15, 2015

Please share with anyone that you believe to be of interest in this event.

For as long as I have been aware this event has been held in March, but has had to be changed for the 2016 venue.
April can be quite busy with tourism accommodation so start getting your reservation made if you plan to attend.


TBird tying a Spider st Sowbug Roundup 2015. Photo by Kevin Piper, Baxter Bulletin newspaper.



From Sowbug Roundup Committee:

Bad news / good news.
The only available dates for 2016 for Sowbug were in either February or April.
We chose the April date.
While we were making those changes, we confirmed the next five years! 

Please pass the word to anyone who might not catch this message. A lot of people made reservations at motels and campgrounds based on the dates we had given them. 

The new dates are:
2016 – April 14,15,16
2017 – March 23, 24, 25     
2018 – March 22, 23, 24.    
2019 – March 28, 29, 30
2020 – March 26, 27, 28

If anyone needs local help in changing reservations, would be happy to help.

To contact: E-mail:


Davy and I are counting down the days to the Annual Sowbug Roundup.
Yes, we will have a booth.
Yes, we will have Dvd’s,and flies also.
Davy will be giving a program on Saturday.
We looking forward to seeing everyone there.

2015 Sowbug Roundup will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 26th to the 28th at the Baxter County Fairgrounds in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The show opens at 9:00 am and the admission is $5.00 for everything, for all three days. For up to date information check out the Sowbug Roundup web site.
Location – Baxter County Fairgrounds Mountain Home, Arkansas
Hours- 9 am to 4 pm Thusday, Friday, & Saturday
Admission – Adults $5.00 All 3 Days  Children under 12 free with parent

For more information on program presenters and fly tyers list go to:

Travel safe and we will see you in a few days.

Keep a hook in the vise,


Hello Everyone,



I just want to let you all know that the COE has scheduled time for repairs to be made to the siphon at Norfork next week.  As you all may recall from previous e-mails I sent, the repairs that were made back in June/July were temporary and were meant to last until a replacement for the broken part was received by the manufacturer.  The repair scheduled for next week is to make those repairs.  The COE was great in working with us in that they waited to make the repairs until the poor DO season and peak spawning times had past.  I really appreciated their willingness to wait until now. 


Unfortunately, the planned outage started a little earlier than expected.  I was notified Wednesday that the Norfork siphon failed on Tuesday night.  A sensor that tells the computer whether the siphon is full or not went bad and the siphon equipment will not work without that sensor.  Generation started at 3 a.m. Wednesday, so minimum flow was not made for a period of less than an hour.  It did not even register in the COE’s tailwater data. The part to repair the sensor will take a few days to arrive.  However, since there was already a planned outage for next week to start fixing the valve issue, they went ahead and started running the speed-no-load option for minimum flow.  That will continue for a few weeks as the COE works on fixing the valve. 


Also, there was a fire in the Bull Shoals powerhouseyesterday morning due to a circuit breaker exploding.  All generation was halted, including that which operates minimum flow at Bull Shoals.  However, they expedited the process and units 1-4 were back in operation by afternoon.  If not generating for power, minimum flow should be running.  I do not think you will have noticed a period of less than minimum flow for more than a few hours yesterday. 


Please let me know if you have any questions! I’ll keep you all posted on the status of siphon repairs at Norfork.

Thanks, Christy



Christy Graham

Trout Biologist Supervisor

E-mail: | P: (870) 424-5924 | M:(870) 404-0477


Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

201 East 5th St. | Mountain Home, AR | 72653

O: (877) 425-7577 | F: (870) 425-6596



For additional details contact Oklahoma Fly Fishers direct, please. Thank you, TBird

We had a wonderful time at this event last year and are pleased to be making a return this year also.

Chairs were packed and standing room only. A terrific turn out indeed, with terrific food to boot!!!

See you in January!

Davy and TBird

For those of us who aren’t yet converts of using the term Fly Fishing Fair…the last week of September til the first week in October will find every guide in a tissy with bookings …the rivers will be wild with fly fishers from across the country for one last get together this year!

The website and registration info on the event is fully vested as I am given to understand.

Davy has a Friday program on the water.
I will be tying on Saturday.

We do not have a booth as we have too many scheduled conflicts at the time.

To pre register or see a full schedule visit

Til Then- keep a hook in the vise.


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