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


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.

Happy Holiday

Update 12th December 2018

Our Christmas Bash

Update 30th November 2018

Meeting-4th December 2018

Update 14th November 2018

At our next meeting on 20th November, Steve May will be discussing late season fishing. He adds:

“Some people talk about the ”end” of the fly fishing season. I am not sure what they are talking about! However, in the fall through to early winter, the fishing changes. This talk will explore these late season opportunities for species like smallmouth bass, trout, musky, panfish and steelhead. A focus on the changing conditions and effective tactics will be discussed. How to be safe and comfortable at this time of year will also be highlighted. ”

For info on our next meeting on Tuesday 20th November, click here:

Update 13th November 2018

Here is Tim Darling’s presentation on Bass Poppers recorded a week ago at the club.

and here is a link to Tim’s information sheet:


Update: 30th October 2018

Update: 19th October 2018

Chris Krysciak gives details of his Euro-Nymphing methods.

Video taken on 16th Oct 2018 at the club.

Update: 16th October 2018

In case you missed our last meeting, here are two videos from

Sheldon Seale’s presentation, “Winging It”.

Update 11th October 2018

Our next meeting on Tuesday 16th October will feature one of our most intricate of fly tyers 

Chris Krysciak.

He will be focussing on tying and fishing European style nymphs.
“Euro nymphing” is a more recent innovation of tight line nymphing. The ideas behind this form of tight line nymphing have been fine-tuned by the collective imaginations of anglers around the world, but more specifically by a select few hyper-advanced European countries.
We will be delving into the design of these flies, leader setups, and what to look for in related gear and exactly how to fish them with the most success.
Chris Krysciak is a Toronto based commercial fly tyer and fly casting instructor who’s flies have appeared in multiple publications and have given him the privilege of being an annual demonstration tyer at the international fly tying symposium for the last 5 years. He is also an active competitive angler, this has allowed him to train with many of Canada’s best anglers as well as top-level competitors from abroad, recently Chris finished in 12th place at the Canadian Fly Fishing Championships. When he’s not on the water you can find him working at Drift Outfitters & Fly Shop in Toronto, ON.

Update 27th September 2018

Bring a friend to our next Club Meeting on Tuesday 2nd October.

Sheldon Seale

will be “Winging It’

He will discuss all that you need to know about winging flies.


Update 22nd September 2018

For those of you who missed the last meeting, here is the video of our trip to Lake Superior, fishing for large coaster brook trout.

Update 10th September 2018

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the Fall Season Club Meetings.

We will start off at the usual time of 7:30 pm on Tuesday 18th September and will meet at the Carmen Corbasson Center.

We will have a short official Agenda that will include voting for the Executives for the year.

Then we may have a chance to pick up some supplies donated to the club at the end of last year.

We will also present an 18-minute video of our trip to Lake Superior in June fishing for large Coaster Brook Trout.

Bring a friend.

Also, note that your Annual 2018/2019 Club Membership Dues can be paid online at: https://iwffc.ca/membership/

Update 26th July 2018

Despite a probable rain out of the Club Bass Day, we managed to get in some rewarding bass fishing with only a smattering of rain on Sunday.

Thanks to all who attended.

Mark Sunday 22nd of July for our:
We will meet at the entrance to the Brant Conservation Area at noon.
119 Jennings Rd, Brantford, ON N3T 5L7, Canada

We will fish until evening then go to Legends Taphouse and Grill for supper:

1084 Rest Acres Rd, Paris, ON N3L 4G7, Canada
Recent Hendrickson hatch on the Grand River.
This is a one minute video and you should wait until about 30 seconds through the video to be amazed:


Update 25th May 2018.
What a great bunch of guys:

We are all smiles as we get ready for the 6th Annual Club Outing on the Grand River at Fergus Outfitting and Fly Shop on the 22nd May.
Barry had the best of days catching 15 Browns:
Charlie caught 8, and Kevin finally caught his first ever brown:
The day was complete with a great camaraderie. We can’t wait for next year.
Update 19th May 2018
Update 18th May 2018
Thanks to all who helped make this year’s barbecue a resounding success. 
Update 3rd May 2018
At 5:30 pm, on Tuesday 15th May we will be holding our Annual Barbecue at Erindale Park.
We will provide burgers and hot dogs for club members; so come along and enjoy the fun.
We will be located in the sheltered area across the footbridge.
Some of us will be arriving earlier to fish the river.
Bring your gear if you would like some casting tips from our member volunteers.

Update 24th April 2018

Join us on Tuesday 1st May at 7:30 pm at the Carmen Corbasson Community Center for a Swap, Sell and Buy meet.

Bring any materials or fly fishing gear. that you wish to sell or swap.

Have a great weekend with the opening of the trout season.

Today, 10th April 2018 at Port Albert, on the Nine Mile River.

How many steelhead can you count?

Update 10th April 2018

If you are interested in winning a sage rod and reel combo, the Friends of the Grand River are holding a draw.

Tickets are available at several shops in the area or you can purchase them with your annual membership fee for Friends of the Grand River.


alternatively, you can email Rob Heal

This years package is your choice of a single hand Sage X, Spectrum Max Reel and a Rio line to match. (You may also upgrade to a double hander and pay the difference in price.) The package is valued at $1600.00.

Tickets are $10.00 and all proceeds go to The Friends of The Grand River.
Only 350 tickets are sold.

Update 9th April 2018

Join us next Tuesday, 17th April when Ken Collins will enlighten us on “Fly-fishing Education and Tight-line Guiding “.

Ken will also be bringing some items and materials to buy at rock bargain prices; so bring some extra cash and stock up for the upcoming season.

Update 4th April 2018

Photo: Doug Brien

Thanks, Richard for a great presentation. Kinda wetted our appetite for an Alaskan Fishing adventure.

Update 28th March 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd April 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Carmen Corbasson Community Center.

Richard Curry will be enlightening us on his trip to Alaska. Bring a friend.

Update 21st March 2018

This is the first (Intro) to Steve May’s recent presentation on Musky Flies:

Update 21st March 2018

For those who might like to attend our 6th Annual Grand River Outing on the 22nd of May 2018, here is a 12 min video compiled from footage of last year’s event,  provided by our illustrious treasurer and soon to be sports announcer, Dean Latham, if anyone from the TSN tunes in!

For further details of the 2018 outing, see:

Update 13th March 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th March 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Carmen Corbasson Community Center.

William Gerrard

and Steve Hunt

will be giving insights into fishing our local waters for big carp.

So come along and bring a friend.

Update 27th February 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Carmen Corbasson Community Center.

Steve May will be tying his favorite Muskie Flies.

So bring a friend and learn how to catch a lunker.

Update 21st February 2018

Thanks to everyone who visited and volunteered at our Club’s Kids’ Fly Tying booth at the Spring Fishing and Boat Show.

It was a hoot.

See more pictures here.

Update 8th February 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Carmen Corbasson Community Center
Bill Spicer
well-known host of the TV series “The New Fly Fisher” will share some of his travel adventures.
Please note that the rumour that he is the brother of this guy is totally erroneous:

Update 23rd January 2018

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Carmen Corbasson Community Center.
George Genyk will tie his favorite flies.

Update 23rd December 2017

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Carmen Corbasson Community Center.
Chris Day will be tying three flies:

Minnow Pop

Hook: Up eyed Salmon Hook Size 2-4

Thread: Blue Dun UTC 140 Denier or Gray 6/0 UNI Thread

Body: UV Pearl ICE DUB or Minnow Belly ICE DUB

Rib: Medium Oval Silver Tinsel

First Hackle: White Blood Quill Marabou

Second Hackle: Gray Blood Quill Marabou

Collar Hackle: Ringneck Pheasant Rump Feather

Olive Fish Taco Variant

Hook: Gamakhatsu Octopus or Finesse Wide Gape size 2-4. (Any up eyed stinger hook will work)

Shank: 25-35 mm Wadington or Senyo Shank

Wire: .018 Beading Wire or RIO Bite Wire

Thread: Fire Orange UTC 140 Denier or Fire Orange 6/0 UNI Thread

Hot Spot: UV Shrimp Pink ICE DUB in a dubbing loop.

Body: Pheasant Tail ICE DUB

Rib: Copper UTC Ultra Wire Brassie

Body Hackle: Brown Saddle Hackle

First Collar: UV Copper Polar Chenille

Second Collar: Barred Olive Ostrich or Olive Ostrich in a dubbing loop.

Collar Hackle: Dyed Olive Ringneck Pheasant Rump Feather.

Black and Purple Trailer Trash Variant

Hook: Gamakhatsu Octopus or Finesse Wide Gape size 2-4. (Any up eyed stinger hook will work)

Shank: 35 – 45mm Wadington or Senyo Shank

Wire: .018 Beading Wire or RIO Bite Wire

Thread: Flou Pink UTC 140 Denier

Hot Spot: UV Hot Pink Polar Chenille.

First Collar: Purple Blood Quill Marabou

Second Collar: Barred Purple Blood Quill Marabou.

Body: Dyed Black Pearl Diamond Braid

First Front Collar: UV Purple Polar Chenille

Second Front Collar: Purple Blood Quill Marabou.

Third Front Collar: Barred Purple Blood Quill Marabou.

Collar Hackle: Dyed Purple Ringneck Pheasant Rump Feather

Update 11th December 2017

Our final meeting in 2017 will be on the 19th December at 7:30 pm

You can see all the details in this video.

Update 27th November 2017

Our next meeting on Tuesday 5th December will feature our guest member, Sean Deighton:

So come along and bring a friend.

To see previous club activities follow this link.

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