Cancelled – No Meeting on May 12th

Hello everyone, I hope your fishing has been productive. The bass have been very active lately but are now on their beds. 

As you may know, COFF normally has an outdoor meeting in May before taking a break before our September meeting.

Due to the virus and the Governors ban on gatherings of over 10 a large outdoor gathering is not possible this year. We 

Tried to get a couple of speakers to conduct a zoom meeting but were not successful in getting a commitment. Therefore we 

Will forego our May meeting.

Normally we would not have gatherings or meetings in summer, but this year is not a typical year.

We are working on getting a speaker that we can use Zoom on again and if successful will let everyone know. We are also looking at 

Conducting some small clinics or outings where we can social distance over the next couple of months.   I will let everyone know as these plan 

Progress. If anyone knows of a speaker or one of you would like to do a presentation or has an idea for a presentation, clinic, or outing for the group please let me know.  

Steve Parker

President COFF

4/14/2020 Virtual Zoom Meeting with Jon Horn

I hope this email finds everyone safe and enjoying some great fishing.

Since we are unable to have one of our regular meetings, we have decided to

Have a virtual meeting instead. Our own  Jon Horn will be doing a presentation on

The Driftless fishing in Wisconsin. Jon has spent several summers traveling to the

streams of Wisconsin and will provide some great insight. As much as we would like to

Have a virtual social hour we will need to allow that for a future time.

The presentation will start about 7PM and we will be using Zoom to allow everyone to join.

How you do this is pretty straight forward.

You will need a PC, Smart Phone, Laptop, IPAD or MacBook.

Make sure your devices has sound capability and video if you want to let people see you when asking questions.

Erica will be moderating to allow people to ask questions as the presentation moves along.

Click on this link:

You will be prompted to download an app from the Zoom site or Google Play.

Depending on your device and browser the download procedure will vary. You might want to try this in advance to insure everything works.

After you download the app and run it you will be prompted for a meeting ID. Just click on the meeting id drop down.

You should see the COFF DRIFTLESS presentation. Click on it.

Then type your name.

And join the meeting.

Unfortunately we won’t be able to off much assistance if you run into problems since we are not Zoom Gurus.

If you do run into an issue here are some useful links:

We are not limiting this to just COFF Members. Anyone can join (up to about 250 people) .

If you lose this email the links are on our Facebook page and website.

Mad River Access and Thank You from ODNR

COFF recently received a thank-you letter from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for making a contribution toward the purchase of 1.2 acres along the Mad River. This land is adjacent to existing Division of Wildlife-owned property along the river, near the intersection of state Routes 29 and 296, just north of Urbana. 

Read more about this purchase in the Urbana Daily Citizen:…/where-mad-river-meets-kings…

COFF Member Mike Mehrle

I hope everyone is ready for some spring fishing if you haven’t been out lately.

Steelhead fishing is upon us and warmwater fish have been moving. It won’t be long

Before spring is here!  

Our speaker this meeting is none other than our own Mike Mehrle. 

Mike is well Known for his smallmouth fishing expertise. 

Mike will be talking about hunting smallmouth bass in small creeks, how to find public access points, how to hunt the smallies down, and the flies he uses to catch trophies.

This is a topic you won’t want to miss!

We will also be hold another short raffle at the meeting. We will raffle off some of Mike’s great smallmouth flies as well as 2 tickets to the upcoming Fly Fishing Film Festival.

The Film Festival is March 5 at Studio 35.  Raffle tickets will be $2 each.

I hope to see everyone at the meeting Tuesday!

Steve Parker 

 President COFF

You’re Invited!

The Board of Directors of Trout Unlimited Madmen Chapter #477 is pleased to announce this year’s Annual Meeting which will be held in conjunction with the Chapter’s first-ever Gala event at the Simon Kenton Inn in Springfield, OH. All Chapter members, their guests and others interested in supporting the Mad River are invited to attend.

The “meeting” portion of this affair will be brief with the main emphasis being on fun, food, entertainment and camaraderie. “Social Hour” begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar, looping fly fishing videos and guest fly-tiers Kevin Ramsey and George Daniel. A buffet-style dinner from 7:00 until 8-ish followed by a 15-minute (or so) business meeting. Our main presentation by George Daniel will follow. The evening will conclude with our biggest raffle yet, including a Thomas & Thomas fly rod and reel (TBD) as the Grand Prize.

Buy your tickets early, space is limited to 300 attendees!
+  Early bird tickets for TU Members are $37 .00 until February 16.
+ General Admission tickets are $40.00 until March 17.
+ A limited number of At the Door tickets will be available for $45.00 

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New Year – New 2020 Membership Dues. Please continue to support our efforts.

Use the button below to pay your 2020 Membership Dues.

Out next meeting is Jan 14, with Dustin Harley of Ripple Guide Service.

The Social Hour starts at 6 PM and announcements at 6:45PM. Presentations start at 7 PM and run to about 8PM.

We will be raffling a guide trip at this meeting for 2 on the St Joe with Ripple Guide Service. 

The topic of the talk will be 

A Year on the St. Joe

It has been said for the fly-fisherman, the St. Joe River is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. This program will unwrap the mystery of what is quite possibly the best steelhead fishery in the United States. This presentation covers the vast angling opportunities the river and its tributaries offer throughout the year. Included are techniques for steelhead, salmon, smallmouth bass, longnose gar, rod/reel selection, fly selection, terminal rigging, and reading the water.