Friday, February 22, 2019

February 25th meeting - Gearing Up for Coldwater Fishing

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, February 25, 2019
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month, we'll have a group discussion on  "Gearing Up for Coldwater Fly Fishing".  This meeting will be informative whether you're a complete beginner or a semi-expert.  That's because everyone is welcome to share their knowledge and tips as part of the program.  The Coldwater Committee will lead the various topics, and members are encouraged to chime in at the end of each topic to offer their own experiences or expertise.

Here are the topics that will be covered:
- Rods and reels
- fly line
- leaders, tippets, tippet rings
- packs or vests?
- waders and boots
- wading staffs
- fly boxes
- strike indicators
- scissors, hemostats, nippers
- nets
- clothing
- fleece underpants, sweat pants, thermals, etc.
- caps, hats, jackets, buffs/gaitors
- sunglasses

Also information about the Little Missouri River, pertinent to our two club trips coming up.
- river access points
- generation schedules, river levels
- where to stay (motels, cabins, camping, RV)

Also on the agenda: upcoming events, Mixed Bag Contest update, fishing reports

As always, the public is welcome!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

February 18th fly tying - Mop Fly & Sqwirmy Wormy

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, February 18, 2019
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library (big room)
5416 Provine, Alexandria, LA

This month Gene Taylor will lead us in tying two very simple, yet very effective patterns for rainbow trout on the Little Missouri River.  These  have also been very good for bream on local waters. But beware! There are some traditionalists who look upon these "flies" with disgust and ire!

The first is the "Mop Fly".  This simple pattern imitates a crane fly larvae, and is very effective.  Discussion of the Mop Fly and tying instructions can be found here:

http://www.flyfisherman.com/fly-tying/the-mop-fly/

The second is the "Sqwirmy Wormy". No fly - other than the Mop Fly - has created more controversy in the fly fishing community. Ignore the partisans - this fly really works!  The origin and details of this fly can be found in this article on the Louisiana Sportsman website.

https://www.louisianasportsman.com/columns/fly-lines/new-worm-order/

Since these are easy-to-tie flies, we encourage beginners to come to this session. Bring your tools - if none, the club has sets for use during the session. All materials are provided.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mixed Bag Contest goes live!

Our Mixed Bag Contest is back for a second year! And by popular demand, we're starting a month earlier. The MBC kicks off this Friday, February 1st at 12:01am. 

The MBC is a members-only, months-long tournament where the goal is to catch as many different species on fly rod. It's CPRO which means catch-photo-release optional. And best of all, there is NO entry fee!

Are you ready?  Here's what you need to compete:
  • Be a 2019 member of KFF
  • Go to the Mixed Bag Contest page and review the rules
  • Have your camera or smartphone available when fishing
  • Take photos of your catch and log them in using the links on the MBC page.
  • Bring your enthusiasm!  Remember, while catching the most different species wins, the biggest prize goes to one lucky person among all non-winners who participate.
Check out our Facebook page during the year for frequent updates.

Friday, January 18, 2019

January 28th meeting - Jeff Regnart, Alaska fishing

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, January 28, 2018
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For our first meeting of 2019, we are delighted to welcome Jeff Regnart as our guest speaker. Jeff was with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for over 30 years. He started as a field tech in high school, moved up the ranks as a biologist, and retired as Director of Alaska's Commercial Fisheries Division, where he was praised as a champion of sustainable fisheries.

Jeff will give a slideshow presentation on Alaska fishing. Expect to see some great scenery and big fish, and hear interesting stories!

As always, the public is welcome!

Also on the agenda: upcoming Spring events and trips, Mixed Bag Contest (starts February 1st), fishing reports, and more.

Also we have a pair of tickets to give away for the Fly Fishing Film Tour coming to Pack & Paddle in Lafayette on Friday, February 1st.

Also, a reminder that 2019 dues are due now thru March. Please pay our Treasurer, Rich Hudson, or email your check for $25 to:

Kisatchie Fly Fishers
5093 Laura Lane
Woodworth, LA  71485

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January 22nd fly tying - Dragon Tail, Christmas Tree

KFF monthly fly tying session
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

** Note: Due to the library closure for the MLK holiday, we're meeting on Tuesday this month **

We'll be tying two patterns this month.  The Dragon Tail Streamer and the Christmas Tree.

Dragon Tail patterns are the hottest new flies on the planet. Made of a chenille-like material tapered down to a fine point, it was originated by David Magnum, a renown tarpon guide on the northwest Florida Gulf Coast. While Dragon Tail flies have proven effective for tarpon, they've also been the new favorite for bass, pike, musky, pickeral and other predatory species.

The Christmas Tree fly is a simpler version of the Fluff Butt. For those new members who are interested in learning fly tying, this pattern is a great one to start with.  It comes to us from Burley Johnson in Natchitoches and has proven a killer on rainbow trout, bream, and crappie.

Beginners and guests are welcome. If you don't have tools, the club has a few sets for use during the session.  Materials will be provided.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Here's wishing a most blessed Christmas for all our members and friends!  Hope everyone finds something under the Christmas tree they can use for their piscatorial pursuits in the coming year.  And let's not forget the reason for the season. Please be giving to those in need, and keep in our prayers those in suffering, distress, and away from their homes and families this holiday season, especially our troops.

With the new year comes two things we all love - good fishing and fun activities.  The club has several great things in store for 2019, including club trips, our 2nd Mixed Bag Contest, Fly Fishing 101, Summer Workshop, and more.

Also, many of our friends are holding events this coming year, including the Little Mo Fly Fishing Fest, the North Louisiana Fly Fishers Masters Series, and the Contraband Fly Fishing Expo. Also, our friends in New Orleans will hold their first-ever New Orleans Fly Fishing Expo on April 6th. There's also a few fly fishing tournaments (they keep growing) as well as the Fly Fishing Film Tour and those popular "hangouts" at Pack & Paddle. For dates and details of all things happening in 2018 - including our meeting and fly tying dates - check out our Calendar page.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

KFF Holiday Gathering - Monday, December 10

Join us for our 5th annual Holiday Gathering for an evening of food, fun, and prizes. RSVP required, see below.

Date: Monday, December 10
Location: Tunks Cypress Inn
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!)

Presentation by special guest Larry Offner, "Musings of a Former Fly Shop Owner".  If you've never met Larry, you're in for a treat!

RSVP required... DEADLINE Wednesday, December 7th... email Catch Cormier

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

November 26 - Dr. Leesia Marshall

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, November 26, 2018
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

If you've ever picked up one of those state-based fishing books, eg. "Fly Fishing Utah", then you know that each river has a story. As it flows from a tiny headwater downstream and widens, a series of changes occur. Not just in the river, but in the food webs and aquatic communities.

The scientific framework for describing how these flowing ecosystems change is the River Continuum Concept. This concept is especially important to us flyfishers since, more than any other angler group, we target all realms of the river ecosystem, from headwaters to deltas.

To tell us about the Concept this month is Dr. Leesia Marshall. Leesia is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at LSU-Alexandria. She does research in Limnology, Ecology, Ornithology and Animal Communications.

Please join us to hear Leesia talk on this fascinating subject! As always, the public is welcome! Bring a friend!

** This will be our last meeting for 2018 as we break for the holidays. We'll restart our general meetings the 4th Monday in January. **