Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 25th meeting - Kristi Butler

Kisatchie Fly Fishers general meeting
Monday, June 25, 2018
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!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Link to deer hair presentation

For our 2018 Summer Workshop, Kevin "Musicdoc" Andry instructed us on "Intro to Deer Hair Tying".  At the beginning of the session, Kevin explained the different types of deer hair and how each is processed and used for particular flies.  He then shared a powerpoint presentation on tying a deer hair popper, featuring materials and tools needed, and step-by-step instruction.  After which, we proceeded as a group in tying the popper.

As promised, Kevin has provided us a link to that presentation.  Whether you attended the workshop or not, this is a very helpful guideline if you wish to pursue making deer hair flies. We strongly suggest saving the presentation to your local computer as a PDF file!  Don't ask why - you'll thank us later.

Click here for deer hair presentation

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June fly tying - Disco Midge

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, June 18, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

* Note: prior to tying, Carlton Townsend will discuss final arrangments for the club trip to the White River.  *

This month we'll revisit a pattern from a previous tying session - the Disco Midge.  This is a great fly for trout, but can be used also for bream.  When fishing for trout in summer, the Disco Midge is a great dropper fly underneath a floating dry, such as a Daves Hopper or Royal Wulff.

If you're one of our many new members - or just a guest - and looking to start fly tying, the the Disco Midge is a great fly for beginners.  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, June 13, 2018

Mixed Bag Contest update - 6/13

Bill Morrison with a Destin ladyfish
We're now into the fourth month of our club's "Mixed Bag" contest.  This is a months-long CPRO (catch-photo-release optional) tournament where size doesn't matter, but diversity does.  So get your diversity training and go fishing, lol!

Seriously, the intent is to create a database of how many diverse species can be caught on fly rod, where it can be caught, and what flies work to catch these fish.  And in the process, have some fun and win a few prizes.  It's free and open to all KFF members.  See the "Mixed Bag" contest for details. And remember, even entering just one fish into the contest gets your name into a bonus drawing to be held at our Christmas Party.

And now for the current standings:

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

Bill Morrison (9) - black crappie, bluegill, brown trout, rainbow trout, green sunfish, ladyfish, largemouth bass, longear sunfish, smallmouth bass

Other entries - Carlton Townsend (6), Glen Cormier (6), Greg Babin (5), Rich Hudson (4), Spencer Hackney (3), Phil Havener (3), Gene Taylor (3), Tom Zabasky (2), Corinne Cormier (2), Robert Clark (1), Mike Carlin (1), Greg Hackney (1), Barbara Carlin (1).

The most unusual catch is a freshwater drum (goo) caught by Jim Johnson in Bayou Bouef in Woodworth using a Pat Cohen's Slurp and Burp Worm.

Top flies in coldwater have been: Sqwirmy Worm, A&W Emerger, Ruffled Birds Nest, Adams Parachute and Christmas Tree.
Top flies in warmwater have been: poppers, popping bugs, Ruffled Birds Nest, Fluff Butt and Mop Fly.
Top flies in saltwater have been: Clouser Minnow, LaFleur's Charlie.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

KFF to take part in special June 12th Farmers Market

Kisatchie Fly Fishers has been asked to participate in a special "Fathers Day" edition of the Alexandria Farmers Market on Tuesday, June 12th.  The Alexandria Farmers Market is held every Tuesday afternoon from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the parking lot of United Methodist Church on Jackson Street.

In addition to the usual plethora of fresh produce and homemade goodies like breads, jellies, jams, etc., the special edition of AFM will feature games and other non-profit groups. KFF will have our tent and table setup.  We are asking members who want to participate and promote our club and/or fly fishing to show up. If you wish to tie, bring your tying equipment.  The club will bring our outfits - there's plenty of grass area under the big oak trees for casting. 

Just show up if you wish to help. Remember to wear something comfortable... it's summer!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 29th meeting - Spring Casting Session

KFF monthly general meeting
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

** Please note: due to the Memorial Day holiday, our May general meeting will be held Tuesday **

This is our annual "Spring Casting Session".  We'll start a half-hour early - 6:00pm - and take advantage of the longer daylight to work on our casting skills.  Wear some comfortable clothing as hot weather has already begun.

BRING YOUR FAVORITE ROD.  For beginners and novices, we'll work on a technique guaranteed to improve your fly casting.  For veterans, we'll use that same technique to work on the "Backhand Cast" - an alternative to using your non-dominant hand when dealing with a cross wind or obstruction on your dominant side.

We'll meet in the library, go thru a few basics, then proceed outside to the grass lawn. We'll finish up in the library with a few business items before adjourning.

See you Tuesday!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Deadline for Summer Workshop approaching

KFF Summer Workshop
Saturday, June 9, 2018
8:30am to 12:30pm
Cotile Volunteer Fire Department
55 Parker Rd, Boyce, LA

Our annual summer workshops typically bring in a special guest, or cover a special skill or genre of our sport that would not be practical for our regular meetings and tying sessions. Past topics have included: rod building, popper construction and painting, casting clinics, tying saltwater flies for the marsh, and fly fishing and tying flies for the Little Missouri and Little Red River in Arkansas.

For June 9th, the course will be on "Introductory Deer Hair Tying". Special presenter will be our good friend, Kevin "Doc" Andry of Baton Rouge. Doc will lead us in tying a couple of deer hair flies and explain the various terms used in tying with hair, as well as hair selection and tools. For those who plan to attend the Contraband Fly Fishing Expo in July - featuring one of the world's premier deer hair tiers in Pat Cohen - this will be a great opportunity to learn about this art form.

We've been advertising this workshop for several months, and have posted a page "Summer Workshop" with details. Thursday night, May 24th, is the deadline to register for the workshop. After then, you can still register as an "audit" participant, which means you can sit and watch but won't be tying.

These sessions are open to members-only of Kisatchie Fly Fishers or other recognized fly fishing clubs.  Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 21st fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, May 21, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month, Gene Taylor will be leading us in tying the Skip Morris Panfish or SMP.  Morris is a prolific tier, fly designer, and author of 18 books on fly tying and fly fishing.  His SMP was designed to target bluegills, crappie and other panfish in deeper water.  Larger bluegills and redears feed in deep water during summer months, and the SMP is an effective fly for this behavior.

Hook: 1X long dry fly or heavy wire hook, sizes 8 down to 14.
Thread: Flat waxed nylon (orange or other color you wish).
Body: Dubbing (bright orange or other colors).
Eyes: Bead-chain eyes, or light barbell eyes.
Wing: Marabou (orange over yellow,  or other color combinations).

Here is an instructional video on how to tie the SMP:

As always, materials will be provided. Bring your tools if you have some, if not, the club has a few sets for use during these sessions.  Beginners are welcome!