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Club Tune: Thanks to Curtis Smith, and  [ Mikey and the Reelers. ]

UPDATE 10th November 2019.

Our next IWFFC meeting will be on Tuesday 19th November.


Rob Voisin, Board Chair for Friends of the Grand River will join us to discuss the Grand River Tailwater and not only how it became a world class Brown Trout fishery, but how we can all help keep it that way! 

Friends of the Grand River is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the natural resources of the upper Grand River

Friends of the Grand River (FOGR) is a charitable organization which has been stewarding the upper section of the Grand River since 1995.  The organization is made up of a volunteer board of directors and countless other volunteers that help us achieve our mission.  We are people who believe all of us should have access to a clean and healthy river system which helps promote healthy lifestyles and economic impact. 


HAFFT NEWS. (Hamilton Fly Tyers)

On Tuesday 12th November, Rick K and Jim Fisher will be tying two of the late Ian Colin James’s renowned flies. (The Brass ass and the Muncher nymph).


As with most of Ian’s flies these flies catch fish. Bring your vices and some black thread, the brass ass is set in thick UV glue, if you have it bring it and the UV light.

We will be supplying material and will have some spare vices and tools for those that need them.

If you are new to fly tying we will have people who can help you get started.


We are also selling the next installment of T shirts Images: Carpe Caddis (CC) or Pike-Uliar (PU) in the following colours: Military Green (MG), Forest Green (FG), Black (B), White (W), Safari (S) and Charcoal Grey (CG) in a variety of sizes Size  S, M, L, 1XL to 6XL

Guests and non members welcome.

Membership dues have not changed and are now payable. $30 for single and $45 for families. This can be paid either: –

  1. in person at a meeting or
  2. through Paypal on our website or
  3. by e transfer to hafftclub@gmail.com send the security answer to me by text to +1-289-981-0669

As usual we will still charge $3.00 at the door and $2 towards fly tying materials on tying nights, where we supply materials.

Meetings: Second and fourth Tuesday 7:30pm, September till May. At the Hamilton Police Association, Banquet Centre, 555 Upper Wellington, Hamilton, Ontario.


Update 23rd Oct 2019

Have you sent in this year’s membership dues?

Only $40 for you and your family members:


Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th November when

Steve May

will update us on a recent fly fishing trip to Stoco Lake, fishing for Musky.

He will also be tying a couple of flies, as well as giving invaluable tips for those looking to catch some lunkers.

So come along and bring a friend. You may also be introduced to Steve’s full and half chicken dinner flies!

Here are a couple of videos from Steve’s last visit to our club:

Update 9th October 2019

Our next meeting on Tuesday 15th October will feature

He will be discussing

Memberships are due for renewal at:


Update 24th September 2019

Our next meeting on 1st October 2019 will feature

William Gerrard.

He will be discussing and enhancing our knowledge of mayfly imitation.

Most anglers focus their dry fly fishing on imitating the just-hatched or dun stage of the mayfly’s life-cycle.  William will be talking about how mayflies can offer some exciting trout action after they’ve gone through their second molt and they become spinners.  He’ll also demonstrate a few useful tricks for tying mayfly spinners. 

Update 4th September 2019

An exciting start to our Club Meetings will be a scintillating presentation by

Daniel Notarianni.

Daniel is both an avid fisherman and an accomplished photographer.

He will be regaling us with some of his tantalising images and will be enlightening us on improving our photography skills.

Come along on Tuesday 17th September at 7:30 at the Carmen Corbasson Community Centre, Cawthra Blvd, Mississauga, and bring a friend along as well.

Update 14th August 2019

Thanks to HAFFT for this invitation:

Douglas Outdoors will present a steelhead rod demo day

Come out for a day of demonstrations of their casting rods and reels. Optimist park on the Corner of Catherine and Creeden Street Paris

Aug 31 2019 @ 9:00 a.m


In Fond Memory of Carl Johnston

We lost a wonderfully courageous, loyal, friend in Carl, earlier today.
This is a shot of him at the end of last year at the Caldwell Pond.
Carl was a long-time member of our club. 
He served latterly as treasurer, and even though he moved up north, he kept in touch with us, and was always willing to assist us from afar.
His commitment to his family was exemplary. 
Even in sickness he had a kindly grin and soft spoken demeanor.
We will miss him tremendously.
I did not get notification of the time of the service, but it will probably be posted soon on the Glen Oaks Funeral Home site.
Mark this date:
Sunday 28th July.
We will meet at noon at the entrance of the Brant Conservation Area.
Then we will enter the park and park our cars just below the dam.
There is a small entrance fee to get into the Park.
Have a lunch before meeting us at noon.
We will fish until evening then go to Legends Taphouse and Grill in Paris for supper around 7 pm:
1084 Rest Acres Rd, Paris, ON N3L 4G7, Canada   


Update from the Hamilton Fly Tying Club:
It looks like the conditions will not be safe tomorrow, so we have postponed “Mooneye Madness – An Evening on the Grand” to the 19th June


Remember Tuesday 4th June is the 7th Annual IWFFC Grand River Outing

Full info here:

7th Annual Grand River Outing


Mooneye Madness – An Evening on the Grand 11th June

Seneca Park (just a little south east of beautiful downtown Caledonia) 5 – 6 PM start.

We are sure conditions will be suitable this year however we have a backup date just in case (backup Tuesday 19th).

New flyfishers will particularly enjoy the Mooneyes since when they are “on” they are terribly keen to hit a fly. There is no fee, just come on out and have some fun. Bring bushy white dry flies (size 10 and smaller) and a 6 wt or lighter rod with floating line. Big spinner patterns (ie. mayfly adults that have died and fallen to the river) also work particularly near dusk. Wet flies in white or yellow can work as well (size 10-14). Bring waders and a wading staff if you have one. We meet at about 5 PM. Seneca Park park is located 1-2 miles east of Hwy #6 on #54. This is the road that parallels the river on its North side. Seneca Park is simply a narrow-grassed area between #54 and the river. The parking lot is right where you enter the park. The water should be no deeper than thigh level. Be careful of the odd pot hole.

Note: We will be out in June only if the water in the Grand is less than about 40 m3/s. Anything higher than that and it is just too tough and dangerous to fish. You can check the water levels here: http://apps.grandriver.ca/waterdata/kiwischarts/rf_lowergrand.aspx  .Guests and non members welcome.


Family Fun Day Saturday  June 15th 2019 10:30 AM – 2 PM

At Courtcliff Park on Carlisle road just east of Highway 6 ( Go east at breezy corners Courtcliff park is 1km on the left, just before Centre Road)

HAFFT have been asked by TUC Ted Knott Chapter to assist with a kids fly tying table at the family fun day. Volunteers Robin Bennet, John French, Peter Bagley and Jim Fisher. Also helping TUC are Bill Xmas, Doug Whitford and Jim Fisher Volunteers need to be there at 09h00 to help set up.

 Saturday, June 15th at Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle, will be the annual Duck Dash race down Bronte Creek and Family Fun Day in Courtcliffe Park. This is a great event for the whole family in conjunction with Halton Conservation and Trout Unlimited. There will be wooden fish to paint, obstacle courses, fishing and casting games and a free BBQ. Buy a Duck Dash ticket for $5.00 and watch your duck in the race. Winners announced at the finish line. Tickets can be purchased at ScotiaBank in Waterdown.For more information



Thanks to all the participants at the Annual Club Barbecue at Camp Veselka on May 11th 2019.

2019 Barbecue at Camp Veselka



  • Swap Night Tuesday May 14th 2019

    • We will start with a brief review of the club’s activities.
    • Becker & Knott annual award is presented to the individual who best dedicates their time to the successful operation of the Hamilton Area Fly Fishers and Fly Tiers. Who will be added to the prestigious list?
    • Raffle

    o   Items members have or may wish to donate

    o   Flies from the tying competition (more info below)

    • Bring all of the kit you are not using, perhaps another member could put it to good use.


    Meetings are held at the Hamilton Police Association, Banquet Centre On 555 Upper Wellington, doors open at 7pm and the meeting starts at 7h30pm.


    Last meeting until 10th September 2019

  • Meetings are held at the Hamilton Police Association, Banquet Centre On 555 Upper Wellington, doors open at 7pm and the meeting starts at 7h30pm.


The Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Barbecue will be on Saturday 11th May starting at 2 pm. at Camp Veselka. 14109 Fourth Line, Acton, ON L7J 2L8

Friends, spouses and non club members are welcome.

Cost is $10 per person. Bring your own drinks.

Please email me if you intend to come and let me know how many will be in your party.


Two events this weekend:

Saturday May 4th 2019 Primrose Trout Farm. Starting at 10am only 1hr 20 min from Hamilton. Catch and release $30 CASH per person. For more info see http://www.primrosetroutfarm.com/. The Trout Farm is just south of route 89 between Primrose and Shelbourne on Blindline which is one block west of Highway 10. Address is 595646 Blindline Mono Ontario L9V 0Z4

Rick and I pre fished Primrose before the main ponds had opened. We went through barren periods, then some exciting periods, both of us caught well, on a variety of streamers, nymphs and even a dry fly or two. I had most success with a dry fly with a nymph on a dropper. The surround of the ponds were quite spongy, wellington boots are recommended.


Sunday May 5th 2019 Casting Practice

At Lowville Park (On Guelph Line 5km north of Highway 5) Starting at 9am on the grass to the south of the trail heading east from the kids play area. More experienced fly fishermen will be on hand to coach and assist. Bring a light rod and tackle and you can try for some trout in the river afterwards. No need to book.


UPDATE 18th April 2019

Thanks to Jordan Graham and Rob Reid for their latest presentations.

Also have a look at the wood engravings by Wesley Bates that were on show at the meeting.

You can see more of his work at http://www.wesleybates.com



There will be a screening of the International Fly-Fishing Film Festival IF4 2019, at Playhouse Cinema Co-presented by HAFFT. This is in place of our meeting at The Hamilton Police Association, Banquet Centre On 555 Upper Wellington

We will have a table in foyer with some of our master tyers

For more information and to purchase a ticket for $17 go to the link below


There will be some tickets available at the door

Doors open at 6:15pm, film at 7:15pm.

Playhouse Cinema

177 Sherman Ave. N.

Hamilton, ON

Join the Hamilton Area Fly Fishers and Tyers at Sail store in Burlington on Saturday April 20th, 2019

·         Watch experts tie flies

·         Try tying your own fly with help

·         Ask how to get started in fly fishing

·         Expert advice on fly fishing for trout and salmon

·         Expert advice on fly fishing for bass and pike

·         General fly fishing questions answered

·         Drop by any time between 10am and 5pm

·         Address 2208 Industrial Street, Burlington, Information about joining a fly fishing club

Update 10th April 2019

At our next meeting at 7:30pm on Tuesday 16th April


Jordan Graham
(Credit Valley Conservation Authority Coordinator, Agricultural Outreach). 
will be updating us on the local Bring Back the Brookies Program
Rob Reid
will be presenting Tom Thomson, 
Fly Fisherman and Artist, “Casting into Mystery”
How did he die?

Update 27th March 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 2nd April when

David Williams

(We don’t have a picture of him, but are assured that he looks like his dog!).

will be presenting “Tips and Tweaks”.

This will be an interactive meeting with lots of new and maybe a whack of old hints and tips to get you tuned up for the opener. (Only 4 weeks to go!).


Richard will be tying two Streamer patterns:- Zonker and Circus Peanut patterns on Tuesday March 26th.

We will have fly tying materials for the patterns and a few spare vices and tools.

Meetings are held upstairs at the Police Association at 555 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, Ontario. Doors open at 7 and meetings begin at 7:30


Update 21st March 2019

Club dates to remember. 

Mark these on your calendar

Saturday 11th May 2019 at 2 pm:

Club barbecue and social

 Bring your significant others. Also, we are inviting other local fishing clubs to join us as well.

The barbecue will be held at Camp Veselka in Acton: 14109 Fourth Line, Acton, ON L7J 2L8

Tuesday 4th June 2019

7th Annual Grand River Outing.

For details see here: http://iwffc.ca/en/7th-annual-grand-river-outing/

7th Annual Grand River Outing

Update 15th March 2019

For videos on Sheldon’s last presentation see the link below.


Update 13th March 2019

Our next meeting at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 19th March, at the Carmen Corbasson Community Center will feature

Peter Charles.

He will be demonstrating one-arm spey casting.

It will be an additional skill-set that you will want to add to your fly fishing arsenal.


The previous weather-delayed presentation by HAFFT will be scheduled for Tuesday 12th March:

Tom Thomson Canada’s Most Famous fly fisherman; a chapter in Casting into Mystery, By Rob Reid.

A note from the Author / presenter

“I begin by outlining how important fishing was to Tom Thomson, the artist. Fishing even plays a role in his mysterious death in 1917. But what is of more interest to your club is the fact that, in contrast to what prominent Canadian writer Roy MacGregor argues in Northern Light, Tom was a fly fisherman. Moreover, he tied his own flies and might have even matched the hatch years before Preston Jennings helped make the practice commonplace in North America. I contend that, by virtue of being Canada’s most famous artist, Tom is Canada’s most famous fly angler–and should be acknowledged as such. This is one the chapters in my book of essays on fly fishing, Casting into Mystery, which will be published by Porcupine’s Quill, next September.”

Meetings are held upstairs at the Police Association at 555 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, Ontario. Doors open at 7 and meetings begin at 7:30

Guests and non-members welcome. To any confused members who are still using www.hafft.ca as a way to access our website and find that it’s not there anymore…….it is at: https://sites.google.com/view/hafftclub/home

Update 2nd March 2019

The Greg Clark chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada is having its AGM on Saturday, March 23rd.

The guest speaker is a professor Michael Fox from Trent university’s fisheries dept. He is doing a radio tagging study on urban brook trout in Peterborough.

Update 28th February 2019.

Thanks to William Gerrard for this tip:
“Where can you find a fly-tying lamp that offers uniform, broad spectrum LED illumination, is low profile, operates on a rechargeable battery, and folds flat for easy transportation? 
RONA, of all places, has been marketing a desk lamp that has all those characteristics.  I’ve owned one for a couple of years and I’m really happy with it.  And it’s on sale at RONA this week for less than $20.”

Update 23rd February 2019.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th March 2019 when

Sheldon Seale will discuss:

Weighty Matters (or Weight Matters)

Too often today, when someone says they are fishing a “weighted” fly, it actually refers to a bead head or cone head fly. That they are weighted is not in question but, because beads and cones are so prevalent and easy to use, we are losing many of the skills associated with weighting a fly. The reasons for weighting a fly include helping it to sink (obviously), how it behaves while sinking (it’s “attitude”), helping with the form of the fly (dorsal or lateral compression), and in how the fly sits in the water.

In this program, we will look at the various methods and materials available to weight a fly and why we do it in a particular way. The intent is not to necessarily tie completed fly patterns as to demonstrate weighting methods. And, yes, there are even instances where you weight a dry fly, as you will see…


Tying Night with Ryan Taylor

26th February 2019

Ryan is a local fly fisher from Burlington. Ryan was featured in the latest issue of Swing the Fly.

He will be discussing steelhead flies, and we will tye one or two if time permits.

We will have fly tying materials for the patterns and a few spare vices and tools.

Membership dues have not changed and are now payable. $30 for single and $45 for families. As usual we will still charge $3 at the door and $2 towards fly tying materials on tying nights, where we supply materials.

Meetings are held upstairs at the Police Association at 555 Upper Wellington Street, Hamilton, Ontario. Doors open at 7 and meetings begin at 7:30

Guests and non-members welcome

We publish the information both on our website and on Facebook. https://sites.google.com/view/hafftclub/home

Update 20th February 2019

Thanks to Rick Crawford and George Genyk for last evening’s talk on Fly Fishing in Alberta.

Update 19th February 2019

Thanks to all who volunteered with the Club Booth at the Spring Boating and Fishing Show:

Here are a few pictures from the event:

(just click on the side arrows to scroll across the pictures).

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Update 11th February 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 19th February at 7:30 at the Carmen Corbasson Community Center.

George Genyk and Rick Crawford will be presenting their past fly fishing experiences in Alberta.


Update 28th January 2019

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 5th February 2019, at 7:30pm.

Sean Deighton

will be tying Flies for Panfish. Sean’s last fly tying session of the Senyo Worm has had over 10,000 views on YouTube.

If you missed our last meeting, you can find videos of

Rob Heal’s Casting presentation on our post here.

Camp Veselka Update

Update: 8th January, 2019

Our next meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Tuesday 22nd January.

Rob Heal will be giving casting tips and tweaks.

Come along and bring a friend.

This is a short video that I made on Saturday, in which Rob demonstrates his “Go-To” Flies for the Grand:

As part of our new philosophy of sharing, please be note the following upcoming events:
HAFFT will be hosting a Tying Night entitled “Royal Coachman versions” with John French and Kevin Hudson on Tuesday evening, 8th January. For details see this link:
The Grand River Outfitting and Fly Shop will be hosting:

BEAU’S BREWERY AND FLY TYING. on Saturday 5th January starting at 10 am.

For Details go here:


Elliott Deighton Masterclass Fly-tying video, Part 3:

Elliott uses muscrat fur to tie the “Muscrat Mop” fly:

Elliott Deighton Masterclass Fly-tying video, Part 2:

Elliott uses muscrat fur to tie the “Casual Dress” fly:

Elliott Deighton Masterclass Fly-tying video, Part 1:

Here Elliott starts off with instruction on tying flies using groundhog and muscrat fur.

The first of this series demonstrates the Llama Fly.


For 2018 Archived page, go HERE

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