Purpose and Description


Derby City Fly Fishers (DCFF), Louisville, KY wants to again extend an invitation to all of our club members and all of our fly fishing friends, to our upcoming 8th annual “Mystery Fly for Cancer” fly fishing tournament and fly fishing weekend. YOU’RE INVITED, and we would love to have your support !! In conjunction with Reel Recovery of Kentucky/Indiana, along with the assistance of others, DCFF is preparing for our annual “Mystery Fly for Cancer” fly fishing tournament to help raise funds for our local Reel Recovery organization which serves the KY, IN, OH, TN areas, and we would like for you to be a part of it and help us support a wonderful cause.

Reel Recovery is a national non-profit organization that conducts free fly-fishing retreats for men recovering from life-threatening cancer. For a look at the story behind “Reel Recovery” and how this fine organization began and what it’s all about follow this link: http://reelrecovery.org/media/be-well-fish-on-the-story-of-reel-recovery/


Our “Mystery Fly for Cancer” tournament is a “for FUN” fly fishing event that is going to take place on Saturday, November 21st, 2020, 8 o’clock AM, (fishing 9AM – 1PM) at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area, 850 Otter Creek Park Road, Brandenburg, KY, 40108. (30 minutes south west of Louisville). The team (each person will do a blind draw for a partner) catching the most trout, will win a handsome handmade/engraved plaque, …bursting with notoriety and …this year’s “bragging rights”. In addition, we are presently gathering great door prizes that are being donated by Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Orvis, TFO, Quest Outdoors and many others, and will be awarded in random drawings during lunch. Last year, everyone left with a door prize and our expectation for this year will be the same. And if you’re not a seasoned fly fishing veteran, don’t worry! This is a FUN fly fishing event and it is as much about the cause and camaraderie, as it is about the catching. Your pre-registration of $40, or day of the event registration of $50, includes coffee and donuts prior to; and a hot BBQ lunch after the event. On line pre-registrations and payment can be done from the website registration page.

In the unlikely, but possible, chance that heavy rains render Otter Creek “unfishable” due to high water for the weekend of our tournament, resulting in the possible postponement or cancellation of the fishing portion of the event, please call the Otter Creek Stream Conditions/Report phone number of 502-942-5052 for information and details prior to your trip departure.  The  “stream conditions hotline” should be updated by Thursday evening November 19th with pertinent info if such should become necessary.


Due to it’s continued and growing popularity, over-nighting (bunk house lodging) Friday and/or Saturday nights is available. DCFF has reserved the bunk houses at Otter Creek in the campground area, just minutes from the stream, for any attendee (or group/club) that may consider making a short weekend “overnight” trip out of this event. You can spend either one, or both, weekend nights with us. As is usually the case, there are a number of fellow fly fishers planning to stay both Friday and Saturday nights during this weekend, to share stories and camaraderie around the campfire(s). Spending the night(s) allows for excellent socializing time as well as a convenient opportunity  to do a little extra fly fishing. There are a couple food establishments within 10 minutes of Otter Creek, but if you would like to partake in the hearty and delicious “bunkhouse group meals” you are encouraged and most welcomed to do so. (ie: “Bunkhouse Group Meals” mean that food for those meals will be cooked and provided for you) “Bunkhouse Group Meals” include; Dinner Friday evening, Breakfast Saturday morning; then again, Dinner Saturday evening and Breakfast Sunday morning. The cost per person to overnight, which includes the respective meals, and campfire wood, and lodging, is $30 per night. The bunk houses sleep up to 14 people apiece so we have plenty of room. Also note that we have set aside one bunk house for women.

All you have to bring is a sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, and a lawn chair (bunk and mattress are already provided). The bunk houses are heated, have electricity and a small refrigerator.  A heated bath house nearby and an outdoor pavilion is immediately adjacent to the bunkhouses  for outside gathering in case of inclement weather. As with most fly fishing events/trips, the fishing is usually a great experience, but the socialization and networking with fellow anglers, sharing the same love of the sport of fly fishing, is even better.

If you would like to stay over night with us, please register/sign-up from our website registration page

If you have any questions, email George Tipker , at george@derbycityflyfishers.com or call 502-594-2066 cell.