The Arkansas Fly Fishers, "Central Arkansas' Fly Fishing Club", celebrates over thirty years as an organization and as an affiliate chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers. Founded by three long-time FFF members (Frank Brown, Jim Wingfield, and Dave Whitlock) back in 1973, it was only natural that the AFF would adopt the FFF's motto as their own, "To Conserve, Restore, and Educate through fly-fishing".
Conservation: The AFF's legacy of planting the wild brown trout fishery in the Little Red River almost three decades ago is something to be proud of, but the AFF has never wavered in its continuing commitment to the conservation and improvement of Arkansas' fisheries. In recent years the AFF has joined with conservation groups and other fly-fishing clubs to oppose gravel mining in Crooked Creek and the damming of Bear Creek (a tributary of the Buffalo National River), supported both in volunteer labor and monetary contributions the Nature Conservancy's Strawberry River Pre-serve and the AG&FC's Collins Creek Project, and assisted AG&FC em-ployees with "fin-clippings" and electro-shocked fish samplings. The AFF has always been well represented at AG&FC public meetings and has consistently advocated an enlightened approach to the management of our fisheries.
Restoration: The AFF has been an AG&FC Stream Team member since 1998. AFF volunteers have parti-cipated in bank and habitat restoration projects on the Little Red River including the recently completed Phase 1 of the AG&FC's Winkley Shoals Habitat Improvement Project. The AFF raised $10,000 for this project and its conservation officer was instrumental in the project's development and completion.
(The AFF has also raised enough money to complete Phase 2 of the project as well as provide volunteer labor as soon as the AG&FC is able to donate their manpower and machinery.)
From a canoe/fishing float trip with another club down a stretch of the Little Red to an annual trip to New Mexico's San Juan; from an annual New Year's Day fishing trip and party on the White/North Fork rivers to a float down the Buffalo River; or from group casting lessons at a public ramp on the Arkansas River to casting with a group of governors from the Southern Governors' Conference; AFF members enjoy the fun and fellowship of their sport and we love to share it with others. Join us!