Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 23rd meeting - Tom Bullock

Kisatchie Fly Fishers general meeting
Monday, April 23, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For our April meeting, we welcome back Tom Bullock of Shreveport. Tom is an avid trout angler, and along with his friends Davy Wotton and Dave Whitlock, has popularized various nymphing techniques on Arkansas rivers.

His presentation will be "Fishing the White & Norfork Rivers Below the Dams". The program will address a short history of the rivers before and after the dams, how the tailwater results in rapid growth of trout, the skills needed to catch very big fish, including equipment and flies, identifying habitat, methods of fishing, how to release fish safely, rising water safety, and a short discussion on river maps and places to fish.  If you've never fished the White & Norfork rivers in Arkansas, this is a MUST session.  Even if you've fished many times, Tom's expert advise will make you a better trout angler.

Because of the special presentation, we'll keep the business session to a maximum of five (5) minutes.  We'll talk about the upcoming North Lousiana Fly Fishers Masters Series in July (which Tom organizes and can address) as well as the Summer Workshop in June.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mixed Bag Contest update 4/18

Our "Mixed Bag" Contest is a members-only CPR online tournament where size doesn't matter, but variety of species does. The contest started March 1st and so far, it's been a tough few weeks. Here in the Cenla area, we've had 180 percent of average rainfall to date! And near record low temperatures on several nights. Between the heavy rain and the cold, there's been gusty winds. Even the commie tackle folks are struggling to catch any decent numbers of fish. We're hoping the weather improves soon so members can have fun and put a lot of fish on the board.

Here are our current leaders:
1. Glen Cormier (bluegill, crappie, largemouth, redear, yellow bass)
2. Bill Morrison (redear, green sunfish, crappie, bluegill)
3. Spencer Hackney (redear, longear)
4. Greg Babin (largemouth, longear)

Mike Carlin, Barbara Carlin, Tom Zabasky, Carlton Townsend, Jim Johnson, and Gene Taylor each have 1 species.

Several interesting entries so far.  Young Spencer Hackney's longear on his first cast as a flyrodder (wow!), the yellow bass taken by Catch Cormier off the bank in downtown Natchitoches, and the four fish taken by Bill Morrison on the infamous "Mop Fly". Yes, the Mop Fly does work.  So does the Sqwirmy - at least Carlton tells us so, lol.  Another interesting catch was Greg Babin's longear taken on the "Indicator Fly" that the club tied at our March tying session.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 16th fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, April 16, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month, Catch Cormier will lead us in tying the Ruffled Birds Nest, a variation of the Birds Nest fly. The Birds Nest nymph was created in 1959 by Cal Bird, the owner of a small fly shop in San Francisco. His original pattern used wood duck flank feathers and a dubbing body. The Ruffled version uses various feathers from a pheasant skin, with a beadhead for weight. This verson gives a fuzzier appearance that attracts trout and sunfish. It's also easy to tie - so the many new tiers in our club will like this fly!

As always, bring your tools if you have some. If not, we have a few sets for use during the session. Materials will be provided. Beginners and guests are welcome!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Fly Fishing 101 coming April 14th

Tom Brokaw once said, "If fishing is like religion, then fly fishing is the high church.". Well, for those interested in getting baptized in this sport, here's your chance!

Saturday, April 14th is our annual "Fly Fishing 101" workshop at the LDWF Booker-Fowler Hatchery in Forest Hill.  Time is 8:30am to 12 noon.  It's FREE and open to the public.  Coffee, donuts, refreshments, handouts and door prizes!

FF101 is a 3-hour hands-on workshop that covers the basics of fly fishing, fly casting, knots, leaders, and flies often used.  Details, schedule, and a link to registration can be found by clicking on the menu above on "Fly Fish 101". 

And best of all, it's FREE!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 26 annual "On the Water" meeting

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, March 26, 2018
Cotile Lake Recreation Area
(weather permitting)

** If inclement weather, we'll reschedule this meeting at a later date. ** 

With Daylight Savings Time in effect, it's time for our annual "on the water" meeting.  Once again, we'll meet at the Cotile Lake Recreation Area.  Come anytime that afternoon and fish from the bank.  Or bring your boat, kayak, pirogue, and launch at the Rec Area. Family members and member guests are welcome to attend!

Then at 7:30pm, we'll start gathering at Pavilion #2 (the open pavilion overlooking the lake) and share fishing stories while nourishing on burgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill.

Please note the following:
1. There is NO entrance fee for our group. Tell Butch or whoever at the entrance that you are with "Kisatchie Fly Fishers" and they'll let you in free.
2.  Bring your favorite beverages.
3.  Bring a chair.
4.  Bring your fly rod and flies.  Those small popping bugs we purchased as a club work great here!  Bring a few wet flies, hares ears, fluff butts, woolybuggers or similiar.  Bass like bigger poppers and streamers.

If you plan to attend, please fill out this short form.  Click here.
Or RSVP to Catch Cormier if you plan to attend so we'll know how many burgers/dogs to get.

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 19 fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, March 19, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

As always, bring your tools if you have some. If not, we have a few sets for use during the session. Materials will be provided. Beginners and guests are welcome!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mixed Bag Contest goes live!

Our first-ever Mixed Bag Contest kicks off tomorrow morning - March 1st - at 12:01am.  It's a members-only FREE contest.  Are you ready?  Here's what you need to compete:
  • Be a 2018 member of KFF
  • Go to the Mixed Bag Contest page and review the rules
  • Print your token  (links at top of MBC page)
  • Laminate your token if possible (keeps it waterproof)
  • Have your camera 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.
Got questions?  Check out our forum on for discussion on the contest.  Also check out our Facebook page.

Friday, February 23, 2018

February 26th meeting - Ricky Yeldell and more!

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, February 26, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

We have a big agenda on tap for this month, so please make every effort to come out!

For starters, we'll have one of our favorite guest speakers back. Ricky Yeldell was LDWF's managing biologist for Toledo Bend. Although retired, Ricky keeps his finger on the pulse of all things Toledo Bend. He'll give us an update from his last presentation two years ago, as well as insight to where to find lunker bass, crappie and other species.

After Ricky's talk, we'll give an update on the Little Missouri River. Our annual "March Brown" club trip is just a couple weeks away.

Finally, Bill Morrison and Gene Taylor will discuss the club's first-ever "Mixed Bag" tournament which kicks off March 1st. This free entry, members-only, CPRO (catch-photo-release optional) competition is different than most others. Instead of biggest fish wins, it's most species wins. And the biggest winner is the lucky member who didn't place but gets their name drawn from all entrants. Check the "Mixed Bag" page on the menu above for more details.

* Reminder that 2018 dues are due! It's $25 for individuals or family, and free to active service members or full-time students *

See ya'll there!