Saturday, August 18, 2018

August 20 fly tying - Meat Whistle

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, August 20, 2018
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

Bill Morrison will lead us in tying the Meat Whistle. Created by John Barr, the fly was designed to replicate the commie tackle Pig-n-Jig. Originally intended for bass, it's become a great fly for big trout. The orientation of the jig hook allows the fly to be worked slowly on the bottom.

As always, bring your tools. If none, the club has a few sets for use during the session.  Materials will be provided.

Beginners and guests are welcome!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mixed Bag Contest update - 8/1

Hunter Lonsberry with a Little Mo Bow
We're entering the last full month of "SweatFest" - the festival nobody likes to celebrate. Between the drought and occasional temps near 100 degrees, fishing across central Louisiana has been sluggish at best. Good news is that cooler weather - and great fall fishing - will be here in a few weeks.

Despite the heat, there's been several entries this past month in the club's first-ever "Mixed Bag" contest, a CPRE (catch-photo-release encouraged) tournament where size doesn't matter but diversity does.

It looks like Bill Morrison has emerged as the clear frontrunner. But there's still time for everyone to catch up. Even if Bill lucks out and wins the MBC, remember this - we will be awarding FIVE places in the contest.  And that doesn't include the GRAND PRIZE winner, which will be drawn from all members who enter at least one fish.

** A reminder that the token in the photo is no longer necessary as long as the photo submitted is the original.  We'll use the metadata off the photo.  Less handling - less stress on the fish!  That's especially important in these hot water conditions. **

So here are the current standings:

Bill Morrison (13) - black crappie, bluegill, redear, green sunfish, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, longear sunfish, smallmouth bass, brown trout, ladyfish, cutthroat trout, rock bass, redbreast sunfish

Jim Johnson (10) - bluegill, chain pickerel, spotted bass, longear, rainbow trout, redbreast, largemouth bass, crappie, warmouth, freshwater drum

Glen Cormier (10) - crappie, redear, bluegill, largemouth bass, yellow bass, warmouth, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, longear sunfish, brown trout

Carlton Townsend (7) - rainbow trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, longear sunfish, redear, crappie, brown trout

Greg Babin (5) - longear, largemouth bass, bluegill, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass

Others - Tom Zabasky (4), Rich Hudson (4), Jim Guillory (4), Lindsey Torbett (3), Phil Havener (3), Gene Taylor (3), Spencer Hackney (2), Corinne Cormier (2), Will Cameron (2), Greg Hackney (1), Robert Clark (1), Bonnie Richmond (1), Hunter Lonsberry (1), Barbara Carlin (1)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

6th annual NLFF "Masters Series" this Saturday

This Saturday, July 28th is the annual "Masters Series" held at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Bossier City. Hosted by the North Louisiana Fly Fishers of Shreveport, the Series is co-sponsored by retailers and regional clubs, including Kisatchie Fly Fishers.

The headliner is usually one of the big names in fly fishing, one who has made major contributions to our sport, and/or brings a wealth of information for improving our success as anglers. Past headliners have included: Dave Whitlock, Davy Wotton, Bob Clouser, and George Daniel.

This year NLFF is proud to present Kelly Galloup. Galloup is co-owner and  guide of Slide Inn Lodge on Montana's Madison River. Galloup started tying flies at age 13, he currently has over 40 recognized patterns. His biggest contributions have been the articulated streamers now recognized as the ticket to big predatory fish.

In addition, Kelly has written two books, Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and Cripples and Spinners.  He's been published in nearly every fly fishing periodical in the country, and was a host of Fly Fish TV on the Outdoor Life Network.

The Masters Series is a limited ticket event, with only 75 tickets sold. Tickets are $40 each and include lunch and refreshments. As of today, only a handful of tickets are still available. Anyone wishing to get in,  please contact Scott Irwin at 318-469-0854 asap

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July 23rd meeting - What's New for 2019

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, July 23, 2018
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

Once again, Glen Cormier attended the Fly Tackle Dealer / ICAST trade show earlier this month and has lots of new products to report on.  He'll give us a slide presentation on "New Products for 2019" covering fly fishing, kayak fishing and accessories. He'll also give us a "State of the Sport" summary  giving the latest stats and trends in fly fishing.

Guests are welcome!  Bring a friend! 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

July 16 fly tying - Rusty Spinner

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, July 16, 2018
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

Dan Fromme will lead us in tying the Rusty Spinner.  The spinner is the final stage of the mayfly life cycle (egg, nymph, dun and spinner). After laying their eggs, the spinners may lie on the water in great numbers. They make easy food for trout.

If you don't have tools, the club has a few sets for use during the session.  And assistance is always there!  Materials will be provided.

Beginners and guests are welcome!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Mixed Bag Contest update - 7/4

Brown trout caught by Carlton with Larry Babin
We're now midway into our club's first-ever "Mixed Bag" contest, a CPRE (catch-photo-release encouraged) tournament where size doesn't matter but diversity does.

The recent club trip to north Arkansas allowed some members to add to their list of species. Bill Morrison took full advantage of the trip to add cutthroat trout, rock bass, and oddly, redear sunfish - a species very common to our area.  Glen Cormier and Carlton Townsend also added to their list, challenging Jim Johnson for 2nd place.

Regardless of who catches the most fish at the end, the real winners will be club members who can use the database - it's online under "submissions received" - to find out what fish can be caught where, with what flies, and what times of year.  And remember that ANY member entering just one fish gets their name into the grand prize drawing at our Christmas Party.  Even so, we encourage each member to enter as many fish as possible to make our database even better!

** A reminder that the token in the photo is no longer necessary as long as the photo submitted is the original.  We'll use the metadata off the photo.  Less handling - less stress on the fish!  That's especially important in these hot water conditions. **

So here are the current standings:

Bill Morrison (12) - black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, longear sunfish, brown trout, ladyfish, cutthroat trout, rock bass

Jim Johnson (10) - bluegill, chain pickerel, crappie, largemouth bass, longear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, spotted bass, rainbow trout, warmouth, freshwater drum

Glen Cormier (10) - crappie, redear sunfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow bass, warmouth, rainbow trout, brown trout, longear sunfish

Carlton Townsend (7) - rainbow trout, brown trout, crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, longear sunfish, redear

Greg Babin (5) - bluegill, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, longear sunfish

Other entries - Rich Hudson (4), Tom Zabasky (4), Spencer Hackney (3), Phil Havener (3), Gene Taylor (3), Corinne Cormier (2), Will Cameron (2), Robert Clark (1), Mike Carlin (1), Greg Hackney (1), Barbara Carlin (1).

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Join us at the Contraband Fly Fishing Expo

2018 Contraband Fly Fishing Expo
Friday, July 13 - Noon - 4pm
Saturday, July 14 - 8am - 4pm
Isle of Capri Casino Hotel, Westlake, LA

** Update: here's the link to the Expo booklet with schedule, speaker bios, list of tiers, and more. **

Our friends in the Contraband Fly Casters (Lake Charles) are holding their annual fly fishing expo this year in mid-July. The event will showcase Pat Cohen, one of the most recognized names in fly tying, and a master of deer hair flies.

In addition to Pat, some of the top fly tiers in the Gulf Coast region will be demonstrating their favorite patterns.  That includes nationally-recognized realistic tier Fred Hannie who will be at the Copic booth. Several of the region's top fly casting instructors - such as Jay Clark and Jeff Ferguson - will be on hand.  There are programs, exhibits and demonstrations, as well as raffles to benefit Project Healing Waters and Reel Recovery.

The event is free and family-friendly. For more info, go to www.contrabandflycastersinc.com or call 337-540-1292.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 25th meeting - Kristi Butler

Kisatchie Fly Fishers general meeting
Monday, June 25, 2018
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For our June meeting, we welcome back Ms. Kristi Butler, Manager for the LDWF Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery.  It's been a long four years since Kristi last spoke to our club. So for our many new members since then, this will be a treat!  Kristi will start with a presentation about the workings of the hatchery and stocking efforts in the Cenla region, then take questions from the group.

Also on the agenda: upcoming events, fishing reports, Mixed Bag Contest updates, and tackle tips.

The meeting is open to the public.  So invite a friend to attend!