Sunday, December 15, 2019

Club honorees, Mixed Bag winners recognized at banquet

At our annual Christmas banquet on December 9th, the club honored those members who have had an outstanding year, either in service to the club, in their progression as fly tiers, or with individual achievement. The club also recognized the winners of our annual Mixed Bag Contest.

New Member of the Year - Chester and Denise Gaitlin
This was a new award for 2019. Given to a new club member over the last 18 months who has been very active in our club, shown a strong dedication to our sport, and a willingness to learn.  Chester and Denise have both made great strides in the past year since joining. We hear she's better at catching fish, but he's real good at cleaning them.

Fly Tier of the Year - Preston Keiser, Grant Cutrer
Awarded to that club member who has dedicated themselves to the art of fly tying, either through significant improvement in their tying skills, or in enhanding the education of others.  Preston and Grant are among several junior fly tiers in our club.  Both were at nearly every tying event this past year and both have greatly improved their tying skills. We at KFF are very proud to have them as members!

Presidents Award - Tom Zabasky
This award is chosen by the president. It goes to someone that he or she believes has helped the club internally, and/or has been a great ambassador for our club. Tom was new to the board this year, but his contributions made for one of our best years ever!

Member of the Year - Chris Perkins
Awarded to that member who has made great individual strides in our sport, and/or whose efforts have benefitted the membership, or furthered the mission of the club. Chris participated in just about every meeting and activity this year, helped with trips and showed great improvement in his casting. But his most significant contribution was organization of the club's Casting Skills Challenge, which has been a huge success.

Mixed Bag Contest

Our annual Mixed Bag Contest is a months-long CPRE (catch-photo-release encouraged) tournament where size doesn't matter, but diversity does. Six places were awarded cash prizes ranging from $50 to $150. In addition, every member who made at least one entry, but wasn't a winner, had their name placed in a consolation drawing for a brand new Lamson Liquid fly reel.

Here are the 2019 MBC winners:

Carlton Townsend - 16 species
Bill Morrison - 15 species
Phil Havener - 12 species
Robert Hughes - 12 species
Glen Cormier - 10 species
Jim Johnson - 9 species
Gene Taylor - consolation prize winner

Here's the list of species that were caught in the 2019 MBC: Black Drum, Blue Runner, Bluegill, Brown trout, Catfish, Chain Pickerel, Channel Catfish, Common Carp, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Flathead Catfish, Goggle Eye, Golden Eye, Green Sunfish, Green Sunfish (hybrid), Ladyfish, Largemouth Bass, Longear Sunfish, Longnose Gar, Ozark Bass, Pompano, Pumpkinseed, Rainbow trout, Redtail Carp, Redbreast Sunfish, Redear (chinquapin), Redfish, Rio Cichlid, Sheepshead, Skipjack herring, Smallmouth bass, Spanish Mackeral, Speckled trout, Spotted bass, Warmouth (goggle eye), White Bass, Yellow Bass.

Our 3rd annual Mixed Bag Contest kicks off January 1st, 2020.

Friday, November 29, 2019

KFF Holiday Gathering - December 9th

In lieu of our December meetings, the club will again gather for a holiday evening of food, fun, and prizes.

Date: Monday, December 9th
Location: Tunks Cypress Inn on Kincaid Lake, Highway 28 West near Gardner
Time: 6:30pm
Dutch Treat
For menu selections, go to www.tunkscypressinn.com

You can bring a spouse, guest, sibling, etc.
Dress is casual (but no waders!)
RSVP required... DEADLINE Thursday, December 5th... email Catch Cormier

Friday, November 22, 2019

November 25th general meeting - Ian Huang, Alec Beane

Kisatchie Fly Fishers monthly meeting
Monday, November 25, 2019
5:00pm - casting on back lawn
6:30pm - meeting
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

** Please note that we're now doing casting prior to each meeting.  **

Our guest speakers this month will be Alec Beane and Ian Huang of the Orvis store in Baton Rouge. Alec is the store General Manager. Ian is the Fishing Manager. Both have a great deal of expertise on fishing from coastal waters and destinations from north Georgia, Texas, Montana, Colorado, Belize and more. They will give a powerpoint presentation on exciting places to fly fish, when to fish each, tackle and gear to bring, how to choose guides and lodges, and more.  We will also have time for questions and answers to a wide variety of topics.

Also on the agenda: final nominations for the 2020 board, Christmas Party on December 9th, fishing reports and upcoming events.

As always, guests are welcome. Invite a friend!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

November 18th fly tying - HMRL Copper John

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, November 18, 2019
6:00pm - tying skills clinic
6:30pm - regular fly tying begins
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

** Please note that the tying skills clinic starting this month at 6:00pm **

With the trout stockings in full force on the Little Missouri River and Beavers Bend, now is a good time to learn an effective winter nymph. Few are as effective as the Copper John, created by John Barr.  One of Barr's variations is the Rubber Leg Copper John.

Another variation comes from Flying Fishmen Company, the Heavy Metal Rubber Leg Copper John. The HMRL CJ uses a tungsten bead and 25-gauge lead wire to sink the fly deep in runs and pools, without having to use a split shot (in most cases).

For a video of tying this fly, click here.

As always, beginners are welcome!  Bring your tools, if none, the club has sets for use during these sessions. Materials are provided.   

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Skills clinics to precede monthly fly tying

Starting with our November 18th fly tying session, we'll be instituting an intermittent "Tying Skills Clinic" beginning a half-hour prior to the tying session. The clinic will deal with beginning skills such as basic tools, thread types, whip finish, thread control, building heads, tying in various materials, and much more.

Each session will start at 6:00pm and end at 6:30pm. At 6:30pm, we will move into the main tying session. According to Tying Co-Chairs Gene Taylor and Bill Morrison, this clinic was concieved based on the outstanding success of the Casting Skills clinic which precedes each regular meeting.

The Tying Skills Clinic may not be every month, depending on room availability at 6:00pm. Also when members request it, or when the Tying Committee sees a need for basic skills lacking in the main session.

We're hoping this will encourage new members to engage in fly tying, and to build upon their basic skills. And for those who have been tying to improve their techniques.

Friday, November 8, 2019

FFI-GCC recognizes Kisatchie Fly Fishers, two KFF members

The Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International has annually honored individuals and clubs within it's geographic region for their outstanding contributions to fly fishing, fly tying, conservation and community.

In September, the FFI-GCC announced their 2019 awards. Among the recipients were the Kisatchie Fly Fishers club, as well as KFF members Roger Breedlove and Glen 'Catch' Cormier.  Emphasis was placed on both past and current contributions.  Each of the winners received a mug with their name and award, featuring award-winning artwork of fly-fishing artist James Lady.  The awards were distributed at the recent North Toledo Bend Rendezvous.

Kisatchie Fly Fishers was recognized with the "Club Community Award". This award is based on community participation and philantrophy. Among the accomplishments noted were: a successful expo with proceeds donated to The Food Bank of Central Louisiana, holding an annual "Fly Fishing 101", participation in the local farmers market special events, teaming with the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club to restore a kayak launch on Calcasieu Lake, co-sponsoring the North Louisiana Fly Fishers "Masters Series", donating over $300 of books and videos to the local library, and many more!

Roger Breedlove was awarded with the "Man of the Year". This award goes to a male individual who has demonstrated unusual devotion to the sport of fly fishing, and through his devotion, has benefited the sport and community. Among Roger's credentials were: obtaining the FFI Casting Certified Instructor badge, teaching and giving private casting lessons over the last three years at NO cost, building and donating dozens of fly rods to his club and to the GCC, teaching a rod building clinic, and much more. Recently, Roger was named to the Gulf Coast Council Board of Directors.

Glen 'Catch' Cormier was awarded with the "Presidents Award". Chosen by the President of the Gulf Coast Council for their outstanding contributions to the Council, and to the sport of fly fishing in general. In selecting Catch for this award, GCC President A.J. Rosenbahm noted his contributions via magazine articles, radio segments, and websites on fly fishing and kayak fishing. "He's always willing to help clubs that need help on their websites. He does this on his own time, not expecting recognition or compensation. He is very generous with his time, a staunch conservationist and a talented fly tier.".  Currently, Catch is president of Kisatchie Fly Fishers and Conservation Director for the FFI Gulf Coast Council.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Mixed Bag Update - just weeks to go!

Carlton Townsend with a PAC redfish
Everyone is asking, "What happened to Fall?". Well it came and brought Winter with it!  The first week of October, the water at Cotile Lake Recreation Area was 82 degrees. A month later, it's 59 degrees - cold enough for rainbow trout!

With November being the final month of our Mixed Bag Contest, KFF members looking to move into the top tier will have to fish deep and slow, or pick warm days when the fish move closer to the shallows. If you're willing to drive a few hours south, marsh fishing is excellent.  And if you're willing to head a few hours north, rainbow stockings have begun on the Little Missouri River.

We'll be awarding the top five (5) places at the Christmas Party in December, so everyone still has a chance to make the cut. However, if you don't make the top five, there's still the CONSOLATION PRIZE DRAWING.  Every member who has entered at least ONE fish will have their name placed in the drawing - also to take place at the Christmas Party. Incidently, you don't need to be present to win.

Here are the latest standings (number is different species registered):
Carlton Townsend - 16
Bill Morrison - 15
Robert Hughes - 12
Phil Havener - 10
Jim Johnson - 9
Glen Cormier - 8
Jim Guillory - 8
Gene Taylor - 8

Others: Joel Dinnat -6, Rich Hudson -5, Greg Babin -3, Robert Clark -3, Mike Carlin -2, Ronnie Richmond -2, Jonathon Bennett -2, Barbara Carlin -1, Tom Zabasky -1, Lindsey Torbett -1.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

October 28th meeting - Robert & Carlton's Excellent Adventure

Kisatchie Fly Fishers monthly meeting
Monday, October 28, 2019
5:30pm - casting on back lawn
6:30pm - meeting
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

** Please note that we're now doing casting prior to each meeting.  **

This month, our Coldwater Committee members and most excellent trout fishermen Robert Hughes and Carlton Townsend will share a powerpoint presentation on their three week western fishing adventure in Fall of 2017.  They fished across six states on a variety of waters catching many trout in a variety of methods.  Included in the presentation will be fishing in southern Colorado where we have a club trip planned for 2020.

Also on the agenda:
- update on the club's Casting Skills Challenge
- upcoming events, including Toledo Bend Rendezvous and Kirk Dietrich seminar
- recap of the KFF Marsh PAC Attack trip, other fishing reports
- upcoming club fishing outings to Calcasieu, local freshwater, and Little Mo
- Mixed Bag Contest update
- Cenla Festival update

As always, our meetings are open to the public. See you Monday!