Since 1973, 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.
Conserve: In recent years the AFF has joined with conservation groups and other fly fishing clubs to support Norfork National Fish Hatchery. We have also assisted AGFC employees with “fin clippings” and electro shocked fish samplings. The AFF has always been well represented at AGFC public meetings and has consistently advocated an enlightened approach to the management of our fisheries.
Restore: The AFF has been an AGFC Stream Team member since 1998. The AFF has also sponsored a scholarship for a UALR Mass Communications student to help advance the club’s ability to inform the community and have a positive impact on the sport of fly fishing and the needs of our fisheries within the state.
Educate: The AFF was one of the first fly-fishing clubs in America to teach Boy Scouts about their new fly-fishing merit badge. The AFF has three FFF Certified Casting Instructors who help with casting lessons for both members and the general public alike at various venues each year. Fly tying instruction is always available. We partner with Project Healing Waters Fly fishing and teach two classes per year at Ft. Roots VA, ending the veteran’s tying and casting lessons with a guided trip down the Little Red River. AFF also supports The Mayfly Project, which uses fly fishing to mentor foster children, and Casting for Recovery which uses fly fishing as a therapeutic outlet for women with breast cancer. Whether at club events, meetings or at public gatherings; the AFF provides a plethora of fly tying opportunities each year including a monthly social tying night at Flyway Brewery in North Little Rock the first Monday of each month.
Although not an official part of the AFF motto, “fun and fellowship through fly-fishing” has been the credo of the club since its founding. Three annual club events, the AFF One Fly Tournament, the AFF Fish Fry, and the AFF Banquet, are the highlights of each year's calendar of club activities. The annual AFF Fish Fry is open to the public and along with the fried catfish and a raffle, there are casting games. The AFF offers a schedule of ten informative and entertaining monthly meetings annually, and also has club outings throughout the calendar year.