Sunday, September 20, 2020

Social Distance Casting returns for Fall

Social Distance Casting
Mondays

5:00pm to dark
Big Island Field, City Park, Alexandria

Cooler weather is here!  Now is a great time to practice your casting skills for great Fall fishing ahead.  Come join us every Monday at Big Island in City Park starting at 5:00pm until dark.  Big Island has lots of space and there is strict adherene to social distancing guidelines. 

Our Casting Committee led by Roger Breedlove and Chris Perkins will help you improve on your casting skills.  Or participate in the Casting Skills Challenge program and earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition.  Also, get a chance to win a fly rod donated by Roger!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Sept 29th Tying Tuesday - Countach Plus Nymph

Virtual Fly Tying
Tuesday, September 29th
6:00pm

www.zoom.us (see email for meeting id)

VTT is open to all members of recognized fly fishing clubs. Join the meeting at www.zoom.us using meeting ID and password. Members of Kisatchie Fly Fishers, Acadiana Fly Rodders, and Red Stick Fly Fishers should receive this by email. If you did not receive the ID and password, email Bill Morrison.

For this session, Catch Cormier will lead us in tying the "Countach Nymph Plus".  Or "Knuckle Dragger Plus".  The story is that Clark "Cheech" Pierce created the Countach Nymph while John Newbury created an almost identical fly called the Knuckle Dragger. When the two were both named to the Fulling Mill Pro Staff, they learned of each other's fly. And had a good laugh. Great minds think alike!

Whatever you decide to call it, definitely include the "Plus".  The plus is the addition of antron in the abdomen and a tiny marabou tail. Catch says the original is a killer for trout and bream, but the "Plus" version is 🔥

Materials to be used:
- hook: barbless jig, size 12 (Gamakatsu J20-B, Fulling Mill 5045)
- bead: 1/8" tungsten, black nickel
- legs: grizzly flutter legs, rootbeer (1 strand)
- abdomen: antron dubbing, color Rust or March Brown
- thorax: micro pine squirrel zonker, color Rust
- ribbing: midge diamond braid, color tan or pearl or rootbeer

* To request a bag of sample materials (ties 2-3 flies) please fill out the form link. We will mail out on Thursday prior to the meeting. Future tying sessions are included. Materials Request Form

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Tying the Elk Hair Caddis

At our September 15th virtual fly tying session, Bill Morrison led us in tying the Elk Hair Caddis. Bill has filmed the tying instructions in HD video and uploaded to YouTube. It can also be viewed by clicking on the video below.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Sept 15th Tying Tuesday - Elk Hair Caddis

Virtual Fly Tying
Tuesday, September 15th

6:00pm    
www.zoom.us (see email for meeting id)

VTT is open to all members of Kisatchie Fly Fishers & Acadiana Fly Rodders. Join the meeting at www.zoom.us using meeting ID and password. If you need the ID and password, email Bill Morrison.

For this session, Bill Morrison will lead us in tying the Elk Hair Caddis. Created by Ed Troth in 1957, the EHC is considered the best searching type imitation of adult caddisflies. Caddis, a.k.a. sedgeflies, are a major food source to many species and are found in nearly all trout waters. However, the Elk Hair Caddis has also been used with good success as a cricket imitation for bluegill.

* To request a bag of sample materials (ties 2-3 flies) please fill out the form link. We will mail out on Thursday prior to the meeting. Future tying sessions are included. Materials Request Form

Upcoming sessions:
- September 29 - 6:00pm - Countach Plus Nymph, led by Catch Cormier
- October 13 - TBA soon

Friday, September 4, 2020

Sept. 8th Tying Tuesday

Virtual Fly Tying
Tuesday, September 8th

7:00pm  **    
www.zoom.us (see email for meeting id)

** Please note this is an hour later than our normal time **

VTT is open to all members of Kisatchie Fly Fishers & Acadiana Fly Rodders. Join the meeting at www.zoom.us using meeting ID and password. If you need the ID and password, email Bill Morrison.

For this session, Capt. Tyler Wood will lead us in tying the Mini Death Grip, a 3 1/2 inch articulated fly.  Created by streamer guru Gunnar Brammer, this fly is a bite-sized verson of his Death Grip, able for a good caster to throw with a 5-weight rod. Nearly weightless, it's ideal for clear lakes or creeks, or spooky fish. If you've never tied an articulated fly, this is a solid introduction.

* To request a bag of sample materials (ties 2-3 flies) please fill out the form link. We will mail out on Thursday prior to the meeting. Future tying sessions are included. Materials Request Form

Upcoming sessions:
- September 15 - 6:00pm - Elk Hair Caddis, led by Bill Morrison
- September 29 - 6:00pm - Countach Plus Nymph, led by Catch Cormier

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Social Distance Casting on hold

Due to the impacts of Hurricane Laura, our weekly Monday afternoon casting clinic has been put on hold. In addition to a powerline down, there are numerous branches and other debris in the area that have forced Alexandria Parks and Recreation to close the area to the public.

We hope to resume casting in 2 or 3 weeks.


Sunday, August 23, 2020

Tying the Jitterbee

At our August 4th fly tying session, Larry Offner led us in tying the Jitterbee, one of the best submergent flies for sunfish. Created by Randy Leonpacher of Baton Rouge in 1995, it was designed to be the fly version of a longtime favorite panfish lure. Catch Cormier has now filmed the tying instructions in HD video and uploaded to YouTube. It can be viewed by clicking below. At the end of the video, there's a list of materials, best color schemes, and other notes.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Aug. 17th Casting Monday, Aug. 18th Tying Tuesday

Social Distance Casting
Monday, August 17th

5:00pm starting
Big Island Field, City Park Alexandria

Big Island has lots of space and there is strict adherene to social distancing guidelines.  You're welcome to come join at any time starting at 5pm.

Improve on your casting skills with the help of our casting instructors, or participate in the Casting Skills Challenge program and earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition.  Also, get a chance to win a fly rod donated by Roger!

Virtual Fly Tying
Tuesday, August 18th

6:00pm    
www.zoom.us (see email for meeting id)

VTT is open to all members of Kisatchie Fly Fishers & Acadiana Fly Rodders. Join the meeting at www.zoom.us using meeting ID and password. If you need the ID and password, email Bill Morrison.

For our next session, Jim Johnson will lead us in tying the Rio Bandito. It's also referred to as the Mardi Kraw, although there's another fly of that same name. It was created by Chris Johnson of Living Waters Fly Fishing, for the Rio Grande Perch in the Hill Country waters of Texas. However, it's also been a great fly for bream, crappie and even bass.

Materials:

  • hook: Jig hook - size 12
  • bead: tungsten beads - metallic red - size 1/8”
  • tail: guard hairs of fur
  • body/collar: fur dubbing in a loop (rabbit or squirrel strips), Crawfish Orange
  • legs: silicone legs, matching color

* To request a bag of sample materials (ties 2-3 flies) please fill out the form link. We will mail out on Thursday prior to the meeting. Future tying sessions are included. Materials Request Form

Upcoming sessions:
- September 1 - 7:00pm - TBA, led by Tyler Wood
- September 15 - 6:00pm - Countach Plus Nymph, led by Catch Cormier